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a learning adventure

Last year, with the hope of upping my play dough game, I did a bit of googling and decided to add some loose parts to the textured rolling pins, play dough knives and cookie cutters that I put out for the kids.

My hope was that the kids would be more engaged, interactive and creative with the play dough.

That happened ... and more. I learned something. Again.  (Sometimes I am a Slow Learner.)

Sometimes you need a kid-frienndly painting project that will put a smile on your face.

Something bright and cheerful.

Jame's Rizzi inspired birds fit the bill perfectly. 

Ten frames are an important math tool in many pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms.

So, we include it in our calendar time. (We actually call it "together time", since we are together, and do all sorts of things ... I like to leave things open ended.)

We know that a solid understanding of how "ten" can be taken apart and put together is crucial for successful future math learning.

Every once in a while you come across a book that you wonder why you have never seen it before. And why everyone is not talking about it.

Everybody Needs a Rock is one of those books for me. 

And I am going to be a person who talks about it. 

Everybody Needs a Rock
written by Byrd Baylor
illustrated by Peter Parnall
published by Aladdin (1974, reprint 1985)

It's always a good time to celebrate with ice cream. 

We were getting ready to make ice cream and learning about colour and line getting ready to paint like Jackson Pollock - the perfect opportunity to make rainbow ripple ice cream cones. 

We love Eric Carle's stories.

And we love his art.

It is impossible NOT to get the paints out and create after enjoying reading one of our many Eric Carle books. 

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