Friday, April 23, 2021

 

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"Garden Storytime" is a fun playlist from the JC Raulston Arboretum of NC State University YouTube Channel that includes read alouds of many early childhood spring/summer favorites!  

Click HERE to explore the playlist.

Friday, February 26, 2021

 


As we transition into T3 students in Grades 2-3 are working hard to master their math facts.  Check out the links from Differentiated Teaching (HERE) for online games to build fact fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  

Thursday, January 14, 2021


Check out "Would You Rather Math" to start great math conversations at home :-)  From the homepage you can click the grade level band at the top that best fits your family.  There are lots of great prompts such as "Would you rather have a box of chocolates with 5 rows and 12 columns or 7 rows and 10 columns?"

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