Writing prompts, reading activities with flair: Personalized books, name stories

 Teaching children, or even adults how to read works best with interactive reading activities. Here are no-fail hands-on reading activities and writing prompts, guaranteed to help anyone of any age improve reading skills. Teach reading activities by having students write personalized books of name stories using their own names. What is the first word most people learn to read and write? Their own name and who doesn't love to see his own name in print? And what interests a child more than stories about themselves?  Writing prompts, reading activities with flair: Personalized books, name stories | Examiner.com

Math facts homework practice kit, homemade Montessori math learning center

Montessori and Math Their Way teach math in hands-on learning center tasks, as opposed to paper-and-pencil lessons. Here's a homemade mini math learning center. Use this shoebox math facts practice kit for independent, on-the-go learning. Retention of math facts and operations is vital for higher math. Use this math homework practice kit to reinforce addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Children should practice 5-10 minutes 4-5 times a week.  Math facts homework practice kit, homemade Montessori math learning center | Examiner.com

Montessori preschool learning centers: Homeschool wood working, woodshop ideas

 May is Homeschool Awareness Month. Have you ever tried or considered trying homeschool with your children? Here are some activities for implementing homeschool lesson plans. A popular homeschool method is with learning centers and one of the most popular preschool learning centers is woodshop. In the old days, kids made wood working projects with scrap wood, hammer and nails. Modern preschool learning centers can't use real tools for wood working activities for safety reasons. But some programs such as High/Scope and Montessori preschool teach children adult tasks using child-sized versions of grownup tools. Here are safe, child-sized wood working and woodshop activities for Montessori preschool learning centers Montessori preschool learning centers: Homeschool wood working, woodshop ideas | Examiner.com

Repurpose and reuse recycled trash in learning activities, school supplies

Earth Day focuses attention on reduce, reuse, recycle. But environmentalism should be the focus year round. Recycling is a key component of school curricula. Here are ways to repurpose and reuse recycled trash as school supplies and learning activities. Using recycled trash for school supplies will save money and teach the message to live green. Here is a complete guide on what to save, how to store and how to repurpose and reuse recycled trash in classrooms and homeschool teaching materials. This plan includes cross-curricular lesson plans in math, science, social studies, English/ Language Arts (ELA), art, music or physical education   Repurpose and reuse recycled trash in learning activities, school supplies | Examiner.com

Montessori learning centers: Mastery learning in exploratory science tubs

Montessori type learning centers focus on hands-on child-led mastery learning, individual work stations and play as work activities. Activities in learning centers aim for mastery learning through exploration and task completion. Montessori science learning centers are also called sensory or sensorial learning areas. Here's a system for portable exploratory science tubs with task-oriented science experiments and activities for mastery learning.   Montessori learning centers: Mastery learning in exploratory science tubs | Examiner.com

Free printable St. Patrick's Day activities: Saint Patrick lessons, crafts

Erin Go Braugh! Luck 'o the Irish! Always after me Lucky Charms! Sure an' the St. Paddy's Day holiday--March 17--has taken on a pot 'o blarney! That rascally leprechaun has done his bit to turn attention from the real story of Saint Patrick! Green beer, "Kiss me, I'm Irish"even corned beef and boxties have nothing to do with the man behind St. Patricks Day. St. Patrick's Day celebrates the life of the Catholic saint Patrick (Patricus) a wealthy young Roman living in Briton, who was kidnapped by pagan Irish slavers. In Ireland, Patrick suffered much but escaped and became a bishop. Saint Patrick asked the Pope to return to Ireland to bring the gospel. Patrick's mission brought peace and safety to beleaguered Irish and Ireland became the center of learning and culture in the Dark Ages. Ireland instituted the exemplary Brehon court system, a model for legal justice. Here are free printable Saint Patrick lessons to teach the real meaning. Granted some activities do hit the silly aspects of St. Patrick's Day, but they are at least educational.   Free printable St. Patrick's Day activities: Saint Patrick lessons, crafts | Examiner.com

Social studies unit: Native American Indian crafts, tribal costumes, printables | Examiner.com

Many schools teach Native American history around Thanksgiving, but spring is a popular time for American Indian crafts as so many tribes host pow wows at that time. March is the time for the Navajo Morning Chant ritual, a holy period which marks the transition of seasons. It happens at the end of the thunderstorms but before the spring winds come. Here is a cross-curricular social studies unit with Native American Indian crafts, and homemade tribal costumes from paper bags. These Indian crafts are perfect for tribal costumes for Halloween and homeschool social studies lessons. This articles includes links for free printables of native American patterns to decorate Indian crafts.   Social studies unit: Native American Indian crafts, tribal costumes, printables | Examiner.com

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