List of Resources to Build Your Lesson Plan:
We are writing poems all of the time and I created this workbook for my kids, so I wanted to share it with you. This week we are doing acrostic poems. The download tells you what it is, how to do it, and gives you several sheets for the kids to write poems on...holidays ideas too!
It's free. Thanks for stopping by.
A lot of art is happening this year -- while we don't have it scheduled like usual, we are taking our time as we work through different periods, artists, and styles. Today we are painting monsters. For this art lesson, you will need a few tools. I always buy mine from Blick instead of Amazon (which I buy sooooo many things on) because I trust where the products are coming. Wherever you get yours, alway make sure you are get quality supplies....and if online, free shipping. Shipping can be a real wallet thief.
You don't have to bake these, but because of that, the chilling process makes this a time-instensive recipe. I would make this in the morning for the evening or next day.
Teach you kids to play chess. Why? Chess is about strategy and logic. Not only that, it requires a great deal of patience. All of those are wonderful qualities in adults, but they are MAGNIFICENT qualities in children. A child who can play chess is more likely to perform better in the academics.
And if that isn't enough to convince you to get started, here are some more great reason:
#1 Increases IQ
Yep, kids who know how to play chess are smarter. And not just book smarter -- all around smarter! Studies show that just after four months of learning and playing chess, kids can boost their IQs.
#2 Provides an Opportunity to Bond
Many families do not get enough time together due to work, school, and parents allowing smartphones to rule their lives (you should only use your phone for talking on and you really should spend no more than an hour reading blog/news each day. Even if that means you don't read my blog.). Turn learning chess together and playing it during the week an integral part of your routine and you will develop a stronger relationship with your family. Kids want to play with you; they don't really want to watch TV -- they just aren't given any other options. Wow, did you see that? I almost started ranting.
#3 Chess Helps Kids Get Creative
When playing chess, the right hemisphere of the brain works really hard, and that is the side of the brain the rules creativity. By playing chess just once or twice a week, kids can vastly improve their ability to thing outside the box.
#4 Better Problem-Solving Skills
Chess turns kids into brilliant problem solvers. In terms of academics, this translates to kids understanding math. In the real world, this means a kid can figure out how to solve something like build a lego model without help.
#5 Chess Makes Better Readers
Studies show that children who play chess test well above kids who do not play chess. The reasoning isn't completely understood, but researchers think it may have something to do with chess being able to improve a person's comprehension skills.
Make Your Own Fossil
Collect a few things to like leaves, pine needles, shells, even bones. Afterwards, make a bowl shape out of foil. Fill the foil bowl half way with plaster and press your items into the wet plaster. Wait 30 minutes until the plaster is almost dry and remove the objects gently.
The best way to teach kids about science and art is hands-on. Sure, we read a lot of books about science, but DOING it lights my little one's eyes up. Today is National Cake Decorating Day, so for art, we are going to bake a cake and decorate it. The baking part is chemistry at work and the decorating is the mastering of a steady hand. I've provided a recipe, a video, and some resources to help you make the best of it!
Looking for Workbooks?
I've placed all of my workbooks in the RESOURCES section of the website. You can buy them directly from me or find them on major retailers' sites.
You can also download them. I ask that you leave a donation if you download them to help pay for the workbooks for families who have a hard time buying them all.
Curriculum by Grade
Educate Blog History
Resources I Love