Starfall's Learn to Read with phonics Play to Learn Preschool: Spelling our Names Recently we posted some of the ways that we help our preschool students practice writing their names. Writing is not the only thing we do with names, though! Another important activity is learning to spell our names. We sing lots of songs and rhymes with our names, and these are 10 of our favorite ways to practice them during centers: Name Puzzles Write the child's name on a piece of cardstock. Sentence Strip Matching Program sentence strips with each child's name. In September we used apples and in October we used leaves. Star and basic shapes work well any time of year. In My Name vs. Print a sorting mat and provide a bowl of letter manipulatives. Letter Beads We have a set of Learning Resources beads that the students use to make name necklaces. Pattern Block Letters We love these amazing free printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Magnet Center We use our magnetic white board to practice lots of skills, including spelling our names. Clothespin Dinosaurs Clothespin Folders
20 Science Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers I’ve been sharing a lot of simple science experiments for kids on my facebook page lately, and the response from you guys has been terrific! Wow! You really love your science, don’t you? Well guess what! 20 science activities for toddlers and preschoolers Set up a colour laboratory with water, bubbles and an assortment of containers and fine motor instruments. Watch a bar of Ivory soap expand to 6 times its size in a minute and a half! A few rocks, a jar and a small toy animal are fun for teaching kids about water displacement. Kids can practice spelling their name or simply create stunning pictures with this salt, glue and watercolour experiment. Watch and learn how salt helps to melt ice in the following FANTASTIC activities! Kids AND adults will absolutely love blowing these GIANT homemade bubbles! Watch a the slow process of a grape turning into a raisin. Puffy Painting: Kids can watch their paintings go from flat to fluffy in a matter of seconds in the microwave. Happy Experimenting!
Rainbow Dyed Daisies I love daisies. Their sweet summer faces always delight me as they freckle the fields. I thought it might be fun to use that daisy white as a palette for a rainbow of colors. My littlest and I really enjoyed watching them change color over time. Best part... it's super simple. Gather up some daisies. Cut the daisy stems below water at an angle and cut them fairly short, so the dye has less to travel up. Place 10-20 drops of food coloring into a small vase or jar (or we used tall shot glasses). Add warm water to the dye and place your daisies in their new colored drink! Leave them overnight and wake up to a rainbow!! Can you tell I was in love with this project?! So pretty. In daisy love,
Ocean in a Bottle with 3 Simple Ingredients Make an ocean in a bottle with 3 easy ingredients. One of the fastest and easiest-ever science activities for preschoolers. I love to make homemade toys for the hooligans. This particular ocean in a bottle has to be the most amazing looking bottle we’ve made yet though! This oil and water science experiment isn’t new by any stretch of the imagination. To make our Ocean in a Bottle, we used: watercooking oil (we used canola, but vegetable would work well)blue food colouringlarge bottle (2 litre pop bottles work well, but we used a mouthwash bottle with a child-safe lid)funnel If you want to explain the scientific details to your child, pop over and check out this article explaining why oil and water don’t mix. How to make an ocean in a bottle: I didn’t have a 2L pop bottle on hand, so we used an empty mouthwash bottle. Fill approximately 1/3 of your bottle with water.Add several drops of food colouring.Have your child shake the bottle to disperse the food colouring. Let the fun begin!
Easy Puffy Paint recipe 3-Ingredient, homemade Puffy Paint an easy art technique for kids using microwave and a few basic kitchen ingredients. If you know me, you know we LOVE homemade paint recipes and easy science activities. This homemade puffy paint fits the bill perfectly! I love that Homemade puffy paint is a great art activity for children and has the added bonus of being a bit of a science experiment as well. To make your own homemade puffy paint, you’ll need: 1 tbsp self-rising flourfood colouring in the colours of your choice (I used Wilton icing gels) see below1 tbsp saltlittle bit of water (start with 1/4 tsp) For your convenience, I’ve included affiliate links for some of the products in this post: Making your puffy paints: Combine your flour and salt in a small bowl. Ours sat for a bit while we walked to the school bus, and it thickened up again, so I just added a few drops of water to thin it back to the yogurt consistency. Magically transform it in your microwave: Now for the science! Ta daaa…
How to make your own giant bubbles - bubble recipe Make the biggest bubbles ever with this homemade giant bubble recipe. Homemade giant bubbles have been on our to-do list for a while, but we were waiting for optimum weather conditions: humid and overcast, with very little wind. Well, yesterday was perfect, so I whipped up this Giant Bubble Mix in the morning and we tried it this afternoon. I am thrilled to report that this bubble recipe really does make the biggest bubbles ever! And, if you’re looking for cool backyard science activities to do with the kids, you can put this at the top of your list! Check out the size of these bubbles! I have to admit, I was not altogether convinced that this bubble recipe would work. How wrong was I? It was FANTASTIC! I got my inspiration for this activity from Design Dazzle, but I’ve tweaked the recipe a little because I didn’t have the ummm… interesting “secret ingredient”. Ready to make some giant bubble mix for yourself? Homemade Giant Bubble Recipe: To make your bubble mixture: Ingredients Instructions
Melting ice with salt and watercolours - happy hooligans Melting Ice with Salt and Watercolours – a colourful science experiment for kids. One of the hooligans favourite science activities is melting a block of ice salt and water. Today we’re doing this experiment as a Valentine’s activity so we’ve used a heart-shaped ice block. We’ve done plenty of melting ice experiments before, but this was the first time we’ve included liquid watercolours in the experiment. I’m so glad we did! For your convenience, I’ve included Affiliate links in this post. What are liquid watercolours? In case you’ve never heard about them, let me tell you how much I LOVE our liquid watercolours. I’ve only been using them for a few months but I’m crazy about them. or Wilton Icing Gels for this kind of activity, but I kept hearing all the Early Childhood bloggers rave about these liquid watercolours so I decided to order some from Amazon. Oh my goodness!! If you’re doing this as a Valentine’s activity, like we did, freeze your ice in a heart-shaped cake pan.
salt, glue and watercolour art - happy hooligans - name recognition A name recognition activity with salt, glue and watercolour art! This was our first time doing salt, glue and watercolour art, and the hooligans and I had so much fun with the process! I used the technique as a tool to help work on letter and name recognition, but it can be used purely as an art project or simple science activity as well. Skill-building and learning: This activity is jam-packed with teaching and learning opportunities! Science: absorptionArt: colour recognition and colour blendingFine motor: squeezing pipettes and droppersCo-ordination: pouring salt, shaking trayConcentration: applying colour to a specific area on the paperLiteracy: letter recognition and formation, name recognition Easy set-up with common, house-hold materials: If you’re looking for an activity that’s fun, engaging, and that covers a lot of educational ground, this one is great. Supplies needed for salt, glue and watercolour art: For your convenience I’ve included Amazon affiliate links. Paper Towel Art
Playing with Coloured Water - Free, Easy, Educational Fun for Kids Is there a child who doesn’t love playing with coloured water? This backyard water activity is a super way for kids to learn about colour-mixing, to strengthen fine and gross motor skills, and it’s a terrific way for children to keep cool on a hot, summer day! This water activity is one of our favourites from our collection of simple science activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Ah, good-old water play! What child isn’t happy when they’re playing with water? We called this the “colour laboratory” because the children work away like little chemists throughout the morning, pouring and mixing and measuring with a variety of containers and instruments. Setting up your colour laboratory: for your convenience this post contains affiliate links Raid your bathroom and kitchen cupboards, and your recycle bin to gather up an assortment of interesting plastic containers and instruments such as: *white bowls and ice cube trays are best for viewing the changes in water colour Liquid food colour
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What is the best way to teach mixed age groups? | The Super Simple Learning Resource Center Teaching a group of mixed age students can be challenging. But there are many ways that you can work with this situation and have a fun and successful time for all of the students involved. Here are some ideas to get you started. Communicate clearly with parents Let parents know what the goals for the class are and what assistance you will need from them. Allow the older students to lead If the lessons are created around activities that appeal more towards the younger learners, there is a good chance the older learners will start to tune out, even if they are helping out a lot. Give everyone a chance to participate When you do activities more appropriate for the younger learners, have the older kids act as the teachers or as teacher’s helpers. Use stories and songs Both picture books and songs are great for reaching kids of a variety of ages. Play games like Concentration in teams with one older kid and one younger kid paired together.
ESL Kids phonics,Sounds Word Building, Reading through Phonics Main/ Courses / Worksheets / Teaching Tips/ Songs/ Phonics / Flashcards/ Shop / Contact/Partners Phonics Materials for All Games In this section you will find a generous collection of the best phonics resources. There are flashcards, Video slides, Worksheets and more for teachers. KizPhonics.com offers the best Phonics Printables and more. Kiz Phonics is an excellent progressive program for teaching kids to read using a systematic phonics approach.The Kiz Phonics program is carefully arranged by levels from Preschool Ages 3-4, Kindergarten Ages 4 -6, 1st Grade Ages 6-7 & 2nd Grade Ages 7-8. Phonics Printable PDF Worksheets A to Z A To Z A to D - E to H - I to L - M to P - Q to T - U to W - X to Z Phonics>>> Site Search : Find stuff across our sites Store : ESL Ebooks, Kids Course materials, PPT & more
ESL Kids -Teaching English To Children HOME: house and furniture Roof, chimney, wall, window, door. Bedroom, bathroom, living-room, kitchen. You can each them words like: bed, chair, table, curtains, basin, towel…etc. In the kitchen: FOOD: FRUIT AND VEGETABLES Teach these words slowly (it's a big word class). Pick the words you would like to teach and combine them with the four seasons. WEATHER and CELESTIAL BODIES, FOUR SEASONS Sun, moon, cloud, rain, thunder, snow, snowflakes, stars. Repeat the words night/day and parts of the day: morning, afternoon, evening. Autumn, winter, spring, summer. If the children don't know any of the words you teach them, teach them in their mother tongue first, then in English. Use the usual material and activities (drawings, cards; drawing and colouring). Teach them nursery rhymes such as "Rain, rain, go away, come again another day!" With the word rain introduce also the word umbrella. Tell a simple riddle and ask for feedback : (The sun), or (Butterfly)