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Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Sunday Showcase - Valentine' s Edition

Happy Valentine's Day

Welcome to
  The Sunday Showcase -
where we showcase
  The SUnday Showcase

We feel confident in saying that this linky is always full of amazing ideas
so be sure to hop around & check out
what your fellow bloggers have linked-up.
We promise you will be inspired, awed and ready to create!

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Anything kid friendly and/or child centered is welcome!

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This week's Showcase Features
taken from last week's post:

The "most clicked" idea from last week's linky 
Little Wonders' Days made her own
DIY Scratch Off Valentines

Some of our Favorite Ideas:
It's Gravy, Baby! made  
Valentine's Day Slime looks so cute!

Get your kids in the kitchen with Pint Sized Baker
and make these awesome Valentine's Day Heart Lollipops 

My Lens is Ruby Red shared with us a fantastic tutorial on how to 

One Artsy Mama shared gorgeous

Mom On Time Out made the cutest

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The Sunday Showcase Feature

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Candy/Conversation Heart Math

Kids Craft- "Bee" My Valentine Card

Kids Craft-
Kids Craft- "Bee" My Valentine Card
My children absolutely loved creating this Bee card. We incorporated marble paining, cutting, and writing to make the perfect "Bee" My Valentine Card Kids Craft! We used yellow paper to create the bee; however, you can use Valentine's Day colors such as red and pink to give your bee a love bug touch

Thank You for linking up with us!
Aimee (Classified:Mom) & Bernadette (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine's Day Fun: Candy Heart Math

Valentine's Day just isn't Valentine's Day without...
 candy/conversation hearts!
They always seem to make their way home, 
whether I buy them or not.

I am personally not a fan of eating them, 
but I absolutely LOVE to use them as manipulatives!

Conversation/Candy Hearts Math
Here are a few fun ways to use candy hearts in math.

Measure It!

What You Need:
various sized heart cut-ots
candy/conversation hearts
recording sheet & pencil

How to Measure It!
Prep: Draw a measurement line across each heart.  1. Measure each heart at the line using candy hearts.

2. Record answers on sheet.


What You Need:
candy/conversation hearts
sheet with different sized hearts

1. Have child estimate how many hearts it will take to fill the inside of each heart

2. Fill the inside of each heart with candy/conversation hearts and record the actual amount.

Just for Fun: Stacking!
Stacking is fun, but stacking candy hearts is FUN!

What You Need:
Candy Hearts
Record Sheet (optional)

Stack It!
 1. Let child make a prediction of how many candy hearts they think they can stack.

2. Stack it! (& count it!)

We did this over & over again - 
it was so much fun!

Here are a few more ideas for candy heart math that we worked on last year.

Looking for more Valentine's Day math ideas? Check out our Heart Math for Pre-K & K!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kindergarten: Tattle-Tales, Tactics, Triumphs and Tasty Treats for Teachers & Parents (Book Review & Giveaway)

Being a teacher and now having a kindergartener of my own, I fully understand that Kindergarten is it's own "world".  It's no longer preschool, children no longer spend carefree days immersed in free play and exploration. Kindergarten has it's own set of routines, rules and expectations. It's a big leap forward from preschool for children (& their parents).

Recently, I had the opportunity to read Susan Case's book - Kindergarten: Tattle-Tales, Tools, Tactics, Triumphs and Tasty Treats for Teachers and Parents. Susan is a retired Special Education and Kindergarten teacher. Her book is a wonderful peek into the world of kindergarten. It is chock full of insight, classroom stories, teacher tips, teaching ideas, recipes and much more. 

About the Book -
I can not tell you how many times I found myself smiling and laughing out loud at Susan's Teacher Tales and shaking my head in agreement with her Teacher Tips.  It's been a few years since I've been in the classroom full time and reading this book, transported me back into my own classroom experience,. It made me think of the funny things that kids have said to me over the years. It made me laugh (& cringe a little) at my own teacher blunders and feel nostalgic for those wonderful moments spent engaged in learning and fun with my own students. 

Susan's love of children and teaching shine through in this book. She shares so much information in an easy, approachable and conversational manner that both parents and teachers can easily read this book and benefit from it. Susan is very open and honest, sharing both her triumphs and failures so that we can learn and benefit from them. 

I recommend this book to parents and teachers of preschoolers and kindergarteners without reservation.  Not only will teachers walk away from it with wonderful tips and fun ideas to implement in the classroom but parents can use many of the same tactics at home with their children. 

Want to know more about Susan Case?
Visit Susan's blog Kindergarten Basics for more fun ideas, crafts, books, videos and peeks into her life. 

Purchase the book -
The book Kindergarten: Tattle-Tales, Tools, Tactics, Triumphs and Tasty Treats for Teachers and Parents is available via Amazon and Goodreads.

Win the book!
Susan Case is giving away a copy of her book (tradeback or digital  for Nook or Kindle)  to one lucky Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas reader.


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Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of the book at no cost to me by Susan Case in order to review it and give my personal opinions about it. This review is my 100% honest opinion of the book.  Please remember that your opinions and tastes might differ from mine. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine's Day Fun: Heart Math for Preschool & Kindergarten

Recently, I have shared lots of Valentine Themed Crafts with you. Today, I am bringing you some learning fun with
Heart Themed Math
My Kindergartener is working on addition and subtraction number sentences at school so I thought it would be great to have some fun focusing on that with her at home as well.

Broken Heart Addition

What You Need:
heart cut-outs

What to Do:
1. Fold heart cut-outs in half. Write basic addition problems on one half and the answers on the other half.

2. Put down the half with the answers, face up for child to see.

3. Have child go through the addition problems on the other halves. Once they have reached an answer have them place it with the correct heart half to make an entire number sentence.

Valentine Number Stories
I spent some time telling the Oldest Diva various number stories and having her identify if they were addition or subtraction stories and working out the answers.

What You Need:
dry erase markers, eraser & board
heart manipulatives

What We Did:
1. I told various number stories. For example: A girl had 4 valentine hearts.  Her friends gave her 4 more. How many hearts does she have in all?  (addition) A girl had 10 hearts. She gave 10 hearts to her friends. How many hearts does she have left?  (subtraction).

2. The Oldest Diva worked on writing the number sentence as I told her the stories. She was free to use the heart manipulatives is necessary to help her find the answer.

My Preschooler is working on identifying numbers. For some reason, 10-20 are really coming slowly which I find surprising because she usually picks things up very quickly.  Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to be very interested in numbers in general. So, to get her attention I really have to make sure it's fun and enticing. Here's what I came up with especially for her.

Musical Hearts
Who doesn't like to play party games? I re-worked musical chairs to fit our math needs & the Littlest Diva loved it! It gave her the opportunity to do lots of fun movements while also practicing her number recognition for #'s 10-20.

What You Need:
Heart cut-outs

How to Play:
1. Arrange numbered heart cut-outs face down in a circle.

2. Child walks around circle as music plays. To make it a little more fun we gave the Littlest Diva different actions each time the music played. For example, we had her hop, skip, jump, dance, twirl, walk backwards, take big steps and little steps around the circle. She really enjoyed this & it was fun to watch too!

3. When music plays, child picks up closest heart & identifies number. If number is identified correctly, the heart is removed from the circle. If it is identified incorrectly, return it to the circle - this allows another opportunity to review the number.

4. Repeat until all numbers have been removed from floor.

Expansion Note: This activity can easily be done with number words, sight words, letters & more for a fun heart themed review game of whatever concept you are working on! I plan to play again using sight words with the Oldest Diva - I know she'd enjoy it as well. 

Heart Number Match 
& Scavenger Hunt
(Pre-K & K)
Nothing beats a good scavenger hunt! 
This one got the Littlest Diva excited 
about uncovering some numbers &
I was easily able to include the Oldest Diva
by making the number match portion suitable to her.

What You Need:
felt hearts 
(I used stickers I got from the $1 spot at Target) 
paper to make number match sheet

What We Did:
Prep: Number your felt hearts with your target numbers (11-20 for my Pre-K) and number words (one thru 10 for my K). Have your Number Match sheet ready to use throughout the hunt.


1. I hid the heart cut-outs around the playroom. Each Lil Diva was given  their own color hearts so there were no mistakes in finding each others hearts. They were good about keeping quiet if they spotted a heart that wasn't theirs too!

2. The Littlest Diva went around searching for her hearts. Each time she found one, she had to read me the number and then place it on the correct heart on her Number Match sheet. This way she knew how many were left and practiced number recognition as she enjoyed her scavenger hunt. A sneaky but fun way to help her practice her numbers 11-20!

The Oldest Diva went searching for her hearts which had number words written on them. Each time she found one, she had to read the number word and then place it on the correctly numbered heart on her Number Match Sheet. 


A few more heart math ideas for you from last year....

Have fun doing some heart math!

Looking for more math ideas?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Kid Friendly Valentine Food - Heart Themed Breakfasts

I LOVE making special themed breakfasts for my girls. Recently I have been incorporating hearts into their meals.

Today, I will share 2 of our heart themed breakfasts with you.

Love Note Heart Pancakes

I use squeeze bottles to make my hearts. I use some red food coloring in 1 bottle with pancake mix and left the other plain to add details and messages.

The girls loved this!

Heart in the Hole Eggs

Have you made egg-in-the-hole breakfasts? My girls love it - there is just something about the egg being in the bread that makes it fun.

So instead of the usual hole, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter and now we had a Heart in the Hole breakfast, add some bacon (x shaped for hugs) and you have a cute kid friendly breakfast -
well, at least in my house you do!


This post is part of Mama Pea Pod's Valentine Ideas Linky.

Check out the other fabulous Valentine's Day ideas  from these participating blogs -

Mama Pea Pod, Let Kids Create, My Creative Family, Hands on: as we grow, La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life, The Golden Gleam, Teach Preschool, Critters and Crayons, Living at the Whitehead Zoo, The Iowa Farmer's Wife, Nurturestore, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, The Chocolate Muffin Tree, Jamie's Jumble, The Outlaw Mom Blog, Mama Smiles, The Mommies Made Me Do It, Dinosaurs and Octopuses, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Toddler Approved, Messy Kids, Rainy Day Mum, JDaniel4sMom, Glittering Muffins, Red Ted ArtMommy and Me Book Club, Putti Prapancha, Dilly-Dali ArtCreative Connections for Kids, Mommy Labs, De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire, Imagination, Rockabye Butterfly, Classified: Mom, Kids Creative Chaos, A Mom with A Lesson Plan, PlayDrMom, RainbowsWithinReach, Living Montessori Now, Curly Birds, Growing A Jeweled Rose, The Home Teacher, A Little Learning For TwoSun Hats and Wellie BootsThe Imagination TreeMummy Mummy MumCritters and CrayonsLa-La's Home DaycareCome Together KidsTinkerlabDirt and BoogersMultiple Mummy.

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fun Valentine's Day ideas!