Monday, August 13, 2012

Learn to Fingerspell - Wonderstruck

This is a FUN and FAST

interactive "game"

where you type in your name

and get the directions on how to fingerspell it with sign language. 

You can type in any word to learn them


you can print them to use as a reference

or project!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Creative Play Giveaway ! Enter to WIN

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teacher of the Year 2012

Be Passionate,
Stay Curious,
Set High Expectations.

You are a hero to someone even if you don't know it. 

Rebecca Mieliwocki

       TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2012      

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Scholastic Books July Sale & Summer Reading Guide for Kids

I love and frequently shop Scholastic Books 

Check out this Fabulous Fourth of July Sale!

 And FREE Shipping on orders over $25


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Friday, June 8, 2012

Eraselet - Win a FREE Pack of Your Choice! (6/18)

How COOL Are Eraselets?

Right now the grade school children in our area of the mid-west 

are collecting Erasers.

They have some in food shapes, sports equipment, characters, animals and more.

The problem is that you cant really use them to erase because they 

dont work very well and besides that, they get all yucky looking right away.

Bracelets are also a big deal in school.

Guys and Girls both wear all sorts of bracelets that represent
who you are and what your interests are.

Want to know something Super Cool???

Really!  They are a bracelet AND an Eraser all in one!

And they dont smudge, rip your paper or look bad when you use them!

You just pull the Eraselet over your thumb and erase your mistake,
just like that.
The idea came from the founders daughter who was misplacing erasers at school
and that is how the best ideas are born. . . through solving a problem!


You Know I LOVE that!
But these Eraselets arent just for me, they are for students!
Students who have used up the erasers on their pencils and cant find the one they 
thought was in their desk.

Your child will save time and frustration not having to use up class time
searching for an eraser!
Teachers and Students will be feeling Happy!

I think that these are a FANTASTIC Idea for schools to order with their 
motto and school name. They can be handed out for special events
and sold at the School Store.

Custom Eraselets
Whether you are looking for an awareness Eraselet® to Erase your cause, an inexpensive fundraising item, or a promotional product for your business to get into the hands of kids, Eraselets are your answer! Kids love Eraselets! Let your custom imprint become a collectable to kids and spread your distinct message!
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Great for Promotional Items too for clubs, sports teams, camps, family reunions

 and EVEN for Adults!

I LOVE these (can you tell)?

SO, my son was able to try out one of the packs. 

He loved the cool designs and vivid colors right away!
He thought that they were cool because they were so stretchy.

He was excited to take them to school and use them and show his friends.

He said that they kids liked them so well that my son wants to order them to put

in the goodie bags for his birthday party!

Maybe we can order some custom Eraselets that say something like:

"Thank you for celebrating My Birthday with me, friend!"

So many good ideas and great uses.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Building A Better World Song & Lyrics with Sign Language


Building A Better World

It is a very pretty song 
(I find myself singing it all the time)
and perfect for elementary ages!
It has a video in sign language to accompany the lyrics.

It is from 

you can check out their YouTube Channel for more great songs.

Learn the song, the sign, and the message.


We're building a better world
We're building a better world
We're building a better world
One person at a time.

And the world goes round and round,
the world goes round and round and round.
And the world goes round and round,
the world goes round and round and round.

We're building a world with love
We're building a world with love
We're building a world with love
One person at a time

We're building a world with peace
We're building a world with peace
We're building a world with peace
One person at a time

We're building a world with friends
We're building a world with friends
We're building a world with friends
One person at a time.

We're building a better world
We're building a better world
We're building a better world
One person at a time.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Autism Action: Moving Beyond One Day of Awareness

Autism Awareness in Action Campaign 

The Autism Awareness in Action Campaign Page 
and the Campaign is officially set to start 
just after midnight on 
Saturday, May 5, 2012. 

Have you pledged to ACT?

Read more HERE

"Here’s the thing … for all the great images, moving stories, 
and fundraising done throughout April, 
in what ways did Autism Awareness actually move forward any 
true awareness of Autism?
For all the warm and fuzzy moments, 
what action was taken to make a difference for families 
living with autism and those living with their diagnosis of it? 
How were specific families or individuals helped?
Don’t you think it’s time to move beyond the 
platitudes of Autism Awareness 
and into 
Autism Awareness in Action?"
- Katrina Moody 

Please GO HERE

You are WELCOME Anytime, 
not just during this

Friday, April 27, 2012

Review of Lab in a Bag - Test Tube Discoveries

Review of Lab in a Bag – Test Tube Discoveries

I bought this kit at a hobby store for a fun and educational Sunday
afternoon activity with my 3rd grade son.  He will be learning about
matter in the upcoming science unit in science at school. I wanted
to find something related to matter and its properties give him some
prior knowledge upon which to build new knowledge!

My son was super excited about the prospect of using the 
big test tubes to do “real” experiments. 

Unfortunately, only one experiment actually utilized the
test tube, the others requiring cups and bowls from home.
I found this to be misleading. 
There is a paper included in the set with a long list of 
“uses for your test tubes”
such as collect things on a nature walk,
which made me think I had just wasted my $17.00.

My little guy was disappointed when he opened each test tube 
and found merely a roll of paper and one small bag with 
one ingredient.
 And disappointed again when we found that our kit did not contain 
the blue measuring scoop required
to make the Gravity Goo. 
(We winged it and it turned out fine, 
but we used it all up on the first try).

This kit requires supplies from home, mainly 
water, oil, and food coloring.
I think that this should be clearly stated on the 
outside of the kit so that you can
make sure to have what you need BEFORE 
you open it up and find that you have to
run to the store for food coloring.

After reading each experiment my son chose to do the “lava lamp”
because he could actually make it in the test tube.
It was SO COOL that his disenchantment quickly turned to smiles
and wide eyed shouts of excitement!
It really was awesome. 

Now he wanted to do the other experiments right away.

We spent the next few hours preparing them, waiting, 
hypothesizing and investigating. 
I personally was a little bummed that two 
of the experiments were basically the same thing; 
a polymer that grew from absorbing water,
 but my son didn’t care at all and 
the next morning he had even more amazing ideas and 
comparisons and thoughts 
about his

He put the final products in his test tubes and 
set them up to look really cool.
He did some of the alternative “experiments” 
suggested in the kit 
and loved it.
He did his own experiments and loved it. 

For example, he put dish soap in his goo and it
turned into a foamy, bubbly Awesome substance. 
He enjoyed fooling his family with the
disappearing ice cubes. 
And he can’t WAIT to use the other test tubes to make
another lava lamp.

(we did these a couple of weeks later)

He will be playing with this for a long time.
(He has been)

 Best of all, he is having important experiences from which to 
build more knowledge about science, 
explore the possibilities of matter,
and cultivate a continued passion for science. 

This kit kept him engaged and allowed him the opportunity to
go beyond the limits of the kit to do more on his own.

I would definitely recommend this science kit for your child.

He is having too much fun and doesnt want to go to bed!

The kit is designed to be used in conjunction with a 
scientific journal 
and it guides parents/children through 
the scientific process. 

The experiments have writing and drawing prompts your child
to make specific observations and record data along the way. 

These are perfect for a home school situation because 
they can be stretched out over days with 
additional activities for each. 
There are even alternative activities where the
separate experiments 
can be combined to learn more about how they
 interact with each other.

pH indicator strips to find bases and acids

My son is so excited to use the test tubes to gather specimens 
on a nature walk 
and learn more about his world. 
And with that I am off to the park with my scientist!

*I didn’t want to put too many pictures in this post to give away the 
experiments but I did want to show you what it is all about.*

He woke up very early the next morning to experiment. 

My son’s Review:
“I thought the kit was cheesy when I opened it because 
all the test tubes pretty much had in it was the directions.
 I wanted to take it back but I decided to do it anyway. 
The first on we tried was the lava lamp and it actually
 looks exactly like a real lava lamp in my test tube. 
I learned that water is heavier, which means more dense than 
vegetable oil which I never would have thought. 
Next we used the garbled marble and it was extremely fun 
because they look really fuzzy in water, 
but are pure round when you take them out!
Plus I only used a little bit of them in the sack 
and it made a ton of them! 
Now that I have done all of the experiments I want 
to go get all the other sets! 
Science is really fun and you should try it too. 
It is as fun as playing legos, just different. 
I am going to the park to get samples of the water
 and leaves and grass and rocks and put them in my test tubes 
to examine them. 
Sometimes I felt cool, like a mad scientist doing the experiments, 
but I am really more like a real, actual scientist.” 

*I was not compensated in any way for this review. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

TRICKOMATICS Math Movie & Interactive Software Review & Giveaway (ends 4/27)


I was REALLY hoping that I would get the opportunity to
 review this program!

(and I did - yay!)

I love to evaluate curriculum and programs for education. 

This one I am happy to say gets an old fashioned A+

Trickomaticks comes with a cd Movie that should be watched before
playing the games because it gets your child invested in the 
characters and gives a preliminary introduction
to the main "tricks" included in the game cd. 

My son and I watched the movie together. 
My son is a bit of a Pre-teen Cartoon connoisseur 
so I was comfortable with the fact that he wouldn't "love" the movie,
but he actually DID like it and watched it twice!


I had played them ahead of time so that I would know how to navigate
the game and the individual problems before sharing it with my son.

The one thing I got stuck on was in popping the balloons and getting the clues.
There are boxes that show up in steps to solve the problems.
You are to enter values (answers) in the boxes.

So for example, this picture has two empty boxes. I would enter both 
the answers in the available boxes but the game would not recognize 
that I had done anything. 
I finally realized that you must do each box/each step
one at a time and hit enter rather than fill in both/all at the same time.
This makes perfect sense so that you learn the steps in the process.
So when you pop a balloon for a hint, enter the answer in the first box,
hit "enter" to check your answer, 
then move to the next and so the same. 

So, After watching the movie a second time, I opened up the game.

I had him pick his own choices, play/solve a few and then pick another.

They are not "games". 
They are problems and learning how to solve them.
It is a teaching tool, not like playing a traditional video game. 
BUT, it was still fun and  interesting for my son.

 He was having to re-learn 
how to solve problems with the new, easier strategies so there was 
a level of normal math frustration (a good thing).
Once he got the hang of the new "tricks" he was almost speechless about how 
simple solving difficult, multi-step problems with big numbers could be.

The tricks are not something that you can just teach a child and be done with it.
This program is valuable because it keeps skills sharp 
and lets kids practice the 
strategies until they are fluent and fast.

Lastly, I LOVE that the game keeps track of the statistics
of your child's progress in the program
so you can monitor and adjust the individual learning process 
specifically for each child! 

This game comes with a recommendation of ages 7 - 11 but CLEARLY
these strategies are Amazing and Beneficial
and should be shared with children 7 through adult. 
I will be sharing this with my teens because I sincerely learned some 
valuable math skills from this program that will be helpful to him in 
High school, Formal testing, College and Real Life!

Get your free trail today and you will be as excited as I am about 
learning easy tricks to solve difficult math. 

My Son's Review:
"I loved the video. It was interesting and just from the video I learned a bunch of 
different math tricks.The animation is really good. The smartest characters are Chloe and Joey.
Shmoey could only focus on eating! He is like me. 
I think that this would be good for first and second graders for sure because that is when 
you learn place value, but I am going to be in fourth grade and I learned new tricks to 
make math easier. The tricks make it easy and on the game when you get the hints it makes 
it look like the pre-algebra we do at school. 
The eleven's trick confused me at first but then once I learned it,  I think it is like a real trick! 
I think that it is worth it to get Trickomatics to be better and faster at math,
 and kids would like it."

There are LOTS of Chances 
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Read Conmigo - Free Books to Enriching the Learning In Bilingual Households

Read Conmigo 

is a website with a mission . . . 

"to enrich the learning environment in bilingual households 
one family at a time"

Sponsored by Infinity Insurance, 

is a parent focused literacy program that provides FREE Books 
for parents to support literacy and learning in their own homes
by reading in both English and Spanish!

Teachers get a one time set of 20 books to distribute to their class.

Parents can sign up for a free book every month 
to share with their children.

If you or someone you know could benefit 
from this program please share.

Click HERE to go to the site and check it out.

The web page can be viewed in English or Spanish 
by clicking the top, right corner.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Live Web Cam Bald Eagle Nest

I wanted to share this Amazing site with you!
My son's class in school is watching the Eagle's Nest
in Decorah, Iowa Complete with THREE Eggs Ready to Hatch 
This Week 3/25/12!

This is not only Amazing and Precious, 
but highly Educational and just plain Cool.

I have had it on all morning and the background sounds are soothing  :o)

Utilize this video as a springboard to integrate other subjects
and set up a Bald Eagle Activity Center!

Here are some starters. 
Please post more links and activities to share with our community in the comments section. 

For the Coloring Pages I included the links to get them full size.

Integrate Multiculturalism:

+ Many more Eagle coloring pages at this site!


Bald Eagle

BackgroundThe bald eagle is best known as the national emblem of the United States of America. It was chosen for this honor in 1782 by the Second Continental Congress because the species is unique to North America. However, the bald eagle went from being common in the early 1700s to extremely rare in the lower 48 states by the 1960s. This precipitous decline was due to loss of habitat and nesting trees, food contamination by pesticides, and illegal shooting. Contamination of food by the organochlorine pesticide DDT is widely accepted as a major reason why populations of eagles, along with many other raptor species, declined in the mid-20th century. DDT accumulated in the food chain and, when contaminated food was ingested by eagles, it caused them to lay eggs with weakened shells that cracked when the birds incubated their eggs. Eagle populations across the country were decimated. General use of DDT was banned in the United States in 1972.
The bald eagle was first declared an endangered species with the passage of the federal Endangered Species Act in 1973. Populations eventually began to recover due to the ban on DDT use, successful reintroduction programs of fostered chicks and fledglings, and habitat and nest protection measures. In 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reclassified the bald eagle from endangered to threatened in the lower 48 states. Populations continued to recover enough that, in 2007, the bald eagle was officially removed from the federal Endangered Species List. However, bald eagles are still protected on the federal level by the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
The bald eagle was no longer a nesting species (extirpated) in Connecticut by the 1950s. When Connecticut's first official Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species List was passed in 1992, the bald eagle was classified as an endangered species. That same year, the state documented its first successful nesting of bald eagles since the 1950s when a pair raised 2 young in Litchfield County. Leg bands revealed that the nesting pair came from a reintroduction project in Massachusetts sponsored by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Five years later, a second pair of bald eagles successfully nested in Connecticut. The nesting population has increased gradually and, in 2010, 18 pairs of bald eagles made nesting attempts in the state. Nesting attempts or territorial pairs have been documented in 6 of the state’s 8 counties. Due to the increase in nesting pairs in recent years, the bald eagle's status in Connecticut was reclassified as threatened in 2010.
Wintering eagles come to Connecticut looking for open water in which to feed when the land and waters in Maine and Canada are frozen. If harsh weather in Connecticut causes any open water to freeze over as well, the eagles continue to migrate farther south. Up to 100 eagles winter in Connecticut, from December to early March, along major rivers and at large reservoirs. The number of wintering eagles has been increasing slowly, depending on the severity of each winter. With the increase in nesting and wintering eagles in Connecticut, there is still a challenge to reconcile human recreation and shoreline development, which decrease suitable habitat, with the specific needs of this state threatened species.
The bald eagle nests from Alaska and Newfoundland south to Baja California, the Gulf Coast and Florida. The greatest concentrations of wintering bald eagles are found from November to March in the western and midwestern United States. Smaller concentrations of wintering eagles are also found in New England during this same time period.
Adult bald eagles have a snow-white head and tail, and a brownish-black body. The bill, eyes, and feet are yellow. Immature eagles are uniformly grayish-brown. The distinctive adult plumage is attained at 4 to 5 years of age. Bald eagles are about 34 to 43 inches long, can weigh 8 to 14 pounds, and have a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet. The sexes are similar in appearance, although the females are larger. Bald eagles have a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years, and longer in captivity.
Young bald eagles are often confused with golden eagles; however, they are grayer than the darker golden eagle, and the bill is much heavier.
Habitat and Diet
Natural year-round habitat of bald eagles includes lakes, marshes, rivers, or seacoasts, where there are tall trees nearby for nesting and roosting and plenty of fish for eating.
Although bald eagles feed primarily on fish, they also are opportunistic predators and scavengers that will eat anything that can be caught easily or scavenged, such as waterfowl, small and large mammals, and livestock carrion. In addition, they have a reputation of being thieves, robbing other raptors or gulls of their catch.
Eagles kill prey by grasping it with their strong feet and sharp talons. They can carry their prey in flight but are unable to carry much more than 4 pounds. An eagle’s beak is used solely for tearing flesh.
Life History
Bald eagles reach sexual maturity at 4 to 6 years of age. The breeding season in Connecticut begins in January, and most pairs lay their eggs in February and March. Bald eagles return to the same nesting areas year after year and often breed with the same mate. If something happens to either the male or female, the surviving bird will find a new mate. The nest, which sometimes measures 7 to 8 feet across, is a flat-topped mass of sticks, with a lining of fine vegetation such as rushes, mosses, or grasses. It is built in trees, 10 to 150 feet above ground. There are usually 1 to 3 (average 2) dull, white eggs in a clutch. Both the male and female incubate the eggs and feed the young. The eggs are incubated for about 35 days, and the chicks usually fledge (reach flying stage) in 12 weeks.
Interesting Facts
The flight speed of a bald eagle ranges between 36 and 44 miles per hour.
At night, wintering eagles often congregate at communal roost trees; in some cases, they travel 12 or more miles from a feeding area to a roost site. Roosts are often used for several years. Many roosts are protected from the wind by vegetation or terrain, providing a favorable thermal environment. Use of these protected sites helps minimize energy stress. In addition, communal roosting may aid the birds in their search for food.
Despite their large size, eagles are easily disturbed by unpredictable human activity, making delineated protection zones necessary around areas of high eagle use, particularly nest sites and winter roosts. Disturbance at nest sites may cause the birds to abandon their nest, even if there are eggs or young in the nest. Because winter is a stressful time for eagles, it is important that preferred winter feeding areas be protected. If the birds are frequently disturbed from feeding and forced to travel to a different area for food, their lives may be threatened. Adult eagles are more easily disturbed than juveniles.
How You Can Help
Winter is a difficult time for any wildlife species, including bald eagles. Food is harder to find and cold temperatures cause energy stress. If you see one or more eagles feeding or roosting, leave them alone and observe them from a distance.
It is also important to stay away from nesting areas to avoid disturbing the birds. Several Connecticut bald eagle nests are located on private property where there is no public access. Respect posted areas and do not trespass on private property to view eagles.
The Wildlife Division participates in a midwinter eagle survey in January for the United States Geological Survey; volunteers are always welcome to help in this effort.
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The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of American, 
because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, 
and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.

   On the backs of our gold coins, the silver dollar, 
the half dollar and the quarter, we see an eagle with outspread wings. 
   On the Great Seal of the United States and in many places which are 
exponents of our nation's authority we see the same emblem.
   The eagle represents freedom. Living as he does on the tops of lofty mountains, 
amid the solitary grandeur of Nature, he has unlimited freedom, 
whether with strong pinions he sweeps into the valleys below, 
or upward into the boundless spaces beyond. 

*Please post more links, lesson plans, crafts and activities to share with our community 
        in the comments section. THANKS!