Spring Fever

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Spring Fever is the restless, edgy feeling that comes in the spring with the many changes of weather.  It makes adults have less patience and children can not hold still.  Knowing this is what is happening, helps us handle the discipline problems this time of year.  What to Do?

Go outside: Find a way to incorporate what you want to teach or accomplish by going outside.

Creative art projects:  Do finger painting, homemade play dough,  torn paper spring collage, etc.

  • Sensory activities:  Do sand or bean play, water play (wash the play dishes by hand), pudding painting, etc.
  • Vary the routine:  Have the children help create a new routine.
  • Music:  Incorporate music in whatever you can.  They will remember what you are teaching and they will love it.  Also, bring out the rhythm instruments, play a marching song and have a marching band.
  • Exercise  Walk ,dance, read while standing/moving and just keep movement in your day.

Spring Fever–accept it and work with it.  Enjoy the children in your life.



  •  3 cubes of butter (up to ½ can be applesauce)
  • 1/2 c. cocoa
  • 3 c. brown sugar (C&H or organic)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 ½ c. unbleached or whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (I prefer pecans) (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 .  Cream together butter, cocoa and sugar.  Add eggs, flour, salt, vanilla, and nuts.  Mix only until blended.  (Don’t over mix.) Spread in a jelly roll pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray.  Bake 25 minutes. Don’t overcook.

Serve with whipped cream.  Whip 1 cup whipping cream.  Add 1 Tablespoon Instant Vanilla Pudding, 1/2 teas. vanilla, 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar.  Mix just until blended.

It is fun to garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves.


Farm–Animals, Plants, and Machines


Objective:  Children will learn about animals, plants and machinery on farms.  Also learn to listen and follow directions.  (You may want to divide Farms into 3 lessons. Also it is good to teach the “AR” sound with farms.)


  • Find drawings or pictures of farm animals, plants and machines from books, internet, magazines or old calendars. 

  • Print the attached worksheet.  Farm following directions worksheet
  • Possibly plan a trip to a farm.
  • Suggested books:
    • Farm Flu by Teresa Bateman  

    • Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Lesson:  Discuss farms while showing pictures.

  • Farm Animals: Discuss with pictures the types of animals found on the farm and each animals purpose.

  • Farm Plants:  Discuss with pictures the types of crops grown on the farm. Include fruit trees, garden fruits and vegetables, hay, wheat, corn, etc.

  • Farm Machines:  Discuss with pictures the types of machines found on the farm and their uses.

Activity:  Following Directions Worksheet

Give each child a worksheet and a set of crayons.

Give them directions to follow. Here are some examples:

  1. Choose a color then write your name on the top of your paper.

  2. With your blue crayon, circle all the animals.

  3. With your yellow crayon, color the animal that comes from an egg. 

  4. With your brown crayon, write the word, “Farm” on the bottom of your paper.

  5. With your red crayon, draw a square around the farm plants or crops.

  6. With your purple crayon make a triangle around the barn.

  7. With your orange crayon, color the tail and ears of the animal we get wool from.

  8. With your gray crayon, color the face of the animal we get milk from.

  9. With your green crayon, color the plant or crop used to make flour for bread. 

  10. On the back, use many colors to draw yourself on a farm with a tractor. 

Wrap Up:  Read a fun Farm book while they draw on the back of their worksheet.

Oodles of Noodles

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Fast Noodles  (Can be made with gluten-free noodles.)  Children love this.

  1. Cook 1/2 lb. curly or other noodles for half of the time on the package.
  2. Save 1/2 cup of the water and drain off the rest. Put the noodles and 1/2 c. water back in the pan.
  3. Add 1 cup of frozen petite peas, a little salt, and 1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon paste or granules.  (Better than Bouillon  is a great bouillon.)
  4. Cook on low with a lid for about 5-6 minutes, then take it off the burner and leave it for 10 or more minutes.
  5. Eat and enjoy!
  6. Fun to do when learning the OO sound like in MOON.

Homemade Noodles

  • Beat 1 egg.
  • Add: 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 T. milk.
  • Stir in 1 cup of flour.      (dough will be stiff)
  • Roll dough thin on a floured board.
  • Let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Heat to boiling:  4 cups water
  • Then add: 4 t. bouillon paste or granules, 2 t. minced onions, and 2/3 cups peas and carrots.
  • Add noodles to broth.
  • Cook on low boil for 15 minutes.  Enjoy!
  • Fun to cook when learning the Long OO sound.


IMG_2177 Pancakes

 1.    Mix with a whisk:

  •  2 cups flour (whole grain is best)
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder

 2.   Heat frying pan on medium heat.

 3.    Mix in with a whisk:

  •  about 2 cups of water or milk
  •  2 eggs
  •  1/2 cup oil or applesauce
  •  2 Tablespoons honey

 4.    The pan is ready for pancakes when you sprinkle a little water with your fingers in the pan and the water dances. Cook pancakes.

 5.    Eat with syrup, applesauce, honey/butter or cinnamon sugar.  It is fun to try new toppings for pancakes.

 6.    Enjoy!

Number Ten 10

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Objective:  Help children recognize the number 10 and the word “ten”, numbers are used for counting, count 10 objects, patterning, learn to write “10” and “ten”.


  • A picture of ten objects or some example of ten such as the book, Ten Black Dots.
  • Have connecting blocks or some other items with two colors enough for each child to have 10, two of each color.
  • Have star stickers. (Enough so each child has 10, 5 of two different colors.)
  • Write the number “10” and the word “ten” on a word card.  Use number cards from other lessons.
  • Decide on a simple book, poem, song or nursery rhyme that has good examples of ten.  Possibly use, “One little, two little, three little fingers” to the tune of Little Indians.  (Included at the end.)
  • Have a half sheet of paper and pencil for each child.
  • Copy a Ten book for each child. book ten 10
  • Select a TEN book such as: Little Rabbits’ First Number Book by Alan Baker; One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root; Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews; Ten Tall Giraffes by Brian Moses.


  • Display the word card with “10 ten”.  Discuss the difference between the number “10” and the word “ten”.  Compare to the other number cards.
  • Sing “Little Fingers” or some other poem or song.  Discuss the examples of ten.  (fingers, toes, etc.)
  • Show the picture and have each child in turn pick out ten things in the picture or read and discuss the book Ten Black Dots.
  • Give each child 10 connect blocks (5 of each color).  Have them make an ABAB pattern with the blocks.  Show them an example.  Count the blocks.
  • Show how to make the number 10.  Have them make them in the air with their finger.  Have them close their eyes and write the number 10 in the air.


  • Give each child a paper and pencils.  Have them write their name.  Show the word card again for “10 ten”.  Have them write word “ten” and the number “10.”  Give them two colors of star stickers and have them select 10 for their paper. (5 of two different colors.) Have them put them on the paper in an ABAB pattern.
  • Read with the children the take-home Ten Count the on each page.  Have them draw ten of one object on the last page.  book ten 10  
  • Read a selected TEN book. (preparations)

Song: To the tune of Ten Little Indians.

  • One little, two little, three little fingers,
  • Four little, five little, six little fingers,
  • Seven little, eight little, nine little fingers,
  • Ten little fingers on my hands.
  • Ten little, nine little, eight little fingers,
  • Seven little, six little, five little fingers,
  • Four little, three little, two little fingers,
  • One little finger on my hand.

Cooking: Ten Treats  (Marshmallow Treats with 10 mini chocolate chips added by each child.)

Word family -EN

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 Lesson for –EN Words  

 Objective:  Help children make the connection between letter, sounds and reading by using the word family –EN.  (This lesson can be adapted to use for other word families. rhyming words -ig rhyming words -op rhyming words -uck)   


  •  Copy –en worksheet for each child. rhyming words -en
  •  Use word family flannel letters or magnet letters.
  •  Phonics By Spelling music
  •  Suggested book: Jen the hen by Sue Graves


  •  Play Phonics songs starting with Evan’s Door (Short vowel E). Do most of the consonants to Z and skip the vowels. 
  •  Read Jen the Hen, or an other rhyming -EN book. 
  •  Read the Riddles for –EN to the children.
    •  More than one man is called ___. Men
    •  The number after nine is ___. Ten
    •  You can write with a ____. Pen
    •  This animal has baby chicks. Hen
    •  A home for a bear is a ___. Den
  •  Use Magnet letters or flannel board letters to make the word family words for –EN.  Let each children pick a consonant and see if it makes a word.

 Activity: -EN worksheet

  •  Cut the pictures from the bottom of the worksheet for EN words.  Give the children scissors and the pictures to cut on the broken lines. 
  • Then trade scissors with glue sticks and the worksheet with the words.  Help the children read the first word and talk about the picture.  Help the children read the next word and find the picture to match then glue on the picture. 
  • Invite the children to read the rest and find the picture to match.  Say you will help them sound out the words if they need it. 
  • Then give them colored pencils to write their names and color any pictures. 
  • This activity can be extended by having them write on the back a sentence or words such as: “Ben has ten hens in a pen.”, “Ten hens” or “then”.   
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