I happened to catch the Real Housewives of New Jersey this last week. I observed a beautiful young girl, Gia, kicked around in a very sad situation.

Gia, who is 10, noticed her uncle cheated during a family game and became visibly upset. Instead of honestly talking to Gia, her mother’s friends tried to discipline ¬†and belittle her about being disrespectful and a bad sport. Truly, Gia was acting up because of the underlying tension of the adults

Gia is a bright little girl who understands the concepts of right and wrong and a loving adult could have resolved the issue by respectfully talking to her.

Keep Reading Out loud

Everyone knows you should read, sing and talk to your infant and preschooler. If your child has a problem reading, continue reading different types of literature and material to him. I read to my son until he was able to read fluently. This meant I was reading out loud to him until he was 9. Reading problems run on both sides of our family, especially for males.
Often late readers compensate is by hearing or audio learning. You can even provide audio books for your child.
Not being able to read well should not stop any child from learning. Keep reading to your child. I even learned lots about dinosaurs, physics, and the Binky Brothers!

Can Biomes Change?

Can Biomes change?
I think that Mount St. Helen’s volcanic activity definitely changed
the ecosystem and even the physical structure of its surrounding area.
The blast zone was devastating.
Here is an interesting map showing the area before and after the blast.
Some of the insects, like the bees and grasshoppers were affected by the eruption. The ash is lethal for these insects.

Besides the volcanic eruption, one little caterpillar had an impact on Mont St Helen’s ecosystem.

Biomes can change in a profound way.

Power Point Biomes

This link has some great biome lesson ideas. The world has different biome system and presenting the a world map with different color coded biomes will help your students see the variety of ecosystems.

Also, this is good time to introduce topographic maps, since elevation
can help determine the ecosystem of a biome.
Lines close together depict a hill, lines wide apart depict a flat surface.
An Atlas has good examples of different maps, such as topographic maps.
You can check one out online or at the library .

For younger children, introduce the globe, water vs continents and different countries
Introduce different classified or 3 part cards for water or land

Cardboard Shapes

Take an empty oatmeal or salt cylinder box and make a wonderful Montessori geometric shape, a cylinder. Make it pretty by covering it with paper or paint. Draw and color the cylinder on a card and show your preschooler how to match the cylinder to the card..

Use square and rectangular boxes to make more solid shapes.
Introduce the cylinder, rectangle and square boxes using the 3 period lesson. Match the 3 different boxes with the shape cards.

For a more advanced game, write the name of the shape on each card (nomenclature card).. Make labels to match these nomenclature cards. Your child can label the cards and shapes.