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Make an apple tree the toddler way. Our closest apple orchard is about 100 miles away .

Make an apple tree the toddler way

It is sad that we as a family have NEVER gone apple picking. May be one of these days.. But that did not stop us from doing an apple tree craft. What’s special is we did the toddler way. Part craft – part mess.Our inspiration came from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. Things you will need Toilet roll tubes or kitchen roll tubes cut into 2 halvesGreen construction cut out as leavesBrown Paint or Mix Red and GreenRed PaintCotton BallsFoil pan Before starting, I cut out my leaves for the tree using green construction paper. Since we ran out of brown paint, we decided to make brown. Naturally Educational: Lesson Plans, Activities, and Crafts for Early Childhood Education. The gingerbread house. Stretched but not snapped. Jennifer's Little World blog - Parenting, craft and travel. Carrots Are Orange — Dedicated to Developing Little Spirits.

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas. Easy clothespin animals. Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness - School Sparks. Photo gallery - play sets/44258 Indian Family. Kindergarten-Preschool Family and Pets Theme. Printables Kindergarten Printable Reader 1 - "Families" The Family Book by Todd Parr is a wonderful book to read to the children.

Kindergarten-Preschool Family and Pets Theme

It points out the differences within family structures. After reading the book to the children, the emergent reader "Families" could be used as a follow-up activity . The emergent reader could be made into a big book or predictable chart and used to model the reading process. The story line reads as follows: What do families do together? Sample Page from the Emergent Reader. PreKinders: Website for Pre-K & Preschool Teachers. PreK Numbers, Shapes, Colors Review. To review all of the numbers, colors and shapes we learned as we went through our Letter of the Week curriculum, I made some fun review games!

PreK Numbers, Shapes, Colors Review

Note: If you missed it, don’t forget to do the A-Z Review also! Number Review: Fine Motor Skills. Ideas for improving fine motor skills in Pre-K/ Preschool children.

Fine Motor Skills

Find more fine motor ideas on the Fine Motor Skills Resource Page Fine Motor Skills is one of the main areas I sought to improve in my Pre-K classroom this past year (2008-09). I think fine motor is an area which is often overlooked, yet it is so important. Fine motor skills are the foundation children need before they learn handwriting, in order to have proper pencil grasp and control of a writing instrument. *~> The Virtual Vine <~* An invitation to play tutorial. I have been seeing a lot of “Invitations to Play” across the web and on Facebook.

An invitation to play tutorial

The photos being shared are beautiful and inspiring to look through but there are many things to consider when creating an invitation to play… Defining the Invitation to Play Simply stated, an invitation to play is arranging the environment so that it “invites” young children to come to an area in your classroom to explore, investigate, question, examine, participate, touch, feel, and manipulate through as much independent play as the materials can possibly allow. An invitation to play should… Capture a child’s curiosityBe intentional in design and purposeBe appropriate for the age of children you teachInclude materials that the children can freely touch, manipulate, and explore. Preschool resources.

Crafts for Kids: Easy Craft Ideas for Every Holiday and Season. Early Years Maths. — Creative play, art, craft, preschooler, toddler, cooking, early learning experiences, books, christian. Ladybug's Teacher Files. Bookmarks for Bookworms — Simple Kids. KinderArt - Free Art Lessons and Lesson Plans, Projects and Art Education Information for Toddlers, Elementary, Middle and Secondary School. Dschurma Shop - baby-birds-preschool-pack.

More than half of all preschool packs available from Little Monkey Printables are FREE!

dschurma Shop - baby-birds-preschool-pack

Teachers and homeschool moms give so much of their own time and money to educate children. My hope is that these free packs are a blessing to you and your little ones! Buy Three, Get One Free! In addition to the free packs, Little Monkey Printables also offers preschool packs for $2 or less. If you purchase three packs in one transaction, you can receive a FREE paid pack via e-mail. Thanks for taking a look at the Baby Birds preschool pack.

Included in this download, you will find 19 activities: · Bible verse poster · Counting mat and cards · Ordinal number practice · Graphing set · 2 Handwriting pages (N,n) · How Many · Letter Find (N,n) · Letter sort · Magnet page · Follow The Path · Prewriting page · Puzzle cards · Scissors skills · Shadow matching · Shape matching · Size matching · Size sequencing · Ten part puzzle · Word builders. Primary Resources - FREE for Early Years (EYFS) KS1 & KS2. Mommy Lessons 101: Five Little Shamrocks. To go along with the "Five Little Shamrocks" poem that Andrea shared in her St.

Mommy Lessons 101: Five Little Shamrocks

Patrick's Day Lesson Plan, I created some simple printable shamrocks. You can get your numbered shamrocks here Or plain shamrocks without numbers here And a printable version of the poem here Five Little Shamrocks Poem: Five little shamrocks growing by the door. (Child's name) picked one, and that left four. Four little shamrocks, green as they could be. Somewhat Simple - creative idea and inspiration for the home and family. Play Create Explore: Busy Bags. Back to School. I've loved looking at all of your beautiful and creative rooms these last few weeks!

Back to School

After working like an animal in my classroom this past week (in between all of those meetings/trainings of course) my room is complete. I've carried over the apple theme that I started last year. That made things a lot easier- although it didn't stop me from buying an insane amount of new things! Here are the pictures I took today at school. Enjoy! Room at a glance Grammar Wall (I am an ELD teacher so I have to have this instead of a word wall.) Front door, Class Jobs, Star of the Week Name Station (From Deanna Jump's Unit) Word Family Station ABC Order Station, Word Work Station, Rhyming Station Calendar Math Notebooks (So excited to try this!) Calendar Math Wall. Modern DIY supplies coming to Target. Todd Oldham has teamed up with Target to produce a collection of art supplies inspired by his 2009 book, Kid Made Modern.

Modern DIY supplies coming to Target

The kits and supplies are geared toward children, but I'm eyeing this duct tape! Todd suggests making wallets and messenger bags with it. Check out the Charley Harper paint-by-number sets, too—you can make your own painting on wood for some nifty DIY wall art. Also available are crayons shaped like gems, wooden jewelry kits, a comic book set with rubber stamps, and more. Toddler Approved! I Can Teach My Child! — Activities and resources for parents of young children. Quiet Book. I'm really excited to share this project with you.

Quiet Book

Several months ago someone put the idea into my head that I should make some quiet books. This is one project that I've never really had the desire to do, but that little seed kept growing until one day I found myself drawing up the templates and then at JoAnn's buying the supplies. My Creative Family. Bunny Hand Puppets. Felt Aquarium Magnets.

When I was in the third grade my class took a field trip to Point Reyes, California to look at the tide pools. I was fascinated by them, each pool was like a small secret world. There were orange and purple sea stars, tiny little fish, and flower-like sea anemones. When I stuck my finger in an anemone's mouth it's sticky petal-like tentacles would close around it, thinking it was food (this probably isn't a nice thing to do to an anemone, but it certainly made an impression on me).

My love for the ocean and all of its creatures has only grown in the subsequent years. I did some snorkeling in Hawaii and saw fish of every size, shape and color though the crystal clear water.