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IMAGINE iT. MAKE iT!

IMAGINE iT. MAKE iT!

Listen to the story. Get inspired to be a maker! Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels Grade Levels: PreK through Grade 3 Age Levels:  PreK 3-5 yrs (preschool) 5-6 yrs (kindergarten) 6-8 yrs ...

Recycled Robots

Recycled Robots

Grade Levels: PreK through 1st Grade Age Levels:  PreK 3-5 yrs (preschool) 5-6 yrs (kindergarten) 6-8 yrs (primary)  Description: You will be designing and making your own robot out of ...

Celebrating International Women’s Month with Children

Celebrating International Women’s Month with Children

International Women’s Day (March 8) “is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating&# ...

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun day to celebrate with children of all ages.  Some of my fondest memories are from when my daughters were preschoolers, as it is such a magical age.  Below ...

Circle Up: Math Resource Round-Up

Circle Up: Math Resource Round-Up

As a father of six, we have many birthdays throughout the year. Recently, I was ordering a cake on the phone for a birthday party for one of our children. While on the phone, my daughter asked, & ...

Let’s Talk Money

Let’s Talk Money

Finances. As adults, most of us dread this word. Can I get an AMEN?  It brings a whole host of baggage with it; budgeting, spending, savings, debt, checking account, savings account,, ...

Teaching Your Child About Anger

Teaching Your Child About Anger

Images credit: Pixabay TheDigitalArtist and  Open Clip-Art Vectors Learning to express and manage anger is an important skill for children. This can be particularly challenging for young ...

Teaching Your Child About Black History

Teaching Your Child About Black History

For too long, Black History has been ignored and erased. While studying this important topic shouldn’t be contained to just one month, it does provide us with the opportunity to teach ourselves and ...

Let’s Invent

Let’s Invent

Grade Levels: PreK-8  Age Levels:  PreK 3-5 yrs (preschool) 5-6 yrs (kindergarten) 6-8 yrs (primary) 9-11 yrs (elementary)  11-14 yrs (middle school) Background:  Did you know ...

World Read-Aloud Day

World Read-Aloud Day

Happy World Read Aloud Day! Today, Wednesday, February 3, 2021, is the twelfth annual World Read Aloud Day. Started in 2010 by LitWorld, World Read aloud day celebrates the power of reading aloud to ...

Make Someone’s Day

Make Someone’s Day

Create and send pick-me-up cards to people who need support Grade Levels: K-12  Age Levels:  5-6 yrs (kindergarten) 6-8 yrs (primary) 9-11 yrs (elementary) 11-14 yrs (middle school) 14-18 ...

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Recognizing a Leader  MLK’s day of recognition was this week. It was made a holiday in 1983 under President Reagan to recognize his leadership during the civil rights movement and honor his life ...

Talking with kids about violence in the Capitol

Talking with kids about violence in the Capitol

The attack on Washington, DC has challenged families once again to consider how to discuss a difficult topic with their children. There are many resources and articles out there that can help.  ...

New Year, New Opportunities

New Year, New Opportunities

New Years is a time of reflecting on the past year and planning for the new one. Most of us are ready to put last year behind us and have high hopes for the coming year. One way that we can enter ...

2020 Reflection

2020 Reflection

It’s safe to say 2020 was an arduous year. The end of the year is a time to reflect on the challenges, learnings, accomplishments, and goals for the new year. This year has been challenging, ...

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

The Connection Spot Team would like to wish you all the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year. We take time to reflect upon the good things that we have during this season, ...

Indoor Snow Day

Indoor Snow Day

Grade Levels: Toddler-Kindergarten  Age Levels: Birth-36 months (infant/toddler); PreK 3-5 yrs (preschool); 5-6 yrs (kindergarten) Description:  Winter is coming which means many of us will ...

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

December is often associated with gift-giving and one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is an understanding of the importance of kindness.  There are many types of kindness activities ...

Computer Science Week

Computer Science Week

December 7 through December 13 is Computer Science Week, and it’s also when the Hour of Code global movement is held. We are saturated with on-demand content, and it’s important our children are not ...

Expressing Gratitude

Expressing Gratitude

Our current climate is challenging for families as the Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc worldwide during this holiday season. Focusing on seeing beyond our challenges and concentrating on what ...

Fall Treat: Chocolate Caramel Turkey Legs

Fall Treat: Chocolate Caramel Turkey Legs

Here is a simple and delicious Fall treat for upcoming holidays that can easily be made by preschoolers (with your assistance) to high schoolers. Based on the recipe and instructions from Taste of ...

Be Kind Reconnect

Be Kind Reconnect

It’s busy times for families. There are parent conferences underway at schools. It’s the hectic election time and we are bombarded with lots of negative messaging through all media ...

Falling in Love with Nature

Falling in Love with Nature

It’s Fall, my favorite time of year- the crisp air, the changing leaves, walking through pumpkin patches it is a great time to be outside.  Did you know that research suggests that spending time ...

The Importance of Play During Stress

The Importance of Play During Stress

Play is important for children (and adults!) of all ages.  Play helps children develop skills that prepare them for life.  When they play outdoor games, they are often working on their motor.  ...

PBIS World- Managing Child Behavioral Problems

PBIS World- Managing Child Behavioral Problems

At a loss with your child’s behavior?  We all see it, or it has happened to you! You are at the grocery store and you look down the aisle. A child is screaming at the top of their lungs. ...

The Calm Spot

The Calm Spot

Summary: All children and adults need a space, a place where they can be quiet and calm. These spaces help children handle their feelings, reduce stress level, problem solve, think, and possibly ...

I-Spy Game

I-Spy Game

This video provides easy instructions for engaging in a DIY I-Spy activity using materials you have around the house. You can fill the bottle with various items allowing you to tailor the activity ...

Managing Zoom and Computer Burnout

Managing Zoom and Computer Burnout

Introduction Learning and socializing digitally has become our new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this format is convenient and may be our best solution, for now, Zoom and other- ...

Peep and the Big Wide World Activities

Peep and the Big Wide World Activities

Visit Peep Family Science to learn about this free at-home science program for families of preschool children. Watch the introductory 3-minute video to see concrete examples of what is available and ...

Remember Grace

Remember Grace

As I began writing this blog post, I am reminded of Grace. If there is anything I need right now it is that!   As an educator (especially this year), things are more overwhelming than. ...

Back to School: What Families Need to Know

Back to School: What Families Need to Know

Checklists and Guides for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers Summary:  As the school year gets underway, debates rage on about the best learning environment during the pandemic (i.e.,, ...

STEM at Home

STEM at Home

Visit Pitsco STEM@Home to access some free hands-on STEM activities that you can do with children and adolescents at home (grades K-9). There are also links to numerous resources available on their ...

Back to School: What Families Need to Know

Back to School: What Families Need to Know

Checklists and Guides for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers Summary:  As Fall approaches, debates rage on about how children will return to school (i.e., virtually, in person, or a mix of). ...

Yoga with Kids

Yoga with Kids

It’s hard to imagine a better way to help children cope with stress, settle their minds, and find their inner peace than to guide them through a yoga experience. Check out Adriene’s Yoga with Kids ...

Toilet Paper Roll Slides

Toilet Paper Roll Slides

Using toilet paper and paper towel rolls! Description: Tape the rolls to a wall, floor, or box. You can cut them or make a maze for the balls to fall through. You can also add colors to each tube or ...

Cups & Sticks Challenge

Cups & Sticks Challenge

A Structural Design Challenge Description: With a few simple materials, children can engage in various structural design activities that will challenge their problem-solving skills, promote ...

Homemade Aromatherapy Playdough Recipe

Homemade Aromatherapy Playdough Recipe

Making aromatherapy playdough can be a soothing activity enjoyed by parents and children.  Using calming essential oils such as lavender paired with the stress relief that comes with squishing ...

Rainbow Walk/Scavenger Hunt

Rainbow Walk/Scavenger Hunt

Description:  The Rainbow Walk or Scavenger Hunt allows you to get outdoors and work on color identification skills. Bring your child on a walk to search for items that represent each of the ...

Talking with Children about Race and Racism

Talking with Children about Race and Racism

In the wake of racial disparities that were underscored by COVID and the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans, families from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are grappling with how to ...

Peep and the Big Wide World

Peep and the Big Wide World

Visit Peep and the Big Wide World to learn about this free at-home science program for families of preschool children. This program is produced by WGBH and 9 Story Entertainment in association with ...

Building with Bubbles!

Building with Bubbles!

Suggested Ages: 3-5 years of age Description: Bubbles can be used for more than just fun! This science experiment builds on children’s knowledge of trial and error, success and failure, and ...

How to Talk to your child about Covid-19

How to Talk to your child about Covid-19

This is a challenging time for children as they try to navigate the changes in their lives brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Below are some resources that parents may find helpful including ...

Be Kind

Be Kind

Listen to a Story – Solve a Problem Grade Level: Pre-K to Grade 1 Description: After listening to a story about kindness, children will talk about the story and then solve a hands-on design problem ...

Welcome Families and Friends!

Welcome Families and Friends!

Hello! We are so glad you found us! Like you, we have been trying to make sense of the restrictions of quarantine during the pandemic. We have children we love and wish we could shield them from ...