Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sexual Predators want Your Child - Protect & Educate OUR KIDS on Technology

Did you know that the current statistics show that any child that has access to chat online has a 100 % chance of being contacted by a sexual predator? Is this disgusting and frightening? Especially in our time where children of EVERY AGE have access and use technology on a daily basis. YES, IT IS!! And we MUST act to protect our children. I want you to get involved in this remarkable technology that protects and educates children online. This is not something that can wait until a "better time". . . your child needs this now. Take 5 minutes to learn a bit about this and decide if this is a perfect fit for your child.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Framed Art with Nature Kids Activity Lesson with a Nature Walk

In this activity teachers and students should collect elements of nature to use as a medium for art expression. This can be done through a nature walk! Teachers can also bring in other materials that can not be gathered by children (i.e., fruits, veggies, flowers, dry beans) The object for students is autonomy and initiative in deciding which naturalistic materials he/she will use, how he/she will arrange them and why they are arranged in a certain way. Supply children with empty frames for them to configure their art inside. This three dimensional collage process is an open ended activity for children to express themselves creatively while working closely with nature. The intended focus of this experience is on the process that the child uses to create a masterpiece. The final product should be celebrated by taking a photo, showing peers, etc.  Then the process should be repeated as many times as wanted child to express him/herself through art and nature.  Children have an instinctive love of nature and should be given many opportunities to participate in self-expressive and naturalistic experiences. Students natural curiosity and artistic expression are a large part of their love for lifelong learning. 

Students can share their nature finds with the community. You can lay them out on the floor like I did 
or you could have students organize them into baskets or piles. 

It is exciting to see the unique designs that children create, some with careful details,
some on a whim and others with specific intent. 

I love this project and regard these highly as works of art!

This is a center that can be done each season and documented for a student portfolio book.

This activity can be done often as it will capture children's interest and engage them every time.  

Try to use frames of various sizes for children to choose from;  
and so that they can collaborate on their work if desired.  

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August is American Artist Appreciation Month

August is American Artist Appreciation Month. You can have children observe, study and enjoy pictures of American Artists. You can have them replicate the art or simply have them create art inspired by what they see from the artist (great for younger students). The other great idea bout this theme is that children in our country ARE American artists! They may not be recognized or famous, but all children are great artists and should be celebrated! If you have a child that would like to be celebrated for his/her art, please send a photo and name to me at for a feature mention!

You can also link up your American and Student art related posts in the linky below! I would love for you to share other artists that I may not have mentioned ( you can put them in the comments below). Here are a list of a few American Artists that make  great learning opportunities for children in the area of art.
  • Jackson Pollock
  • Faith Ringgold
  • Andy Warhol
  • Grandma Moses
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Ansel Adams

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Celebrate and Study Egypt - Link Up Resources

Egypt is a fascinating study theme for children. There are many lessons and activities that can be integrated into a Theme or Unit featuring Egypt. Please share your resources, crafts, ideas and lesson plans here! Caregivers, parents, educators and more can have fun utilizing all the wonderful ideas relating to children learning about and celebrating Egypt!

National Geographic Countries of the World: Egypt

from: Random House
National Geographic Kids Everything Ancient Egypt

from: Random House
Egypt - Culture Smart!

from: Random House
The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Get Ready - July 28th Celebrate Fingeprints

Did you know that your fingerprint is uniquely yours and will never, ever be duplicated by another human being? It is true. And no matter how our bodies change throughout our life, our fingerprints will always stay the same. This is definitely a reason to celebrate! People are similar in that we all have fingerprints but we each have our own exclusive set. The English first began using fingerprints in July of 1858, when Sir William James Herschel first used fingerprints in a business contract in India as a means of personal identification.  Then in the1870's a method of classification was developed for fingerprints by Dr. Henry Faulds. Here is a History of Fingerprints Page that I referenced where you can learn more. In Honor of Fingerprints, here are some Cool Projects and Ideas for Celebrating! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

High Value & Low Price Resource for Teaching - Dry Beans

Allow me to introduce you to one of your most valuable and least expensive resources available. It is a bag of dry beans! Seriously, this bag of dry beans cost me $2.49. This mixed bag of beans was one of my favorite product during the 10 years I did child care and early learning. Not only can you create a huge amount of projects for these beans, but just give the kids a bag outside with dishes and spoons and the children will "cook" with them and plant with them for hours. These beans are perfect for sorting. Little hands and fingers benefit from this fine motor activity. Little minds benefit from the science and math.

Use a muffin tin for your child to sort the beans in for a highly beneficial project under three dollars. 

Use beans as math manipulatives!

Use them for little ones to make simple designs. 

Use them to make works of art and mosaics. 

Use dry beans in sensory bins as the base. One of the favorites for my children were using the mixed beans in the sensory table with measuring spoons, measuring cups and containers for "cooking".

Buy bags of one kind of bean for the base in the sensory bin (i.e., Black beans for streets, split peas for grass, white beans for snow,etc)

Put some dry beans in socks and secure with a string for fast beanbags.
(Rubber bands are a serious choking hazard)

Do you have any other great ideas and uses for dry beans that you want to share?
Send me your ideas and/or photos to

Friday, July 5, 2013

All About Magnets - Link Up Resources

Magnets are a source of wonder for children as they learn to manipulate their world within scientific constructs.  Exploring with magnets ignites excitement, fosters a love of  life long learning, and lays the foundation of prior knowledge for future learning. Lets Celebrate Magnets by linking up and sharing posts, activities, projects, lesson plans and and learning resources. Add your posts to the linky and have fun getting some Awesome ideas to use with your child or class!