January 14, 2015
I’m always on the look out for sites that will support the development of learning materials I can use with the children in my program. I do not purchase a curriculum, but prefer to construct my own around the interests and needed skill set of the children currently in care. My two go to sites are: 1) Pinterest – great resource for free and low cost materials and ideas, and 2) TeachersPayTeachers where I continue to find free and low cost materials I can use as is.
Google Drive is my on-line depository for most of my curriculum materials – copy, store and print as need. Not only easy to use, but quicker and less physical storage space needed. Also great for sharing with parents and other early childhood educators.
Every now and then I have to do a wider on-line search to find the resources I need to complete an ideas for a lesson. Yesterday, I wanted an active body part game, but didn’t want to hand draw body parts and have no available flash cards. I found a site that let me pull pictures and print out a sheet/picture. I then copied the sheet, cut up the images and made 3″x3″ flipcards. I labeled each image (of course with help). Having the preschooler help with the labeling allowed her to see the connection between letters, words, writing, and language. Laminate the cards and we were ready to play.
The first way we played was to chose an image on the sheet and then flip a card. You had to try to connect the 2 body parts picked. On the ones that we could not directly connect the children started to find other ways like touching a friend or placing hands on the 2 parts. Lots of up and down moving, wiggling and laughing.
The next game try was to just flip 2 cards and try to connect the body parts. School-age involved now so even more movement. Lots of laughs when the younger remembered and solved one set by placing hands on the 2 body parts and standing there staring at the older ones twisting themselves around without success, until they saw her:)
The new site I just chanced upon in a search for images of body parts to make a game is: LessonPix. I’m exploring with a free trial, before I spend $36 for annual membership. The site was developed by a special ed teacher and her husband with IT background.
- Create custom materials such as Bingo, picture cards, coloring sheets, etc.
- Clip art library with 1000′s of pictures
- Use your own clip art or photos for custom materials
- Download our clip art for your personal use in Word Documents, PowerPoint, etc.
- Ideas on how to use LessonPix at home, in the classroom
- Request pictures not available in picture library.
August 13, 2014
The following piece was copied in it’s entirety (photo changed) from No More Worksheets in 2011 and has been posted here multiple times. It so simply and completely expresses the reality of young children. I must admit it brings a smile to my face every time I read it. Think it’s time to post again with the younger group that will be here now.
by Leslie Sausage in Property Law from a Young Child’s Perspective
by Leslie Sausage in Social Skills,Teacher Talk
Age-Appropriate Thinking Socially/Emotionally
1. If I like it, it’s MINE.
2. If it’s in my hand, it’s MINE.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s MINE.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s MINE.
5. If it’s MINE, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are MINE.
7. If it looks like it’s mine, it’s MINE.
8. If I saw it first, it’s MINE.
9. If I can see it, it’s MINE.
10. If I think it’s mine, it’s MINE.
11. If I want it, it’s MINE.
12. If I “need it, it’s MINE (yes, I know the difference between “want” and “need”!).
13. If I say it’s mine, it’s MINE.
14. If you don’t stop me from playing with it, it’s MINE.
15. If you tell me I can play with it, it’s MINE.
16. If it will upset me too much when you take it away from me, it’s MINE.
17. If I (think I) can play with it better than you can, it’s MINE.
18. If I play with it long enough, it’s MINE.
19. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes MINE.
20. If it’s broken, it’s yours (no wait, all the pieces are MINE).
April 26, 2013
Again this year I’ve been keeping an eye on the eagle webcam on the Maine coast. There’s been a good deal happening, so it’s time to share with the kids.
The 2 eggs have hatched and the baby eagles are now visible. The kids saw clearly for the first time today.
Broadcasting live with Ustream
February 15, 2013
I believe in the value of yoga and meditation in promoting good health. We do both as part of our program (admittedly not as much as I’d like – still working on that). Click on the link below for the free material for a wonderful child friendly guided meditation from Imaginations that we will be doing here.
(sample of the language)
January 30, 2013
I love making snowflakes. Have always loved making snowflakes, but it’s not always the easiest project to do with young children with beginning scissor skills. It isn’t always easy with older children that see lacy, involved snowflakes in their mind, but cutting the design is not feasible. Then you have all that paper – scraps, waste? – newspapers or magazine just don’t work the same as white paper. But making snowflakes is part of the experiences we want for our children right? For me the answer is yes.
Here’s where technology has come in handy this year. I found a sight that allows one to design snowflakes for free with the click of a mouse ~ SnowDays – It’s Always Snowing. Now there are other sites online, but this one worked the best for us. Even my 2 yr old enjoyed. I handled the mouse click and she moved my hand where she wanted. She not only had fun controlling my hand, but the excitement as she saw what was developing. I just kept seeing a smile and hearing “Pretty!”
We all made multiple snowflakes, watched many fall, checked out where others that were made were from and even went on a snowflake search.
Don’t worry we gets lots of scissor time here. Making snowflakes is not about scissor time, but that finished lacy snowflake.
January 8, 2013
As part of our science and math learning during this snowy month of January we compared 2 versions of the folktale – The Mitten (original inspiration: Golden Gang Kindergarten). We then made a Venn Diagram of these 2 books: The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt and the one we already knew by Jan Brett ~ The children discussed their observations about what was the same and different between these 2 stories. I wrote their observations onto our large white board, placing into the correct sections, as guided by the kids.
During rest-time, I used Wylio.com to find creative commons photos of the characters in each version to make a visual version of our Venn Diagram for The Mitten.
You may notice a part of the Venn Diagram is missing – I left that out for the children to draw in themselves as part of understanding how a Venn Diagram works.
June 19, 2012
Country Fun is participating in the Summer Virtual Book Club blog hop. To see all the ideas posting from others joining click here.
We have had so much fun reading a selection of books written by June’s author. It was hard to decide on just one activity as an extension. If you have already read the posting done by one of the school-age children “Oinky! Oink! Oink!”, then you know we made a day of it all around the book Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems.
When the parents are greeted at pick-up time with “Happy Pig Day!” you knew it’s been a day the kids enjoyed.
Here are some of the finished pig masks.