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  • Hats

    $12.00
    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!
  • Trees

    $12.00
    The bright green of new Spring leaves ... Birds singing high in the branches ... Enjoying the shade on a hot summer day... Trees provide an abundance of beauty and protection to all of us every day. Trees are a very important part of our environment. They provide shelter for animals and people, they provide food, they protect the earth by preventing erosion, and they produce oxygen and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Celebrate trees by planting one on Arbor Day. National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area Trees are available all over the world for children to explore. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Express the magic of trees through creating flannel board stories
    • Explore trees through all the development domains in the 'Seasons of a Tree' activity
    • Create a beautiful tree using different art mediums
    • Develop large motor skills by climbing a 'tree'
    Trees are beautiful and beneficial for our world. Teaching children about trees helps ensure that the beauty and benefits continue for future generations.
  • 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.
  • Caterpillars

    $12.00
    Green and chubby ... Poky spikes ... Brown and fuzzy ... Caterpillars come in all different colors, shapes and forms, and children love to collect them! Caterpillars provide a very close-up examination of the small creatures that live in our world. Children can study small eco-systems by catching a caterpillar and setting up an environment for it, complete with the correct food, water and a branch. If you are lucky, the caterpillar may spin a cocoon or turn into a chrysalis - wait a few weeks and you may hatch a moth or butterfly! Through hands-on activities in this Unit, children:
    • Discover the difference between cocoons and chrysalises
    • Use a special 'inchworm' ruler to measure various items
    • Practice fine motor skills by making a button caterpillar
    Explore caterpillars with your children and re-discover the joys of childhood.
  • Farm Animals

    $12.00
    The low of cows ... The baa of sheep ... Neighing horses, and clucking hens ... These are the sounds of farm animals most children love to make! The farm is a fascinating place to children. It has so many animals to look at and imitate. Identifying animals and making the appropriate sounds are some of the first language responses young children develop. Children love to imitate the animals they see. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Practice counting and matching colors in the 'Counting Sheep' activity
    • Exercise their muscles with the Chicken Dance
    • Enjoy making a yummy 'horsey' snack
    Farms and farm animals are a mainstay of our economy and world. Help children to explore the many animals that live on the farm!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Roses really, really red….. The sky so big and blue ….. Yellow sun means lots of fun Bright colors for me and you …… Making up color poems are fun and easy, with so many colorful things in our world. Just look around! Color brings a lot of joy and excitement to our world. But color can also be used to learn math and counting skills, and for scientific exploration! Color is also a great tool for developing vocabulary and descriptive language skills. The more senses children use in their exploration, the more likely they are to retain valuable information. This Unit helps children explore color through: • Discovering what happens when your mix paint • Counting and matching colors • Using colored noodles to make great creations Add a little color to your day every day and see what happens!
  • Iridescent shimmering scales….. Light and graceful feathers ….. Creatures of the sky and water …. Birds and fish have remarkable, protective coverings of their skin. There are so many things to do with fish and birds that can spark a child’s curiosity and desire to learn more. The more children understand about the world in which they live, the more likely it is that they will care for and respect all of the Earth’s living creatures and magnificence. Children explore the world of birds and fish through hands-on activities: • Practice counting ‘goldfish’, while having a snack too! • Categorize animals by differentiating between ‘feathered’ and ‘scaled’ animals • Explore how blowing can move a feather or keep it up in the air Feathers and scales add vibrant color to our world; birds and fish add graceful movement. Hopefully, children are inspired by these interesting creatures to design, create and invent.
  • 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!
  • 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’!
  • Sharing stories and secrets….. Discovering hidden treasures on a neighborhood ‘expedition’….. Making up games in the back yard…… Many of us have memories of doing these things with childhood friends. Learning what makes a good friend, and learning how to be a good friend is something that we should be teaching our youngest children. The character traits that make up a good friend are the same ones that will help alleviate bullying in the classroom. We need to help children feel special and that they are a valuable, contributing member to the group. This nurtures a sense of ‘community’ which promotes kindness, understanding of others, celebrating accomplishments, and the goal of working together. Learning about being a friend is a fun and joyful experience. Through hands-on activities, children: • Concretely see how each person is an important member of the group when they take ‘attendance’ • Practice measuring skills as they see how tall they and their friends are • Create a group ‘friendship quilt’ where every square is unique • Work their large muscles in an action game The more children are involved with each other in positive activities, the more they will see how valuable each child is to the group… and that everyone can be friends!
  • Blast Off!

    $12.00
    A dark sky alight with stars ….. Planets viewed through amazing telescopes ….. Is there really life on Mars? …… The idea of what outer space holds is intriguing to many of us. Children are too young to grasp the entire concept of space – solar systems, galaxies and our Universe…. For that matter, many of us are confused!! Here is a great explanation of the difference from NASA. The following is excerpts from https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/news-display.cfm?News_ID=573 Our Solar System consists of our star, the Sun, and its orbiting planets (including Earth), along with numerous moons, asteroids, comet material, rocks, and dust. Our Sun is just one star among the hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. The universe is all of the galaxies – billions of them! NASA’s telescopes allow us to study galaxies beyond our own in exquisite detail, and to explore the most distant reaches of the observable universe. In this Unit, children learn about space through these hands-on activities: • Create a picture of planets and orbits using various painting techniques • Use rockets for a trio of mathematical activities • Pretend to ‘walk on the moon’ like an astronaut There are so many things to do in the great outdoors. Invite the children to come up with other ideas to incorporate into your planning all year long. Think about this (again from https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/news-display.cfm?News_ID=573) You are one of the billions of people on our Earth. Our Earth orbits the Sun in our Solar System. Our Sun is one star among the billions in the Milky Way Galaxy. Our Milky Way Galaxy is one among the billions of galaxies in our Universe. You are unique in the Universe!
  • ‘Elmer’ (the Patchwork Elephant) Book by David McKee Playing with your best friend ….. Wearing the ‘cool’ shoes ….. Being on a team…… Fitting in and being part of a group is really important as we grow from children through adolescence. ‘Elmer (the Patchwork Elephant)’ just wants to be part of his group too. This story helps children understand that we are all unique and special, and this is wonderful! Children discover that we do not all have to be alike in order to be a group. And, that it is the talents and uniqueness each of us bring to the group that helps make the group strong. Seeing differences and similarities as strengths, children learn to value each and every member of the group. Elmer learns that his colorful appearance helps make him unique and special. Activities in this Unit help children: • See that their name can be unique by making a Name Card • Make ‘trumpeting’ sounds with their very own trunk trumpet • Learn about camouflage and how it can help us be more invisible David McKee has written many books with Elmer as the main character. We all can learn a lot through Elmer’s trials, tribulations, and escapades.
  • 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.
  • 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’!
  • ‘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!
  • The Rodeo

    $12.00
    The creak of leather from a saddle….. The snort and whinny of a horse….. Clip-clop and giddy-up…… These are sounds that are very familiar to those that have been around horses. Current day rodeos evolved out of the activities and chores from old-time cowboys that worked on cattle ranches in the West. Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls are some of the toughest and most graceful athletes there are in the competition world. It takes hours of practice, the mental and physical toughness to experience pain and defeat, and a competitive spirit. Young children love to learn about the many different things in their world. Through hands-on activities, they: • Develop a larger, working vocabulary through books, discussions, finger plays and songs • Practice counting skills through a ‘horseshoe’ game • Make a vest, chaps, bandana and hat – just like the rodeo cowboys! • Taste a yummy cowboy stew, made to their liking Rodeos are fun for everyone, and are held throughout the country.
  • ‘I Like Me’ Unit Book by Nancy Carlson I am unique ….. I am special ….. I am different, but I am the same …… These are things that are true for each and every one of us. The understanding of ‘self’ is central to how everyone sees and interacts with their world. Educators and parents know that an infant’s first awareness is of themselves and their needs. As they become toddlers and preschoolers, they become more comfortable in expanding their explorations to what is in their world. Supporting young children in developing a positive self-concept and self-esteem will help children feel confident in their ability to explore and conquer everything in their world! Through hands-on activities, children: • Practice writing words to describe their abilities and likes • Use their visual discrepancy skills to match different wallpaper patterns • Create a chart to explore similarities and differences in their group • Make a ‘Me!’ paper bag puppet Using I Like Me by Nancy Carlson as the book for this Repetitive Reading Unit is a great way for children to see all of the wonderful things to celebrate about themselves.
  • Imagine That!

    $12.00
    The fun of using blankets to create a fort in the backyard….. Finding an old toy and using it to rocket off to outer space….. Turning paper and paint into a dragon, dinosaur or diner….. Many of us remember the fun of using whatever materials we had at hand to turn them into a magical land of make-believe with our imaginations. Children use their imagination and pretend play to discover and learn about their world. This is important for cognitive development. Through imagination and pretend play, children are ‘trying out’ things they have seen or heard in their everyday life. This helps them develop skills in higher level thinking, problem-solving, analysis, and to understand the connection between people, places, and events. Imagination is key to inventing, creating, and implementing new ideas. Through exploration, children learn to distinguish between fantasy and reality. This Unit can help you provide an environment rich in imaginative play so that children: • Follow their ideas using a crayon as their tool for creation • Explore the world using a box • Build a unique robot from a collection of ‘junk and stuff’ When children use their imaginations, they can own the world. This is a great place to be!
  • The rumble of a garbage truck….. Dogs barking in the night….. Fireworks in celebration of the 4th of July…… Our world is full of different sounds – loud, soft and in between. Noise can be found all around us. We hear different things every day, from birds singing in the morning (early!) to the sounds of people coming home from work in the evening. Teaching young children to listen to and recognize the various sounds in their world is a skill that can help them stay safe as they grow up and go out into the greater world. This awareness of sounds not only helps keep us safe, but it also enriches our world. In this Unit, children explore sound and noise through hands-on activities by: • Taking a neighborhood ‘noise’ walk • Experimenting with sound using boxes, cans and tubs as drums • Building a wooden tower … until it comes crashing down • Making a noise maker for different celebrations Take the time to really listen and hear all of the beautiful sounds in our world.
  • ‘Olivia Forms A Band’ Unit Book by Ian Falconer Marching bands and parades ….. Picnic on a blanket under the stars ….. Fireworks on the 4th of July …… Summer memories usually include at least one of these happenings! Olivia wants to be sure that her memory of the 4th of July includes a marching band …. even if she is the one providing it!! Not only is this book about a common summer event many of us attend, it also shows how determination and problem solving can make things happen. Through this book, children can see how Olive solved her problem, hopefully encouraging them to find solutions to solve problems that they encounter. Music is a huge part of summer. There are a lot of fun learning activities that include music on all levels. Through hands-on activities, children: • Create their own ‘one-man’ band in a math game • Explore the different tones of ‘musical glasses’ • Move their bodies to music using scarves, ribbons and paper plate ‘skates’ Olivia is a well-loved children’s literary character. Children will delight in her ability to create her own ‘music’.
  • Ice Cream!

    $12.00
    Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry piled up high ….. Dripping down the side of the cone ….. A cool treat on a hot summer’s day ….. Ice cream can bring a smile to most faces, and it is a great antidote for the blues! Almost everyone loves ice cream! Not only is ice cream great to eat, a lot of knowledge can be acquired by exploring the science behind how ice cream is made, and the social systems aspect of where the raw ingredients come from. Children will also have fun making an ‘ice cream sundae’ from art materials. Through hands-on activities, children will use all of their senses to explore ice cream: • Participate in a flannel board story of Five Ice Cream Cones • Create a group mural after listening to the story Milk to Ice Cream by Julie Murray • Sculpt an ‘ice cream sundae’ using air dry clay and puffy paint • Make Kick the Can ice cream Children will love exploring how they can make ice cream on paper, use cones and scoops of ice cream in a game, and make a yummy-to-eat ice cream treat!
  • ‘Marshmallow Kisses’ Unit Book by Linda Crotta Brennan Picnics and lemonade ….. Blanket forts ….. Beach balls and sand castles …… ‘Marshmallow Kisses’ brings these great summer memories back to us! Infants, toddlers and preschool children are all developing memories of the events and activities they experience every day. This memory development helps in their cognitive growth and development. As children develop memories, they become more conscious of things around them, helping them to acquire knowledge of their world, and to become who they are. “When you put together all these different modes of remembering -- intellectual, practical, and autobiographical -- the awesome role that memory plays in our lives becomes apparent. We are who we are largely because of what we can remember.” http://www.parenting.com/article/developing-your-childs-memory Reading this book can help create and trigger memories, as do the activities included in the Unit. Through hands-on activities, children: • Create stories of their summer memories • Use common summer items to practice counting sets and complete easy numerical equations • Make Styrofoam prints of summer memories   The early years in a child’s life are the perfect years for creating lasting memories!