In the book In the Snow by Huy Voun Lee, Xiao Ming and his mother walk in newly fallen snow and his mother shows him Chinese characters by writing them in the snow. They discuss how the characters look like the items they are describing. Despite our lack of snow in Chicagoland this season,we made our own snow and practiced writing in the snow at our kitchen table, making English letters rather than Chinese characters as they did in the picture book.Continue Reading
During our only big snow (so far) this winter, we experimented with melting snow. In The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Peter learned snow melted inside when his snowball melted in his coat pocket (get the book). Although our observations about melting snow were not scientific or controlled, our simple observations comparing melting snow in a glass on the counter versus in the fridge it gave us a simple preschool science lesson.Continue Reading
Valentine’s Day is a little ways away still, but here is a fun way to give a STEM Valentine’s Day card to your students or children — crack a code! My STEM Challenge class loved trying to figure the codes out. My preschooler enjoyed matching the symbols to the letters (although she could not read the final result) to practice her letters. These STEM Valentines are not too difficult, but they hold plenty of fun as they introduce the concept of codes to a class.
To my surprise, a number of homeschooling friends have expressed anxiety about teaching language arts: writing, spelling, reading. Because I love language arts and I love reading books about these things, I’ve set up this list of must-read books for those preparing to teach language arts to little learners.
I love teaching my kids language arts. When I look at the curricula I’ve acquired over the years, I definitely have more than enough of the language learning resources. I studied grammar in school myself, and so I look forward to doing language activities with my little ones. There is not nearly enough time to enjoy it all, and sadly, my kids are not always as eager for editing practice, but I definitely do not feel anxiety about teaching the subjects.
When I think of a “must read” list, I think of something short. Here, then, are just four simple books for you to read before you tackle teaching your little ones.Continue Reading