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365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." What is 365 Things? '365 Things' is a thinking skills resource. Simply put, it's one big question for every day in the year. Its official aim as a thinking skills resource is to help your pupils deepen their understanding and introduce them to different ways of thinking, but if it gets your class talking hard about the answer, that's good enough for us. We've had both secondary and primary schools using the resource, but our main support comes from KS2 classes. The daily questions vary, from open-ended Maths challenges to more philosophical issues.

Elementary Computer Activities & Games - Grade Level kindergarten ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Progress Monitoring Web Resources The National Center on Student Progress Monitoring (NCSPM) has exciting downloadable articles, PowerPoint presentations, FAQs, and additional resources about student progress monitoring, Curriculum-Based Measurement, applying decision making to IEPs and other researched based topics. All of our publications are designed to inform and assist audiences in implementing student progress monitoring at the classroom, building, local or state level. The materials on this website were developed under the NCSPM, which was funded by the U.S.

Raising Playful Tots The April edition of the RPTI is out! View it here. What is the Raising Playful Tots Index and how does it benefit me? Latest Index The RPTI is one such one-stop shop. Complied in one place are bloggers who love Play. Making an Alphabet Letters Memory Game from Milk Jug Caps with Printables and Instructions for Kids Today I will show you how to make a really cool Memory game that is great for any age child, but especially good for preschoolers and Kindergarteners who are still working on Alphabet Letters recognition. If you don’t have enough Milk Jug caps, you could also use coins, checkers, cardboard, or whatever else you have lying around the house. Making a Memory Game from Bottle Caps with Printables and Instructions for Kids Crafts Materials Needed - 52 Milk Bottle Caps

Sing-along Songs One of the most fun group participation activities for family and friends is to engage in sing-along songs. The essence of a sing-along song is that it has a simple enough melody and memorable lyrics for everyone to easily learn. Many of these popular songs have been around for over a century and are taught to children as part of their grade school music education. Ms. Conway's Kindergarten Website: About Play-Based Learning It has long been known that there is a strong link between play and learning. Children are full of natural curiosity and they explore this curiosity through play. When kids are playing, it's the perfect time to learn. Play teaches kids how to problem solve, how to make friends, how to express themselves, how to enjoy the world around them, and how to recognize letters and numbers. All of these skills form the foundation of a love of learning. In the kindergarten program, teachers structure play to create learning moments.

Webinars and Online Trainings We encourage you to download and share the following webinars and online trainings. All we ask is that you credit the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring. Please note that if you wish to print any of the following presentations, it is easiest to do so once you have saved the presentation to your computer. The Imagination Tree: Heuristic Play- Treasure Baskets When Cakie was a small baby I used to take her every week to a lovely Sure Start play-group that was run by an early years teacher. The group was fantastic in that it had some very well planned activities for toddlers, such as sand and water, play-dough, puzzles, puppets etc as well as incorporating singing and story-telling (which they all raved about!) It also had a wonderful little area that was lined with cushions and had a canopy of materials hanging over-head. This area was only for babies and was surrounded by shelves of baskets in all different shapes and sizes. These were “Treasure Baskets” and were extremely popular with all who pulled out their contents and marvelled at them (toddlers included!) So, when Little Pop was about 4 months old I decided to make our very own treasure basket.

40 Fine Motor Skills Activities Here is a collection of 40 fine motor skills activities for young children that are easy to set up and promote a whole range of skills. They’re creative, open-ended, appropriate and varied with ideas for practising motor skills through art, sensory play and simple manipulative games, and there are so many to choose from! One of the most important ways we can help our children while playing with them at home or in a childcare/ classroom setting is through setting up simple activities that help to develop fine motor skills. Young children need to be able to hold and use scissors and pencils appropriately before using them in a classroom context. We cannot expect them to be able to write if they haven’t yet developed the strength needed in their hands and fingers.

The Mud Kitchen - A Recipe for marvellous Outdoor play Hello lovely blog visitors. Welcome! I am sharing the newest edition to Dimples out door play area today. The awesome and totally messy mud kitchen. The best recipe for engaging children in messy, active, outdoor learning is with mud. Here is the DIY mud kitchen that we built for Dimples in a few hours using recycled materials. Using a Word Bank Process to Develop Standards-Based IEP Goals & Objectives This multimedia presentation is designed to provide a tool and a process for helping Connecticut educators develop standards-based IEPs. It is presented in three parts: If you're having difficulty viewing the presentations, you'll need the most recent version of Adobe's Flash Player installed in your browser, and a broadband Internet connection. Directions for the Tutorials This presentation provides instruction on a tool that promotes the design of standards-based IEP goals and objectives. This presentation can be used for individual, small group, or full staff professional development.

Play Spaces Archives Make a creative art space and art gallery in your home or classroom for independent art explorations and for a place that the kids can call their own! I’ve been planning to write about our little art area for quite some time and Continue reading Creative Arts Area and Gallery for Kids Set up a specific area for playful maths investigations at home or in the classroom, to encourage plenty of open-ended play and self-directed learning with a range of inviting materials. This post is part of an ongoing series called Exploring Reggio, in which we

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