Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You Are A Hero! & Secret Art Tricks For Kids

Coming back to school is always a fun and exciting time of year.  In the first few days we talk a lot about who we are, and what makes each child so SPECIAL!   

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Today I had the kids come as a superhero.  Heros are often ordinary people that can do extraordinary things!  Heros can save the day!  Heros are people you can look up to and try to be like.  


In conjunction with this theme I introduce NUMBER ZERO!  Zero is a hero! 0...0...0!  This is the chant we say when learning about Zero in the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart.  Review the story from the Flip Chart and talk about how important Zero is.  

A creative way to learn the value of ZERO is to play simon says.

Simon says jump 3 times.
Simon says blink 2 times.
Simon says yawn 0 times. ;)
Simon says turn around 4 times.
Simon says flap your arms 0 times. ;)

You get the point.  The kids just grin when you ask them to do things ZERO times, 
and so do I! (try asking them to clean their room 0 times today, or eat 0 more bites of their least favorite food)  We love ZERO the HERO!

In the Number Neighborhood Activity Book the Zero Activity gives instructions on how to draw the very best superhero out there. . .

I have the child use a black crayon or marker for the eyes, noes and mouth.  Also color the super hero's clothes and hair with crayons.  Now, for the part that REALLY makes it look good. {shhhhh...I'm going to share with YOU my little secret for art portraits today}  Use watered down craft paint for the skin, and remind the child not to color the whites of the eye.  I water the paint down to 50% water and 50% paint.  

Another secret I have...try painting with q-tips.  It is a lot easier for the child!

There is a Super Hero inside all of us, 
we just need courage to put on the cape!

Thank you to all those SUPERHERO moms and teachers!  
To the world you may be just a teacher, 
but to your students you are a HERO!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Swiss Days Here I Come!!!

I am preparing for some FUN at SWISS DAYS this weekend, August 29th - 30th!  If you have never been---come join the fun!

I will be there FRIDAY at 10 am  - close & SATURDAY at 9 am - 6 pm

I will have all my books including my NEW
---so come see me!

The "BOOK SHOP" has asked me and a few other AMZING authors to participate in this event!  I am thrilled to be working with some of my favorites...

Michael McLean ---Author of his new book... "Fairy Tale Christmas"

Julianne Donaldson ---Author of the proper romance books "Edenbrooke" & "Blackmoore" 


Jana Schofield ---Author of "What's For Dinner" & "What's For Breakfast"

Swiss Day's isn't just for books.  There are hundreds of booths of just about anything you can think of.  A little something for everyone!  Maybe you're like me and need to stalk up on Christmas! ...(did I just say Christmas! ...Gasp!)

Grab a friend and I'll see ya there!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teaching Number 11 with Greater Than & Less Than

Getting closer!...

My Number Neighborhood Activity Book is hitting my STORE in September.  Keep watching for updates!

Today I wanted to give you a sample of NUMBER 11.

With this activity we talk about GREATER THAN & LESS THAN.  As always, I first review the story and introduce NUMBER 11 from my Number Neighborhood Flip Chart.  This story talks about NUMBER 1, and her perfectly made bun (see here debut HERE).  Number 1 gets together with her best friend, a TEEN, and together they train a pet dog named Kevin.

Preschoolers LOVE learning about pets!  With Number 11's activity we see that our pet Kevin likes to eat the BIGGER pile of bones.

First we get the activity ready...


Then I put the bones into two different piles for my little one to count.

The child then decides which one is GREATER, and which one is LESS.  Kevin, our pet, always wants to eat the GREATER pile of bones.  So we position his mouth to eat that pile.

I created the dog to easily flip to whichever pile is correct!   I grabbed some Scooby-Doo graham cracker snacks and tried again and again...

We had a lot of fun counting and feeding 11's pet Kevin today!

You will love how easy this activity is, and the kids LOVE counting piles and piles of bones!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Number Neighborhood Book Review & Giveaway

Just wanted to make a quick SHOUT OUT to my friend Katie at Gift of Curiosity.  She posted a fabulous review on the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart.  PLUS a free book Giveaway!  I LOVE her blog...see for yourself!

Flip through her post and see what she personally uses to teach...

Great teaching ideas for YOU...

Want to share some of your teaching ideas?  Contact me at We can share your ideas too!  Thanks Gift of Curiosity!

Number ONE's Activity

As promised...I wanted to give you a little peak into the Number Neighborhood Activity Book.  This book is getting so close to printing.  You are in for a real treat!  Today I wanted to share my NUMBER ONE's Activity.

Learning about 1
ONE wears a bun
also learning small, smaller & smallest

First we reviewed the story from the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart.  
You can see more about the story
 Then we  reinforced teaching Number One by the activity.

With a cut cut here...

and a cut cut there...

here a cut, there a cut, everywhere a cut cut...

Okay...just had "that" little tune in my head.  Once you color and cut the designated parts you can slip in number 1's perfectly pink ribbon.  As you pull it through talk about small, smaller and smallest.

Enhancing this activity we gathered some ribbon and had each child lay out the pieces according to size.  The kids loved doing this, and quickly identified which were SMALL, SMALLER & SMALLEST...SHORT, MEDIUM & TALL...LONG, LONGER & LONGEST.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lookie Who's Sharing...

My friend, Karyn, over at Teach Beside Me shared her curriculum choices...and I just HAD TO SHARE!

Look at all her Amazing Action Alphabet books right there!  Go check out her blog for FANTASTIC ideas for moms and teachers like you!  Thanks for sharing Teach Beside Me!!!