Telling on other Children

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When I was a child, we called telling on other children, TATTLING.  This is a hard issue because children need to know they can say if something is truly wrong, but when children tattle on every little thing it is very disruptive in a class or home.  Also, children need to learn to resolve some of their own differences with children and adults.   Here are a few ideas for helping children do their own work and learn to resolve their differences:

  • Sometimes children need to be seated differently, so it isn’t so easy for them to mother the other children.
  • Have the rule: We all do our own work.
  • When a child complains about how someone isn’t sharing, etc., encourage them to use their words and ask for a turn.  Most children like to share if they are asked nicely.
  • Encourage them to make sure they are doing what they should.
  • Praise children that are doing their own work.
  • When doing cooperative play or projects, encourage them to let their friends help.
  • Have a discussion about what kind of things are important to tell the teacher or parent and what things they can resolve themselves.  Knowing this will create successful students and adults.  Bullying can never be tolerated and children need to understand that they can tell.
  • Everyone has a personal inner guide, conscience, or holy spirit.  It is good to help children, especially children older than 8, find their inner guide and listen to it.  This can help children know when to tell and when to resolve it themselves.
  • Don’t use the word, Tattling when talking about this problem.  It is better to use words that point them in the direction they need to go like, “Use your words.” “Do your own work.” “Make sure you are being a good friend to everyone.”  Negative labels never help.

This is hard skill to master, but it is an important part of growing up.  No one wants friends that are continually tattling and tattling doesn’t work well in the job world.  It is important to know when to say something to stop bullying and abuse.  Please comment with ideas you have for working on these issues.

Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip CookiesHPIM1518

1.  Beat 2 eggs.

2.  Add and Mix:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 and  ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla

3.  Add and Mix:

  • 2  and 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 t. soda
  • 1 t. salt.

4.  Add and Mix:

  • 100 or more chocolate chips
  • 100 or more M & M’s

5.  Drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet.

6. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

7. Eat and enjoy.

Enjoy making with children when you teach the CH sound.

Have the children help count, crack eggs, and measure.

Lesson Plan Ideas for the CH sound.

CH Sound

Objective:  Help children recognize  the CH sound and compared it to the Kk sound of Cc.


  • Be prepared to have children scuff feet.
  • Collect some pictures with the CH sound, and pictures with C making the K sound.
  • Copy the poem “Children” .
  • Great lesson plans, worksheets and simple books at our website.  (Phonics By Spelling has worksheets and simple books for the other sound besides the alphabet sounds.  It comes in a CD that can be reproduced as many times as needed for your students for $15. )
  • Have dark paper, colored chalk, and hair spray or liquid starch.  Tips for Chalk Pictures:  Use large shirts for paint shirts.  Use hair spray or liquid starch to set the chalk once the picture is finished.  It is easier with 4 or less children at a time.


Listen to songs in Phonics By Spelling books including CH and Cc.

Have the children scuff their feet across the carpet.  See if your shoes make that sound on your carpet.  Make the CH sound and compare with the Cc when it makes the Kk sound. 

Read the poem “Children”.

  • Children
  • Young, Busy,
  • Drinks, Snacks, Messes,
  • Running, Chatting, Chuckling
  • Loudly, Quickly, Freely, Emotionally
  • Truthful, Cheerful, Tearful
  • Games, Smiles, Hugs
  • Fun, Surprise,
  • Childhood


Discuss the CH words in the poem.   (You may need to define some of the words.)

Show pictures of things that have the CH sound, and Cc when it has the Kk sound.  Sort the pictures between the two sounds.  Talk about words that have the CH, but have the Kk sound or the SH sound.  Add some CH words to your wall card or word wall.  (child, chin, nature, catch)


You may want to make a simple book with the children drawing some simple CH words.  Here are some sample words for each page.  (Children like chalk.  Children like cherries.  Children like peaches. Children like chocolate chip cookies. Children like church.)

With a small group, have them draw a chalk picture of something with the CH sound.  Point out that the word “picture” has the CH sound for the letter “t”.  Spraying the picture with hair spray or painting on liquid starch will keep the chalk from smearing.   

Opposites, and Following Directions

 Opposites, and Following Directions

Objective: Children will learn to follow directions using opposite, position, and attribute words.


  • Have stickers—each child will need a variety of stickers, but all children will need the same ones.
  • On sheets of paper, have the words “Opposites/Following Directions”
  • Find music for the song, The Hokey Pokey.
  • Various objects to set up an obstacle course such as:
    • Chairs

    • Desks

    • Hula hoops

    • Pillows

    • Whatever you can find.

  • Suggested books:

      • The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

      • Here A Chick, There A Chick by Bruce McMillan

      • Baby Food by Tansy Dunn


Set up an obstacle course that will require children to learn attributes, positions and opposites. Here is an example:

  • walk backward and forward  between chairs
  • go up stairs to the top and down stairs to the bottom
  • crawl under table
  • step over stools
  • crawl through a tunnel
  • go in and out of a small tent
  • hop from two legs to one leg alternating left and right


  • Read a book(s) then discuss opposites.
  • Ask the children to name some opposites.
      • What is the opposite of up?
      • What is the opposite of out?
      • What is the opposite of big?
      • Etc.
  • Discuss positions words like, middle, top, side, bottom.


1. Following directions paper:

Give the children the “Following Directions” papers and have them place specific stickers on specific places on the paper (back, front, left, right, middle, bottom), for example:

  • Place the orange star sticker at the top of your paper.
  • Place the pink heart sticker on the left side of your paper.
  • Etc.

2. Obstacle Course:

Have children take turns in the Obstacle Course by using position words.

3. Sing and act out, “The Hokey Pokey”.

More fun things on our website. 

Little Miss Muffet


Little Miss Muffet

Objective:  Help children learn about spiders and counting through the nursery rhyme, “Little Miss Muffet”.


  • Find pictures of spiders.  (The internet is a great source.)
  • Find drawings or picture book of Little Miss Muffet.
  • Do the following for each sack puppet :
    • Cut a sheet of black construction paper 5 ¼” wide.
    • Cut off 3 ½” so you have 2 rectangles one 5 ¼” x 3 ½” (spider’s face) the other one will be 5 ¼ x 5 ½ (spider’s belly).
    • Using the remaining part of your sheet of black construction paper to cut 8 strips ½” wide for the legs.
    • Have pre-cut foam shapes, googly eyes, or other shapes of construction paper.
    • White school glue. 
    • Crayons for finishing the spider.
    • White crayons. 
    • Print and cut out the rhyme “Little Miss Muffet” from this link: little miss muffet

Read the rhyme then discuss;

  • Little Miss Muffet,
  • Sat on a tuffet,
  • Eating her curds and whey.
  • Along came a spider
  • And (or Who) sat down beside her
  • And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Define these words:

  • The word tuffet was once a common word for a short stool, such as a footstool.
  • Curds and whey are what we call cottage cheese.
  • Frightened means scared.
  • Discuss the concepts of BESIDE, AWAY, and ON.
  • Discuss spiders and insects. Explain that spiders have 8 legs and insects only have 6 legs.
  • Spiders are called Arachnids.

Discussion Questions:

  • Who sat on a tuffet?
  • Who ate curds and whey?
  • Who frightened Miss Muffet?
  • Where did the spider go?
  • What frightens you?

Activity: Make Spider Sack Puppets

Have the children follow these steps::

  • Glue the face onto the flap of the paper sack.
  • Accordion fold the strips (legs) then unfold. (You can do legs straight.)
  • Glue or staple 4 strips to each side of the front of the bag.
  • Glue the belly on to the side of the sack below the flap on top of the ends of the legs. Take care not to glue the flap down.
  • Glue on eight eyes and designs.
  • Decorate the spider with crayons.  
  • Write the word “spider” with white crayon on the spider’s belly.
  • Glue the rhyme “Little Miss Muffet” to the back of the puppet.

Great lesson plans on our website;

Act Don’t React!

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When you anticipate what will happen and make plans to avoid any problems, it makes everything go smoother.  Here are examples of how to ACT.

  • If you have a child that has attention-getting behavior,  evaluate when they misbehave, then plan ahead to give them opportunities to help.  This gives them a chance to have positive attention before you start the family dinner, lesson or other activity.  Preparation avoids most discipline problems.
  • When a problem happens, stop and pretend to be angry before it goes too far.  Use very few words.  (I like the word, “Stop”.)  Sometimes we are too patient and let bad behavior go too long.  If you pretend to be angry, you can pick words that address the behavior instead of attacking the child.  If you wait too long and really become angry, you will say things you will later regret.

Think ahead and plan how you will act with the children in your life.   Enjoy the children in your life.  Smile more.

Great learning materials for children.

Sunshine Salad

Sunshine Salad             

Layer the salad with:

  •     lettuce leaf (optional)
  •     slice of canned pineapple
  •     scoop of yellow yogurt

Eat and enjoy!

(Fun for children to make.)

More fun for children on our website.



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