THE PAPER DOLLS

A little girl and her paper dolls go on amazing adventures in this picture book by Julia Donaldson. This a lovely story about imagination, memory, and links between generations. THE PAPER DOLLS Julia Donaldson – Author Rebecca Cobb – Illustrator   And her mother helped her make some paper dolls. “They were Ticky and Tacky and… Read More

THINKING AHEAD

These activities are intended to encourage our children to think strategically. To become expert,  you need to think ahead, test and modify your tactics as you go along. ******************************************* MULINELLO QUADRUPIO This board game from the late Roman empire, originated around 5th or 6th century AD and was discovered in street excavations. It’s similar in concept to noughts… Read More

OLD PEARL

A young child deals with the sadness of losing a pet in this gentle, sweet story about to how nothing can take away what lives in our heart.    **************************** “But sometimes friends have to say goodbye…” OLD PEARL Wendy Wahman – Author and Illustrator   Theo loves feeding the birds.  All the birds.   But he… Read More

PUZZLE BRAINWORK…

This activity is an opportunity for our children to strengthen their ability to visualize. Visualization is required in two ways. First, our children must plan ahead so as not to leave impossible spaces. Second, they must try to turn each piece in their ”mind’s eye” to decide which is needed for a particular gap.   COVER… Read More

PIGEON MATH

“Pigeon Math” is about a pigeon who is trying to tell a story.  Telling a story about pigeons should be simple. But what’s a narrator to do when the number of his feathered friends is constantly changing?  A series of humorous events keeps happening, causing the pigeon to restart the story.  Can our storyteller use math… Read More

SAME OR DIFFERENT?

Same or Different? activities are opportunities for our children to focus their thinking on a desired mathematical concept.  These tasks strengthen communication, reasoning and constructing arguments in relation to mathematical ideas. *************************** Same or Different? FLOWER POWER Look at the two pictures. What do you notice?   1.  Talk about how pictures A and B are… Read More

YOU MUST BRING A HAT!

The only rule for attending this party was … you MUST bring a hat. But what if you didn’t own a hat? Will bringing a monkey wearing a hat be enough? Find out in this tale that builds to a gloriously quirky, hilarious ending. *********************************** “Mounting exasperation, preposterous rules, and just plain fun make this party… Read More

PUZZLES and TEAMWORK

Many of our children enjoy working on puzzles.   They can be easily motivated to adopt learning strategies that will improve their puzzle-solving skills. These puzzles require patience… try working as a team. ************************************ Puzzle with the Digits 1-8 **********************************     How Many Triangles Are There?  

BE A TREE

We are all like trees: our spines, trunks and our skin, bark.   Our hearts give us strength and support, like heartwood. We are fueled by air and sun. Like humans, trees are social. They “talk” to spread information; they share food and resources. They shelter and take care of one another. They are stronger together. ***************************… Read More

RAINBOW ICE POPS – SUMMERTIME MATH

When we look for patterns, we notice what changes and what stays the same from one picture to the next. Drawing or building the pattern helps us think about what comes next!  Support your children’s thinking by working together using drawings and/or colored blocks. ********************************************* What do you notice?  Discussion suggestions The pattern starts with 1… Read More