predicting

magazine activities: creative, crafty, sneaky-learning fun
December 4, 2011 31 comments

magazine activities: creative, crafty, sneaky-learning fun

We are huge magazine fans over here. We love finding them in the mailbox, reading them, playing detective with them, crafting with them, and learning with them.  When they arrive ...

learning during read-alouds: making predictions
August 8, 2011 5 comments

learning during read-alouds: making predictions

When my family visited our local butterfly garden a few weeks ago, none of us could have predicted that one of the beautiful creatures would have landed on our Owen ...

playing with money: counting, wrapping, estimating coins
July 5, 2011 14 comments

playing with money: counting, wrapping, estimating coins

This week our Smart Summer Challenge theme is Government–and what better way to start the week off than by playing with money? Okay, so we really started the week off ...

how to have some fun with leftover candy canes
January 12, 2011 8 comments

how to have some fun with leftover candy canes

Each year, we end up with tons of leftover candy canes after the holidays.  This year, I vowed I wouldn’t allow one candy cane in our house past January; I ...

telling stories with norman rockwell paintings
August 13, 2010 2 comments

telling stories with norman rockwell paintings

I have always been intrigued by Norman Rockwell’s artwork. When I was young, his Girl at Mirror (1954) spoke to me so personally about the battle between growing up and ...

a scared and lonely bear: predicting
January 7, 2010 1 comment

a scared and lonely bear: predicting

Predicting is one of the easiest comprehension strategies to use with emerging readers, and like many of these important components of early literacy, predicting can be taught even before children ...