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Items for Activities, Alphabet Boxes and Blocked Letters: umbrella, upstairs, under, unplug, upcycle, unicorns, utensils, United States. up.
|from The Golden Gleam|
|UPCYCLED Mural from Rainbows within Reach|
Items for Activities, Alphabet Boxes and Blocked Letters: Vegetables, vehicles, visual learning, volunteers, volcano, values, vocabulary.
Venn Diagrams are a wonderful way for children to learn sorting by overlaying two hola hoops. Older children can learn the concept of similar/different. A great series of books for diagramming are Laura Numeroff's books. Write the names of the books being compared and contrasted above circles A & B. In the middle, write what is the same or what is different.
Young children, especially those with special needs, are helped with visual learning tools:
|Rainbows within Reach|
|What's the Weather Got to Do with It?|
Window Writers bought for $.83 at 75% off sale
|Frosty Writing Practice|
|Growing a Jeweled Rose|
Why Play with Worms?
- Children find worms fascinating. Truly, they do. My kindergarten class once won first place in their grade level for an experiment using worms. Sure, some of the girls screamed, giggled, and fretted but then they became engrossed in learning and playing with worms. What was our experiment? What kind of dirt do worms prefer: Texas clay soil, dino dirt from the recycling plant or potting soil? Let me save you from doing the experiment three times and counting the worms (to make it a valid experiment). They prefer dino dirt – nice moist composted dino dirt.
- Young children learn using their five senses and movement. I’m not recommending they eat a worm – but they would love to watch it and touch it. Do you know worms cannot hear or see? But they are very good at movement and eating our leftovers.
- Worms help our environment. They are nature’s way of composting naturally. Children would enjoy learning how worms are good for the environment, their habitats, from where to order live wiggling worms, and more about their job as decomposers. They even help with recycling, which helps other critters.
- Worms are outside – in nature. Playing outside helps prevent obesity, helps children form friendships and helps children get enough vitamin D which is increasingly lacking. It is so much better for children than watching too much television or playing so long at electronic games – where no human interaction or creativity is needed.
- Worms are interesting: They bring air to the soil by tunneling in the dirt, they are vegetarians, if cut in half – only the part that has the head will live, more than 3,000 species of earthworms exist in the world, they are cold-blooded and made up of 80% water, they live 3-4 years typically but some have lived fifteen years. They are amazing helpful wiggly worms.
|Make a Craft Stick Xylophone|
|Wildlife Fun 4 Kids|
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