Sunday, 9 August 2015

Let's Go Fly a Kite...

Learning how things work, is so amazing for little minds and they simply love learning about the things they have made. We've most recently made kites and discussed the effects of the wind and the reasons behind why kites fly.

We made our own using a simple piece of A4 paper. They work so well and are quite the little flyers!
If you like to be prepared, like I do, then you might want to fold up a set of kites...

... and strings on paddlepop sticks.   A set of tails will also help.

Start with a piece of A4 paper and fold in half, then down as pictured.

Then open ...

 ... and make the wings flat.

Punch a hole on the smaller side of the under carriage.
This is where the string will attach.

Flip over and attach a straw for securing the wings. Attach a streamer of crepe paper for a tail.

Let the fun begin!

 You might find naming them handy ... especially once tangled .... hmmmmm....... Fun, right??!


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Rhyme Time

As an early educator, I am often surprised by the number of children in my class who find it difficult to rhyme words.
I have created a fun Rhyming Game to help with the problem.
This game can be played by the whole class or you can use it in a small group setting. All you have to do is count out the cards and you are off ...
I recommend laminating the cards so they last and can be reused.
You can find it HERE at my TpT store .....
 I am giving away a copy of my new game - Rhyme Time - to one lucky person who comments on how helpful games are for learning, on this post.
Good Luck!
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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Let's Build a Farm

We are learning about FARMS at the moment, so what better way to discover a
Farm's features, than to make one ???

We started with a list of the items we would find on a farm.
We discussed the tools we had to work with ... i.e. Lego / Blocks /Toy animals / Newspaper / Cardboard / Tape etc. ... and they ways in which we should use them.
I divided the children into small groups according to their interests and they began creating their own little piece of the Farm.

The Farmer's Dwelling

A place for the cows to live.


The Pig Sty
Horse Stable

We made cane as the crops.

... and several shelters for the animals ...

We then created labels for our farm so every-one could read these and know what we had made.

Ohhhh WOW! So much "learning mess"!!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Is Santa Real?

Each year, at this time, I seem to be rattled by the age-old and undeniably, one of the BIGGEST questions in life ...
Is Santa Real?????
Okay ..... let's take a deep breath .... exhale ..... and think!
Yes, people.... THINK!
Now I'm not a psych expert, (though I do know a lot about how people, especially children, operate) and I don't have magical powers (though most of the 5-6 year olds in my care would strongly disagree) but I do believe in the power of the mind, the wonder of life, the generosity of the kind and the strength of love. If you, like I, believe in these things too, you might just agree with  me here....
Just because they ask ....
you don't HAVE to tell them!
Think of it like this... Some-one asks you "Have you won that million dollars in the lottery, yet?"
You know the truth!
You know, they know the truth!
But how great would it be to be able to say "YES! The Money Tree arrives next week! We are going to pick the Season's fruit and fly to Machu Picchu for Christmas!
Well people ... I'm here to tell you ....
(gasp! The faces turn left and right in search of the truth!!!)
Listen again!
It's okay to tell them "YES!"
Santa is Real!
You see, Santa is the 'figure' we've become to associate with Christmas. He is the giving, the loving, the kind! The children, just like you and that Lotto win, want to believe in the power of the dream. Don't take that away from them! The magic of this world will disappear soon enough! They will have to face reality, one day, but until they are old enough .... let them believe. Let them experience the curiosity of the unknown, the magic of wonder and the joy of belief.
A five year old is not asking you because he wants to know that the jolly old man isn't real!!! The five year old is asking you because they've heard rumours they don't want to believe!!!! Some other chump has put the notion in your child's head and now they are searching for some proof that the chump (and his chumpy father) are mistaken.
Let them BELIEVE!!! It won't be forever! Childhood is so short these days! The real world will come along soon enough and they will be faced with the pressures and stresses of the everyday world. It is then that they will look back and remember the wonderment and the joy and the ecstasy of believing in something magical ... and maybe, just maybe, the feeling they remember might just help give them the strength they need to deal with the problems they are facing in the real world!
If you are having difficulties looking them in the eye and telling them the truth ... make it simple.
Ask them "What do you think?" Ask them, "What is Christmas all about?" Ask "Why is giving so important?" and "How do you think others feel when they receive something they've always wanted?"
Tell them that Santa isn't just the 'person'. Santa is the FEELING ... and allow them to connect the goodness with the person, then it doesn't really matter if it's Santa, or the tooth fairy, Allah or God.
The feeling is true and real and therefore alive and real.

I want to wish you all the merriest of Christmases and hope you wake on Christmas morning to see a money tree down the back yard.
See you at the Incas!
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Bees are insects too!

Whilst learning about the letter "Ii" and the numeral "6",
we thought making a bee would be fun and educational.
I apologise for not having the website in which this little guy was found, but it was not my original idea. I just adjusted it.
We were given a pack of raffia so we used this for legs but you could use pipe cleaners, also. Cut to leg size!!
Cut a paper plate to look something like this. First, in half, then the top corners, then a triangle at the chin.

 Use the other half of the plate and place bee lines across the body. These can be drawn in either direction.
Glue the head to the body ... or staple for better security! ;)
Draw eyes on the head plate. We did a quick little lesson about how to draw these. Start with a circle. Place and arc inside. Next, place a tiny circle at the top.
Then, colour the arc black, but not the little circle.

Staple the antennae on at the back.
Finish the face with something special.

Curl the tops of the antennae.

Add some wings using tissue paper.

Bees .... en mass .... BUZZZZZZZZ!

Have a busy, buzy time!