Volcano Experiment

Volcano Experiment I can’t remember what prompted this activity, but when my kids get hooked on an area of interest, we usually just run with it and learn all we can!  And the current area of interest was: Volcanoes! We researched volcanoes on the internet and checked out a stack of library books and learned a lot this way.  But of […]

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Calm Down Box

Calm Down Box As a classroom teacher, I found it useful to have items in the room that students could use when feeling mad or upset.  Teaching students to learn to control and manage their emotions in a healthy way was very empowering for them.  These items were often specifically intended for the use of just one or two students, but […]

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Activities with Counting Bears

Bear Counters are a math staple of many elementary classrooms, but these activities work with any variety of counters, such as bugs or farm animals.  There are many different types available these days. If you don’t have any counters at all, no worries!  Many of these activities can be done with things found around the house or yard:  buttons, rocks, […]

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Worm Investigation

Worm Investigation Investigating worms is a great Spring activity!!  On any very wet and rainy day you should be able to venture outside and easily find a handful of these fascinating creatures.  Our investigation into worms was spontaneous and fully initiated by the kids (and that really is the best type of learning experience!)  They were outside jumping in puddles, […]

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Discovery Bottle

Discovery Bottle A soothing discovery bottle is a great addition to a Calm Down Box, or can be used alone.  They are a great tool for children who are upset or frustrated and need a bit of time alone to help regulate their emotions.  Watching all of the small items swirl around and all the glitter slowly settle to the […]

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