Night Noises

When I was little, my Mom would read aloud a picture book titled, Night Noises and Other Mole and Troll Stories. It was one of my favorites because Mom always did Troll’s voice with the perfect amount of frenzied hysteria. In the story “Night Noises,” Troll gets irrationally scared at the chirping of crickets and…

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A Season for Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes love me…I mean they REALLY love me. I’m originally from Michigan, where we half-jokingly refer to the mosquito as our state bird. (When you have over 11,000 lakes you end up with a lot of mosquitoes.) Although I would be happy if mosquitoes disappeared from our planet, animals like frogs and bats would be…

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Another Giveaway? You Got It!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy—it’s another giveaway! Today’s National Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway prize is five nature-themed books. The collection includes a wordless picture book that reminds readers of the importance of bees in our ecosystem, a stunning picture book that introduces seventeen fantastic flowers, two books about trees that beg to be compared…

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Fabulous Flowers!

Spring is here–and that means that plants are beginning to sprout and bloom! Check out the super sweet booklet given below on the needs of a plant. This idea is one of the activities available in the May online issue of The Mailbox–Kindergarten! To get the monthly magazine, you need The Mailbox Gold. What is The…

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Life-Cycle Booklet Bonanza!

What do a butterfly, a goose, a frog, and a chicken all have in common? Each one starts out as an egg! You knew that, didn’t you? Well perhaps this is more newsworthy—did you know you can get your hands on a life-cycle booklet activity for each of these critters at TheMailbox.com? It’s true! In fact,…

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Observe the Moon

  October 8 is International Observe the Moon Night. Take a few moments to gaze at our lovely moon, and encourage your students to do the same. Consider a few of these awesome lunar activities that also support writing and math skills as well as science. (I know it can be tough to get science…

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Flying Things

I have flying things on my mind—two different types of flying things, in particular. The first type is birds. I’ve purchased two bird feeders and have attached them to my deck. If I sit really still, chickadees, house wrens, and cardinals will fly right up next to me and get sunflower seeds from the feeders….

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