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A thoughtful gift for Father's Day - a fun box of quick, weird and wonderful activities for dads and kids to do together. It is a tub of sciencey fun and a convenient way to have all the materials readily available for a spontaneous afternoon of exploration Continue »
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I had my second art class this morning and am starting to get into the groove of it. The kids range in age from a little under two to a little over three. I haven't taught before so offering a... Continue »
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MaryAnn Faubion Kohl, Bellingham author/educator/consultant, is the award-winning author of 20+ art activity books for children. Her newest title is Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun with Everyday Stuff. Please visit her website to enjoy free art activity samples... Continue »
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Please welcome my very first blog sponsor, MaryAnn F. Kohl. She is the author of 23 art books for children (published by Bright Ring Publishing and Gryphon House), and as many of you know, the inspiration for much of the... Continue »
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Maia and I painted with yarn dipped in liquid watercolors yesterday. So fun! It's one of the projects from MaryAnn Kohl's new Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff. Each two page spread in the book has... Continue »
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(Mady, summer 2009) Each summer my children participate in all of the reading programs that we can find in our area. One of my kids needs that extra incentive to read, and one needs no incentive at all. In fact, last year she read so many books that she blew the competition out of the water and won the award for most books read through the public library. The public library has an adult reading program too - last year I won a $20 gift certificate to Village Books for participating! Check out the links below... Barnes and Noble (national)... Continue »
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an amazing collection of archival quality interviews with Fred Rogers... he tells the story of his life, anecdotes about growing up, how he sees television can have a positive impact on children if done responsibly and with heart, and so much more. Each interview is about 30 minutes long, so be sure to grab a cup of coffee or tea and relax and listen. You come away with the knowledge that your interactions with children do matter, that we can make a difference ... definitely. Continue »
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via www.youtube.com This is a treasure! Our beloved Bill Martin shares his book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" with us in his own magical singing voice. Reminds me of the two weeks he spent teaching in my classroom in the 70s, a teasured time. All I can say is "treasure, treasure, treasure". Try not to cry when you listen. Bless your heart and soul, Bill. We thank you! Continue »
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Reading Rockets offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. via www.readingrockets.org Reading Rockets offers videos with authors and illustrators of wonderful children's books, including such treasures as Lois Ehlert, Audry Geisel (Mrs. Dr. Seuss), Mem Fox, Denise Fleming, and my favorite, Bill Martin Jr. This site is a TREASURE! Share these with your kids! They will love their books even more. Continue »
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Tie twine onto bean poles in the garden, then add ribbon and other materials. The beans won't mind! Check the whole step-by-step experience at The Artful Parent. Continue »
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Visit this link to see one of my favorite *E*A*S*Y* art ideas, "Scribble Dabble". Full directions are given in the comment following this post. http://www.brightring.com/scribbledabble.html (This link seems to go only to my home page, so try copying and pasting it to go directly to "Scribble Dabble".) This particular art activity is from the book, Primary Art. Continue »