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Wintertime Preschool Activities

Preschool is a fantastic introduction for children.  The valuable lessons that they learn are all conducted in a fun manner that helps to make education fun.  In the wintertime it is often more difficult to have educational outdoor activities and as all kinds, they can get quite rambunctious inside.  Here are some wintertime preschool activities that kids always love.

Maple Candy

This is a very easy recipe that is a lot of fun for kids and very easy for them to manage at their coordination level.  Preschool activities such as this introduce them to basic cooking, science and just an overall fun for making things.

1) Find clean snow and pack it into a flat wide container such as a deep baking dish or large casserole dish.

2) Have the children draw designs in the snow or write their name or letters they have learned

3) Adults – boil 100% pure maple syrup over medium high heat until it reaches 235°F.

4) Drizzle the syrup into the designs the children drew into the snow.  If you are confident that they have the coordination, you can allow them to pour their own designs.  Arm them with an oven mitt and pour the warmed syrup into a plastic measuring cup.  Guide their hand as they pour the syrup into the snow.

5) Let it cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Colored Ice Candles

Fire and Ice are a cool combination, no matter what age you are.  These ice candles are fun preschool activities that are very fast and simple and have a picture perfect result.

1) Fill a bucket about ⅔ of the way of ice cold water.

2) Have your preschool child mix in a few drops of food coloring, they can mix and match colors to create their own shade.

3) Place a smaller container such as a soup tin in the middle of the bucket of water, add rocks to keep it from floating (but not touching the bottom)

4) Rest a string across the top of the ice cream pail and use clothespins to pull it tight and hold it to the pail and also to the soup tin.  This will keep the tin from floating to the edges of the pail.  Be sure that the clothespin is not touching the colored water.

5) Allow the creation to freeze outside overnight.

6) The next day remove the ice from the pail (you may have to run hot water over the outside to loosen it)

7) Fill the soup tin with warm water to loosen it and then remove it from the inside of the ice creation.

8) Place a candle inside your new ice candle holder and light it. Voila! Fire and Ice in a beautiful homemade sculpture

Fancy Snow Angels

Not all preschool activities need to be conducted indoors.  When the sun is shining, it is always great to get outside, no matter what the season.  Snow angels are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while creating your own little masterpiece. Children will need to fully dressed from head to toe in snow gear in order to stay warm during this activity.

1) Help your preschooler lay down face up in a fresh and clean area of snow.

2) Have them slide their arms and legs up and down to create “wings” and a “robe”

3) Help pick them up out of their “angel” without damaging it

4) They can now decorate their snow angel with colored paint, twigs, and other craft supplies.  Colored water in spray cans works really well for this activity.

Winter Treasure Hunt

Preschool activities that end with a reward are always intriguing and fun.  This activity will get kids up and moving with a great end to the game. It also helps encourage their thought process as well as decision making skills.

1) Place packages of hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, stir sticks, apple cider and other yummy drink mix parts into small baggies.  Make sure they are waterproof, if not then consider using small tupperware containers.

2) Hide these packages outside in the snow in various areas of a yard

3) Make a treasure map giving hints to where the “treasure’ is

4) After enough treasure is found, create warm drinks for your “pirates” and enjoy the rest of the day.  Remind them that the more they find, the better their drinks will taste.

This article was written by Regina Pflieger, a work-from-home mom who discovered that online preschool programs include both indoor and outdoor preschool activities for kids and parents.

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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

A Second Chance

As a few minutes ago, my first book is no longer free. It was free for a long weekend but that opportunity is now officially over. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance to get a free book from this site. As of now, you can get my second book, just published this weekend, and the following site:

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A Year in the Classroom

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Free Resources

 

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Yours for FREE this weekend: The Substitute Teacher’s Toolkit!

teachers.v01 For a limited time (this weekend, from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9) my new book, The Substitute Teacher’s Toolkit, will be offered for free for anyone who wants to download it. Make no mistake, you will be doing me a huge favor if you take advantage of this offer; so download away and tell all your friends. This is a case where ‘the more’ really is ‘the merrier.’

Lee

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Parenting: Keeping Your Child Healthy And Motivated During Exams

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Finals in high school are can be incredibly stressful for your teenager – not only can they majorly affect your child’s grade, but they could play a role in your daughter or son’s college acceptance.

While there are plenty of study tips and tricks for students online (creating acronyms is a good one) there aren’t many tips being given to parents during this pressing time. Getting good grades is a great motivation for your child, but they also need your encouragement, so if you’re a parent to a stressed out teenager, here are five tips for you to aid your child and keep them healthy during this nerve-racking time.

1) Location, Location, Location

Besides being a very clichéd real estate term, this is also a fundamental thing to remember when preparing to study. Help your child choose the right place to settle down and get to work. Avoid areas of the house with the most traffic and don’t even let them think about plonking down in front of the TV.

2) Making Nutritional Choices

I recall when I was a student; my favourite study breaks always seemed to involve a trip to the kitchen, where I’d usually stare blankly into the fridge and subsequently select the easiest to eat (and usually most junk- like) food we had.

Snacking is a staple part of studying, just be sure your child is munching on the right snacks. Avoid the pop tarts, the chocolate bars, and the ice cream and instead fill your kitchen with nuts, fruit, vegetables and some dip.  Also, be sure they’re drinking plenty of water.

3) Planning for Success 

Sit down with your child and figure out how much time they need to dedicate to studying, and which subjects they need to allocate more time for. Some questions to ask your kids: which exam is up first? Which exam do they expect to do well on, and which needs more attention and focus? Set up a schedule that includes breaks and early bed times – sleep is another fundamental key to success.

4) Work Your Body and Your Mind

Use study breaks to get their body moving. Instead of giving them 10 or 15 minutes on Facebook, ask them to go for a walk with you. A brisk walk will re-energize their minds and fresh air is always helpful. Getting good grades is a great motivation in education for your child but they need breaks too!

5) Learning the Material 

If your children study best on their own, then by all means let them be, but most teens can greatly benefit from you getting involved in their studying. If they have notes or flashcards use those to quiz them on the subject matter. If not, try having them teach you the subject, especially the parts they’re shaky on. A teacher once told me; you don’t really understand something when you think you do, you only truly understand something when you can teach it to someone else.

Don’t hesitate to ask your child if they need help beyond what you can offer and if they do, consider contacting their teacher and ask if they could suggest a fellow student or tutor that could help your child out.

Are there any tips you’ve learned from personal experience for helping your child through exam season?

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The mom of a beautiful baby boy, Louise Blake enjoys spending her free time writing blog posts about parenting for companies such as Carrot Rewards.

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in Education, Uncategorized

 

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