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Free Printable Easter Bunny, Peter Rabbit, Velveteen Rabbit Lesson Plans

Easter is a great theme for preschool. Easter baskets, candy, egg decorating, egg hunts, bunnies, baby animals, spring--all things dear to a child's heart. Here are free printable Easter bunny crafts. I've included printable activities based on my two favorite bunnies, Peter Rabbit and the Velveteen Rabbit. Parents and teachers, you'll want these for Easter preschool classroom fun. I would use these crafts in learning centers, too. Free Printable Easter Bunny Crafts for Preschool 

Around the World of Poems, Free Printable Persian Poetry Lessons for NaPoWriMo

April is a lovely month--spring, Easter, Earth Month and National Poetry Month. There are as many poetry styles as there are poets. The verse of a particular poet are as distinctive as her soul, her expressive DNA. Who you are, where you live, how you live, when you live, who your people are, all these and much more are distilled in your writing. Let's take a trip around the world of poems. I begin with my favorite: Persian poetry.  Here are free printable lessons and activities for National Poetry Month: Persian Poetry

Preschool Animal Alphabet Themed Snacks from A-Z Plus ABC Printables

Teachers, want to make learning ABCs fun for children? Here are healthy animal alphabet-themed snacks from A-Z. Plus printable animal ABC coloring pages, crafts, worksheets and lesson plans! Use Alpha-Bits cereal, letter pretzels, cookies for letter shape. Make character sandwiches using any spread and leave open face. Use pretzels or matchstick carrots for whiskers. For eyes, use Cheerios, spray cheese, raisins, olives, banana or kiwi slices. Make ears, nose and mouth from apple bits, pimentos, pepper pieces, triangle chips or crackers. Use pretzel sticks for legs. For cookie creations, use candy or fruit to make faces. Read on for recipes Preschool Animal Alphabet Themed Snacks From A-Z 

Teach Kids Generosity With Lenten Almsgiving Donations

Catholics around the world enter into the penitential season of Lent on Ash Wednesday. From now till Easter, we practice Lenten virtues of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We give up things in imitation of Jesus's temptation in the desert. We pray to draw closer to God. And we share with those in need. Here are 40 ways kids can give, one for each day of lent.  Teach Kids Generosity With Lenten Almsgiving Activities, Donations

Free Coloring Pages to Print for Children

One of the many things I like about blogging is sharing freebies with my friends. Today's free thang is printable coloring pages. I'm kind of the coloring pages guru, the free printable princess. I thought I'd seen every printables site on the web. Then I found Pic Gifs ;yesterday, digging up animated clipart. Coloring pages make great lesson plans for preschool, perceptual development, fine motor skills, special needs. And kids love 'em!   Free Coloring Pages to Print for Children

Dr. Seuss Book Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Crafts

 March 2 marks the birthday of an American icon. Dr. Seuss, aka Theodore Geisel or Theo LeSieg. Dr. Seuss wrote pearls of wisdom in electric color and silly verse. The Lorax, Horton, the Grinch, The Cat in the Hat: here are free printable Dr. Seuss activities. March is National Reading Month, kicked off with Read Across America. Use these activities to celebrate with children in classrooms or homeschool. Free Printable Dr. Seuss Coloring Pages 

Free Printable Dr. Seuss Book Coloring Pages

 March 2 marks the birthday of an American icon. Dr. Seuss, aka Theodore Geisel or Theo LeSieg. Dr. Seuss wrote pearls of wisdom in electric color and silly verse. The Lorax, Horton, the Grinch, The Cat in the Hat: here are free printable Dr. Seuss activities. March is National Reading Month, kicked off with Read Across America. Use these activities to celebrate with children in classrooms or homeschool. Free Printable Dr. Seuss Coloring Pages 

Harry the Dirty Dog Printables, Recycled Yarn Craft, Snacks

 Are your kids going winter stir-crazy? You need a craft afternoon. I learned as a teacher/homeschool mom to make lesson plans hands-on. So my craft parties include an interactive story and snack and lots of free printable book-based activities.

One of my husband's favorite children's literature characters is Harry the Dog, created by Gene Zion and drawn by Margaret Bloy Graham. My mom described a yarn bush she made for the birds and it reminded me of Harry. Here are activities based on "No Roses for Harry."  No Roses for Harry Recycled Yarn Craft, Snack, Printables

Printable Ancient Greece Lessons for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Teachers and homeschoolers, are you following the XXII Winter Olympic games in Sochi? The Olympics have a long and interesting history, beginning with the original games in ancient Greece. There's so much to learn. Here are free printable ancient Greece lessons plans to help you explore the rich culture in which the Olympic Games flourished. Here are lessons on Greek Mythology with coloring pages of Greek gods Zeus, Hera, Hermes, Ares, Apollo, Athena and other Olympians.  Ancient Greece Lesson Plans for Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

Printable Winter Crafts, Sochi 2014 Olympics Activities for Kids

Okay we're in the long haul here for February. The shortest month feels like the longest month. And math problems and spelling words are getting pretty old about now. How about spicing things up with some printable winter crafts and Sochi 2014 Olympics lesson plans? Yes, please! Read on Printable Winter Crafts and Activities for Kids

Printable Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Lesson Plans

The XXII Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, Russia run February 7-23. As a teacher, mom and former homeschooler, I always look for ways to teach any world event in the classroom. Here are free printable winter Olympics lessons plans. Games, crafts, coloring pages, puzzles, sports-themed worksheets--all you need to explore. There are activities about Russia and the city of Sochi, too.  Read on Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics XXII Printables, Lessons on Russia 

MLK Jr Day, Black History Month Printables and Rosa Parks' Bus Seat

Why would anyone ask why we have a Black History Month? If you don't get it, you clearly don't get American history period. The revisionists aren't the ones teaching black history, they're the ones who wrote it out in the first place. Slavery, segregation, Jim Crow stole an entire peoples' past. Black History Month can't replace that. But it can renew the future. It can revive traditions, restore voices and reinvest in the heritage that was denied. I've always felt intense solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized. But recently, I experienced it in a new way. I sat in Rosa Parks' bus seat (that's us on the bus). Here is my perspective plus printable Jim Crow, black history lesson plans.  For Black History Month, Learn Jim Crow Lessons From Rosa Parks' Bus Seat 

Free Printable Chinese New Year 2014 Year of the Horse Activities

The Chinese New Year is celebrated on the Gregorian (western) calendar on January 31 in 2014. This is the Year of the Horse, in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac rotation. Here are free printable crafts,lessons, activities, games, recipes and resources to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  Free Printable Chinese New Year Crafts and Lesson Plans

Advent Countdown to Christmas Activities

 We homeschooled our four children for over 10 years. As a Catholic family, we set aside the month of December for advent activities. Advent begins on the 4th Sunday before Christmas and countdowns to the feast of Christmas. Here are Advent countdown activities. You can print these and use in school or homeschool.Advent Countdown to Christmas Activities for Families and Homeschoolers

Free Printable Gingerbread House Patterns, Recipes, Templates

Okay, so making a gingerbread house may not seem like the most academic of lessons. But consider the math, measurement, engineering, art and design involved. Making a holiday gingerbread house is one of our favorite family traditions. Not being the most artistic person, I cheat and get the gingerbread house kit. But I've found a better way: free printable gingerbread house patterns, recipes and templates. People approach gingerbread house making from two schools of thought: first school--art and perfect. Then there is our youngest son's school of thought: slap together a ramshackle gingerbread lean-to, lather with frosting, cover in candy, devour. Whichever school you subscribe to, you'll want these free printable gingerbread recipes, templates and patterns.  Free Printable Gingerbread House Patterns, Recipes and Templates

Free Printable Hanukkah Crafts, Games, Puzzles

Hanukkah or Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Light, begins at sundown Nov. 27, in 2013. On the Hebrew calendar Hanukkah always falls on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. Here are free printable crafts and activities to celebrate Hanukkah. Free Printable Hanukkah Crafts, Games, Puzzles and Activities

Free Printable Disney Frozen Activities

 I've written articles on free printable kids crafts since 2007, often linking to the Family Fun website (from Family Fun magazine. Family Fun partners with Disney and provides lots of Disney-themed crafts. Family Fun now has a new website Spoonful. Besides regular Family Fun goodies, Disney crafts can be found there too. And there are lots of cool printables based on the new Disney movie "Frozen" coming out in November, 2013.  Free Disney Printables from Family Fun New Site Spoonful

Free Printable Books for Kids to Make

Here's a perfect lesson plan for preschoolers and emergent readers--homemade books. Use these links for free printable books for kids. Print pages and let children cut and assemble books. Print in black and white and let kids color their books. Teach reading, math, scissors skills, fine motor, sequencing and other vital early childhood skills. Many subjects: ABC, numbers, shapes, patterns, holidays, animals, Bible, safety, nursery rhymes and more. Great for special needs students.Free Printable Books for Children to Make and Read

Blackfish Documentary, Orca Whale Tilikum, SeaWorld Boycott Lesson Plans

My husband came home outraged about Tilikum, SeaWorld's killer orca whale. The film "Blackfish" explores Tilikum who has killed several people including trainer Dawn Brancheau. There's a lot of sad history that went before. SeaWorld has denied responsibility for the death despite a series of fails, violations and broken promises. Now Tilikum's fate hangs in the balance and all because of corporate greed. PETA is calling for SeaWorld boycotts. They've launched "Free Tilly" to get the orca back in the ocean and out of captivity. Use the film and associated lesson plans to encourage student activism in sea mammal protection.   PETA says Free Tilly, SeaWorld Killer Blackfish Orca Whale Tilikum

S is for Squash Recipes to Make with Kids

In 31 years, I've taught every age and subject, including homeschool, preschool, Montessori, special needs and adult ed. I make lesson plans hands on and fun. Food is a great teaching medium. I write learning-themed food articles with the tag +Week-of-school-snacks . Today's alphabet food is S for squash--perfect for fall. Squash is a superfood, rich in beta-carotene. Kids should get 4 servings of green, leafy vegetables and 2 servings of orange veggies daily. So here's a Five day school lunch menu with recipes to get squash in. Use these in class for lesson plans. Make with kids.  Weekly Kids Snack Menu Healthy School Lunches S is for Squash

Autumn Leaf Crafts, Printables Fall Lessons

Michigan's leaves are getting a slow start turning colors this fall. I shudder to think what that bodes, winter-wise. Living on (darn near in) Lake Michigan, we have lake effect snow, marine conditions to contend with. But what better way to enjoy a fall day than with an impromptu party in the leaves. Here's a day of crafts, activities, games, printables and snacks to enjoy! Preschoolers and little ones will love it! Parents will love that its cheap and easy.   Autumn Leaf Activities, Crafts, Treats, Printables for Fall Lessons

Free Animal Crafts, Printables, Masks for Preschool

October is a special month in the Catholic liturgical calendar. It's the month of Our Lady. Oct. 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (patron saint of animals). October 31 is the eve of All Saints Day, November 1. Here are printable coloring pages of saints to gear up for All Saints. There are printable Bible character activities for Christian-themed Halloween costumes. And I've included printable animal crafts and masks for the Feast of St. Francis. These would be good for Catholic or Christian school, especially preschool units. Read on Free Printable Saints, Animals Craft Activities for Feast of St. Francis

Use Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries to Teach History, Free Printables

I became hopeless addicted to Phryne Fisher, the saucy, sensitive, savvy Jazz Age Aussie lady detective of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. She's part tart, part humanitarian, part intelligentsia, all tough cookie. She's a motherly vamp, if that makes sense. And can she hold her Mother-of-Pearl revolver...and gin! Tres elegante! And this show would make superb lesson plans for history.  Anticipating Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries Season 2

Free Activities Lessons from BBC Bonekickers Archaeology TV Show

I was going to major in archaeology and minor in anthropology in college. Then my over-cautious self said (in best yente voice) "Bones, schmones. Pick something mahketable. You can't eat history." (That last part could have been my pragmatic Dutch grannie head voice). So I picked teaching. Ahahahaa, marketable. Such irony.

Till I can find a dig that accepts volunteers and is close enough to be doable, I have to get my archaeology fix on TV. I've seen the standard fare--Indiana Jones, National Treasure, Romancing the Stone. Meh. I want something with a leetle more history and a little less schmaltz. Urban spelunking was more my speed. But even that got a little, oh, far-fetched and theatrical. So here's a cool BBC show on archaeology, WITH, yep, free printable lessons plans linked to episodes. Bonekickers TV Show, a Fun Archaeology Thrill Ride


Free Printable Disney Crafts for Book Party

Yes, I know, Disney isn't exactly haute education. Nor are movies the best material for lesson plans. But preschool children (big kids too) LOVE Disney. Since the 1960s Disney has been a rite of passage. So why not capitalize on that mojo? Host a Disney story party in your preschool or elementary classroom or homeschool. Springboard from reading and watching with these foods, games, crafts and free printables. Lots of potential for learning activities. This image is a free printable Belle paper doll available from this article link Preschool Disney Story Party, with Fun Snacks

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