For years before the European explorers came upon American shores, the native nations prospered around the areas of the Southeastern areas known today as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. Discover traditional crafts of these tribes (Catawba, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole) –nations of people who lived in a region stretching from the Mississippi River and the mountains of Appalachia to the sandy coasts along the Atlantic.
The weather is sometimes frightful – whether it’s a snowstorm, tornado, hurricane, or even an earthquake. No matter the crisis, the power usually goes out. It’s bad enough not to have lights, but without the use of electronics, our families freeze. What do we do with a generation that is in “need” of material objects for entertainment? Time to Prepare I live in Florida, so I’m in preparation mode starting June 1st – our hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30th.
Can you imagine days without crayons? Ever since these artistic tools were introduced in 1903, children have used them creatively. This versatile art material has become a staple on school supply lists and kids look forward to a new box each year. Teachers are finding new ways to create lessons with crayons across the curriculum. Here are a few ideas to try in your classroom. Before I begin, teachers need to check out Crayola’s website, not only for products but for lesson plan ideas in their Education Section.
Most young children have difficulty learning and understanding the concept of time. It’s the passage of time and the use of clocks that plague them. Once this concept is mastered, children experience a feeling of independence and competence. Here are some facts and activities that make time telling a fun adventure. The History of Time Long before clocks were invented people used nature’s rhythms as signals and planned their daily activities according to the rising and setting of the Sun.
Whether your theme is patriotic, constellation, holiday, or achievement, stars are the perfect symbol to use in your classroom. It’s iconic shape has been recognized for centuries and so fun to make as a project. Here are a few star crafts to make with your students. Paper Web Star This star is made with colorful construction paper and has a dimensional look. You will need: ½ to ¾ inch strips of paper in these lengths: 6-inch, 7-inch, and 8-inch Scissors Stapler Hole punch Yarn or fishing wire for hanging Directions:
Conversation Heart candies are those sweet-talking, heart-shaped confections that have kids of all ages enjoying the sayings and munching for years. Loads of colors, flavors, and sayings that change from year to year; these candies are over a century old. The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) began manufacturing these hearts around the year 1902, but the owner Oliver Chase, a Boston pharmacist, began making candies and created a machine to make hearts way back in 1866.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – a great time to sink your teeth into a study of dental health. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), “cavities are one of the most chronic diseases of childhood in the United States…the good news is that cavities are preventable. “ About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years has at least one untreated decayed tooth.
Your students will love these ideas for making Halloween containers from recycled materials. They are fun to create and functional. A perfect place for teachers to fill with treats! Here are three to consider with photos and instructions. Monster Halloween Containers Empty toilet roll tubes Tempera or acrylic paints Paintbrushes Paper plate Long pipe cleaners Hole punch Safety scissors Craft foam or construction paper Googly eyes (all sizes) Heavy-duty glue or low-temperature glue gun Platform material (optional) Directions:
Number Fun Give mathematics a creative touch by using your senses to experience “hands-on” number fun. We are all familiar with giving a child a “feel for numbers” by allowing them to draw numerals inside a jellyroll pan with sand, cornmeal, or sugar. Another fun adventure is to give the child a piece of refrigerator cookie dough and instructing them to roll the dough into a long rope and shaping this into a number.
Read Me a Story The most common form of storytelling is reading books. Select books that tell stories about people, places, history, and events. Enlist the help of your librarian to compile a variety of books from which your students can choose – the selections are endless. Read aloud to your students daily, but also allow students to choose a book and read it to their peers. Tell Me a Story Telling a story orally is the root of our storytelling tradition.