Recipe–Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log


1. Wash and cut celery.

2. Spread peanut butter in the celery.

3. Put on raisins or peanuts.

4. Enjoy!

(Does it taste like ants?)

Fun to do with the short A or short I sounds. (A for ants. I for insects.)


Measuring  (Good math lesson to teach the week the short I is taught.)

Objective: Introduce children to measuring, inches and the tools and words used in measuring.


  • Make a word card for Measuring.
  • Have measuring tools like cups, measuring spoons, tape measure, ruler, etc.
  • Have small objects to measure with a ruler.  (books, blocks, crayons, pencils, tools, toys, etc.)
  • Have a wall measuring poster to measure each child.  Plan to leave this on the wall and measure again in the spring.
  • Print and make a small book (4 pages) for each child.  inches book
  • Get stickers 1 inch square, 3 in. square sticky note pad, yarn cut in 4 in. pieces.
  • Have a ruler for each child.
  • Suggested book:   ME and the Measure of Things , by Joan Sweeney


  • Put up the word card “Measuring”.  Talk about some of the sounds in the word.  (Mm, _s_)
  • Read the book and show some measuring tools and discuss how they are used.
  • Measure the height of each child on the measuring poster on the wall.
  • Have each child select one of the objects to measure or have them pick an object from the room.  Measure each object with a ruler.
  •  (You may also want to use a balance scale, ounce scale or postal scale to weigh the small objects.)


Give each child the book, Inches.   Help them read the questions? Help them measure and glue items to the page.  Have them write the number of inches on the line.  On the last page have them draw a picture of themselves and write how many inches tall each child is.

Read the book together.

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Objective: Children will gain a better understanding of the body parts, life cycle of insects and names of insects.


  • Find drawings or pictures of insects from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Print out the attached template of fly sack puppet.   fly puppet pattern
  • Have green, blue, and purple crayons with paper peeled off.
  • Paper sacks.
  • Mix together green and silver glitter glue.
  • Cut ¾” x 6″ strips of black construction paper.
  • Suggested books:
  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
  3. The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle


Before beginning the lesson have the children, paint the eyes for their sack puppet with glitter glue. Make sure they have a very thin coating so it will be dry when it comes time to cut them out and attach them to the sack.  (This can be done the day before or as soon as class starts.)

Read the book(s) then discuss while showing pictures.

Discuss the body parts of an insect. Here’s a link to a diagram:

  • Head
  • Thorax
  • Abdomen
  • 6 legs (attached to thorax)
  • 4 wings (some varieties)
  • antennae [an-ten-ee] (plural for antenna)

Discuss the life cycle of insects. Here’s  a link to a diagram:

  • Egg
  • Larvae
  • Pupa (cocoon)
  • Adult

Use pictures to help the children name different types of insects (bumblebee, moths, flies, ants, beetles, etc.) and ask questions and discuss each named insect.

Possible Discussion Questions:

  • Where does the insect live?
  • What does it eat?
  • What likes to eat the insect?
  • What does the insect spend its day and night doing?
  • How does it hide?
  • How does the insect defend itself?
  • How does the insect help humans/environment?
    • bees make honey and pollinate our plants.
    • flies eat and clean up our trash and dead animals.
    • insects can be a source of food for some animals including humans.
  • How does the insect hurt humans/environment?
    • Mosquitoes spread disease such as malaria, west Nile virus, etc.
    • Flies have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs.

Activity: Fly Sack Puppet

  1. Glitter glue the eyes and let dry.  (Best done the day before.)
  2. Rub the wings with the side of purple, blue and green crayons and cut them out.
  3. Glue wings to the back side of a paper sack.
  4. Staple the 6 black legs with 3 legs on each side of sack. (Can accordion fold the legs.)
  5. Cut out and glue the eyes onto the flap of the sack

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Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

  • Mash 5 bananas and set aside.
  • Mix 3/4 c. butter, 2/3 c. brown sugar and  2/3 cup applesauce.
  • Mix and add 3 eggs. 
  • Mix and add 3 c. flour, 1 t. salt, 1 t. soda
  • Mix in mashed bananas.
  • Fill greased muffin pans.
  • Cook at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with butter.

Makes 24 muffins.

This is fun to make with children.  Have them help read the recipe.

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How to Use Music to Teach Anything!

How to Use Music to Teach Anything!

 Music is the best memory aid.  When we look back at the things we remember from our childhood, much of it is associated with music.  It is easy to add music to any subject.  Here are some suggestions:

  •  Take a simple tune, beat or rap and add to any items to be learned.  The simpler the better for memory.  Keep them short and fun.  Funny and silly are especially successful.
  • Be brave.  You don’t need great music talent to use music.
  • Find ready-made music.  Make sure the music is simple. It is good to hear the music before you buy it if possible.  Our phonics is taught with simple, short songs.  Contact us for Free music and books for teaching the phonetic sounds.

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Marshmallow Treats

Marshmallow Treats           Marshmallow squares      

1. Microwave for 2 minutes:

  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 40 Large Marshmallows

2. Stir and add:

  • 5 cup Crispy Rice Cereal

3. Stir and pat it down in a buttered dish.

4. Let them cool, cut and serve.

5. Add M&M’s  (Each child counts 5 M&M’s to put on their piece.) and eat.


Magnet Marble Painting

Magnet Marble Painting


Objective: Children explore the properties of magnets and experiment with magnetic fields.



  • magnets
  • iron shavings in a clear sealed container
  • steel marbles or BB’s
  • paint
  • construction paper
  • shallow box or tray large enough for a piece of construction paper
  • magnetic and nonmagnetic items
  • two large containers for sorting magnetic and nonmagnetic items.



  • Magnets attract objects made with iron, and they have two poles, a north pole and a south pole.
  • The opposite poles of magnets will attract each other, while the like poles will repel. Demonstrate this concept with two magnets
  • Magnets can pull through air, but some can also pull through solids and liquids. Demonstrate this concept by having a magnetic item be attracted through a piece of paper.
  • A magnetic field is the area around the magnet where it can attract or repel things. A magnet will affect a magnetic object only when it enters its magnetic field. Demonstrate by using iron filings in a clear container and hold a magnet underneath.
  • The area near Earth’s geographical North Pole and South Pole are where our planet’s magnetic pulling force is strongest. The earth’s magnetic field protects us from getting too much energy from the sun.


  • Give each child a magnet and have them find magnetic objects around the room.
  • Put various objects in a group have the children guess whether each item is magnetic or not. Test the items with a magnet and place them into the correct container.
  • Paint with magnets:
    • Place construction paper onto a tray or shallow box.
    • Add a few drops of paint (2 colors work nicely).
    • Place a magnetic marble inside the box and move a strong magnet around underneath to “draw” with the marble.
    • Set out to dry.

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