Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Best Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum

If you love unit studies and KONOS but you've got pre-k and K kids then you know that your kids are usually just tagging along with the big kids. I finally found the curriculum that works GREAT with littles and transitions nicely to KONOS.

Just awesome. You can even use this if you run a at-home daycare or nursery..bonus!

If you add Leapfrog: Letter Factory, Number Circus and Word Factory you're kids will be learning effortlessly and with a LOT of fun.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

KONOS Attentiveness - Scootie Track

So we continue with our study of attentiveness by having a scootie course in the house and setting up stop signs so that we can be attentive...here's the action shots.

The faces have been changed to protect the guilty LOL

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Solar Smores - Summer Fun!

A New Way to Make S'Mores!!!

I found the cutest activity in Disney's Family Fun Magazine (April 2008)! It's so hot here today...and it's supposed to get worse as the week goes on. I've been waiting for a way-too-hot spell to try it, and this is the week!

S'mores are probably my favorite summer treat, with or without the campfire. I make them in the oven, you can grill 'em, but this new way is completely safe for the munchkins. Introducing....

Here's what you'll need:
  • Pizza Box
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Clear plastic packing tape
  • Clear plastic (like sheet protectors, laminating paper, etc)
  • Graham Crackers, chocolate bars, marshmallows
  • Stick or dowel


  1. Adults: On the top of the pizza box, draw a square that is an inch smaller than the lid all the way around. Use the craft knife to cut through the cardboard along three sides, as shown, and then fold the cardboard up along the uncut line to form a flap.

  1. Kids can help: Glue aluminum foil, shiny side out, to the bottom of the flap, keeping it as wrinkle free as you can.
  2. Glue another piece of foil to the inside bottom of the box and then tape black paper on the top of the foil.
  3. Tape clear plastic to the underside of the lid to seal the opening created by the flap. For the best results, the seal should be as airtight as possible.
  4. Place your "oven" outdoors in direct sunlight with the flap opened toward the sum, For each s'more, center two graham crackers on the construction paper. Top one with chocolate and the other with a marshmallow. Close the box and then use a stick or dowel to prop the flap open at the angle that reflects the most sunlight into the box (check periodically to adjust the angle). Within an hour (or sooner if it's a really hot day), the chocolate squares and marshmallows should melt enough to assemble into s'mores.

If you try it, let me know how it goes. It's also a good excuse to order out pizza for dinner. :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

KONOS Attentiveness

Ear/ Hearing

How your ear works

Mr Bell Video Free!

Free video on Mr Bell - Great if you're doing KONOS Attentiveness unit. This is the movie that is referenced in the sound experiments/music lesson plan

Mr. Bell part 1

Mr Bell part 2

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Play Everywhere!

I think I'm starting a theme here....

Here's some great sites on play called:

Let's Explore

Childhood 101

Outdoor Play!

This is a great guide on the reason for bringing back outdoor play. The average preschooler only gets 1 minute a day compared to 2 1/2 hours of screen time (videos, games, computer etc.)

A Parent’s Guide to Nature Play

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Really it's gotten to plague proportions here. They are so loud that you're ears are deaf like when you go to a concert by the time you get inside. And...for further enjoyment, lets have them flying everywhere landing on everything. Good thing I don't freak out about bugs.

So between floods, tornado and now this...I'm wondering if the water will be turning to blood soon.

This was an interesting thought on these huge bugs.
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