Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reading Around the World: Books About Afghanistan


As part of Project Around the World, we're trying to read books about each of the countries we virtually visit. I'm learning, though, that this may be easier said than done. Ideally, I'd love to find a combination of both fiction and nonfiction books for all ages for each country. Realistically, we'll do the best we can and with some countries we may have to depend entirely on the Internet. 

Here are my recommendations for books about Afghanistan.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Watercolor Tiles: Exploring Afghanistan Through Art



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Our first stop on our alphabetical tour of the world was Afghanistan. In a way, it was a complicated place to start, since Afghanistan has such a complicated history. And, how do you talk about things in an age-appropriate way without ignoring current events? In the end, I took my cues from the books we had and kept things simple. (I'll have a separate post this week with my book recommendations.) Then, we dug down and concentrated on our focus. Our focus for this project is cultural and our focus is on the average citizen - those people that are just like you and me. We discovered the rich and beautiful cultural heritage in Afghanistan. We were in awe at all the beauty. For our project, we took our inspiration from the Blue Mosque in Mazar-e Sharif and created watercolor tiles inspired by its beautiful mosaic tiles.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Project: Around the World ~ Exploring the World Through Art


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I tend to get big ideas... very big ideas. It makes me nervous just putting this out there, because this is one of those ideas that seems impossible. And, maybe it is. Then again, maybe it's not. But, nonetheless, here it is. We're going to be working our way through all the countries of the world through books and art projects. Wow! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hot Chocolate Valentines


Valentine, you warm my heart! And dear reader, you warm my heart too. That's why I made these fun little Valentines for you. Print them out and add a packet of hot chocolate to each. Print enough for your elementary-aged child to give to the whole class or maybe your tween would like to gift a few to some of her close friends. They would even work as a little gift for your co-workers.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Best Posts of 2014

At the end of the year it's fun to look back and see what posts were the most popular. What interested you? What were your favorite posts?


It turned out that many people were struggling with the same issue I was, how to get your kids to open up after school. Connecting After School: The Questions You Should Be Asking was far and away my most viewed post of the year. It was read, it was passed around, it was pinned, and I hope it helped many of you.


There were many other posts that were popular this year. We had great fun with crafts and activities. You definitely love your holiday crafts and many of you are looking for activities for your school-aged kids. You'll see more of both of these this year.

Here are some of my other most viewed posts from 2014:
Paper Plate Christmas Trees
Apple and Pumpkin Mini Books
Domino Doubles Game
100 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List
Tulip Letter Match Game
Egg Carton Easter Baskets
Painted Easter Egg Sun Catchers
12 Ways to Play With Plastic Eggs
My Book of the Four Seasons: A Paper Bag Book

I've got even more great posts for you. I'm joining forces with a whole group of kid activity blogger to share all of our best posts of the year. You'll find so many cool activities and resources that you may never need to read another blog in your life. Only don't do that! I'll miss you and you'll miss out on all the great ideas to come in 2015.

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The best educational activities:





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