Introducing Michelangelo to Kids

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Leading the Child

Our weekend was filled with exploration! 

It started with an announcement: “We are going to learn about the famous artist Michelangelo.”  

And then the questions:  “Michelangelo??”  “Ninja Turtles??”

I saw those questions coming.  Frankly, they were great opportunities to introduce key vocabulary like

  • Renaissance
  • sculptor
  • artists

 

We spent the morning watching kid friendly you tube videos about Michelangelo. I found some great biographies!

Letting the Child Lead

We also veered a tad to answer questions about the Renaissance period itself.  Christopher Columbus was mentioned. PJ has a wonderful pop-up book about Christopher Columbus that I read to him.  “The Voyage of Columbus In His Own Words” has quotes from the journal of Columbus.  It allowed PJ to see how people dressed and spoke during the period Michelangelo lived.


We searched for Michelangelo’s art work.  I focused on the works that most interested PJ.

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Pieta
  • David

Looking at various artwork by Michelangelo was extremely helpful in teaching PJ to recognize the famous artists artwork!!  This upcoming week we will most likely ‘play’ with pictures of Michelangelo’s artwork in a sensory bin, investigate pictures with a looking glass, or discover a tray filled with pictures of art…or maybe all three depending on how interested PJ is.

First, we talked about the various biblical paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  

On day two, we discussed the material (marble) the statue David was made of and how very difficult it was to carve out.  Day two was a Sunday so we recovered one of his favorite stories from the bible “David and Goliath” by pulling out his sticker book.

I told PJ how long it took Michelangelo to finish these three pieces.  PJ was very interested!

Since we are learning biblical stories for lent, I thought it would be a good idea to invite PJ to paint his own pretend chapel.

We learned that Michelangelo actually painted the Sistine Chapel standing up rather than lying on down.

To make a pretend Chapel, I used wrapping paper taped to our porch corner.  I made two walls and a ceiling for him to be under.  You could see the pattern right through the underside of the paper but he loved it!!

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I also made this paint easel out of heavy card stock for him to authenticate the experience of what it must of been like to be Michelangelo!

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Then I invited him to paint like Michelangelo!  

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PJ painted the ceiling of his chapel with acrylic paints.  He painted clouds (heaven) and the sun.

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He was experiencing what it must of felt like for Michelangelo to paint above his head.  After 20 minutes  PJ started to paint the walls of his pretend chapel.

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PJ surprised me by painting stories of the bible like Michelangelo did without my leading him to!  He painted the crucifixion,  Jesus walking on water, and the birth of Jesus.  Now I know what to focus on during lent.

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Although PJ will be doing extensions of homework and working on academic goals after school,  I’m thinking of ways to include Michelangelo.  

  • Formulating and writing complete sentences – Facts about Michelangelo
  • Addition/Subtraction math facts- using a printable the has fun art graphics
  • Speech- matching and labeling artworks, 
  • Fashioning a puzzle from magazine clippings of Michelangelos work
  • Making a time line of  Michelangelo’s life
  • Using the fore mentioned ideas- Montessori artist tray, a sensory bin, ect.

 

Im very proud of my son!  He has already learned the definition of  many new vocabulary words like sculptor and artist. Though he can’t pronounce “Michelangelo” or “sculptor” well he does a great job of describing both!!  In just one weekend he has asked dozens of questions like “Does this look like God?”  and “Michelangelo wear shoes?”

Are you covering Michelangelo this month?  Let us know how in the comments below!

 

Thank you for reading,

Crystal 🙂

 

 

 

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Money Math Activity for Presidents Day: Shake to Make 10

 

Money Math for Presidence Day

 

 

 

 

Shake To Make 10! A FUN Money math learning activity…

We are days away from celebrating Presidents Day, Feb. 20.  I thought I’d share a very cool way to tackle math facts for those kids that are also going to be learning about money this upcoming week!

This fun activity was another extension of my sons homework.  One afternoon he was sent home with a math worksheet – you know, one of those worksheets that have a child practice a variety of skills on a single page like mad minutes?

Inside a box on the worksheet he was to add coins and make their sum equal ten cents.

 PJ has struggled with addition math facts this year.  He also can not identify or add sums of money WELL.  We have worked on Math Make Ten math facts and other fun money activities but we haven’t put the two together until this activity.

This is totally FUN!!

What you will need..

  • unruled paper
  • 10 pennies
  • a marker, a pencil , and crayon for rubbing

You will need to make a DIY worksheet.  I simply drew a “T” in the middle of blank paper forming 2 columns in which to write math facts.  I used marker because this was not a plan ahead printable.

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Feel free to copy this template:). I will add a printable in later.

 

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We collected 10 pennies and labeled the pennies verbally.  “A Penny equals one cent.”  He already knew heads from tails so, “Abraham Lincoln is on the front of a penny.”

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Then, he gathered ten pennies and shook them to let them fall!  How fun!!  

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For the math of this, he sorted the pennies by heads and tails. 

 

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Sorting ten pennies gave him a math fact whose sum equaled ten cent! (7+3=10)

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I added extra coin identification practice (he remembers better with hands on visuals) by asking him to create a crayon rubbing of the head and tail math facts.  He used the rubbings as guides to help him know where to write each number since I hadnt made a printable.  This could be a whole other activity to do with all types of coins later!
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PJ counted all the heads and wrote the total for that category.  He did the same for tail pennies then added the numbers to reach a sum of ten.

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He kept going until he had all the different math facts that equaled ten cent.  After so many times of writing the same math facts he blew on the pennies for good luck at his missing math facts:).  I love this picture of him blowing for good luck!

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Are your children learning about money this Presidents Day?  Please let us know if you give this activity a try!:)

UPDATE: Get you free printable by clicking on the link below

 

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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Dollar Store Valentines Day Slime

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Valentines Day slime made from dollar store ingredients!

I don’t like the feel of slime and neither did my son!

For some reason he repeatedly asked me to make snow slime.  

My only guess is that he liked making things and mixing concoctions.  I knew if we made slime he wouldn’t want to play with it so I put the activity off, enticing him with other fun things to do.  Still, he asked to make the slime every week.

Pretty soon we started searching Valentines activities to do together.  We look for eye catching pictures of super fun activities from our favorite blogger mommas and their children. 

This time he spotted Valentines Day Slime from Little Bins For Little Hands http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/valentines-slime-sensory-play-science-activity/ .  

The pictures of the slime were AWESOME!  The mommy of Little Bins for Little Hands posted pictures of different colors!  She had the amazing idea of adding fun objects to add texture to the    stuff!!  AND there were pictures of kids just like my son PLAYING happily with it!  Oh, he was determined to make Valentines Day Slime now….even though he didn’t want to touch it.  OR did he?

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I credit and thank Little Bins for the AMAZING visuals that gave PJ a boost in courage he needed to actually play with the slime.  

I used her formula for the slime as a starting point but used a different brand of glue.  The dollar store version is much thinner than Elmer’s glue.  Here is a link  to her    slime recipe if you are using Elmer’s glue.  http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/liquid-starch-slime-easy-sensory-play-recipe/.   Sorry I’m having trouble with links again but I will fix it soon!

Our Slime required …

  • 2 Bottles of Imagine dollar store brand glue
  • 1/4 c. of water
  • 1/2 c. of liquid starch

Other optional dollar store ingredients

  • Foam Valentine counters
  • Glitter
  • Food coloring

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 I let PJ help make the slime just like he had seen from one of his favorite sites.  Glue then water and stir-stir-stir.  

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He added red food coloring. The swirls of red against the white glue were mesmerizing!!  (We really need to do a milk color mixing experiment of some kind soon.)

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I let him add all the glitter of his choice and he stirred again.  The color was beautiful!  PJ kept poking his finger in it half wondering if it was slimy yet and half  captivated by the shimmery glitter.

 

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I poured the water glue froth mixture into a larger container then we added the liquid starch.  This time PJ poked it with a spoon.

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 Then he stirred the blob of starch around a bit and left the heavy mixing to me.  Yukkk-o!  No wonder he didn’t want to mix it by hand.  It’s very stringy and sticky in the mixing stage.  After you let it sit a bit the mix becomes a whole blob of slime.

And sit it did.

The slime formed air pockets that rose to the surface.  This intrigued PJ so that he tried to pop the bubbles by throwing the foam valentine counters in the bowl.  He still didn’t want to touch the slime.

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I encouraged him, “Try popping it with your finger.” But slime bubbles are tougher than say soap bubbles.  He tried once then again and that was enough ‘grossness’ for him.  So I sat the bowl of slime on the kitchen table and started in making brownies.  PJ headed for his LEGOs and started building.  Oh well, we had fun making it I thought.

After a few minutes he came to the kitchen table and peered into the bowl.  Legos in one hand, he shook the bowl a little and walked away.  

10 or so minutes later he came and shook it again.  

This coming to explore the slime and leaving again went on for over an hour.  

Until finally he reached in and popped that bubble!!!  

He got a bit of slime stuck on his finger.  He rolled it around on his hand, explored the feel of it, and put his whole hand in the slime.  I was excited for him!

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PJ enjoyed playing with the foam pieces and pretending that the ladybugs could talk to each other!  He made them fly high in the air and splat back into the slime:)

He even went as far as to tell me to take pictures of the slime.  My future blogger?

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our experience making and PLAYING with slime!  Does your child like to play with slime?  Please comment below.  We’d love to read about it!!

Thanks for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Book Craft

 

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Book Craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Book Craft for the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

I’m very excited to be a part of this months Crafting Book Clubs book series choice Ladybug Girl! The Ladybug Girl book series is one of PJs favorite set of books that he owns!!

Have you heard of the Ladybug Girl books?

Let me introduce you to our favorites!

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Ladybug Girl is an adventurous character who is very active and great at using her imagination!  In this book Bingo, Ladybug Girls dog goes camping with Ladybug Girl and her family.  As she explores their campsite with Bingo, she casts a spell on an old tree wizard, rides a giant turtle rock, and sips tea in a secret garden.  In the mists of their play with mermaids and fairies Ladybug Girl is called into action after Bingo gets lost.  Then, she herself is lost.  How will they find their way out of the enchanted forest?  You will have to read to find out!

 

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Ladybug Girl and Bumble Bee Boy by David Soman and Jackie Davis is the book my son relates to best!  It’s a story about a visit to the park where Ladybug Girl meets up with a fellow classmate.  The two friends want to play together but can’t agree upon what to play .  A common super hero interest is discovered when Ladybug girl asks her friend if he wants to play Ladybug Girl.  Soon, the two are rescuing Bingo from a scary monster, stopping a mean robot from crushing the play ground and more! In this adventure there are 4 total super insect heroes each with their own imaginative powers!!

 

Monthly Crafting Book Craft

Now comes the fun part.  After reading Ladybug Girl and Bumble Bee Boy (Alot!),  PJ and I did this fun craft together.  

What you will need

  • Broken crayons (yellows, reds, blacks of sorts)
  • Aluminum foil covered baking sheet
  • Preheated oven set at 200 degrees

Thats all you need!

I wanted to build on one of the themes of the Ladybug Girl books and that is to Make the best of what you have.  I think it is important to lead children by example so we used supplies we already had at the house and a little imagination.  Just like Ladybug Girl!!

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We gathered all shades of yellow, black, and red crayons.  It’s ok if they are broken.  

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Peel the paper from the crayons.  This is great fine motor practice!

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I covered a baking sheet in aluminum foil.

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I helped PJ fold the foil into inch wide strips.  He made two of these strips.

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We turned the foil strips on their sides and formed a ladybug shape out of one strip.  We made a simple oval for the bumblebee shape.  We trimmed the strips length down a bit, too.

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We placed the insect shapes on the foil covered cooking sheet and filled them with shades of red or yellow.

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The different shades of each color made the final craft so much more beautiful!!  I placed the cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for just a few minutes to melt the crayons.  

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We added gray stripes to the yellow bee and black dots to the ladybug last.  Then returned the crayon bits back to the oven to melt but not too long.  Otherwise the colors will run into to each other and not appear to be dots or stripes at all.

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It does not take the NEW crayons long to cool.  PJ wanted to peel the foil off.  His craft insects were warm and brightly colored!

 

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They are appealing to the senses..rough on one side from bubbling heat and smooth on the other.  Best of all they are so beautiful don’t you think!?

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I REALLY hope we have inspired you to read a Ladybug Girl book soon!

Thank you for reading,

Crystal 🙂

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Quick and Easy Math or Literacy with Don’t Break The Ice Game

 

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One of the best family games at our house growing up was Dont Break The Ice.  I remember getting this game for Christmas one year and playing it with my siblings.  It was sooo much fun to strategically tap out the blocks of ice without letting the red man fall off! We were allowed to get a little more rowdy in the house with this game as there was no real way to play it quietly:) All these reasons make the game perfect for play when the weather didn’t allow us to go outside.

Now a days the game uses a red bear in ice skates to stand on the ice, but it is still fun even at my age! 

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I just had to get it for my kids as my mom had gotten her childhood favorites for me.  

It’s a bit noisey granted but when you and the kiddo are stuck indoors it’s a super fun game to pull out!  My son loved the hammering and was able to follow the simple goal of keeping the bear on the ice. There’s only one step- tap out the block of ice of your choice-before the next persons turn.  I’d highly recommend it for teaching children turn taking.

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After PJ learned how to take turns I thought it would be fun if he could use the game to practice numbers and the alphabet.

One school holiday in his Kindergarten year I tried adding capital and lower case letters to the Don’t Break The Ice Game using dry erase markers. I tested one block first to see if the dry erase marker would wash off and wallah!  A baby wipe took it right off!

These pictures are a few years old but this is how we “played” by adding letters of the alphabet.

I  wrote about 10 or so upper case letters on ice blocks and the matching lower case letters on the remaining blocks.

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We played as you usually would but each player recorded the letter of their knocked down ice block.  For this I drew columns on white paper and added the names of the players at the top.

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Whoever can make the most Upper to lowercase matches after 5 games is the ABC Don’t Break The Ice champ!

We practiced Number Identification, too. 

I dotted the each ice block like the side of a die.  PJ practiced writing the numbers 1-6. Below, I’ll let the picture do the talking.

Quick and Easy Math or Literacey with Don't Break The Ice Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More ways to use Don’t Break the Ice

  • You can have your child practice addition: Each player adds up all the blocks they have.  Whoever has the largest total wins.
  • Practice word families, CVC words, or Nonsense words for letter sounds.
  • Write numbers instead of dots on the blocks and have them match numbers to the corresponding amount of dots.
  • For older children, practice multiplication: Group blocks by the number of dots they have. Three blocks of three dots make 3 x 3 = 9

What other ways can you think of to put a new twist on this old classic??  I would like to read about your learning fun so please comment below!

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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Christmas Tree Math Make Ten

 

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Christmas Tree Math Make Ten

 

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  Mental math is a struggle for a lot of kids but memorizing math facts help children to process the calculation of math problems faster.

PJ and I have worked on memorizing facts that make 10 for weeks.  And I really needed to find a teaching tool that would make those facts STICK with him.

We repeatedly used worksheets that drill and I made flash cards, too.  We sang a song, watched a few math videos..He just wasn’t remembering it.

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You have seen this at some point in your child, I’m sure.  They aren’t interested or have already given up trying to learn something because its extra hard for them.  They stare at you with a blank face. No matter how many times you go over it, it just isn’t go to stick in their memory or they fail to understand.

Sometimes you have to dig to find something that will help them because you are just as puzzled as they are as to how to help them.  image

Well this is how I felt each time I’d quiz PJ on his Math Facts That make Ten.  I desperately wanted to help my struggling son!

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So, we pulled out his paints and worked on a fun craft he could be proud of in more ways than one!

 

Our SUPPLY LIST..

  • Paints 
  • Cardboard Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paint Brush optional
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and Paper (we used white card stock)

 

PJ was failing to see the patterns in the math facts that make ten: They can be counted up and down. When kids have a mental picture of these math patterns they can draw from memory more easily.  Even if they don’t know a particular addend, they can count forward or backward using a math fact they already know until they have reached the math fact in question.

0 + 10 = 10

1 + 9 = 10

2 + 8 = 10

In PJs case he knew 5 + 5 = 10 every time I quizzed him.  

That math fact would be the math fact he could count up or down from to find the sum of other math facts to make 10 .

I asked PJ to make a Christmas picture using his paints and the TP rolls. (My idea was to write the math facts inside the painted TP roll circles of his picture.)  He wanted to make a Christmas tree! 

He asked me to help him draw a Christmas tree so I suggested he use a ruler to draw the outline of the tree.

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He drew an A shape tree without a bottom or trunk.

Math Facts That Make Ten Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PJ chose to paint the edges of the TP rolls with a paint brush rather than dipping them in paint.

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 I told him we were going to write the numbers of the math problems we had been practicing in the painted circles.  He stamped the outline of a Christmas tree with paint and the TP rolls. We let the picture dry.

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 Mental Math

I explained to PJ that he could remember other math problems that equal ten by starting at the one problem he already knew. “Let’s start with what you know, 5 + 5 = 10.”  We practice counting backwards and forwards from 5.  Then, we recited all the other math facts that make ten by starting with 5 + 5 = 10 going forward and backward.

Looking For Patterns In Math

PJ was ready to write all the math facts down and see  how the addends for each fact either increased or decreased by one.  He wrote 0 + 10= 10 in the very top circle.

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 Then, I asked him to write a number 1 in the left circle and number 9 in the right circle just under the first math fact.  He saw that 1+ 9 = 10

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PJ also saw that the numbers on each side of the Christmas Tree was either increasing or decreasing by one and both sides met at the doubles math fact, 5 + 5= 10.  He had created a picture pattern of his math facts to always remember!!

When I turned his picture over and asked him to tell me ALL the math facts that make 10, he recited them without a mistake for the first time!!  Happy Dance!

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

 

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Gratitude Printables :Educents CYBER MONDAY

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