Do you have children that love to be outside? My boys want to be outside all the time, in the summer they are out in the pool. Winter, on the other hand, I have to come up with things to keep them entertained so they are not digging holes throughout my yard.
I love St. Patrick’s Day!! If you are following me you are probably thinking that’s what she said the last holiday. LOL Okay! I’m a sucker for any kind of holiday. It was special for me as a child and now I make it special for my children.
Weather is a lot of fun to talk about in the springtime. In Florida, we get all kinds of weather in March. I figure this is the best time to discuss weather. Here is a project you can do for the whole week. Tie a balloon somewhere outside and let the children see what the balloon will do in different weather. Let them predict what will happen for each weather.
I love Dr. Seuss week. We use to celebrate Dr. Seuss week the first week of March to celebrate with his birthday. We have really enjoyed Dr. Seuss week close to St. Patrick’s Day lately. We read “Green Eggs and Ham” every St. Patty’s Day and make the boys green eggs and ham. Check out my St. Patrick’s Day post >>HERE<<.
what has worked for our family.
When I was thinking to homeschool my kindergartener, I was so sure we wanted to do it. But then I became so nervous because I didn’t really know much about homeschooling. I taught preschoolers so I figured it was kind of the same thing. Check out this Preschool assessment to keep your child on track for Kindergarten. >>HERE<<
If you are a homeschooling mom you know that you can turn anything into a learning experience. Last Spring we made this seed book together and I love to see their little surprised faces when we opened these seed packets. I plan to have my oldest to do it again more on his own this time.
Some of you may know that I had worked in a childcare setting for over 15 years. I love letting you in on some of my secrets. Sometimes, I miss a classroom full of kids from time to time. Now I teach my own kids along with some friend’s children. We have loads of fun. Circle time with them is my favorite and would like to share you just how I have my circle time.
Will the Groundhog see his shadow this year?
A lot of people forget to celebrate Groundhog’s Day. But If you are like me you are watching the report hoping the little guy doesn’t see his shadow. If he doesn’t see his shadow, because of a cloudy day then we will have an early Spring. I love spring, there are so many outdoor learning opportunities.
This year Groundhog’s day lands on the weekend. The week before we make our predictions, The following week we will talk about shadows. You can combine the two topics in one week as well.
Over the years, I have made a couple of fun groundhog activities and treats I would like to share with you. Along with some shadow fun ideas.
We will also read Substitute Groundhog and make a prediction chart to see if the Groundhog will see his shadow. We’ll talk about what makes the Groundhog see his shadow.
I will have them make a groundhog puppet on a stick (find my printable here). Make a light shine on it to see its shadow behind it. Also we use this same printable and trace it on black paper a few times and hide the “Shadows” for them to find. I also laminated it and hole punched around the edges so they can lace the groundhog.
We will make a groundhog snack. Make your own or buy the individual pudding cups. Cut banana in half, stick it in the pudding and add mini chocolate chips to the banana. There you go, a groundhog popping out of his hole.
If it is sunny out we will have some fun finding our shadows. If not then I will pull the tents out and let them crawl through the tunnels like a groundhog.
I also made copies of animals and traced them with black paper to see if they can find the animal’s shadow. You can also use blocks to create a shadow. See the picture below.
I have made several other groundhog projects in the past as well.
- Paint a paper plate brown and add the teeth and eyes.
- Lay printable groundhog on black paper and paint with white paint around the edge.
- For little ones, you can use brown paint on their foot to turn into a groundhog and green paint on the hand for the grass.
- Use a white cup, color it green and cut little slits in the top to look like grass and have a small groundhog pop up out of the “grass” using a popsicle stick.
The following week we will talk more about shadows. I have done a shadow clock outside. They stand on the same spot every hour they go outside and draw around their shadow. The shadow will change every time they check it.
We will make shadow puppets, their silhouettes, and little people with shadows. Don’t forget to check out my groundhog printables. I have lots of fun with shadow and so do the children.
Let me know a project I missed. Have a great groundhog’s day. Let me know if you prefer longer Winter or early Spring. Love ya, Mary xoxo
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Attention homeschooling moms, if you haven’t joined scholastic please sign up. You are missing out on great learning materials for your children. When I was a preschool teacher I had signed up for scholastic. I love books and if you follow me on Instagram you have seen my book collection. Once I started homeschooling I knew right away that I wanted to sign up my own account with my children. Family and friends order books and we get points to get free books for our classroom. Not only books though, but you also get games and learning activities. If you save enough points you can get tons of other helpful teaching tools such as furniture and shelving units.
Every month you get a little catalog to look through and you can decide to purchase something or not. Almost every holiday and children’s birthday party we go to, they get books. I love books and I also love to promote reading. Scholastic will offer a special feature book that they mark down to $1.00 for the month, totally worth it.
They also have little promotions if you order online to get a free book after $25.00 you spend plus the points are added for your classroom. If you are not ready to set up your own classroom but you want to purchase books you can always go here and order to help build our classroom.
Sign up as a teacher, you create a name for your “school” which I named mine “Bright Futures” When I was growing up I figured I would own a childcare center as my family did and I wanted to name it Bright Futures. I was glad that I got a chance to name my little “school”. Also sign up for the teacher store because you can get access to purchase some great learning posters and borders. If you have an in-home center they do offer curriculum as well.
I know you will enjoy scholastic as much as we do. Check it out, we have gotten some amazing books. I’m actually expecting a package today. Let me know if you have used scholastic before. Have a beautiful day. Love ya, Mary xoxoxo
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