Websites to Help With Learning

 Websites to Help with learning

Preschool

www.starfall.com – website to teach your child to recognize the letters of the alphabet, sounds of each letter and get them ready to read. Fun videos that your child will love to watch.

https://www.abcmouse.com/ – this website teaches your child everything need to know for preschool and beginning of kindergarten. Amazing games, videos, printable worksheets, and more. The first month is free, than it is $7.95 a month. You can also pay for a whole year at a smaller price than $7.95 a month.

http://www.theeducationcenter.com/ – when I was a public school teacher this was one of my favorite magazines ever. They now have a website and the magazine is right on the website. There are thousands of printable worksheets, games, learning centers and more. Some of the materials are free. If you want access to everything then the cost is $2.99 a month, for each set of grades that you would like to purchase. I paid $59.95 for a full year for 2 different sets of grade levels.

http://getreadytoread.org/ – endorsed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, this site has a lot of FREE resources to help your child to develop literacy skills before kindergarten. There are literacy games, webinars, literacy checklists, tips for parents, skill-building activities, and much more.

Early Elementary

http://blog.lakeshorelearning.com/ – need new ideas that are fun and hands-on. These ideas will not only spark your kids imagination but allow them to learn a lot of different subjects in new ways. (more…)

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DIY Egg Tempera Paint

egg tempera paint canva

     We decided to make our own egg tempera paint today. We had so much fun. The kids were surprised that some of the famous artists from the the past, use to make paint this same way. You only need a few ingredients to complete this art project.

Ingredients:

3 or more pieces of chalk

old muffin tins, plastic egg carton, or paint palette

2 eggs

water

fork

round rock for each kid

paint brush

paper to paint on

newspaper or large roll of paper

Directions:

Once I collected all of the materials and the kids had put on their art shirt (one of dad or mom’s old t-shirts), we then covered the table with brown paper. You could use newspaper instead.

mashing chalk

I then handed out one piece of chalk and a rock to each kid. They had to start breaking their chalk into little pieces by hitting it with their rock. Eventually they finished with one piece of chalk and wanted to start on another piece of chalk. They had to fill at least the bottom of the muffin tin with their little pieces of chalk. Next, they took their rock and crushed up the little pieces of chalk in the muffin tins, till all of the chalk was a fine powder (DO NOT breathe in the chalk dust). I talked to the kids about not blowing the chalk dust around too.

two egg yolks

While the kids worked on crushing their chalk into dust, I put two egg yolks into a bowl. If you do not know how to separate the egg yolk from the whites, watch this egg yolk video.

eggs mixed up

I then added 1/3 cup of water. I took a fork and whisked the eggs and water together vigorously for around 30 seconds. It should look like the picture above when you are done. I then, took the bowl of egg mixture and poured a little bit of it into each section of the muffin tin that had crushed up chalk.

egg tempera paint colors

Once you pour the egg mixture in each section, stir until all of the chalk dust dissolves. Then the kids are ready to paint. They had so much fun painting different pictures. They were surprised at how bright some of the colors of paint came out to be. I was impressed with how easy it was to clean any of the paint if it got onto something. Overall, a big success!!

egg tempera paint

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