Still Playing School: February 2014

Trisomy 13: 13 Babies, 13 Stories

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I am honored to be bringing you 13 stories of 13 babies all with Trisomy 13.  This project has been in the works for months yet today is Rare Disease Day.  Tomorrow is March which brings us Trisomy Awareness Month.  We welcome the chance to share our missed babies, our struggles, our pain, and our strength with you.



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Color Sorting Box

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Our recycled DIY color sorting box was a huge hit with our preschooler! Set out with plenty of fun materials to sort, this fine motor exercise was highly motivating for her.

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Contact Paper Window Rainbow

We really needed a rainbow to brighten up our window! We are tired of looking outside at everything bein drab and gray. When we do get a bit of almost spring like sunshine it catches in this window rainbow in the most brilliant way! It was the perfect quiet time activity turned pick me up for the home.

Kids work on sorting colors and fine motor skills which making this window rainbow suncatcher for Spring or St. Patrick's Day!

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Color on the Light Table

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I am amazed at all we were able to do with simple colored sheets to explore color on the light table.  This might be my most favorite accidental light table supply ever!


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Penguin Small World Play on the Light Table

Our light table transformed into a beautiful, icy penguin small world play area with a few simple supplies and real snow!

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Rainbow Cooked Pasta Sensory Play with Foam Clouds


Rainbow cooked pasta sensory play with foam clouds was so vibrant, pretty, and irresistible for my preschooler and me!  It was quick and easy to make, too!
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Pipe Cleaner Rainbow

We've always been head over heels for rainbows! This invitation to build a pipe cleaner rainbow allows children to review colors and practice fine motor skills at the same time. This quiet time activity doesn't use glue so kids can create their rainbow again and again. 

Kids build a pipe cleaner rainbow to work on colors and fine motor skills!

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Tips for Supporting Your Favorite Blogs and Small Businesses Through Social Media

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You've already liked your favorite blogs and small businesses through social media.  Did you know there is a lot more you can do that won't cost you a penny but will be the equivalent to free advertising for your favorite blogs and other small businesses?  Here are some ideas!
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Sight Word Sorting with Shamrocks

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We made our sight word sorting seasonal with shamrocks!  E is still loving her Reading Eggs subscription which has renewed her interest in sight words!  We geared up for St. Patrick's Day by making these sight word cards.
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Grief Stops You In Your Tracks

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A homemade valentine sat on our counter the other day.  It looks perfectly innocent right?  Harmless.  
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Mardi Gras Play Dough

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Play dough is one of the most universal fine motor activities!  We themed this week's invitation to play by creating our own Mardi Gras play dough!
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Recycled Cardboard Rainbow Craft

We love to craft using free recycled materials! Can you guess what we used for the base of our 3D rainbow craft sculpture?

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Cloud Dough with Literacy

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It's time for February's installment of 12 Months of Sensory Dough!  This month is cloud dough and our spin is to pack in some literacy!  Things didn't go exactly as I planned but we still had fun!
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Scatterbrain Tees Review & Giveaway

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It's Lincoln's birthday!  This makes today the perfect time to tell you about my favorite tshirt (which is pictured above)!  I am a bit obsessed with the 16th president so I've acquired quite the collection of Lincoln shirts and memorabilia.  My first and best Lincoln shirt is from Scatterbrain Tees.

Scatterbrain Tees is the shop where I've purchased all of my most unique and loved shirts.  Each design is an original piece of artwork from Michael Phipps, who describes himself as, "an artist with a passion for creating beautiful, bizarre, creative and original artwork and items."
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Mirror Literacy: Exploring Symmetry in Letters

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We used a handheld mirror to explore symmetry in letters!  This activity was the perfect way to reflect on how letters are formed!
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Dental Health Month Sensory Play

February is Dental Health Month! As I was dreaming up a sensory play invitation for the occasion, I couldn't quite settle on a decision for the main filler.  We ended up using an ingredient (that even I am a bit shocked I allowed) for our dental health sensory play tray!


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Polar Animals: A Preschool Unit

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Each year we try add more and more ideas to our preschool unit on polar animals. We've rounded them all up in one place for your convenience. From the Arctic to Antarctic we've got your covered with the best hands on learning activities to study these climates and the animals who live there. 

The ultimate polar animals preschool theme unit for kids!

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Cooking with Kids: Developing Fine Motor Skills in the Kitchen

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Not only does cooking with kids increase the chances that they'll try new foods, but it is also a wonderful way to develop fine motor skills!  Here is one recipe that my preschooler loves to help me prepare.
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Rainbow Textured Ribbon Sensory Board

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We love the challenge of creating with materials that would otherwise be thrown away!  This month's material for Project: Recycle & Create is styrofoam!  We saved and sanitized a styrofoam packing tray to make a rainbow textured ribbon sensory board!
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Why We Love Reading Eggs: A Review From a Teacher Turned Mom

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We found Reading Eggs at the recommendation of several friends. Without relying heavily on advertising, this online literacy resource is most often discovered in just this way. Through word of mouth, free trials, and a comprehensive literacy approach Reading Eggs' content and quality speaks for itself.


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Valentine's Day Sensory Sink

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When we first saw Rainbow Soap Foam we knew we'd be experimenting with it soon!  We did just that in our Valentine's Day Sensory Sink!
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Polar Animal Sort: Arctic vs Antarctic

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For our final lesson in our polar animal unit, we sorted polar animals from the arctic and antarctic.  Did you know that arctic means "bear" and antacrtic means "no bear"?  This is in reference to the constellation, but it also applied to where polar bears live to make that easy to remember!
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