Thursday, February 28, 2013

Languages: School




Paper
Norwegian: Papir
German: Papier
French:Papier
Spanish: Papel
ASL:



Pencil
Norwegian: blyant
German: Bleistift
French: crayon
Spanish: lápiz
ASL:



Write
Norwegian: skrive
German: schreiben
French: écrire
Spanish: escribir
ASL:




Book
Norwegian: bok
German: Buch
French: livre
Spanish: libro
ASL:


Read
Norwegian: lese
German: lesen
French: lire
Spanish: leer
ASL:






Lunch
Norwegian: lunsj
German: Mittagessen
French: déjeuner
Spanish: almuerzo
ASL:



Food
Norwegian: mat
German: Lebensmittel
French: nourriture
Spanish: alimento
ASL:





 Apple

Norwegian: eple
German: Apfel
French: pomme
Spanish: manzana
ASL: 








School
Norwegian: skole
German: Schule
French: école
Spanish: escuela
ASL:





If you liked this project you may want to take one of these courses:

    
Early Childhood Programs for Multilingual Children
   
Cross Cultural Communication

Language Development

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hey Diddle Diddle: An ASL Nursery Rhyme




This week I am focusing on languages because children who are still developing language skills can learn multiple languages easier than adults and older children. An easy language for infants and older to learn is ASL. The language helps them improve hand eye coordination and fine motor skills through the hand shapes and motions. It is also is a great language for visual learners. This video can easily be used during a nursery rhymes or language unit, or simply at home.

NOTE: This video is not recorded in proper ASL Grammar, but in English Grammar to match the nursery rhyme and the words to make it easier to connect the written words to the ones that are signed.


If you liked this project you may want to take one of these courses:

    Early Childhood Programs for Multilingual Children
   
    Cross Cultural Communication

Monday, February 25, 2013

Numbers in Different Languages


It is easier for young children to learn languages than an adult because they are still developing language. It is never too early to start teaching children a second or third language. Today we have some counting tools for you to print to help teach children to write and count from 1-10 in English, Spanish, German, Norwegian or French.

English 







Spanish
German 
French 
Norwegian 
Feel free to print these pages to use in your class or at home, Happy Learning!


If you liked this project you may want to take one of these courses:

    Early Childhood Programs for Multilingual Children
   
    Cross Cultural Communication

Friday, February 22, 2013

Seaside Sorting


This activity will help teach children what belongs on the beach. Teach the children about the dangers of littering and how it can affect our environment. I recently looked through my third grade journal, it consisted ENTIRLEY of stories about rocket powered shoes and how I would one day save all the dolphins from fishermen’s nets and other debris commonly found in the ocean (there were about 18 dolphin stories for each story about my rocket powered shoes).  Here is a site about a dolphin who survived being trapped in a crab line:
             
           After learning about the dangers of trash in the ocean have the children sort out what belongs on the beach. You can give them a small “trash bag”( write trash on a brown paper sack) and have them clean the beach of everything that does not belong. Here we had a soda can, a net and several pieces from plastic wrappers. For younger children have them sort fish from shapes or pom poms.

Related online training:
Environmental Safety (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0305
CDA Competency: Effective Program Operation [1 hour / .1 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 7: Program Planning and Development [1 hour]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Health, Safety & Nutrition [1 hour]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sea Sensory Salt Art








This sea sensory experience is a fun easy way to teach children about the ocean. To prepare for this project you will need to make some smelly colorful rock salt.

                To make rock salt you will need to mix food coloring alcohol and a scent of your choice.  Add the mixture to a baggie of rock salt, mix well and leave the bag open until it is completely dry. The amount added is up to you and how strong you want to make the salts. You can also add the mixture to table salt for a different texture. 



                It is IMPORTANT to watch the children carefully! The neon food coloring we used made our salt look like some yummy rock candy! I even had a hard time resisting these colorful salts and I knew it was salt. I think the salt would be really delicious and pretty on brownies or homemade caramels if you leave out the alcohol and scent. 




                Give the children some paper to decorate (we used black paper). Using a small amount of glue the children can create a beautiful sea star or beach scene. If you are from the Puget Sound like we are the salt will be like our not so sandy beaches.

                This activity incorporates multiple senses, with the texture, color, and smell. It also gives you an opportunity to teach the children about the ocean. 




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Appropriate for 3’s and up. Science and Sensory

Fish Tank Fun!





Children can create an “Underwater” Viewing Box by cutting the center away from a paper plate. The cutting motions help improve fine motor skills. Allow children to decorate their view box or “tank”, supplying a variety of different supplies, such as string, pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, pompoms, etc.

This is a fun project to pair with a video about fish like these;

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geyrIe5n8kQ

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIrBecB746c

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcIlqhkthj8
                



Appropriate for 4’s and up. Reasoning (what goes into a fish tank and why) Science Extension (things that live in the water.) Rainbow Fish Big Book by Marcus Pfister


Related online training:
           Tuition: $21.00
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0105
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [2 hours / .2 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [2 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [2 hours]

Monday, February 18, 2013

Twirly Whirl Fish

Toss these fun fish into the air to watch them come twirling down. You can easily make a large amount. Give the children nets and instruct them to see how many fish they can catch.

To create these fish simply cut a strip of paper.

Cut two small strips one either end of the paper on opposite sides. 

And connect the two sides to create a Twirly Whirl Fish. 

Related online training:
Surviving Toddlerhood (2 hours / .2 CEU)
Tuition: $21.00
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0608
CDA Competency: Positive Relationships with Families [2 hours / .2 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 4: Families Community Partnerships [2 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Human Growth & Development [2 hour
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Barn Yard: Fluffy Critters



Fluff Balls/Pom poms are my favorite, most cuddly, sensory objects ever! They are soft, fluffy, colorful goodness! And nothing gets better than bringing them to life. Have children create some fluffy critters of their own.  I used fluff balls, googly eyes, construction paper and glue to create my critter.  The glue is also a great  sensory object if things get a little messy.




This is also a good opportunity to teach children how to care for an object, much like jr. high teachers sending the kids home with a sack of flour or an egg. Have them care for their fluffs making sure they are handled gently!





  • Appropriate for 4’s and up. Small motor, and Math (sequencing) Concepts


Related online training:
Teaching Basic Social Skills (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0413
CDA Competency: Enhancement of Social and Emotional Development [1 hour / .1 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 6: Interactions [1 hour]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Understanding & Guiding Behavior [1 hour]
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Barn Yard Literacy: "Who Is On The Farm"




                An important part of reading is being able to visualize what you read. This skill can be introduced at an early age by asking children to describe what they read or ask them to draw pictures of words. They can draw an apple and write the word to show that they are the same thing.

                For this activity children will illustrate the book using the story as a guide. Remind the children to draw all the things mentioned in the story such as Gurdy’s webbed feet, and some grass for Charlie to eat. We also have included a page for children to create their own scene explaining who is on the farm. 









To print: Right click and save the image to “My Pictures” and then access the document from your pictures OR Copy the image and paste it into a word document then select the print option.











Related online training:
Tuition: $8.50
Traditional Washington STARS Continuing Education Online
Washington Core Competency: Child Growth and Development [1hour]
Child care professionals: This course is approved for Washington and Oregon only. 


Appropriate for 4’s and up. Literacy, Logic, and Science.




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Barn Yard: Fine Motor Frog


        Fine motor skills are important to a child’s development. In this exercise children practice the pinching motion. Included at the bottom of this post is an instruction sheet on how to make “Pincher Critters” which can easily be decorated to look like any type of bird or amphibian.





The Pincher Critter in this example was decorated as a frog. The instructions were to help Mr. Frog bring bugs back to his lily pad for lunch. The lily pad was just a green circle and the bugs were fluff balls/pom poms. This exercise can also be adapted to be a chicken bringing worms to her nest, using a brown bowl or circle of paper for the nest and pipe cleaners for worms.





To print the instructions, "How to Pincher Critters" save in your pictures and print as a JPEG.


Related online training:
Use of Puppetry and Plays (3 hours / .3 CEU)
Tuition: $31.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0114
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [3 hours / .3 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [3 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.


Appropriate for 3’s and up. Small Motor, Numbers, and Science Extension.