Whack Those Winter Blues

Whack Those Winter Blues

Winters here in Pennsylvania can be long, cold and dreary. Any activity that can break the monotony of the fifty thousand shades of gray in the bleak sky is most welcome. During last year’s particularly cold and snowy winter, my husband came up with one of those activities. It was…

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Sunset Creek Walk

Sunset Creek Walk

It’s was a long winter on the US east coast.  We had lots of snow, lots of cold and very little outdoor fun.  I have been craving adventure and natural beauty (the kind you don’t need five layers of clothing to enjoy).  With our summer trips still a few weeks…

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Using teachable moments to exercise a variety of skills

Using teachable moments to exercise a variety of skills

We stopped for lunch at a convenience store on our way out of Delaware.  There was a map on the wall where we helped the kids locate the two beaches we visited on the trip, the town of Milton, where we went for the Horseshoe Crab Festival and a cousin’s…

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Ninjago Legos and six lessons learned as a result of following our kids’ interests

Ninjago Legos and six lessons learned as a result of following our kids’ interests

Ninjago is a fascinating Lego series (to kids…and their dads) that has been made more enthralling by the dvd series released with it, chronicling the adventures of the young ninja.  There is enough intrigue and danger to make it more exciting for “big kids” than your average “little kid” show,…

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World Down Syndrome Day Lesson Plan

World Down Syndrome Day Lesson Plan

World Down Syndrome Day is on March 21st (3/2), chosen to represent the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome expressed in individuals with Down syndrome.  The following lesson plan was created to help raise awareness in my son‘s second grade class about Down syndrome.  In addition to the plan, I…

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Laundry Races

I am pretty efficient at getting laundry washed and dried.  I do several loads a day and rarely have piles of unwashed clothes cluttering up the house.  But piles of clean clothes, that is a different story.  (Having less clothes would help as I discuss in a previous post http://sogladimaround.blogspot.com/2012/05/travel-lifestyle.html…

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Using nature to introduce simple graphs

On a walk counting moths and other creatures Nature is a great source of information for graphing with young children.  Taking a walk and recording data on what you see lends itself easily to an introduction of how to use charts and graphs. Take a walk near your house and…

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Strawberry Field

I often remind my children that the healthiest food grows right out of the earth.  I want them to know that a healthy earth means healthy people too.  I want them to be aware of where their food comes from and how this can impact their health in positive and…

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Blending Math and Writing for Preschoolers

A conference with my four year old’s teacher alerted me to the fact that my son has not fully mastered number recognition.  He learned his numbers so early and with so little help from me that I thought we were good in that respect, but we have apparently not practiced…

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