This Mathematics in Action: N is for Negative Numbers includes two activities (with printables) to introduce children to negative numbers and the number line.

Math in Action: N is for Negative Numbers

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Negative numbers are a difficult concept for children to grasp, especially young children. It’s hard to understand what having less than nothing actually means. However, negative numbers are part of Math curriculums – there’s just no escaping them. So, for our STEAM series our Math in Action: N is for negative numbers. This Math in Action consists of two activities. …

In this Art in Action: L is for Line Drawing. We spent a couple afternoons creating our own line drawings together. This is a fun technique to explore.

Art in Action: L is for Line Drawing

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There is a pen and ink technique that creates amazing finished products. It’s very time consuming and difficult to master – at the same time, even little children can create art using this method. For this Art in Action, L is for Line Drawing.  My children found this form of art challenging, but exciting, to do. With line drawing, the …

The Home Art Studio — A Fantastic Art Curriculum

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My Kindergartner and preschooler had the opportunity to work through “The Home Art Studio”, with Lindsey Volin, Kindergarten program last school year. We received the Kindergarten video and art supplies in exchange for a review of the curriculum. All the opinions are mine and those of my children. The Home Art Studio curriculum was a fantastic art curriculum to have …

This Science in Action: L is for Light activity uses sparklers and a digital camera to capture light and start discussion of what light is and how we see.

Science in Action: L is for Light – Exploring Light using Sparklers

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The patriotic celebrations came – and were fun – and went before I had a chance to help my children use some sparkler fireworks I’d bought. Rather than letting the sparklers wait for another year, we used them to explore light in our Science in Action: L is for Light unit. My children had a lot of fun dancing around …

Gelatin is so much fun to play with? Gelatin- a choose-your-own adventure dessert, and Earthquake gelatin- a physical science activity, are tasty fun.

Gelatin — A Choose-Your-Own Adventure Dessert

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Gelatin is Utah’s State Food. As much as that sounds odd, it is a great state food for Utah. Families in Utah are usually larger, on average, than most other states. So desserts need to be quick, easy to make, and feed a lot of people.  But, let’s face it, just straight gelatin can get a little boring. So, people have …

Explore the science behind earthquakes in this Science in Action: E is for Earthquakes. Make some earthquake gelatin and explore plate tectonics with your preschoolers.

Earthquake Gelatin: A Physical Science Exploration for Preschoolers

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How the Earth moves has always fascinated me. The formation of mountains, the movement of the continents – all that just seems so impossible but it happens. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos – these are all results of the movement of the Earth’s plates. My children seem equally fascinated by these forces as well. It is always easier to teach children about their interests – so I made some earthquake gelatin to show them how the Plate Tectonics works.

J is for Junction was a fun way to use a favorite toy to explore engineering concepts. As part of our Engineering in Action section of our J unit, we spent the day engineering a railroad track, check the track out.

Engineering in Action – J is for Junction

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You could say I’m a fan of GeoTrax by Fisher-Price, and you’d only be slightly understating my passion for this toy system. (Although I’m devastated that Fisher-Price isn’t making them anymore.) When brainstorming my next preschool unit on the letter J, the first word that came into my mind was Junction. Junction is both a civil and electrical engineering concept …

Balloons make anything fun, and in this Mathematics in Action: B is for Balloons we spent some time discovering patterns with balloons. This hands-on activity gives preschoolers a lot of interactive practice with pattern creation.

Mathematics in Action: B is for Balloons — Discovering Patterns with Balloons

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Balloons offer a lot of hands on learning opportunities in fun and interesting ways. We have already used balloons to explain how air condenses when it is cold. We recently used balloons to paint with the primary colors. Balloons make anything fun, and in this Mathematics in Action: B is for Balloons, we spent some time discovering patterns with balloons. …

The Equal sign is often confused to mean "the answer goes here". In this activity, E is for equals, preschoolers learn equals means "these are the same". This activity, involving popcorn, makes understanding this concept fun and easy.

 E is for Equals

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When I was brainstorming an idea for our next preschool unit, I mentioned doing E is for equals to my husband – the math teacher. His first response, “Only if you teach her that equals means the same value is on both sides.” A lot of elementary students think that the equal sign means “the answer goes here”, instead of “this …