Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Multiplying & Dividing for Measurements

Do your kids struggle multiplying and dividing measurements such as inches and feet? Do you sometimes know how to convert the numbers properly too? Why not check out THIS ARTICLE for tips on how to get your numbers straight.Why not consider adding these items to your library/ classroom: Math-terpieces, Board Dudes Dry Erase Activity Book - Letters, Numbers, Shapes & Games (Juvenile) (11050UA-4), Sizing Up Measurement: Activities for Grades 3-5 Classrooms or Learning Resources LER1207 Learning Resources 5-Piece Gallon Measurement Set, Grades 1+.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Making Two-Step Equations

If your math students are struggling understanding what "X" or "Y" mean in an equation, help them learn about the values in context by making a word problem. Check out the info in THIS ARTICLE for tips on how to give a value to the variable and how make your own equation.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Benefits of Preschool

Don't let your child's preschool be a glorified baby sitter. Not only are the professionals way overqualified for such labels, but your preschooler is capable of so much learning.

Since you've likely noticed the brilliance in your own child, ensure that your child's preschool uses the day's time wisely. Sure, play time is important for youngsters as well, but your child should come home each day having learned something. Check out THIS ARTICLE for information on preschool curriculum activities.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Too Much Poop

Is it just me, or are ALL the PBS Kids shows talking about "poop" too much?

In the past week (or so) I've seen a Dinosaur Train show on poop as well as a Fetch with Ruff Ruffman about poop too.  Then to top it off, a recent Family Fun magazine I got in the mail had the word "poopologist" on the back, and don't you know the kids saw it.  I mean, come on people! I know the stuff is "interesting" but dedicating shows to the subject matter is a little weird in my opinion. Now my kids are walking around the house talking way too frequently about poop. Oh well, maybe it will wear off in a few days!

Even though I'm a bit miffed by the show's concepts, I gotta love THAT they're teaching important science concepts!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Types of Science Projects

The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! (Everything Kids Series)Sure, you know there are differences in science projects, but do you really know the difference? Check out THIS ARTICLE for information on the different types (I'll give you a clue: hands-on, research & record, observation, construction and demonstration). Read the article above for info on how to implement these types of projects into your classroom.

For more information on how to integrate cool science project into your classroom, check out the book pictured to the right Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book or the book with a project for every day of the year- 365 Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials.

The Robins are Gone!

Well, the Robins have left their nest and haven't come back. The kids enjoyed watching the birds get fluffier and larger every day. Amazingly we never heard them cheep, and they didn't make a mess beneath the tree.

A few days ago we saw the last bird flop out of the tree and neither Mrs. Robin nor the babies have returned. The nest did somewhat fall over in the wind and we've been able to see the inner workings of the nest, which even my husband admitted was "cool."

With my kids' new-found knowledge (and love) of birds I'm planning on checking out the book The Robins In Your Backyard or Backyard Birds so the kids can enjoy learning the names of the other birds we see in the front yard. Thankfully the loss of the birds has been tempered by the frequent visits of bunny rabbits in the yard!