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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter's Day

Here in central Pennsylvania, we are at the beginning of what promises to be a lengthy snowstorm.  Last night I made sure our feathered friends would be well fed and they have been flocking to our deck all morning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Are you getting pounded with snow as well? Don't forget to catch the snowflakes.
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

(indoor) Snowball Fight

Ready for a snowball fight?  If you live in the north east or midwest of the United States, you have probably had some great time in the snow with your family lately.  Whether it is warm or cold where you live, a little indoor snowball fight can be just what kids need to let off some energy.


Before we were pounded with snow this winter, my sister made these cute little snowballs for my boys and they have seen lots of snowball fights! 

Indoor snowballs are fun to make and will keep kids busy and happy.  Start with a yarn pom pom. (There is an easy tutorial found here.) Glue on a felt circle for the face, make a mouth and nose with fabric paint, and glue on googly eyes. Now you are ready to play! (These would be perfect for a winter time birthday party or playdate.)

Have fun!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Little History Love and Creative Learning #29

Welcome back to another week of Creative Learning. I began teaching a class titled "18th Century Life and People" for our homeschool co op today. I have 9 second and third graders and I can tell already that we are going to have a blast.

I began class by asking each student what they like to study the most and then explained that when you study history, you study about everything. I could see little light bulbs of understanding turning on in their minds as we talked. We also did a Venn Diagram of life then and life now to show that people now are similar to people then, yet some of our resources make our lives seem different. 

I will come back later and share some of my ideas on helping kids love history later.  Now it is your opportunity to share with us. What creative learning have you had this week?




Creative Learning on Friday



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sesquehanna Waldorf School Winter Festival

Today is a snowy cold day in central Pennsylvania, so in an effort to remind us of the joys of the season, I thought I would share photos from our nearest Waldorf school's winter festival held several weeks ago.


Ever wonder what a Waldorf school playground looks like?

 



Each grade decorates its own nature table.


 


A scene from The Elves and the Shoemaker.
All of the children were mesmerized and so was I.

The kindergarten room





 
Lovely isn't it?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Love

 
Live, teach, believe in Love.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

National Parks Fee Free Day

                         
  
Just wanted to let you all know that National Park Service entrance fees are waived for Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20. So head out and enjoy some amazing historical or natural resources.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Learning through Play and Creative Learning #28

I really enjoy watching my 5 year old son play. He is learning so much simply by using his imagination and the questions he asks as he plays.

Lincoln Logs and Peg People make for great storytelling in which he learns
character development, and that each story has a beginning, middle, and end.
 


Board games help him learn strategy and counting skills.
This game has numbered squares so each time he rolls
the dice, he practices his addition skills.
 

What little child doesn't love a box they can fit in? Here Shane is making
his space ship. As he talks about his adventures, he asks questions about
space such as, "How many planets are there?" or "Why do we float in space?"


Creative Learning on Friday







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