This valentine craft for kids was inspired by our candy-cane names, together with the preschoolers’ love for beads! The kiddos’ title hearts that are beaded incorporated literacy, mathematics, and fine-motor abilities. Check ’em out . . .
Beaded name heart valentine craft – great for fine-motor skills, learning math patterns, and name function!
Pipe cleaners in a variety of colours
Beads – we used circular beads, too as cube like beads
Pony beads – we chose white, purple, blue, pink, and red
How The Kids Created It
Once the beads and pipe cleaners were presented on one of our centre tables the kiddos were very intrigued! There’s only about stringing beads onto pipe cleaners interesting and something cathartic. Plus, the kids love wearing their creations and decorating together.
The kiddos motivated make designs on their hearts that were beaded and to find the letters. Some did just that, attentively patterning and incorporating letter beads to create their names. While brilliant beads went about the different side, others used the beads to create their names on one side of one’s heart.
Not all of the pupils were interested in making name beads, and that’s fine! We were nevertheless able to talk about letters, colors, and styles – all while having some excellent motor pleasure.
Beaded name heart valentine craft for kids
A heart merely focused on brilliant patterns was made by this kiddo!
After the children added a pipe cleaner and their preferred beads, I shaped a v’ with it. Then I twisted the ends together and arch in either side of the pipe cleaner. If needed, I evened it out to make the heart-shape.
Here are a few of the early learning concepts we touched on with this easy- peasy valentine craft:
This valentine craft for kids was inspired by our candy-cane names, together with the preschoolers’ love for beads! The kiddos’ title hearts that are beaded incorporated literacy, mathematics, and fine-motor abilities. Check ’em out . . . Beaded name heart valentine craft - great for fine-motor skills, learning math patterns, and name function! Materials Pipe [...]
10 Benefits of Reading
1. Kids who read widely and regularly get at it
This can be pretty much just common sense.
After all, practice makes perfect in nearly everything we humans do and reading is not any different from other things.
2. Reading exercises our brains
Reading is a much more complicated task for the human brain than, say, watching TV is.
Reading fortifies brain links and really assembles new links.
3. Reading enhances concentration
Again, this can be a little no-brainer.
Children need to sit still when they’re reading, and quietly so they can concentrate on the story.
If they read consistently, they develop the power to do that for longer periods.
4. Reading teaches kids about the world around them
They’ve been subjected to ways of thoughts, life and beliefs about the world which might differ from those which encompass them.
This learning is very important to its benefit however it also assembles a store of background knowledge which helps younger children learn to read and well.
5. A kid’s terminology is improved by reading and leads to more highly developed language abilities
This is because kids learn new words as they read but also because they mindlessly absorb information as they read about matters like the best way to structure sentences and how to make use of words and language effectively.
6. Reading acquires a kid’s imagination
This is only because when we read the descriptions are translated by our brains we read into pictures of people, places and things. We’re additionally imagining how a characters are feeling when we’re engaged in a story. We use our own experiences to imagine exactly how we would feel in the exact same scenario.
7. Reading helps kids develop empathy
That is really something I’ve only recently realised but it is practical. As my fifteen-year-old son said to me when we were discussing it : it does because you’re identifying with the character in the story so you’re feeling what he’s feeling.’
8. Children who read do better at school
Plus they don’t merely do better at subjects like history, English and reading. They do better at all areas and they do better all the way through school.
9. Reading is a terrific kind of amusement
A paperback book or an e reader like the Amazon Kindle doesn’t take up much space so you can take it anywhere and you’ll never be lonely or bored if you have a book in your bag.
You’re able to read while waiting in a queue, while awaiting a buddy who’s running late or during a flight delay with an airport.
10. Reading quiets the head and relaxes the body
This is an important point because we particularly how to be silent and appear to have forgotten how to relax.
The continuous motion, flashing lights and noise which bombard our perceptions when we’re watching TV, looking in a computer or playing an electronic game are really quite trying for our brains.
When we read, we read in silence as well as the black print on a page that is white is a lot less trying for brains and our eyes.
So there you have it – the Top Ten benefits of reading!
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Christmas is coming, and all through the house, all the children were stirring and driving you nuts! So what can a parent do? Download some great free activities and log on to some great Christmas games to keep the children happy, and excited about the coming holiday. Just to let you know that most of these ideas were take from a pinterest search of free Chrismtas activities. I created a pinterest board on my Pinterest Board called Free Holiday Activities-Christmas. All of the things I post here will be pinned there and a whole lot more! Have fun! I will provide links to the activities. Are you ready for some free Christmas activities from around the web?
Free Christmas Activities From Around the Web- Printables
Free Christmas Activities From Around the Web- Books
The Polar Express.com Read the book, see the movie, then go to this site for some great follow up activities.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Seussville.com Read the book, listen to the recording, watch The Grinch, and The cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Have fun.
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about Christmas- PBSKids.org Freeze Your Knees!
The Night Before Christmas is an animated cartoon narrated by Santa on the Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jr_doAeRNk Once you get to that page, there are many of the Christmas shows that are shown on TV each year. While you are on YouTube, you can check out this search of read aloud stories and find the ones about Christmas. I think I saw a couple Charlie Brown stories there.
Free Christmas Activities From Around the Web- Games
QR Codes for great Christmas Books- from Classroom Freebies You will need a QR code reader on your smartphone for this one.
Primary Games.com has quite a selection of games for children in the primary grades Preschool – 3rd grade.
The Kidz Page.com offers a huge selection of online games for children. About 5 pages with 20 or so on each page! Did you say you wanted to keep your children busy?
Gamesgames.com has many games for children and (not to keep the parents blocked out of the fun stuff) adults.
Free Christmas Activities From Around the Web- Activities
Learn Your Reindeer Name- A cute site to find out what your reindeer name would be- ElfontheShelf.com While you are there you could check out the other activities you could do with Elf on the Shelf.
The North Pole.com has a plethora of things all about Christmas- recipes, stories to read online, games, etc. Plethora- a lot!
At Santa Games.net you can sing along with the music of your favorite Christmas songs. Of course there are games, too. Also stories!
When you visit StoryNory.com you will be able to listen to a few Christmas stories being told. There is the story there, as well. There are other great children’s stories that you can listen to throughout the year.
Don’t forget on Christmas Eve, Track Santa on NORAD.org
Check out some of the cool places listed here at this site. Please share other sites and activities you know about so we can all enjoy them. Click One, Click All! Enjoy!!!!!
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What do I do now? I made all kinds of decisions to begin using Interactive Notebooks in my classroom. Now what do I do? Well, planning for entries in interactive notebooks is where, I think, the creativity comes into play. I have a creative mind. I used to rubber stamp, scrapbook, craft, and just generally like to make stuff. So when I have a challenge of trying to put together a lesson where children need to show me what they learn in a creative way, I’m all over that! Just like I was all over using graphic organizers before they became popular. Which brings me to my first tip.
Using Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers allow us to see how to organize information graphically so it makes sense. There are many different kinds of graphic organizers because there are many ways we can organize information. Sometimes we just need to make lists to organize information, as opposed to categorizing those lists. There concept maps that allow us to think out loud as we map out the track our brain takes as we process information. I use all of these graphic organizers to help me put together the activities for the entries in my interactive notebooks. Below are some links for graphic organizers online that you can use to begin your planning for entries in Interactive notebooks.
I am just scratching the surface with finding organizers. Pinterest is also another great resource to helping you find some wonderful graphics. I just want to add that you can have a graphic organizer that is Ok, but then you can find that is just out of this world! I would have 4o different venn diagram but only one of them would work for this one activity. I like to have a large choice on hand. Why not, if they are all free.
Matching Graphic Organizers with Lesson Objectives
As I begin planning for Interactive Notebooks for each lesson I keep a running list of all the graphic organizers going through the back of my head. I ask myself how is the book displaying the information? What do they want the children to know? Do they want the to know a list of things, or how to do something? Will they need to know the steps to figure out something or find the text evidence in a passage? Whatever you need to accomplish in the lesson you will need to figure out which graphic organizer will help display the information. As you are collecting the organizers, collect and store them in folders for what you would use them for. For example, Venns are used for comparing two or three things. T- Charts are for lists, etc.
Printing or Drawing in the Interactive Notebook?
So, you have chosen the most effective graphic organizer for the information for your lesson. Now, do you want to print out the blank organizer for the children to glue into the notebook or do you want the children to draw it themselves? Of course this would all depend on the abilities of your children and how complicated the organizer is. For my second graders, T-Charts and Venns were the only ones I let them draw. Others were a bit too complicated. Many times I wanted to add the title at the top, so I would edit or hand write the title before I printed 25 copies.
Make sure you check out my other posts about Interactive Notebooks. I will put links here:
What do I do now? I made all kinds of decisions to begin using Interactive Notebooks in my classroom. Now what do I do? Well, planning for entries in interactive notebooks is where, I think, the creativity comes into play. I have a creative mind. I used to rubber stamp, scrapbook, craft, and just generally [...]
Organization is key for an interactive Notebook. Once you have thought through all you want to do with your notebook, then pages can be added or deleted easily. But you will need to do the organization first for the process to go smoothly. There are going to be more decisions that will need to be made. These decisions will effect the outcome of your students’ learning. We need to be organized before we begin notebooking with the children so we can keep them organized. Our main goal in interactive notebooking is to aid them in their learning. Organization is the best way to help them.
Interactive Notebook Planning Sheets
After you have gathered your standards and your districts’ curriculum guides, you can now use your interactive notebook
planning sheets. I downloaded a copy from somewhere on the internet. The sheets allow you to track your objectives and lessons with what foldable, notes or mini book you will be using. It will save you so much time and stress if you can work on these over the summer when you have more time to spend thinking without interruptions. Your organization will help your students.
Table of Contents
Most text books come with a table of contents. Why? So you can find information easily and quickly. We want our students to find information quickly and easily in their notebooks, so our first organizational entry will be a table of contents. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. All it needs to have is two columns- One for the activity or lesson, and one for the page number. Every lesson or activity will need to have a title and at the end of every lesson you will need to put a page number. There are several ways to include the table of contents. You could just have the children use the first pages of the notebook. Use the red lines as the columns. I made mine in a word processing document with two columns, and about 20 lines down. The students cut out the box, glued it onto the first page of the notebook. I usually had them glue a couple in depending on how many pages there will be in the notebook.
A glossary is a very important aspect of some content notebooks. Math would be one subject I would use a glossary. Even though I may have some vocabulary words for each unit, I would have a glossary at the end for quick reference. Sometimes it may just take a line or a picture to get the meaning across. This notebook is an aid for the students. I would like for the students to have in their very own hands something that they created that will help them in their learning journey. If they can’t remember what an isosceles triangle is, check out your glossary real quick so we don’t loose too much time during a lesson to review.
Another idea for the glossary is to use notecards for your unit vocabulary. When you have finished that unit you can glue the cards in the glossary.
Need to Finish Envelope
I would glue an envelope onto the back cover of their notebook, the brown mailing kind. When the students were absent or if they had to leave the room during a lesson, I would put any papers that need to be completed in the envelope. When there is time I would ask a responsible student to help that child to complete the task. If we just plum ran out of time doing a project we would put the project in the envelope for the next day. It is a convenient way to keep all the pieces together and organized. You could also put a manilla file folder, opening toward the spine with the tab cut off and possibly trimmed down. This would work as long as the cover is kept closed.
Kids love bookmarks! But they can’t keep organized enough to find them. In their notebooks, they will be able to find them because they are attached. Cut some ribbon so it is about 2 inches longer than the height of your notebook. Use liquid glue (Aileen’s tacky glue would work best or Elmer’s school glue- NOT A GLUE STICK) and take an end and hold it in the glue for a short time. I usually have the kids count to 60. You want the glue to adhere to the ribbon. Don’t let the students close their notebooks. Keep the covers open. This may be a great activity to do as you are leaving for the day. Let them dry over night. In the morning take the ribbon and fold it down over the pages of the notebook. It should be showing down below the pages at the bottom. You may want to have the kids glue a button to the end to weigh it down or tie a paper clip on the end. In the photo below they used tape. Whatever works best for you.
Use a wide opening straw as a pencil holder on the spine of your composition notebook. The students will always have their pencils at the ready instead of wasting valuable time looking for their supplies. (From Lifehacker.com)
Grading System or Rubric
Your students need to know that they are accountable for their notebooks. They need to know that their actions in class count toward their grade on the report card. From day one of use with interactive notebooks students need to know what is expected of them when working in their notebooks. I have always used a rubric when giving a grade for the notebook. I did Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop and there was an anchor chart that spelled out how to write a good response that I used to help with my rubric. Here is one anchor chart I found to show you. You could do an search for interactive notebook rubrics to give you an idea how others grade theirs. It is totally up to you.
I hope some of these organizational tips have helped you as you set up your notebooks. You can begin notebooks at any time. It doesn’t have to be at the beginning of the year. If you have just learned about the notebooks, then begin your planning and implement when you feel comfortable enough. It’s better to use them than not.
Organization is key for an interactive Notebook. Once you have thought through all you want to do with your notebook, then pages can be added or deleted easily. But you will need to do the organization first for the process to go smoothly. There are going to be more decisions that will need to be [...]
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Yoga is the practice of accessing and incorporating all facets of our true nature — body, mind, and spirit — in the pursuit of inner harmony. As yoga becomes more well-known in universities through physical education courses and after-school plans, that reputation comes with argument.
Yoga is advantageous to children in several ways. An intentional and dedicated yoga practice that includes breathing techniques, behavioral recommendations, and bodily poses can be incredibly valuable for them, because children encounter emotional, social, and physical challenges or contradictions.
There are five essential areas where kids take advantage of the practice of yoga, and each of them improves their overall well-being.
It Improves Physical Flexibility Yoga encourages physical strength because kids learn to use every one of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is completed sitting, standing, or prone, each you can challenge various muscle groups while helping a child become conscious of his physique and how it economically functions.
It Refines Coordination and Equilibrium Balance is a key component of yoga. As equilibrium and mental clarity emerge from the attempt of trying the poses balancing poses were produced to encourage bodily and mental poise. Even if a child has difficulty standing on one-foot, she learns mental and physical equilibrium if she can stay calm when she falls and when she gets up to take to again. They will be filled with a feeling of achievement as kids learn to enhance their physical balance. Dexterity is also closely tied to equilibrium and promotes complete dexterity. Occupational therapists and some yoga teachers use finger yoga and other specific techniques to help youngsters with fine-motor co ordination and gross.
It Develops Concentrate and Attention The action of practicing poses supports youngsters give attention to the attempt and to clear their head. As a result stay balanced or of this single focus to attain a particular pose, yoga assists children get better scores and to focus and concentrate in college, several studies note.
It Boosts Self-Esteem Self-Confidence and Yoga assists to bring learning to kids on an experiential level and to instill self-confidence. It is our obligation to develop our kids’ sense of question and to give them a powerful sense of self so that they know where they go these days and can bring to producing their neighborhood a much better place.” Yoga teaches them function toward their targets, show patience, and to persevere. A yoga teacher can only offer assistance; it is the kid who has to perform to succeed. Consequently, when a pose is mastered by a child, it gives him confidence and self esteem. Yoga also supplies tools for training compassion, mindfulness, generousness, emphasis, strength, and flexibility.
It Reinforces the Mind-Body Relationship Yoga helps children achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical physique and calming the spirit that is psychological. As parents we need our kids to act and behave with mindfulness and with compassion, to be brave, to know love and happiness, and to find peace of mind. Since the present time goes very, very fast for kids, it is not well before they feel all types of pressure (private, parental, societal) to keep up with everyone around them. Yoga functions as a re-lease valve that alleviates pressure so that as a basis to nurture and develop a resilient and resourceful body, mind, and spirit.
Yoga is advantageous to children of all ages, but it’s been found to be particularly so for kids with special needs. Studies have demonstrated that yoga Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and helps children with autism. NPR h AS documented that researchers surveyed instructors at a Bronx community college that had a daily yoga program and found that the plan reduced kids’ aggressive behavior, social withdrawal, and hyperactivity, compared with a get a handle on team of kids with autism who did perhaps not practice yoga.
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Yoga is the practice of accessing and incorporating all facets of our true nature -- body, mind, and spirit -- in the pursuit of inner harmony. As yoga becomes more well-known in universities through physical education courses and after-school plans, that reputation comes with argument. Yoga is advantageous to children in several ways. An intentional [...]
Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do at Christmas? There have been traditions and cultural traditions around for hundreds of years that many of us have no idea why we do them. Perhaps you do know why you follow those traditions but you are ready for a change. Now is the time to start a some new family holiday traditions. I’m not saying drop everything you do. I’m just saying, try new things and see if they work for your family.
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Design Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater
Plan ahead and have the family order from DollarTree.com everything they will need to design the ugliest Christmas sweater! Break out the glue, glue gun, yarn, and any other crafty thingy you have. Your DollarTree.com order can be shipped directly to the closest Dollar Tree Store wil free shipping, so all you need to do is pick it up. Perhaps you could go Christmas carolling after your sweaters are done to show them off to the neighbors!
Crazy Christmas Game Night
How about good ole’ Christmas Bingo! Or Christmas Charades! As I was searching for all things Christmas on Pinterest, I found some great pins with some fun games for Christmas. Head on over to PINTEREST Look for Everything Christmas and look for the games. There were quite a few printables that can be printed for your Family Game Night.
Christmas Movie Night
Set aside one night, or several throughout the holiday season, to watch some classic Christmas movies. The ones that we watch over and over, but only at Christmas. Home Alone, The Christmas Story, Jingle All the Way, Santa Clause and many more. Pop the corn, make the hot chocolate and get comfy and cozy and settle in for the movie night. You probably won’t have to spend any money on this one. Many channels play Christmas movies continuously through December. Check out Netflix, as well. This could be another use for your family pajamas!
Please comment below with any additions to new family holiday traditions. I know there could be a jillion more! I will update this as I think of more. Let’s keep this going throughout the year!
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