Valentine’s Educational Activities!

Valentine’s Day is here! 

I have located a few fun and easy educational Valentine’s activities to do today! Thanks to these inspirational websites click on the links below to go to each project and free printables!

1. Follow Your Heart Maze by Mr. Printables
2. Heart Garland by My Plum Pudding
3. Valentine Hearts-Letter Match Game by Makes and Takes

Great website for learning letter recognition and CVC words: http://www.readingconfetti.com/2014/01/alphabet-treasure-hunt-for-valentines.html

Advertisements

Warm Fuzzies

I am thinking after the holidays I will try this idea of making warm fuzzies. (http://realmofhome.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/warm-fuzzies.html)

 This is how to make a warm fuzzy.

1. Gather up some materials: pompoms, glue, wiggly eyes, cardstock, foam core shapes, pipe cleaners, and whatever else looks appealing.

2. Cut some feet out of cardstock or foam core.  I wish I could leave a template for the creatively challenged, but I have no idea how that is done.

3. Put a drop of glue on the feet.

4. Stick the fuzzball onto the feet.

5. Dab a little glue onto the back of the wiggly eyes, and then attach them to the pompom.

 

That’s your basic warm fuzzy, but you can add extras if you like.  Use your imagination.  You can glue them to the front of a note card or add a slip of paper under the feet (the size of a fortune cookie message) with a few kind words (like “I love you,” “Thanks for being my friend,” “You make me smile,” “I admire you,” and “You make me feel all warm and fuzzy.”)  These are designed to be gifts, so make a few to warm the hearts of those you love.

All of the above have eyes, they are just turned every which way!

Diamante and visual poems as effective teaching methods

After reading about diamante poems for K-6 English, I felt inspired to write one of my own:

Teaching
Interactive, creative,
Engaging, motivating, compelling,
Tomorrow is another day,
Challenging, enriching, exciting,
Active, innovative,
Education.

This is certainly a great exercise to get children exploring different writing styles and for them to show their creative sides.

Steps for writing a diamante:

1. The topic

2. Two adjectives for the topic

3. Three action verbs ending in -ing.

4. Four word phrase.

5. Three action verbs ending in -ing.

6. Two adjectives for the topic.

7. Synonym for the topic.

I also love the idea of writing a poem in the shape of the topic. One idea that was mentioned was writing a poem about a tree or an animal. With the tree, the words of the poem actually formed a visual image of the leaves and branches. The example below shows some of the possibilities that are only limited by the child’s imagination.

I hope that you enjoy these inspiring ideas as much as I have!