DIY Solar System Map

Seriously, who doesn’t love Astronomy? I’ve never met a kid who wasn’t fascinated with planets, stars, and the idea of outer space. This lesson has always been a huge hit in my classrooms, especially when we’re studying Cosmology – the first Great Lesson in a Montessori lower elementary classroom. This map was super easy to …

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Bird Matching & Memory Game

Oh boy do we love birds. We live in a semi-tree house, with the living area up in the tree canopy. This makes for a wild view of common birds jumping from branch to branch right outside of our windows. We have plenty of bird feeders to bring them right to our windowsills, and they’ve learned …

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Shark Cakes… Ooh ahah!

Simone (aka Punkee) announced that it was Shark Day. I gave her a quizzical look and asked, “For real?” To which she said, “It is now…” So, Shark Day it was. I was not going to argue since sharks are my ultimate favorite animal in the entire universe. We made shark pancakes, wore whatever sharky, …

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Croaky! A Frog Dissection

The last days of school brought our restlessness to science by considering what make animals tick… internally and anatomically speaking. Home Science Tools has an awesome Intermediate Dissection Kit that gives several easily dissectible animals to complement lessons on vertebrates and invertebrates, anatomy and physiology, or just good ole’ fashioned curiosity to our natural world. The kit also …

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Eww, Bacteria!

It never fails. Science can be really, super gross. It can be an eye-opener. And boy, is it oh… SO… fascinating. Take our bacteria experiments for example. I love doing this with kids of all levels because the reactions are totally classic, especially when looking at the bacteria colonies under the microscope: “EWW GROSS!” (Wait …

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Jolly Spring Sheep Craft

Spring is often associated with blooming flowers, caterpillar metamorphosis, baby birds, and for many it means pollen. Sheep are fluffy meanings of spring, too, and for a variety of reasons. Metaphorically, they can be viewed as a symbol of rebirth, the Ultimate higher power watching over his flock, innocent aspects of oneself and of children, …

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