Sunday, October 11, 2020

 

October Sensory & Fine Motor Fun for PK & K

Check out these activities with a focus on sensory and fine motor play for our youngest learners:

  • Pumpkin Color Mixing Activity - Play Teach Repeat
    • This post offers a fun way for children to explore color mixing in a low-mess activity using minimal materials.  Expand upon the red/yellow mixing to create an orange jack-o-lantern and try other color combinations :-)  Red/blue mixing to create purple ghosts or blue/yellow mixing to create green monsters would make great Halloween fun! 
  • Build A Spider - Crafty Morning
    • I have used a similar free-play center with Kindergarten for years!  Kiddos will love creating their own spiders using Play-Doh and various craft supplies from around the house.  I've also used Play-Doh and craft supplies to make monsters and jack-o-lanterns - they always turn out great!!  BONUS....Play-Doh is great for building fine motor strength as well :-) 
      • Older siblings can join in the fun!  They can create their own Play-Doh spider and write their own Halloween story w/their spider as the main character or create a "How To" piece for their younger siblings to create a "twin spider". 
  • Halloween Sensory Bin - Happy Toddler Playtime
    • I'm a huge fan of sensory play for any early childhood learner......not just toddlers!  This Halloween bin is a great one!  Find more Halloween sensory bin ideas at the bottom of the post :-)   
  • Halloween Scissor Skills - Happy Toddler Playtime
    • This easy fine motor idea is perfect for supporting scissor skill development in PK & K learners.  I love how easy this idea is to replicate for any theme, holiday or season......cutting practice all year long! 

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning

Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

As many of you have read here before, one of my go to resources is "15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids" by Rebecca Cohen.  

 This book is filled with great ideas to encourage outside play and discovery each month.  October does not disappoint!  From creating musical instruments from acorns gathered on a nature walk to discovering how shadows change throughout the day you'll find fun new activities for your entire family :-) 

As we move into the heart of the season of fall, create a Fall Bucket List with your family and check it off as we move through October and November.  Check out this 30 Days of Fall activity list HERE and this Fall Bucket List HERE.

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning All Fall Long!

Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

 
"Come little leaves", said the wind one day.
"Come over to the meadow with me to play." 

Check out these great rhyming book recommendations (HERE) from the blog Childhood 101 and rhyme all fall long!  They're perfect for our early childhood learners as they build their reading skills.  All of the "Bear" books by Karma Wilson are some of my rhyming favorites. 

Friday, September 4, 2020

 

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Students are working more and more on devices where typing skills are needed.  Check out the links/posts below if you are looking for activities/sites to help your child learn more about typing.  

This site is not fancy but does hit the basics and give practice with finger strokes so it could be an option for practice/review.

This site seems to have lots of options (select by grade and by practice activity is nice under "Typing Tests").  You can also do typing games and typing lessons.  You can create an account to save your progress but you do not have to have an account to access activities. 

This site has good introduction videos (especially for learning the home row) along with practice activities and games.  You can login to save your progress. 

This site offers typing tests, introduction information and typing practice along with a paid Pro option for those interested.  You can create an account to save your progress but you do not have to have an account to access tests and practice.  

This article (HERE) from Red Tricycle has their list of 10 Fun Typing Games you may want to check out also to see if any work for you.  

Happy Typing :-) 
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Sunday, August 30, 2020


Welcome Back SAS Families!  

As we gear back up for learning in a new and different way I wanted to share a few ideas/activities I tucked away over the summer to share with our virtual learners as you begin your school year from home.  Brain breaks are an important part of the schedule and can range from just a few minutes to a full break away from pencil/paper and screen learning.  Check out the ideas HERE for 5 minute, 15 minute and 30 minute break ideas.  
 
For a fun Daily Fitness Challenge check out Mom on the Side's blog (post HERE - The Daily Fitness Challenge For Kids A-Z "Poster" is about half way down the post) and add a fitness/movement spin to your spelling and sight word routines.  This activity works great for virtual learners as well as students practicing skills at home in a fun fit way!  

Our youngest virtual learners can incorporate learning into snack time with THIS great ABC Snack list from Primary Playground!  These are a great way to incorporate letter sounds into daily routines :-) 

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Take Care,
Mrs. Weatherholtz



Tuesday, June 2, 2020



Summer Sight Words


Reviewing sight words over the summer months is a great way to ready your child for new sight words during the 2020-2021 school year.  Sight vocabulary, in collaboration with decoding/encoding skills, is essential when building your child's reading fluency through the early childhood years.  There are TONS of fun ways to review sight words over the summer :-)  Check out the links below to get you started!  


Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning Sight Words All Summer Long!!
Take Care,
Mrs. Weatherholtz 


Thursday, May 21, 2020



Scavenger Hunts Galore!  

  • For a wide range of early childhood scavenger hunts check out the Primary Playground HERE
  • Hop over to Frugal Coupon Living HERE to check out scavenger hunts for all ages, indoor and outdoor, holidays and seasons!  I love the Gratitude Scavenger Hunt found mid-way down the post :-) 
  • Grocery shopping looks a bit different these days but you could definitely use the Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt from The Produce Moms HERE and see what you can find in your pantry and fridge :-)  
Happy Hunting :-) 
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020







Early Childhood May Crowning Craft

I have done this sweet craft for many years in Kindergarten and they always turn out beautifully!  If you would like to do this at home with your family as a religion craft for the month of May you only need a few materials :-)

You'll Need: 

  • Background Paper - In class, we used construction paper but card stock, printer paper, scrapbook paper would all work perfectly
  • Glue - In class, we used liquid glue rather than glue sticks but anything sticky will work :-) 
  • Something to add color....Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils/Water Colors...whatever you have available :-) 
  • Tissue Paper - If you do not have tissue paper, you could create your own paper flowers and glue them around Mary or draw your own flowers around Mary....All would be beautiful! 
What To Do:
  • Click HERE to grab your Mary printable 
  • Color or paint your Mary and cut out
  • Glue Mary picture to your background paper (we used glue sticks here but liquid glue or tape will also do the trick)
  • In class, we added small sections of liquid glue at a time around Mary for students to add tissue paper pieces (small squares were pre cut but kiddos can cut their own while creating their piece).  We did one section at a time so glue doesn't dry out or get smeared while working.  
    • For tissue paper "flowers" we cut 2x2 (ish) squares of tissue paper for students to crumple into colorful flowers
  • Set aside to dry.  When dry, display your beautiful May Crowning craft :-)  Please share via email or social media....I'd love to see your crafts!!  
Happy Playing, Laughing, Learning & Crafting!
Take Care,
Mrs. Weatherholtz 



Thursday, April 30, 2020





Spring = Insects! 

Chick HERE to check out the blog post from Primary Theme Park for lots of great insect related videos.  Many of the videos are from the YouTube Channel SciSho Kids which is one of my favorites for early childhood learners :-) 

Additional Insect Links for Young Learners:
12 Bug & Insect Books for Little Readers
17 Books About Bugs
10 Cute and Crawly Insect Crafts
25 Bug Activities for Kids (Includes Bug Scavenger Hunt Printable)

Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning!
Stay Well!
Mrs. Weatherholtz 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020




Book Recommendation:  I blogged about this book several years ago after checking it out from the Howard County Public Library.  In this time of distance learning, I've found myself thinking about this book as it is FILLED with great ideas for family time outside :-)  I ordered my copy HERE.  The book is organized by season and each season is divided into months.  Each month is filled with 25+ ideas of outside activities, seasonal gear to have on hand, snack ideas, etc.  As we quickly approach the month of May, here are a few May ideas to get you started :-)
  • Don't save the beach ball for the beach!  Pull it out early and see how long your family can keep it in the air w/o dropping to the ground :-) 
  • Map out a vegetable garden or brainstorm vegetables you'd like to grow in a container on your patio this summer :-)  Planting time is coming quickly! 
  • Have a backyard campout - pull out all the camping gear and have a weekend campout w/o even loading the car! 
  • Take an inside toy outside: With Mom or Dad's help, take some of your inside toys outside and enjoy them in the sunshine!  When teaching Kindergarten, one of the best recess moves I made was taking the large blocks outside...it's a completely different sensory experience to play with toys in a new environment :-) 
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning Outside!
Stay Well!
Mrs. Weatherholtz