Category Archives: elementary & up

{Art Together} Scribbling

{This post is part of the art together series. You can see all the posts in the series here.} “That the word scribble is used so often as a term of disparagement is one indication of how we fail our children in their … Continue reading

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{Art Together} Looking Closely

{This post is part of the art together series. You can see all the posts in the series here.} “’The teaching of drawing is the teaching of looking.’ A lot of people don’t look very hard.” –David Hockney. Before we … Continue reading

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Animal Classification: Reptiles

{Previous posts in this series: Animal Classification Booklet; Animal Classification: Mammals + Fish; Animal Classification: Birds; Animal Classification: Amphibians.} Phew, the last post in this series. We finished up our five-part animal classification class for ages 5-8 at co-op this past week. Because … Continue reading

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{PBL} Scattering

There have been some seemingly one-off random things going on this week, but you never know where things will lead. My 4yo has been interested in bones for a while now, although I’m not sure I even posted anything about … Continue reading

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Animal Classification: Amphibians

{Previous posts in this series: Animal Classification Booklet; Animal Classification: Mammals + Fish; Animal Classification: Birds.} I find the common practice of discussing reptiles and amphibians together both annoying and mystifying. They are wholly separate groups of vertebrates. There is … Continue reading

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Animal Classification: Birds

(This is the third in a series of sorts…the PDF of the animal classification booklet can be found here. Teaching plan for Mammals and Fish can be found here.) Resources: Bird poster from Vertebrate Teaching Poster set Assorted books on … Continue reading

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Animal Classification: Mammals + Fish

As promised, to go along with the Animal Classification Booklet download, here are my plans and resources for the first two groups we talked about in co-op, mammals and fish. Again, this class is for ages 5-8. In our first … Continue reading

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{PBL} Projects + School

One of my biggest frustrations with school is how much time it takes up. My oldest chose to remain in school, and I haven’t managed to support him on any self-led projects on nights and weekends, which fly by so … Continue reading

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Language Arts

That’s not exactly the right title for this post, but I’m not sure what is. We read all the time here. My older kids read voraciously to themselves; I read out loud every day. My 4yo will sit with a … Continue reading

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Why Process Over Product? {Part Three}

(Part One, Part Two) Part Three: Realizing a Vision In Part Two, I said that if someone hasn’t had the opportunity to explore different media and materials to see what they do, he or she will have no idea how … Continue reading

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