Kids love to have their “own” books. Each of our kids have their own bookshelf in their room where special books are kept. We have a family library in the school room and hallway, but the bookshelf in their room is just for them. When we have our Dr. Seuss party in March, we invite all the young kids to bring “A Shelf for Myself” … Continue reading A Shelf For Myself
What a fun day in Fairy Tale Art Class! After watching a short video of “The Frog Prince” then reading Freddie Frog is Hungry, we made tile lily pads and clay frogs! The kids had a blast. I set up stations in our room- one for tiles and the other for clay. Our class is filled with fourteen 6-8 year olds so moving around the … Continue reading Tile Lily Pads and Clay Frogs
1/2 cup cornstarch 1 cup baking soda 3/4 cup water optional: food coloring (or color with magic markers after) To make the clay:Mix cornstarch and baking powder. Add the water and stir over medium-high heat. As the water evaporates the dough will form and thicken. Take it off the heat when it looks like mashed potatoes. Place in another container, cover and let cool. Knead … Continue reading “Smoother than Salt Dough” Clay
It was so much fun the first time, here are some more book characters. Can you name the title of the book? Answers: More Characters! Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel If You Give a Pig a Pancake Homer Price Harry the Dirty Dog A Bargain for Frances Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears? Frog and Toad Ramona the Pest The Cat in … Continue reading More Characters!
Our kids LOVE to read! Just looking at a picture of a book character brings a smile to my face! I remember how I would sit with 2 kids on my lap, one hanging over my shoulder while rocking the baby, as we would read about Frog and Toad. There were books that made us laugh out loud like Mrs. Piggle Wiggle or taught a lesson … Continue reading Name that Character!
In the process of writing this book there were times when I didn’t want to write. My ideas were there, but my enthusiasm gone. Yet as I followed my own “Writing Traffic Light” steps, I just WROTE! WROTE! WROTE! My ideas were clumsy and unorganized. Still I wrote. Then, I walked away from it. I planted in the garden, added a stitch to … Continue reading Chapter 9: Just Start!
So you’re excited about writing, but not sure where to start? Here is a 6-week plan to get you going! Week 1: Get ready for successful writing! Set up your family writing area. (See chapter 7) Make your own “Writing Traffic Light” out of construction paper. Hang it where everyone can see it. Go shopping for a writing journal for yourself. Start writing in your … Continue reading Chapter 8: Where Do I Start?