Sunday, July 31, 2011

Happy Face Door Sign

Children entering a classroom for the first time are always a bit nervous. It's understandable; they are not entirely sure what to expect, they must adapt to a new environment, new friends, and a new teacher. Set the tone right away with our printable Happy Face to post on your door, greeting your students with that familiar smiley face even before they set foot in the classroom. (Note: please click on link, rather than image, for a full-size printable.)

Friday, July 22, 2011

A to Z Summer Journaling

These printable A to Z summer-themed writing pages can be used for all kinds of summer projects, from collecting vocabulary words over the summer months for younger grades, to creating memory logs for upper elementary, or acrostic poems. They can also be used during summer camps for autograph pages, where fellow campers leave their autograph according to the letters of their names. Try them out today! (Please click on the link above, rather than the image, for full size printable.)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Watermelon Math

Keep the math practice happening this summer with the occasional, summer-themed worksheet. Try our printable watermelon math worksheet to maintain and reinforce skills.

Printable Summer Stationery

Sunny summer days! It's a great time to find the shade of a tree, write a letter from camp, journal what's been happening each day, or jot down some great story ideas! Use our brightly adorned and lined stationery to help you out. (Please click on the link, rather than the image, for full-size printable. Enjoy!)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Make a Bug Jar!

Bug jars are fun to make in the summer time, and encourage young naturalists to observe insects. All you need is a clean, dry mason jar, some acrylic paints (add glass medium if you wish, but we didn't find it necessary), one nail, and a hammer. Be sure to carefully hammer a few holes in the lid (taken off the jar for hammering purposes and set solidly on a hard surface) - for air. Paint your bug jar however you wish - imagination counts! - we did ours with some cute ladybugs. When dry, put a bit of grass into the jar, add bugs, and sketch, photograph, or write your observations in a nature journal this summer. One caveat: make sure you let your insects go after a short amount of time. They need to forage and find their own food, and it will allow your young biologists to collect other bugs to study.