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  • Messy but fun concoctions
  • Baby Animals

    $12.00
    Bunnies, piglets and lambs herald spring!
  • You & Me

    $12.00
    Guiding children in developing positive friendship skills will help them as they progress through their school years. This includes encouraging children to define what makes a good friend - both in what to look for in a friend and how to be a good friend. It also involves teaching children good communication skills, including active listening strategies. Children that can communicate their needs and wants are more likely to get their needs met in a positive way, and may not need to explore more risky and harmful behaviors. A positive environment will encourage children to engage with others as friends. Through hands-0n activities children:
    • Use patterning to make a 'friendship necklace' with a friend
    • Make a special 'friends' paper chain - each link in the chain is a friend
    • Complete specific 'friendship tasks' to make a GORP-like snack
    • Create a special MY FAMILY banner
    Children that have a friend are less likely to engage in behaviors that put them at-risk. Learning empathy for others is one way to create an environment without bullies - something we want for all of our children.
  • Making Tracks

    $12.00
    Fresh fallen snow ….. Footprints made by who?….. Tracks leading where? ….. Tracks in the snow (or mud) are fascinating to follow, seeing who made them and where they lead. Seeing and following animal tracks can provide a wealth of information and engaging learning activities for children (and adults!). Through following animal tracks, we can see where they live, where they hunt for or find food, and how they care for their young. Animal tracks can provide the opportunity for children to develop scientific observation and higher level thinking skills. Animal tracking is fun and engaging. Through hands-on activities, children: • Learn how to visually differentiate between different shapes of tracks • Use their own footprint as a tool for measuring • Create a clay tile of animal tracks Finding animal tracks can be done in any season with mud and snow. At the river bed, on a sandy road or the snow around the base of a tree, animals are leaving a footprint to their presence.
  • Standing at the bus stop ….. Riding through the rain ….. Hearing, seeing, and smelling the sites of a city .… These are experiences many have when using city transportation. There are so many things for children to see and learn about in this world. Being with a special person that can highlight the many delights in our world is a great way for children to discover new things. Teaching children how to appreciate what they have, and to see the beauty in others, helps them to see the value in people that are different than they are, as well as develop empathy for others. There are a lot of fun, learning activities that can be developed based on this book.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Participate in a special ‘giving’ project
    • Use dramatic play to learn about riding the bus
    • Develop large muscles through a jumping activity
    • Create a map of their neighborhood
    The more children experience being out in their community, the more they can see their connection to others. This helps children develop good attitudes about the world, and empathy towards others.
  • Explore our green and jumpy summer friends
  • Mix up some fun in the kitchen
  • Spring

    $12.00
    Tree buds swelling ….. Birds singing bright and early …..    Green plants peeking through the dirt ….. Spring starts slowly then bursts upon us! After weeks of being cooped up inside because of cold, winter weather, we are all anxious to get outside and look for those first signs of spring. Teaching children to really ‘look at’ and use all of their senses to discover the changes in their environment that heralds spring is something that they can use to examine and explore all of their surroundings. Being aware of their surroundings is one way we can help children gain confidence by feeling safe, in control and able to make good decisions about their actions.   Exploring the subtle changes that brings on spring encourages children to be scientific observers.  Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Explore the signs of spring, and how living things react to longer days and warmer temperatures ·       Learn about maple syrup time, and the yumminess of maple syrup ·       Discover how birds use many materials to make their nest Spring is a time of new beginnings and rejuvenation. Discover with your children all the wonders of spring!
  • ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ Unit Book by Crockett Johnson A cardboard box made into a spaceship….. Blankets tossed over a table that turned into a castle….. Making the most delicious cake out of mud …… Imaginary friends and pretend play made up much of our early years. Through this, we learned to be creative and problem solve – just as Harold does in the story ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’! Problem solving and creativity often go hand-in-hand. Usually, to solve a problem, higher level thinking, analysis, and innovation are needed which is part of the creative process. Every day, children are thinking about the things in their lives and what to do with them or how to use them. As children solve problems, they gain knowledge and self-confidence in their ability to succeed. There are a lot of fun, learning activities that can be developed based on this book. Through hands-on activities, children: • Increase their usable vocabulary (helps them get ready to read!) • Discover how to make the color purple • Strengthen finger muscles and fine motor coordination through a cutting activity. Harold has several other adventures too. Crockett Johnson wrote stories that children could easily relate to.
  • Festivals of Light
  • Marching Band

    $12.00
    There are many types of musical instruments that are easy to make with children.  This Unit includes several that are fun and different .  Enjoy the music you and children can make together!!
  • Children are born with such promise and potential! As early childhood educators and providers, it is our responsibility to support and nurture each child’s development, and to encourage and celebrate individuality. In order to do this, it is important to know the children in care, understand ‘normal’ development, have knowledge of early learning standards, and be able to assess where each child is in their development.  Activities that help children recognize their strengths and areas of growth include: ·       Learn ·       Explore ·       Practice ·       Discover Children that recognize and celebrate their skills are developing positive self-esteem, which is critical for school and life success.
  • Mittens & Hats Unit of Study Highlights Thumbs in the thumb holes ….. Fingers all together ….. That’s how mittens keep our hands warm …… In cold, winter weather! Many of us remember the frustration of trying to get fingers in the right places when putting on gloves – mittens are so much easier! Teaching children how to put on their own mittens and hat helps them become one step closer to being independent – a goal we need to have for our children. This Unit uses hats and mittens as a tool to help children explore their world. Through hands on activities, children: • ‘Build’ a mitten to keep track of books read • Practice putting items in ‘sets of 3’, a great math skill • Use visual acuity to find matching mittens • Strengthen finger muscles through hanging up mittens and hats on a clothesline It is easy to take every day items and use them as teaching tools. Children are learning from everything in their environment – even their hats and mittens!
  • Gardening

    $12.00
    Children love watching their garden grow!
  • Most children enjoy a trip to the zoo to see the many different animals.  This is a good way to teach children about taking care of the animals in our world, especially those that are on the endangered species list.  Most zoos provide an educational program for groups of children.  There are also some great websites that provide animal webcams and a virtual zoo experience.     Children learn best through active exploration.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Stretch and move with Animal Yoga
    • Participate in drama, acting out Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathann
    • Create their own ‘kangaroo pouch’
    • Practice cutting skills by creating a lion
    There are so many animals to learn about in our world.  The Jungle Safari Unit of Study provides activities on other animals children might see in a zoo.
  • Winter

    $12.00
    Frosty noses….. Snowflakes falling softly….. Hot chocolate and marshmallows ….. Winter is a season that can be filled with joy as it heralds many fun outdoor activities – as long as we are dressed for the weather! Hats, mittens, boots and warm coats are a must! Through active outdoor play, children are able to use their large muscles when exploring all of the changes they see in the environment. They are also able to use a lot of energy and exercise those large muscles! Then come inside and warm up inside with a mug of hot chocolate or apple cider. Through these hands-on activities, children are able to explore winter when they: • Use real mittens to create a special mitten painting • Create words out of snowflake letters • Play a game to understand how animals hibernate, migrate or adapt Every year, we go through many seasons. Helping children to understand what happens in each season helps them to find the ‘joy of the season’!
  • Open and closed ….. Awake and asleep ….. Tall and short …… All of us experience ‘opposites’ many times every day. The ‘The Opposite Zoo’ provides many opposite pairs that help children expand their knowledge of the world, and their vocabulary. Every day we use our senses to see, hear, touch and taste differences in things in our world.  One key literacy skill that is developed through this book is the ability to make the distinctions of features that result in the understanding of ‘opposite’ concepts. This is an important school readiness task. There are a lot of fun, learning activities that can be developed based on this book.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Make bead necklaces with patterns of big and small beads
    • Move their bodies to various ‘opposite pairs’ such as fast and slow
    • Create distinct art work with black on white and white on black materials
    • Use their taste buds to compare different opposite tastes
    Children that use the vocabulary of ‘opposite pairs’ are much better at defining and explaining things they see or experience in their world.
  • Starry nights and the smell of a campfire
  • Polar Animals

    $12.00
    Find out about polar bears and penguins
  • Hats

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    Fancy Easter hats…..    The hat grandpa wore ….. A hat to keep out the rain…… Most adults and children have some special experiences or memories with hats. Hats are a universal item – they can be found in all cultures, and in all countries. Hats are used in all seasons, and for many special occasions. How hats are used can encourage a very interesting conversation that helps children build vocabulary words. Lots of childrens’ books have been written about hats. Hats can be used to teach math, develop fine and gross motor skills, and used in creative activities. And, hats can just be fun! Children explore hats through these hands-on activities: ·       Help celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss (March 2) ·       Use hats to start learning about mathematical sets and equations ·       Examine the different types of hats worn for particular jobs ·       Develop fine motor skills through making a patchwork hat Hats provide a fun and engaging material for learning activities. The more children are engaged in the learning experience, the more knowledge is retained and skills are developed. Hip hip hooray for hats!
  • Doors that open magically ….. Riding in the cart, up and down the aisles ….. And an entire row of candy! …… Children are amazed with the many things that are part of a grocery shopping trip. The grocery store is a cornerstone of many neighborhoods and communities. Grocery stores provide food from a wide variety of sources that encourage children to learn more about their world. Visiting a grocery store provides learning opportunities that support social skill development, helps children understand the work and support of people in their community, and provides real-life learning in social systems understanding (how we get food from ‘farm to table’). Learning about the grocery store provides children real-life knowledge that will be useful throughout their lives. Through hands-on activities, children: • Practice writing skills making a grocery list • Fill a paper bag counting grid with grocery items • Use tempera paint to create their own grocery ad • Make a grocery cart out of a cardboard box for fun races Children love to visit the grocery store. Providing trips to local businesses and places of interest help children develop important social skills and increase their vocabulary about the world around them.
  • FURRY FRIENDS

    $12.00
    Puppies, and Kittens, and Bears... Oh My!
  • Pumpkins

    $12.00
      Pumpkins are fun to grow, interesting to explore, work well in art projects, and very healthy to eat.  What more do we need?
  • Making resolutions… Counting down the ‘ball’ drop… Seeing fireworks… These are common things many of us do to ring in the New Year.   Young children are just starting to understand how our world measures ‘time’. Part of that understanding includes knowledge of days, weeks and years. This Unit explores the start of a ‘new year’. Through hands-on activities, children will:
    • Begin to understand how a calendar helps track a year
    • Experience some traditional activities around the world for ‘ringing in’ the New Year
    • Practice counting skills with a bubble wrap blast countdown
  • ‘Firefighter Frank’ Unit of Study Highlights Book by Monica Wellington Hat, coat and boots ….. Ladders and hoses ….. Lights and sirens …… These are all things that most of us can relate to the brave men and women who fight our fires. Firefighter Frank helps children to understand the work of a firefighter, AND the importance of good fire safety practices. Although October is generally thought of as ‘Fire Safety’ month, learning about fire safety and developing strategies to be safe is something that needs to be addressed all year long. Children are learning through everything they do and experience. Through hands-on activities, children: • Draw a picture of themselves as a firefighter • Create a fire truck from basic shapes • Develop large motor skills and coordination by climbing up and down steps, stairs, and ladders • Plan out a nutritious lunch The Fire Safety Unit of Study, available at http://earlylearningsuccess.net/product/fire-safety-unit-of-study/is a great companion Unit!
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  • Under the Sea

    $12.00
    Children are very inquisitive about the world they live in, and love learning about different animals that live in the world with them.  Helping children see the beauty in the world that surrounds them nurtures a love of the environment, and everything that inhabits it. Hopefully this will instill in children a desire to take care of all the creatures that share the earth with them. There are so many different creatures to explore in an Under the Sea Unit of Study.  Through this Unit we explore only a few animals but children should be encouraged to discover others. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Discover the beauty of a coral reef through sculpting coral
    • Investigate the differences in the many types of sea shells
    • Use colored sand to write their names
    • Explore the many creatures living in the sea through reading books
    Spend some time ‘Under the Sea’ to see what creatures live and play there! More sea and ocean ideas are available in the Wet & Wild Unit of Study
  • ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’ Book by Laura Joffe Numeroff Milk and cookies ….. Scissors and tape ….. Crayons and paper…… We all have memories of these items, which are critical parts of the book ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’. The story line of this book is so typical of many of us – we do one thing and it triggers another activity or memory! (How many of you go to put laundry in and end up doing something entirely different when you get to the laundry room!) One key literacy skill that is developed through this book is the ability to remember and sequence the order of activities. This is an important school readiness task. There are a lot of fun, learning activities that can be developed based on this book. Through hands-on activities, children: • Participate in a reenactment of the story, based on the sequence of events • Practice counting skills with the ‘Cookie Count’ game • Experiment with different ways to paint, using different painting tools • Improve scissor skills when cutting grass ‘hair’ This book is the first in the ‘If You Give…’ series by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Children will delight in the antics of Mouse as things they might also do!
  • ‘Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type’ Unit of Study Highlights Book by Doreen Cronin Cows mooing in the barn ….. Chickens laying eggs ….. Pigs in mud, and wooly sheep ….. This is how most of us remember barn animals. But, this book has the animals acting surprisingly different! The cows in this story are cold and are asking Farmer Brown for electric blankets. When he refuses, the cows must think of a way to change his mind. This story shows children how to use language (via the typewriter) and group actions to get the results they want. Children will see how working together and compromise can help solve problems so that everyone is happy. The learning activities in this book Unit encourage children to: • Participate in math games using barn animals (matching, patterning, and counting); • Re-enacting the story through dramatic play; • Explore the difference between hot and cold • Try some yummy snacks made with ingredients from the farm Children will enjoy seeing the animals decide what they need, and then find a way to get it!
  • Bugs

    $12.00
    Bugs and children go hand in hand in the summer!
  • Have some fun in snow
  • Wind & Water

    $12.00
    Bubbles, balloons and kites ... Running through sprinklers ... Gentle breezes and summer rain ... Most of us have memories of hours of spring and summer fun using wind and water. Water play is lots of fun for children and can be done any time, inside or out. And, most children don't need much direction in getting started! Children may have more limited experience with 'wind play', but almost all children love bubbles and balloons! This Unit helps children begin to understand that wind and water are 'forces of nature' that can be harnessed to provide energy and power for many things. Wind and water are easy to access, 'free' materials readily available for children to explore. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Learn how air can move things
    • Explore the different materials that can be moved by air
    • Differentiate between 'more' and 'less' through counting 'raindrops'
    • Use various equipment (cups, funnels, turkey basters, strainers etc.) to explore the properties of water
    Exploring and experimenting with common forces of nature helps children learn about the world around them.
  • ‘Planting A Rainbow’ Unit Book by Lois Ehlert Sunny days in the garden ….. The sprinkler swishing to and fro ….. Amazement as the seeds turn into beautiful flowers …… The book Planting a Rainbow can evoke these memories of childhood gardening. Planting seeds and watching them grow into beautiful flowers or wonderful vegetables is a great way to expose children to the wonders of the environment. Once children have experienced the colors that can be found in the garden, they will be more aware of colors in every part of their world. Gardening is also great physical exercise, can be a tool to teach scientific observation and recording, and may instill in children the love of caring for our environment … all good things! There are so many great activities that can be based on gardening, and all the colors that surround us. Through hands-on activities, children: • Write their names (letters or other words) using seeds • Use rainbow ribbons in a Maypole dance • Squish-paint to make a crown of rainbow-colored flowers • Turn fruit into rainbow skewers, yum! Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert may inspire young children to become ardent gardeners, a practice that can become a life-long interest.  
  • Explore winter fun!
  • Springing Up

    $12.00
    Spring is happy time of year!  Get out there and explore with your children and catch their excitement!
  • Digging in soft garden soil ... Carefully planting the seeds ... Watering, weeding and watching ... Ah, finally after many weeks of caring for the garden, fresh vegetables! There is nothing more rewarding (or better tasting!) than fresh vegetables from the garden you have planted and taken care of! Children learn so many things from having their own garden. They gain a sense of accomplishment and pride; they learn about how plants grow through careful tending; and they learn how wonderful fresh vegetables taste (hopefully they will taste what they grow!). Children actively explore vegetables in this Unit through:
    • Learning about different vegetables through language activities
    • Tasting a variety of vegetables in the New One A Day challenge
    • Create their own vegetable garden in the Cement Block Veggie Garden activities
    Growing your own vegetables is an activity that provides hours of fun (and work!) for everyone - all ages, all abilities!