Schoolyard Habitats To help reconnect today's children to the outdoors, National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms called Schoolyard Habitats®, where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife. These wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, but also outdoor classrooms where they hone their academic skills and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity. How Schoolyard Habitats Got Its Start National Wildlife Federation has encouraged individuals and communities to create and conserve wildlife habitat since 1973, when the Backyard Wildlife Habitat™ program (now called the Certified Wildlife Habitat® program) began. In 1996, the Schoolyard Habitats program was created to meet the growing interest and distinct needs of schools and school districts in creating and restoring wildlife habitat on school grounds. What age groups are involved with Schoolyard Habitats projects?
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Fund For Teachers® Fund for Teachers provides educators, possessing a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn, the resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. FFT grants are used for an unlimited variety of projects; all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities. We believe that supporting teachers' active participation in their own professional growth, positively impacts student learning and achievement. Eligibility Criteria: Employed full-time as a PreK-12th grade teacher and spends at least 50% of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom-like setting; Intends to continue teaching in the consecutive school year; and Has at least three years teaching experience as a PreK-12th grade teacher. Previous recipients must wait for 3 years before reapplying. Eligible teachers may submit one application per grant cycle. Next Turn off Pop-Up Blockers on your computer.
Mirror, mirror on the Wall I've been enamoured of late with the idea of mirrors in the outdoor play space. Not only do young children find mirrors engaging, but mirrors also add light and character, and open up a smaller outdoor play space. Mirrors also make intriguing play surfaces. Or a surface for painting and sensory explorations with materials such as finger paints, shaving cream, sand or clay. Add a mirror to the bottom of the water trough to experiment with reflections. Kate from An Everyday Story gives a useful run down on different types of mirrors and different uses for mirrors in play in her post called (naturally enough) Mirrors. KidSafe has some advice on the safe use of mirrors. Have you used mirrors outdoors?
Bright Ideas Home Grants — TeachersCount General Grants Save on Energy Teacher Grant Interested in winning $500 for your classroom? SaveOnEnergy.com® is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy or sustainability. They teach consumers of all ages about the many aspects of energy in our Learning Center through blog posts, videos and infographics. Deadline: 5 p.m. The American Turkish Society Curriculum Development Grants Curriculum Development Grants in the amounts of $250-$2,500, are made available by The American Turkish Society, a NY-based not for profit dedicated to enhancing ties between Turkey and the United States. K-12 School Grants The K-12 school grants website provides teachers with the latest updates and information on grants. Pets in the Classroom The Pet Care Trust is sponsoring the “Pets in the Classroom” program that provides educators with funds to purchase and maintain classroom pets. DonorsChoose Academic Enrichment Grants Fund for Teachers NEA Foundation Texas Classroom Assistance Grants
20 Playful Ideas for using Pallets at Preschool The time has come to breath some life back into this blog. And what better way to kick start things than an tribute to my love affair with the humble pallet. As anyone who works with the budget in an early childhood setting knows only too well, money never stretches far enough. And even if it did, the most interesting materials and resources tend to be those that are found and reused in creative ways, or real life objects uncovered at garage sales or Op shops. Enter the wooden pallet. Often available free of charge, or to be found for a measly $10 from a nursery or recycling centre, the pallet is an open ended resource that can be put to use in a learning environment in a myriad of ways. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. 2. A more ambitious project, but too irresistible not to include: 3. 4. 5. 6. 9. The clever folk at Oac Child Care have adapted pallets for use in a number of interesting ways. 10. 12. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Our Little Acre Looking for more Pallet Inspiration?
English language learning games ESL/English learning games on Digital Dialects are completely free to use, do not require registration, and are designed for ESL students of all ages. Each ESL revision topic includes vocabulary lists and practice games with audio for teaching correct pronunciation. Materials are of use to beginner level English as a second or other language students, though those with some familiarity with the language may wish to try the English/ESL spelling games. Games for English as a second language include: Numbers in English - learn the English numbers from 1-12, 13-20 and 0-100. Arithmetic games in which you add the English words for numbers together to choose the correct answer. Audio for learning to pronounce English numbers is provided on the intro page.