I recently had the opportunity to review a new book, Playing with Collage by Jeannie Baker (Candlewick Studio, October 2019). This book is the perfect resource to collage making and teaches the various techniques and the variety of materials you can use for this art. The word “collage” originates from the French word “colle” that means glue or paste. Paper and other small materials are pasted onto another surface. The art is colorful and some have texture.
As we near Halloween, playing games in the classroom is not only fun but also helps to foster important skills, both educational and social. Here are a few activities to engage your students during this fun holiday. Halloween Team Spirit This Halloween game is perfect as an icebreaker and a way for the children to work together. Begin by cutting out five orange witch hats, five white ghosts, and five black cats.
Two Toddlers Sharing Do you have problems with your toddler sharing at play dates? Are you dealing with territorial battles? Problems with sharing are part of normal development in toddlers, but parents can foster sharing skills in young children with a few learning opportunities and offering praise along the way. Since toddlers naturally want to mimic adults, begin early by modeling behavior. As an example, if you are eating a cookie, break it in half and give part to your toddler while explaining that you are sharing this cookie with him.
“No peace in the world without peace in the nation, No peace in the nation without peace in the town, No peace in the town without peace in the home/school, No peace in the home without peace in the heart.” Quote by – Tao Te Ching The International Day of Peace (Peace Day) is observed nationwide on September 21st. Students can use this day as an opportunity to express their visions of peace in the world and among their peers in the classroom.
Under the Influence: Art Itself Do you know art? Have you been to a museum or a gallery where you can see legendary works of art? How did you feel when you saw your first famous painting? Art makes of itself an emotional experience and we may feel sadness, surprise, curiosity, or even have feelings that evoke anger or repulsion. Art has always been the catalyst for emotion and there have been numerous studies on human aesthetic responses to art.
Do you remember the movie, “Alexander and the Terrible No-Good, Very Bad Day”? It was a horrible day and everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I realize that teachers have an occasional off day, but when those terrible days stack up, this leads to problems. Teacher burnout can be a real danger. Do you have burnout symptoms? Do you feel fatigued, have sleeping issues, eating too much or not at all, grouchy, or maybe a dooms-day feeling.
It’s a jungle out there. Entomology professor Julie Peterson says there’s an estimated 10 quintillion insects on earth’s globe. If you have not heard of that number before, let’s just say that insects have the largest biomass of earth-bound animals, and probably represent 80 percent of the classes on the planet. And there are still more species that have not yet been described. An article in The New York Times predicted 300 pounds of insect for every pound of human!
Appreciate literature in your classroom. It is one of the best ways to motivate your students to take an interest in written as well as a spoken language. Why not integrate learning across the curriculum with good books? Don’t fall short on ideas for the upcoming school year. Turn to your children’s literature library and engage in hands-on learning with books. Read stories on these topics and then follow through with fun and informative activities.
Whether you are a parent who is homeschooling or a teacher needing a lesson plan for the classroom — family is a good theme. Celebrate this very special relationship by using a variety of activities that focus on “my family”. Take this theme into reading, writing, speaking, music, and art. My Family Quilt There is nothing cozier than a quilt. They feel like home. Begin this lesson by reading The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy and discuss the importance of family and what family means to each child.
Playing outside during the summer is healthy and promotes benefits from exercise, however a young child’s body cannot adapt to extreme changes in temperature. Children’s bodies absorb more heat on a hot day. They do not perspire as easily as adults, so they are less able to cool off by sweating. The Three Main Forms of Heat Illness Dehydration is the number one concern during summer activities. It has no age boundaries and can affect anyone from a newborn to age 100.