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On This Day in History: California Gold Rush

The discovery of the small gold nugget was made at Sutter’s Mill in Northern California. This discovery was one of the main events that led to the California Gold Rush in 1849. The news of the gold led to an influx of more than 300,000 people from across the country. These gold-seekers were called “The ’49-ers”, …

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Free App of the Week – BrainPOP

With topics ranging from science to history to math to current events, there has never been a day when we haven’t learned something from watching the daily video. While BrainPOP’s full site requires a subscription*, the app and the Featured Movie of the Day are both free. With fun, interactive learning as the purpose behind …

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Borax Crystal Snowflake Experiment

With all of the snow and cold weather we have had this winter, it may seem redundant to have a lesson on “ice” crystals, but that is what we did today. Little Miss Kindergartener has been reading Mice on Ice by Rebecca Emberley and There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! by Lucille Colandro this week, so …

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Beaded Candy Cane Ornaments for Kids

Today’s candy cane craft is great for improving fine motor skills and ties in with patterning lessons in the classroom. Enjoy! Beaded Candy Canes BEADED CANDY CANE ORNAMENTS Ages: 4+ (with adult supervision) Time: 10 minutes Materials Needed: White pipe cleaner Red and white beads Glue Scissors Directions: Hold the pipe cleaner about 2/3rds of the way …

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Common Core State Standard Aligned iPad Apps for Kindergarten

Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure that the apps being used in the classroom are aligned to those standards. PunFlay’s new apps, Measurement and Word Wall, are two perfect examples of how education technology has worked to align itself with the CCSS to make teachers’ lives easier while educating children. Mathomatix’s Measurement Focusing …

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10 Educational iPad Apps for Children

Occupy and engage their curious minds with some of the educational iPad apps below. They are sure to keep your little one learning long after the school day is done. 1. iWriteWords A handwriting game designed for preschoolers that teaches proper letter formation. Platforms: iPhone, iPad Also available: iWriteWords Lite 2. Operation Math Math practice with a …

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How to Make Paint Chip Bookmarks for Kids

Paint chips have become a go-to craft supply, because they are free, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are any color you could possibly imagine. With back-to-school quickly approaching, it only seemed right to create a school-related craft. To encourage reluctant readers to have fun with their books of choice, we created …

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How to Make “Look What I Made” Magnet Clips

Do you have a child’s artwork that needs to find a spot on the refrigerator for display?  Regular, everyday magnets will work, but they lack that certain something that makes your child feel special.  An easy fix to that is to create “Look What I Made” Magnet Clips.  They are quick, easy to make, and …

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20 Olympic Crafts, Activities, and Learning Ideas for Kids

With the Olympics on day and night for the next couple of weeks, it is a great time to introduce your children to some fun Olympics-inspired crafts, activities, and snacks.  Check out the great collection of crafts we’ve gathered from around the Internet and be inspired.  How are you celebrating the Olympics? 20 Olympic Crafts, Activities, and …

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How to Make Backpack Tags for School and Sports

There are only so many different types of backpacks out there and with the start of school, chances are that someone else is going to have the exact same backpack as your child. Visions of someone else’s child’s half-eaten lunch and smelly gym clothes can make any parent want to start labeling everything – and fast! Instead …

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How to Recycle and Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags

Oh those plastic bags! You know the ones I’m talking about. They’re either overflowing that not-so-handy bag organizer or pouring out of your drawers and cabinets. Well get ready to give them a new life with some of these ideas! The average grocery store plastic bag can be transformed into many things. To get your …

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