STEAM Summer Camps

Happy Summer everyone! I am so excited to have lots of time to hang out with my #1 kid before she heads off to first grade (and all day school! eeks!) I like to have a lot of summer plans to avoid lots of down time (aka TV time). steam I will be honest- as a teacher mom I have been frustrated with the lack of differentiated curriculum and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) learning in our schools. So I have taken it upon myself to provide my daughter with more extensive activities based on these areas and her interests and abilities. I was introduced to Core Knowledge by my sister and a colleague and knew it was a curriculum I wanted to integrate into our activities as well. Core Knowledge is a comprehensive curriculum that builds on the knowledge of previous years. I took some units from this program, tied them in with STEAM, and came up with this summer camp program. I am really excited about it!

The basis of this program is to provide my daughter with activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Every week we will be experimenting with Science on Saturdays. There will also be a weekly Engineering Challenge. The majority of our STEAM learning however will be from learning camps we will have on Thursdays and Fridays. I have a lot of science camps planned (based on content from Core Knowledge and my daughter’s interests) as well as Art, Music, and Math camps. Each camp has different ways you can integrate STEAM. For example, the Rock Camp will not only teach kids the science behind the rock groups, but have ways to incorporate technology, engineering, art, and math into your lessons.

Here is our weekly plan:

Make Something STEAMy Monday: (art project/fun treat/iMovie/etc) centered around STEAM

Take a Trip Tuesday: a day we can take a STEAM centered field trip

Wednesday: Worksheet (I just had to sneak in one day of paper and pencil work) and work on an Engineering Challenge. I made a letter template so the challenges could be done with friends who live far away.

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Engineering Challenge idea

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STEAM Engineering Challenge Letter template

Thursday and Friday: STEAM camp

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Sample STEAM camp idea sheet

Science Saturday with Daddy

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Science Saturday ideas

I am uploading my plans on Teachers Pay Teachers. Feel free to download and let me know what you think! There are also lots of STEAM based activities that can be found in many communities. Check your local library… many libraries will have science activities that go along with their summer reading programs. I also know of communities that have “Arts in the Park” or “Science in the Park” activities. If you live in the Salt Lake area, The Leonardo Museum downtown will be opening up some children exhibits in a few weeks based on STEAM learning…. I am thrilled!!!! And if all else fails, host your own camps! Your neighbors will love you 🙂

Happy STEAMing!

Magical Tooth Fairy Door

Before my daughter lost her first tooth I knew that I wanted to do something to make this experience magical.  I wasn’t quite sure what I would do until I was browsing instagram and saw Molly Moo’s darling little Fairy Door. It was childhood magic at it’s finest and I knew it was the perfect entrance for our fairy friend.

I ran to Hobby Lobby and found a dollhouse door. After painting it white I put it in an envelope along with a special note from the tooth fairy. I debated having the door just magically show up the night she lost her tooth- but then I decided it was more fun to set up the door together and build up the anticipation of her visit. We decided to set the door on the molding of Boo’s closet. This way, if she happened to change bedrooms, we could easily move the door. And it was out of reach of two mischevious dogs who have been known to be a bit destructive. 🙂 And then, after weeks of hanging loosely in her mouth, the tooth came out. I should mention that Boo actually pulled it out with a little support from her cousin via FaceTime. That night- after reading books from our Tooth Fairy bag and putting the tooth in a special pocket of a tooth pillow I made- the tooth fairy came to visit. When Boo woke up- she was surprised not only by the golden coin left in her tooth pillow but that the Tooth Fairy (lovingly named Sugar Plum) had sparkled her door with fairy glitter. Just part of the magic my friends. Hope this inspires the magic in being a mom!

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We love our pink fairy door!

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Tooth Pillow

I saw these tooth pillows on Pinterest and decided to make one for my daughter. I am not the best sewer- but I love that my kiddo has a special place to put her teeth so the tooth fairy can easily find them! I put this inside of our Tooth Fairy Bag so those nights Boo loses teeth we are ready to go and know right where to find our little pillow!

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I love the cute little heart pocket for the tooth.

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Tooth Fairy Bag

Just a quick little post to show you how I organized my daughter’s “tooth stuff” so we were ready when she lost a tooth! I found a nice brown gift bag from the dollar store and glued a large tooth on it. So fancy, right? Inside the bag I added some of our children’s books about teeth as well as the tooth pillow I made for Boo. I love that everything tooth-ish is all together so when my daughter lost a tooth we are ready to go!

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Garden Light Night Light

Last year I went to a neighborhood emergency preparedness meeting. The focus of that meeting was learning about different light sources that were available when electricity isn’t available. It was a very informative meeting- but the take-away idea for me was using solar powered garden lights as a night light for your child. Not only is it something that your child can use every night now- but if an emergency happens your kiddos have a solar powered light source. No need to worry about finding batteries for the flashlight!  (Shout out to Anna Jeffs for the idea!)

I originally thought I would have to purchase a light and place it in a flower pot. But I went to Lowes and was thrilled to find the perfect solar powered light. Why? No corners or sharp edges (after taking out the garden stake part of course). My daughter could hold it at night and I wouldn’t have to worry about her getting poked with sharp corners. I LOVE it!

See how it sits so nicely on her nightstand?

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The entire nightlight comes apart- as you can see no sharp corners!

 

 

 

 

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And it stays lit for a few hours- depending on how much sunlight it picks up during the day. You could stick the entire garden light outside in the morning and by evening the light will be ready to go. I like to take the top off and place it in the window- just make sure the part with the solar panel strip is facing outside.

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There you have it- a bright night light that is safe for kiddos to hold and is perfect when the power goes out at night. Yay!

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DIY Seasonal Table Board

This was a fun family project that- while it isn’t necessarily teacher related- I just had to share!

I saw this beautiful wood plank dining table runner on Pinterest. I would love to give credit to the person who came up with this idea but unfortunately the link takes you to one of those sites that takes pictures from other bloggers without giving credit. :/

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My husband ran to Lowes, found a board (I told him to get the most distressed looking one he could find!) and had it cut to the length of our dining table. He also found a beautiful mahogany stain that we used on the board. I saw various sites online that showed how to distress a board with nails and other tools- I wasn’t brave enough to try their methods in fear of splitting the board or something else disastrous. We found burlap at Hobby Lobby, candles at various stores (including the Dollar Tree!), pinecones and various items from decorations we already owned, and put it all together. I love the way it looks!

I took the idea and decided that this was something that I could modify for all seasons. Here is what we came up!

Fall/Thanksgiving (October and November): Imagine how cool it would look with black and orange candles for Halloween! 

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Christmas (December):

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Winter (January): My personal favorite 🙂

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Valentines Day (February):

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St. Patricks Day (March):

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You might be wondering what are my plans for Spring and Summer- at this point I have no clue but I will share them with you when I think of something!

Happy Creating!

Alphabet Book: Free Printable

A couple years ago I had a Book Themed Baby Shower for my sister in law. I have been getting a lot of people requesting the pdf of the ABC book I made (THANKS!) and thought I would share it with you all in a post.

This is a printable that you can use to make any type of alphabet book- its not just for baby showers! Imagine the possibilities- “The ABC’s of Our Family” with all family members picking a letter (or two) and writing a word that starts with that letter to describe their family. Wouldn’t that be such a fun family night activity? If you are a teacher you could use this pdf to make class books such as “Animal ABCs”, “ABCs of Reading (or Math, Science, any subject!)”, or “26 Reasons Our Class Shines- Our Classroom Alphabet Book”. Seriously the possibilities are endless!

Feel free to download our ABC pages– Enjoy and Happy Teaching!

Geometry: A Common Core Math Series

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I can’t even believe it- we are on our final math post!! We have learned about Counting & Cardinality, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Numbers & Operations in Base 10, Numbers & Operations with Fractions, and Measurement & Data. While I haven’t focused on one particular grade, I have tried to list a multitude of resources to help students learn these basic concepts with an emphasis on the younger grades. I should also add that I didn’t focus any of my posts on 6th grade- they have a whole list of different standards!

What is geometry? The simplest definition of geometry is the study of shapes, points, and lines. Younger grades will focus on learning attributes of plane (also known as flat or 2D) shapes and solid (also known as 3D) shapes. Students should also be able to partition these shapes into equal into equal areas. Older grades will be required to learn about plotting points on a graph as well as drawing and understanding line and angle attributes.

When should I start teaching my child geometry? This is another standard that can be almost be taught in infancy! So many of the children’s books made for wee ones are about shapes. We see a lot of sorting and stacking shape toys, toddler television shows focus on learning shapes- and it is one of those concepts being taught in preschools around the world. Remember to start simple with basic shapes. Also say phrases like “our kite is shaped like a rhombus” “your ball is a sphere” and “do you want ice cubes in your water”. Using the correct terminology will build that geometry foundation that will help them in elementary school and beyond.

What resources are available to help my child learn geometry? Of course you are the best resource. Pointing out shapes in your environment and using the correct terminology is priceless. There are lot more resources available as well… here are a few of the apps, books, and ideas I have found.

Here are some great apps for the android users: Geometry 4 Kids, Geometry Quest, Geometry Pad, Kids Happy Shapes, and Shapes for Kids.

In the iTunes store you will find geometry apps like CyberChase Shape Quest, Geometric Cabinet – A Montessori Sensorial Exercise (one of my personal favorites), Montessori Geometry (another good one), Geometry for Kindergarten, and Symmetry School.

Here is a list of some good geometry literature. Just click on the image to learn more about each of these titles!

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and teacher resources:

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Here are some of our previous posts on geometry:

Our Learning About Circles post has several different resources to help teach your kiddo about… you guessed it, circles!

Toddler Twister is a fun game we played… check out the link for directions.

When my daughter was almost two we started Tot School– one of the activities we did was playing with an Elmo Shape Toy.

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This post was on Humpty Dumpty– we made a craft using shapes!

One of the learning tray activities we did when my Boo was a toddler was playing with tangrams. This is a manipulative that is fun for all ages!

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If your child is just learning to use scissors, encourage them to cut shapes. This may be difficult at first so you might want to draw lines, or just free cut shapes and see what they come up with!

In our Sidewalk Chalk post I shared the idea of using chalk to draw shapes (circle, triangle, hexagon, and if you are an artist try the 3 dimensional shapes such as cube, pyramid, etc!) on the driveway. Once the shapes are drawn, dance around until you call out a shape then everyone has to hurry and find one to stand on.

In our DIY Light box post I shared some ways to incorporate geometry. We used transparent shapes during free play, made shapes on an overhead projector geoboard, and used a transparent symmetry mirror.

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Here are more ideas for teaching geometry from around the web.

Crayon Box Chronicles shares a great tutorial on making your own geoboard. She has a lot of great photos in her post- make sure to check it out!

Kids Creative Chaos shares a tangram project that you can make with either Santa or a St Patricks Day Leprechaun. So fun!

Naturally Educational had a super fun and educational Mathematics Beach Party with her kids. Not only does she incorporate geometry in this post, but measuring, skip counting and even some science skills!

I love this Geometry for Kids: Finding Shapes at the Playground post from Buggy and Buddy. I am in love with the fact that her kids had fun at the park and made a fun photo book of their learning and that she has a free printable! I am totally pinning this activity and saving it for a nice summer day.

Well- this is it! I hope you have had fun learning about math standards and the resources that are available to help us teach them to our kiddos. Even if you aren’t home schooling (which I’m not) you are still your child’s best teacher and taking advantage of learning opportunities will definitely give your child an advantage at school. And besides- learning can be fun!

Happy Teaching!

 

Measurement & Data: A Common Core Math Series

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So far in our series about math standards we have discussed Counting & Cardinality, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, and Numbers & Operations in Base 10 and with Fractions. I am excited to share with you some of the resources I have found for teaching your children about Measurement & Data.

What is Measurement & Data? For the younger grades it is the ability to  measure and estimate length and width using standard units, represent and interpret data on a graph or chart, and understanding the concepts of time and money. Of course the degree of difficulty depends on the grade level of the students- with kindergarteners only being required to categorize data into groups and using terms more/less than to describe varying measurements.

When should I start teaching my child Measurement & Data? The terminology for this standard can be introduced to your child early on. They might not be able to count money or measure anything, but using terms such as “time, coins, taller, shorter, longer, bigger, and smaller” can set a good foundation.

What resources are available to help my child learn Measurement and Data? Of course there are a lot! Because this standard includes time and money this list could be very lengthy. Just know that this is a small sampling to whats available online.

Here are some great apps for the android users that include Kids Measurement Science, Kids Learn Time, Interactive Telling Time, Telling Time: Read a ClockKids Money Box (this is like a digital piggy bank), Learn to Count Money, and Count Money Master

In the iTunes store you will find measurement and data apps like Mingoville Fun Clock, Interactive Telling Time, Clockwork Puzzle, Exact Change, Coin Matching Game, Kids Money (digital piggy bank), Preschoolers Learn Money, Smart Fish: magic Matrix HD, Mathomatix Measurement, Measure Length: Tiny ChickenData and Graphs, and Teaching Graphs

Here is a list of Measurement and Data literature and teacher resources that you can read with your child. I apologize for the length- there were just so many titles that looked interesting! I will divide the books into four categories: measurement/data/time/and money. And don’t forget to click on the picture to learn more about each book!

Measurement:

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Data (charts and graphs):

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Money:

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Time:

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Here are some of our previous posts of Measurement & Data activities.

When Boo was just itty bitty we would play a coin learning game. I liked this because not only did she become familiar with money words, but it was a great fine motor activity. And it was as simple as taking down her piggy bank and sitting on the floor!

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I made some free printables that you can download in our New Years Countdown Bags post and  Our Disneyland Adventure post. These activities are both similar in that your child gets to open up a bag at a certain time. Can I just say we had a great time with our Disney Clock bags! I highly recommend making them for the long car trips.

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We learned more about coin recognition during the holidays with our Christmas Money Advent Calendar.

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Played with some of my old money manipulatives for the overhead projector (did I just age myself as a teacher) . You can read more about in our DIY Light Box post.

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During our Lego Day we made rulers out of legos and ran around the house and measured things. Of course I didn’t take a picture of that activity. But adding with legos was fun too and it is math related 🙂

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During our studies of mammals we made animal footprints and then categorized them by the number of feet they walk on. Keep in mind this was a preschool activity- you could always extend this by having students make different graphs and charts to represent their data.

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The Preschool Toolbox shares a fun winter post “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” Winter Activities for Kids which includes a snowman estimation and graphing activity. She has included free printables, too!

Interaction Imagination posted a really fun and magical activity Creating Fairy Doors. Get your rulers out for this one- not only will your child make a cute door but they will learn a lot about measuring! She also posted some Forest Math activities which include measuring the size of trees and checking the depth and size of holes using sticks. So fun!

Kids Creative Chaos shares a St Patricks Day Game that will teach your kiddo to count money. She has included free printables for her game as well! I love to see math learning integrated with fun holiday stuff 🙂

I love Naturally Educationals post March Weather Bar Graph. This is a great example of math you can do at home with your little ones. She also has some ideas on how to incorporate this activity into a lesson for grade level kids. She also has a cute Candy Heart Graph. I especially love that she has her four year old label her graph… great way to incorporate writing! Plus I just love the look of child-made work.

I have tried to keep this post informative and yet not too long- which was hard to do with all the resources available to teach Measurement & Data! I am especially impressed with all the good math literature that is now available in helping our kiddos understand concepts that can sometimes be a little tricky or abstract.

Enjoy! Happy Teaching!

Numbers & Operations- Fractions: A Common Core Math Series

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This post is a continuation of yesterday’s post Numbers & Operations in Base 10. Fractions are a part of this number system- with every decimal place indicating a multiple of a negative power of 10.

What is included in the standard Numbers & Operations- Fractions? Simply put this is everything fractions- with the degree of difficulty being dependent on the grade level of the student. Some examples of these skills include performing operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) using fractions, comparing fractions, and understanding the decimal system.

When should I start teaching my child fractions? As early as possible (Although it is not part of the common core until third grade). I am a big advocate for communicating with your child using math terminology even at a young age. So your 2 year old might not understand equivalent fractions perfectly, but you can ask them if they want half a sandwich or a whole one. And then you can smile because you just had a mini math lesson during lunch. 🙂

What resources are available to help my child learn fractions? Just as in our previous posts, there are TONS of resources available! Of course in the interest of time I won’t share everything I have found, but this is a good start.

There are some great apps for the android users that include The Digits: Fractions Blast, Equivalent Fractions, and Motion Math: Fractions.  In the iTunes store you will find fraction apps like Pizza Fractions, The Digits: Fraction Blast, Jungle Fractions, Decimals!!!, and Motion Math. Again there are so many more apps available- this is just a small sampling of what you can download to help your child learn and better understand fractions.

Here is a list of Numbers & Operations- Fractions literature that you can read with your child.

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Here is a list of some teacher resources. Manipulatives are important in helping your child understand math concepts, including fractions. I didn’t include any in this list because you can use everyday items such as pizza, apples, straws, paper… anything you can cut in pieces!  Using items your child is exposed to on a frequent basis will help them better relate to using fractions in the real world.

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I have never written an entire post about activities I have done with my daughter using fractions. However, in our post 20 Activities With Sidewalk Chalk, I came up with the idea to  draw several shapes and have your kiddo draw a line to cut the shapes in half/thirds/fourths/etc. Make sure you talk about fair shares (how each section should be the same size) when they are drawing the lines.

Here are some ideas that are from other mom bloggers:

Naturally Educational shares an idea using paper plates in her post Pizza Math. I love how she is having her little ones learn about the numerator and denominator as well as comparing fractions.

Peakle Pie combined frogs, crafts, and fractions in her post Fractions Fun with Origami Frogs. I have never thought of fractions this way before- it is so creative and I know my animal loving daughter could easily consider this math lesson as more of a game!

Of course there are TONS more resources available with fractions. I would love to hear about what you have done with your kiddos at home to help them understand this concept better!

Happy Teaching!

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