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  • 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!!
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus ….. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale ….. Just Me and My Mom …… Just Me and My Dad …… Favorite books by well-known authors/illustrators! – Mo Willems and Mercer Mayer. Reading to children provides so many positive experiences – snuggling up to see the pictures, learning new vocabulary words, using higher level problem solving skills to figure out what the picture is saying, and gaining knowledge from the book are just a few! The more children are read to, the more likely they will become readers themselves. Being able to read is a key factor in being successful in school, and as an adult. Integrating other activities with reading a book helps children really ‘cement’ ideas and concepts. In this Unit, children explore some of the work of Mo Willems and Mercer Mayer through these hands-on activities: • Create their own finger print ‘little critter’ to add to their drawings • Play a counting game by adding ice cream scoops to their cone • Paint their own, special ‘knuffle bunny’ • Demonstrate things that they CAN do in a circle game Books are a window to seeing so many wonderful things in our world. Help children develop a love of reading by finding great children’s books – many which are written and illustrated by the same person!
  • Mud

    $12.00
    Mud Unit of Study Highlights A bucket of water, a pail of dirt ….. Mix all together for ….. Mud squishing between our toes ….. Who has not done this before? Or at least found a puddle and walked in it to make mud?? Great childhood memories come from simple things like dirt and water! Mud is a very inexpensive (free even!) material that can be found almost anywhere and can be used in a variety of learning activities. Most children absolutely love the feel of mud on their hands and between their toes. It is a very sensory-filled medium in which to play and discover new things. Some children can spend hours making mud, shaping pies, and then serving them at their ‘restaurant’. When doing this Unit of Study, prepare parents for some dirty children. In fact, request that the children wear their oldest clothes, and that they have at least one change of clothing per day! Use mud for learning through these hands-on activities: • Sequencing with the story Mud Walk by Joy Cowley • Practicing counting by cutting a mud pie into pieces, (also fractions) • Building with adobe mud bricks • Creating a ‘Mud Kitchen’ for dramatic play Remember, the dirtier children are at the end of the day, the more their learning was enhanced!
  • My Family

    $12.00
    A hug and a kiss ….. The encouragement to try again ….. Celebrating accomplishments and victories together …… This is how family members show care and support for each other. Families come in all sizes and configurations. Each family is special and different from another, but each family is also the same as others. A family could be defined as a group of people that care about and take care of each other, related or not. Members of a family are a child’s first teacher, their safety-net, and their mirror for knowing what’s right and wrong. Family is constant and ‘forever’ which provides a structure for healthy development for young children. Preschool children are learning about themselves and the world from their family first. In this Unit, children: • Create a family picture album • Use language to discover and discuss things about families • Use counting and math skills to play a game based on the book A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams We are all a part of a unique family, help children learn about and celebrate theirs!
  • My Restaurant

    $12.00
    My Restaurant Unit of Study Highlights Burgers and fries….. A creamy milkshake….. Pizza dripping with melted cheese…… What are your childhood memories of ‘eating out’? Eating out at a restaurant is a great learning experience for children. They learn to make decisions based on what they like, they practice appropriate social skills, they start to understand that we have to ‘pay’ for items, and they see all the different roles people have in a restaurant. Children will take this learning and re-visit it when engaging in ‘restaurant’ dramatic play. This is how they make sense of the world in which they live. Through restaurant play and exploration, children: • Develop vocabulary and speaking skills; • Practice counting and sorting food items; • Create food from self-hardening clay; • Develop large and small motors with the Serving Tray Game There are many different types of restaurants, offering a variety of foods. Try having a Pizza Shoppe one week, a Taco Stand the next week, and a Burger & Fries Drive-In the next… this could go on for a long time!
  • 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
  • Our Homes

    $12.00
    Every day children are trying to understand and make sense of their world.  It starts with the things they know best – their families and where they live.
  • Owls

    $12.00
    Owls Unit of Study Highlights Whooo whooo in the trees….. Soft swooping across the field….. Lightning fast strike on a mouse or rabbit…… Owls are silent hunters in the night. Owls are fascinating birds of prey or raptors. They are great at keeping rodent populations at bay. They come in a variety of sizes, and live in many different environments. Learning about owls can encourage children to learn about other birds and animals in their world. The more children know, the better able they are to care for the earth. Through hands-on activities, children: • Learn about the many owls through non-fiction books • Use ‘owl’ rulers to measure the sizes of different owls • Make a unique handprint owl • Pretend to be an owl to catch a mouse Help children discover the wonderful world of owls. It will be a ‘hoot’!!
  • Peace Keepers

    $12.00
    Living in a peaceful world allows all of us to excel and be the best we can be.  Teaching children how to be successful in school and life IS peaceful living. This is what we want for our children!
  • Picnic Party

    $12.00
    Plan a picnic and see how much the children enjoy it … well, maybe not the bugs!
  • Pizza Pizzazz

    $12.00
    Ooey, gooey melt-y cheese …... Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions …… Crispy crust and spicy sauces …... What do you like best about pizza? Almost everyone loves some kind of pizza – whether it is a traditional pepperoni with tomato sauce or a ‘blonde’ pizza with chicken and Alfredo sauce. Pizza is a great topic that can provide learning in all areas – cognitive, language, creative and motor. Taking a field trip to a pizzeria is a really fun activity, especially if the children get to make their own pizza! Encourage children to explore all types of learning through these hands-on pizza activities: • Reading a recipe to make a personal pizza • Practicing sequencing in the ‘Top the Pizza’ game • Throwing a soft Frisbee ‘pizza’ As one of the pizza songs in the Unit says…. ‘Eatalota Eatalota Eatalota pizza’!
  • The winter days can get long, and the bustle of the holiday season can cause an overload of emotions for children. Sometimes we all need to find some stress relief. Intentionally planning comfort-focused activities can help children (and adults) weather the stress of the season.   Children experience the fun of ‘popcorn and pajamas’ through these hands-on activities: ·       Hear the story, sing the song and act out ‘Ten in the Bed’ ·       Examine popcorn using magnifying glasses ·       Improve their matching skills with the Pajama Matching game ·       Use their fingerprints to create a ‘popping’ picture   Take some time to relax, put on some comfy clothes and snuggle up with the children and some good books! You will enjoy it and so will the children J
  • Power Camp

    $249.00
    Power Camp A Curriculum for Social & Emotional Learning A thoughtful curriculum for young children through School Age to help children develop their own ‘Positive Personal Power’. This curriculum supports the development of a positive learning environment where all children contribute to the well-being of the ‘community’. The development of ‘Positive Personal Power’ is a key factor in preventing bullying behavior. Components addressed to help children develop ‘Positive Personal Power’ include: • Positive self-esteem • Membership in a group • Communication skills such as listening and the power of language • Strategies for solving conflicts • Practicing respect and responsibility for ourselves, towards others, and our environment • Positive decision making strategies • Recognizing, respecting, and celebrating diversity • Commitment to civic responsibility and service learning This 500 page curriculum includes 10 Units that cover these important components, incorporating specific Units of Study from the Early Learning Success curriculum. The Early Learning Success Units are:
    •  Being A Friend
    •  I Can Do It!
    •  My Family
    •  Feelings
    •  Gifts from the Heart
    •  Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Book Unit
    •  Peace Keepers
    •  Happy Hearts
    •  Best Foot Forward
    •  Stewards of the Heart
     
  • 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?
  • Cranes lifting items high ….. Bulldozing large piles of dirt …..    Scraping the surface smooth ….. Trucks hauling away rocks and dirt …… These are all activities frequently seen at a road construction sites. Many children are fascinated by big, heavy construction equipment. They love the size, the noise, and the actions of these big machines. When children use trucks in the sandbox or sensory table, they are using their imagination to mimic what they see in their real, everyday life… this is how they learn about the world around them.   Exploring road and bridge construction provides hours of imaginative play. Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Re-create sounds and actions seen and heard at construction sites ·       Transform boxes into ramps, bridges and tunnels ·       Use their gross muscle coordination to move a ball along an obstacle course ·       Play a game by following a ‘road’ to park their car in a ‘garage’ Our world relies on safe roads and bridges. Encouraging children to learn about roads and bridges could spark an interest that eventually results in them becoming architects and engineers. 
  • Shapes

    $12.00
    Shapes Unit of Study Highlights Circles, triangles, and squares ….. Sometimes triangles in squares ….. Geometric patterns in fabric and on buildings ….. We can find different common shapes in many things in our daily lives. Learning about shapes is important in many areas of development and school-readiness. Being able to discern and differentiate shapes teaches children to be visually discriminate, a skill that is essential in learning to read and do math – children need to be able to differentiate between a ‘b’ and ‘d’, and ‘3’ and ‘5’. It also helps children develop descriptive vocabulary which assists in communicating, key to success in school and social situations. There are SO many learning activities that can be offered using shapes. In this Unit, some of the hands-on activities include: • Making a Shape Book • Becoming a Shape Detective • Creating Shape Art with puffy paint • Using play dough on Shape Mats Our world is full of shapes, some simple and some more complex. Helping children see these shapes can expand their mental horizons!
  • Shoes

    $12.00
    Stomping in cowboy boots …... Flip-flops for beach walking…... Squeaky new tennis shoes…… We all wear special shoes made for specific occasions. Shoes can spark a child’s imagination as they think about where the shoes have been and where they are going! They help children understand about the world around them when they talk about what type of shoes people wear for different events or tasks. Shoes also provide a great tool for learning about scientific observation and mathematical counting and sorting. Shoes are perfect for all types of learning! Shoes are everywhere, and easy to gather in a box or bin for exploration. Shoe activities in this Unit provide hands-on learning through: • Counting, sorting and charting the many different characteristics of shoes • Following the lines to untangle the ‘laces’ • Sculpting a shoe with self-hardening clay Red and blue, in pairs of two…. Shoes for me, shoes for you …. Shoes are everywhere!
  • Spiders

    $12.00
    Spiders can be very interesting to watch as they spin webs, stalk prey, and speed across an open space.  Learning about spiders encourages children to develop research and organizational skills as they collect interesting facts about spiders.  See the list of spider facts in the Template section.   Encourage children to explore spiders through these hands-on activities: ·       Hear folk tales about Anansi the spider ·       Watch live spiders in an aquarium or clear plastic container (really fun!!) ·       Match numbers for the 8 legs of a spider ·       Make spider hats   Teaching children to be respectful of all creatures in our world can foster an attitude of caring for everything in our world – not just spiders, but the different people they will meet and the lands they will visit.
  • 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!
  • Springing Up

    $12.00
    Spring is happy time of year!  Get out there and explore with your children and catch their excitement!
  • Summer

    $12.00
    Sunny days and bright blue skies ... Gentle winds and warm summer rains ... Shady trees and a picnic lunch ... A summer filled with these things provides hours of great outdoor fun. Summer is a great time to get outside to explore and run off some energy. Spending large amounts of time outside in the fresh air will help children be able to better concentrate and listen when they come indoors (hopefully!) Children can experience the joys of summer through these hands-on activities:
    • Reading about and listing all the fun things that can be done during the summer
    • Exploring how the sun be used to tell time
    • Examining a lemon and use it for a citrus-y scented picture
    • Practicing throwing while cooling off in the sprinkler
    Summer usually goes by way too quickly. Enjoy the sunny days while you can, and maybe remember some of these ideas to bring inside when the weather turns cooler!
  • Children are growing, developing, and challenging what their bodies can do every day!  The Summer Olympics provide a great example of how dedicated athletes come together with athletes from all over the world to celebrate their hard work and achievements.  This can be a great time for children to think about their own physical fitness skills, and set goals to work towards fulfilling. Being physically fit is a goal we have for life-long success.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Learn about the Olympics and the dedication it takes to be an Olympic athlete
    • Use various tools to measure, weigh and time objects and activities
    • Participate in their own Olympic Games complete with an Olympic Parade
    Strengthening our body’s core, and developing stamina, balance and coordination will help children be physically fit for success in school and social interactions with friends.  As children get older, it becomes more and more important for them to feel confident in their physical appearance and body fitness.
  • The Circus

    $12.00
    The Circus Unit of Study Highlights Peanuts, popcorn, and pretzels ….. Lions and tigers and elephants ….. Clowns of all shapes and sizes ….. Acrobats and tightrope walkers ….. The circus has so much for children to watch and marvel at. The ‘circus’ has something for everyone – whether it is eating popcorn, peanuts and cotton candy or doing amazing feats. Children love to imitate and act out what they see. Being a lion at the circus, or an acrobat crossing a tightrope, children are using many of their large muscles while developing balance and coordination. And of course, for those who are very verbal, being the ‘ring master’ is the perfect job for them! Children love to show others what they can do. Through circus activities, children have an opportunity to: • Cuddle up in a ‘circus tent book nook’ with a good book • Discover their silly self as a clown through creating a clown costume • Practice large motor skills as a ‘tightrope walker’, ‘stilt stomper’, and ‘fire jumper’ The circus can bring memories that last a lifetime.
  • 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.