Saturday, October 23, 2021

Teaching Young Children to Observe Climate Changes

This has been a summer filled with rain, droughts, wildfires, and tornadoes.  Changes in climate are literally something that affects everyone on earth.  Yet, many of us are scared to talk to our kids, and/or we feel that we lack the knowledge. Talking about the huge storms or wildfires is frightening and we might fear alarming our children by saying the wrong things. Yet, there are some great learning resources on climate change from short movies and books to teaching materials.
You know your kids best, so make sure that the information you give them is not too graphic and upsetting. Kids can interpret things differently so using simple facts is one way of ensuring that they can digest the information. Changes in climate can be explained by using a blanket analogy. Our planet is surrounded by a protective layer, just like a blanket that keeps us at the right temperature when we are asleep.  Global warming means that the blanket gets thicker and thicker. So the challenge is to make sure that the blanket is just right.
Spending time in nature is a great way to help kids become more resilient and less stressed about the changes in climate. It might seem that the best option is to protect kids from the harshness of climate change but it might not be possible to keep the news from children.  It is more fruitful to help kids manage feelings about climate change.  It is difficult to defend something that you do know and looking at trees and plants and searching for bugs and butterflies help kids develop an understanding of how different aspects and relationships in nature work.
It is important to provide hope and ensure that kids see the world as a wonderful place even though we need to address big challenges. Tell kids that many grownups are working on solutions and that they care about kids' future. Invite your kids to come up with ideas on how they can contribute to a better world and help minimize the effects of climate change. Offer simple and interesting examples of innovations such as solar farms in China that are shaped like pandas.
Younger kids may not understand concepts such as greenhouse gases. Start with looking at how things grow and thrive. Planting seeds and caring for plants help to build a foundation for understanding climate change. Fall is the perfect time to observe how leaves are turned into mulch.  Nature does not waste things so the colorful leaves are broken down and reused. In Spring, the leaves provide nutrients for Spring flowers. By learning from nature,  we can find solutions to serious problems like climate change. 

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

October 2021 Spooktacular Books to Read!

October is the perfect time to explore science books. Children's fiction is filled with magical woodland stories but there is also a wide range of interesting science books.  Inviting and exciting books that kids will enjoy reading.  A wonderful way to learn all about the animals that live in the forests and woodlands.  Also, there are some great non-fiction books about bats, spiders, and owls. 

Tap into the magic of leaves transforming, winds blowing, and raindrops dancing down the windows.  Your kids will be eager to read about festive fall-themed books featuring harvests of pumpkins, apples. But also lessons about family and gratitude.

Many kids love scary books but there are also a wide variety of funny Halloween books about witches, monsters, ghosts, pumpkins, and skeletons. Laughter is contagious and the laughter muscles can be exercised by reading silly spooky Halloween books. The perfect way to get in the mood for the celebrations. No hiding under the covers is needed! The perfect way to welcome Halloween.

                                   Happy Reading!

Friday, October 1, 2021

October 2021 Products

October is a busy month in the classroom. Busy but also filled with fun activities.  Celebrate Halloween and explore interesting topics such as fire safety, fall, and woodlands animals. Fire safety is an important topic. By using an engaging fire safety resource that contains a Smokey the Bear interactive activity, you will raise fire awareness and give kids the information they need to stay safe.

Fall is the season of bright and glorious colors - orange pumpkins, dark brown nuts, and red apples. This month is perfect for harvest crafts and activities. A woodland project is a great way to learn facts about fascinating creatures such as squirrels, foxes, skunks, and moose. Learning how to draw these animals is not only tremendously fun but also a very useful skill. Your kids can use their drawing skills to illustrate their writing and research.

With the weather getting cooler and the days getting darker, it gives you a special kind of feeling. Perfect time to explore spooky wildlife like bats, spiders, and owls as we are approaching Halloween. Color by code is a fun activity, and with a Halloween theme, it gets even more special. Learning to draw Frankenstein, spiders, ghosts, and a haunted house will put everyone in the spooky season mood. With all these activities to choose from, it is easy to FALL in love with  October.