ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: February 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Snowman Suggestions: Math, Snacks, and Sensory Exploration

I am "snow" in love with this winter-y sensory bin activity from This must visit link also features some great snowman crafts and activities.
H is for Homeschooling shares some other ideas for a snow themed sensory bin.
Preschool Alphabet has a picture of a healthy snowman snack idea.

The kids at Under the Big Top practiced their names by making snowman with every letter.

Swamp Frog First Grade made a downloadable snowman to practice fact families.
Fabulously First Grade has another version of a snowman themed fact family practice activity.
Tons of Fun used the idea of stacking a snowman to practice number ordering.
Teacher Time 123 suggests building a paper snowman to practice measuring length and diameter.

Somewhat Simple is offering a free printable for one of our favorite dice games, this version is Roll-A-Snowman.
Pitner's Potpourri put together an activity to combine drawing snowmen and practicing multiplication facts.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Children who know how to a foreign language will have many advantages as they grow older. To increase the new language readers and speaker’s abilities, practice and creativity will enhance learning.
St. Valentine is around the corner and I decided to make a new set of Spanish cards 

for your word wall.

What can you do with these cards? These are some ideas:

Word walls cards can be used:
  • To provide reference for children during their reading and writing.
  • To support the teaching of important general principals about words and how they work.
  • To provide a visual map to help children remember connections between words and the characteristics that will help them form categories.
  • To foster reading and writing.
  • To promote independence on the part of young students as they work with words in writing and reading.
  • To develop a growing core of words that become part of a reading and writing vocabulary.
You can also sort words by:
  • the number of letters
  • the number of syllables
  • the number of consonants
  • the number of sounds
  • if they have a certain vowel
  • if they have a certain rhyme
  • if they begin with the same letter

Download word wall cards here

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Show and Tell #117

Gift of Curiosity linked up to our last party with a free printable valentine pack.

Growing Book by Book suggests 28 topics to get your family talking at the table this Valentine's Day.

Sparkle and Splatter shared how they put together a mailbox for their valentine's

It's Your Turn 

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If you are new to Show & Tell or need a quick recap, here are the rules:

~Post your favorite lessons, crafts, traditions, kid friendly recipes, field trip recap, learning games, experiments, DIY organizational projects, holiday related activities, or Ah-Ha moments.

~Direct link to your post, not your home page.

~Include a link back to us or include our link button in your post or sidebar.

~Please try to visit and comment on at least three links. This adds to the positive collaboration that makes our learning cooperative a success!

~Each week we will feature three links from the previous week's party.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Packing a Valentine Lunch with Heart

Then She Made adds some fruit to the Valentine sweets with this heart shaped pineapple and kiwi  sucker.
Little Nummies made adorable an Sweetie Tweetie that could be a special addition to a heart day lunch.
I love all the bento lunch suggestions for Valentines day.

For the kiddo who will eat a boiled egg in their lunch consider serving it in a heart shape like this one from Life is a Gag, Make it Fun.

Add a riddle or two when you pack that Valentine lunch box.  Teach Mama has a printable full of heart-y jokes.

Mom on a Mission put together a printable of lunch themed love notes to add to your child's meal.

Or perhaps, create a love note of your own on the heart themed printable note paper from Chickabug Blog.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Share Your Heart

The celebration of all things love and hearts begins in our house on February 1st.  This weekend has been full of Valentine books, hanging hearts, and designing Valentine cards for classmates. There is a special seasonal shelf in our living room that has transformed itself into a wall of warm, fuzzy reminders of love.

After decorating our own walls my six year old daughter and I spent some time chatting about the things that make us smile. Our wishes and our favorites came to life as we created individualized additions on the virtual Wall of Hearts.

The designing process is a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day and show some heart for friends and loved ones.  The hearts created on the interactive wall are later incorporated into the design of the reversible box wrap packaging that holds lovely Our Generation friends, like this sweet Valentine.

Sandie, is the newest addition to the Our Generation line of dolls and books.  Dressed in pink and accessorized with hearts, Sandie is an extra sweet February friend.  As a company, OG is committed to encouraging girls to build an extraordinary generation, while still encouraging them to enjoy being kids.  

If you are looking for a way to share your heart, or make a young girl's heart smile, this February consider adding your own design to Our Generation's wall of hearts, or adding Sandie to your doll collection.

Disclosure: It is always my pleasure to write about Our Generation.  Their dolls our stylish and durable, and I appreciate their commitment to encouraging girls to build a community they love.  I am thankful for the sample doll they sent to us and share my opinions about their company and their product honestly.