Saturday, January 25, 2014

My TV Soapbox






Image from Internet

Very carefully chosen, television can be informative, entertaining, and beneficial for children.  In excess, like many things, TV overdose in not a good thing. This recent study indicates what happens to the brain.  It's worth a read, parents.


Another study reveals the negative impact of excessive screen time on attention span.  This includes TV viewing as well as playing video games.


PBS has an article summarizing numerous research studies on the impact of TV on children under age 3.


Then there's the screen time-obesity link.  Check out this study.


Bottom line, in MHO?  Parents, not their children, should be the decision makers on when, how much, and what type of TV viewing is allowed at home.  It does make a difference in the classroom.


My apologies for a second post today.  This was yesterday's post that somehow didn't publish when I clicked the button.



6 for Sunny Saturday Linky



It's time to sift through my Pinterest pins for the week and find me favs. 


1.  I love this idea! 

Probably no one else has a no-name-paper problem. However, in my Learning Garden, I see it all too often.   Think I'll make mine look like a meanie monster!  Found this in ThePracticalTeacher's Etsy shop.


How to Plan for a Reluctant Reader: Putting the Puzzle Together ~ LOADS of resources and tips for reluctant and struggling readers | This Reading Mama


2.   This post on Becky's website is full of good information for teachers to use and to recommend to parents.







3.    Most of us are having plenty of indoor recesses these days.  Wouldn't a game of catch be fun?  Click here for directions.

 
Indoor recess

4.  Here's a different take on the frog life cycle craftivity.   Linda has everything you need to make this in her TPT shop.  I want to buy this!

Frog life cycle writing craft: Students write about each stage of a frog's life cycle. 2 versions included perfect for assessment, a culminating project, or open house!


Here's a cute variation of the Venn Diagram. Check out Lauren's blog.  It's overflowing with good ideas.
Venn diagram - character comparison/friend and family comparison
 - character comparison/friend and family comparison
5.  A little science, please.  If you go to the website, you'll even get a little history lesson on how Native Americans actually used these salt sticks.

Water Cycle Experiment, Salt on a Stick

 

6.  I love the perspective of the photo of this bee coming in to land on some lavender.

Scurry back to your blog.  Post your 6 fav picks on Pinterest.  Then come back here to link up.  I'd love to see what you've found.







                                           


                                            



Hens and Chicks...get it?


Magic Marshmallow Puffs


52 Things A Year In A Jar: Give a Valentine's Day gift that lasts all year. This gift takes more creativity than money! #giftsinajar #masonjar #ValentinesDay

Dear Peter Rabbit... What would it be like if a few beloved fairy-tale characters were pen pals? #writing #books

Frog life cycle writing craft: Students write about each stage of a frog's life cycle. 2 versions included perfect for assessment, a culminating project, or open house!


☀Hummingbird by sankofa2rr on flickr*

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Books About Hats


Valentine's Day M&M Cookies


:nany araujo - via: nanyaraujo68 - Imgend


via: carasposa - Imgend


Kitchen garden, for your herbs!

Venn diagram - character comparison/friend and family comparison

Water Cycle Experiment, Salt on a Stick


Bee and Lavender

Starry-Night-xmas-kraft-preview


Saturday, January 18, 2014

6 for Saturday Linky

1. Who can ever have too many ways to calm your class? Blogger Kat lives on the island of Jersey in the UK.  You'll want to explore her treasure-filled blog for many more jewels like the one below.

 
Creative Playhouse: 15 Play Ideas to Help Children Calm Down and Relax

Creative Playhouse: 15 Play Ideas to Help Children Calm Down and Relax

2.  What's more fun than Click, Clack, Moo:  Cows That TypeWhy, reading more of Doreen Cronin's delightful series, of course!

 Ideas for using Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack book series to teach a variety of ELA topics. FREEBIES included!

Leigh shares ideas for using Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack book series to teach a variety of ELA topics. FREEBIES included!








3.  I had the opportunity to meet Jan Brett some years back.  She's a very humble and personable lady and a very talented artist.

Jan Brett talking about the author and illustrator's craft.  Very cool.

Jan Brett talking about the author and illustrator's craft. This video is for the 30th anniversary of her book, The Mitten.  There are a number of other Youtubes starring Jan.

4.  Mmmm, lemon.  This lemon playdough will be good in a spelling/word work, art, or free-play center.  Louise and Jenni have created a website full of kid crafts, recipes, and activities.  Check it out.

1 part conditioner  2 parts corn flour/corn starch  Food colouring (optional) Add zest & juice of 1 lemon for lemon playdough
                      1 part conditioner 2 parts corn flour/corn starch, food coloring (optional) 
                     Add zest & juice of 1 lemon for lemon playdough for extra sensory impact.

5.  I lived through the ratting trend back in the day, but never achieved such lofty heights as Dolly.  Enjoy more vintage dos at this site.

Dolly Parton rocking a 60s bouffant






          
        Dolly Parton rocking a 60s bouffant

 

 

 

 

 

  6.  Here's a simple craft to use for Valentine's party.  Lindsey's web post show several styles of paper chapeaus and she has included a couple of games to play with them.  Check them out here.


Pop up hats made out of paper plates - too cute!

Pop up hats made out of paper plates - Won't little girls love blinging them up?

 Now it's your turn, bloggers.  Post your 6 Pinterest favs for the week. Then come back here and link up.  My Wagoneers and Wagon Watchers want to see your pins.   If you don't have a blog, leave a comment here about your pick of my 6.