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Fun Science Friday: Science Activities to do this Weekend

Plan cool science experiments with eBooks & videos

Here at Educents, one of our favorite subjects is science and we have four offers that will make your little brainiacs love science too!

Access an assortment of science exercises including:

a polymer kit that grows 100 times its size

a free activity video

nature collections

anatomy books

planet study packs

 

Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket – 40% off

We hypothesize that your little scientist will LOVE this slimy, squishy polymer bucket — 40% OFF on Educents!

And don’t you worry, moms & dads — this kit is easy to use, just add water!

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Science & Activity Videos – FREE

Get this science freebie and make:

– A battery out of fruits and pennies

– Brew supercooling liquids in an easy to follow step by step guide

– Create crystals with laundry soap

–  Other science experiments available to download.

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4 Nature Science Kits – 35% OFF

Learn about the weather, solar energy, greenhouse gases, and insects, with 4 Nature Science Kits – 35% OFF

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Science Story eBooks – 69% OFF

Follow Merrin and Pearl to combine science with adventure in Brainiacs.

Also learn about the nervous, digestive, immune, skeletal and circulatory system with a five part series from Human Body Detectives eBooks.

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Magic School Bus Inspired Planet Study – 30% OFF

Plan games, worksheets, and coloring pages to expand your young astronomer’s understanding of space!

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How will you spend this weekend? Some activities are instantly accessible like Science & Activity videos, Human Body Detectives, and the Magic School Bus Inspired Planet Study to give your kiddos an entire weekend filled with learning!

 

 

 

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Food Color Centerpiece Science Experiment for Kids

Create a table centerpiece with this DIY science activity for kids

Science experiment for kids using a white chrysanthemum in food coloring.  A centerpiece idea involving plant anatomy and transpiration.

Add a little of spring to your winter table centerpiece with food coloring while teaching your kids about transpiration and the anatomy of a plant. Learn how water is pulled up to the petals using chrysanthemums, gerberas, or carnations and arrange them into a colorful bouquet!

The Imagination Tree gives a creative step by step instruction to observation and hypothesis that teaches kids how plants transport water to the petals and gives your little botanist the opportunity to see the transformation; leaving you with an assortment of colors to display.

Get the experiment here.

 

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Math Madness Wednesday: World Series math ideas

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This week’s Math Madness Wednesday is coming to you a day early!  Why?  Because the World Series starts TONIGHT and that is the topic of this week’s edition!  Find some World Series math ideas, along with some ideas for other subject areas! I grew up playing softball every summer.  My dad played on a softball league,…
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Educents Facebook Group Offers $50 Giveaways

Join our new Educents Facebook group!

Click here to get directed to the facebook page. Two group members will win $50 to spend on Educents.

We have created a new Facebook group to better connect with parents and educators!Join this group and help us, yourself, and others offer AFFORDABLE education to EVERYONE. We love learning from you so come join and share your teaching strategies with the teaching community!

In the Educents Facebook group, you will see:

  • Deals up to 100% off educational products from www.Educents.com
  • Teaching resources shared by bloggers, parents, and educators like yourself
  • Ideas and activities shared by fellow educators
  • Updates on deals for your homeschool curriculum and programs

Giveaway:

TWO lucky group members will WIN $50 to spend on Educents! Share this group with all of your friends, family, and educators by clicking the “Share” button on the top right corner of the Facebook group page. Save up to 100% on educational resources. It just makes cents.

 

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The Perfect Autumn Treat: Caramel Apple Crisp Bites!

We have a serious sweet tooth in the Educents office, so when we stumbled on this delicious treat from Princess Pinky Girl, we had to share it with you!

Caramel, apples, and graham cracker crumbs — need we say more? This is the ultimate Autumn treat!

Get all of the delicious details HERE! caramel-apple-crisp-bites

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall & Winter Themed Resources for First and Second Grade – 70% OFF

Your first and second grade students are becoming more confident readers, writing more efficiently, and working those math problems like pros! But resources are not always the easiest to find and that’s where this bundle is ready to help! With 21 instant downloads at 70% off… your days will be filled with learning and fun!

 

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Here are a few of our favorite things about the bundle – Thanksgiving, penguins, and Election Day!

Thanks and Giving {Math and Literacy Centers} by School is a Happy Place.

Thanks and Giving {10 Literacy Centers for November} is a fun hands on way to practice a variety of literacy skills.  The centers are: November Puzzler, There Was an Old Lady Who, Swallowed Some Vowels, Scarecrow Contractions, Turkey Talk Sentences, Loads of Leaves Sight Word Scramble, Turkey Lurkey, Rhyming Words, Sharing Syllables, Thanks and Giving A Parts of Speech Sort, Leaves of Blends, and Autumn ABC Order.  Each center features full color clipart and a blackline master recording sheet.  Retail price of $5.00 and 65 pages are included.

 

Government Pack by Buzzing with Ms. B.

This social studies pack is full of graphic organizers, formats, and activities to work with the concepts of the United States government. They are perfect to use to gather and record information from sources, including trade books or textbooks. Working with these materials will help students to learn the roles and responsibilities of each branch of United States government!  Retail price of $3.25 and 16 pages are included.

Penguin Unit {Nonfiction and Fiction Literacy Activities) by First Grade Smiles
Teach your students about penguins with a balanced literacy approach.  This unit has it all including both fiction and nonfiction reading AND writing activities.  Your students will have an informational reader, comprehension activities, literature connections, writing options, an adorable craftivity, and even a bonus math connection.    Retail price of $8.00 and 58 pages are included.

But that’s not it! Use the calendar as a gift, set aside an afternoon for a fun turkey project (fun and different project type thing), stack student growth with the data folders (tracking student growth), and add cute spiders to October lessons!

The creators of this bundle are also hosting a GIVEAWAY! Click here to enter.

 

 

 

 

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Super Simple Spider Craft

My husband recently met a tarantula on the side of the road and introduced it to my daughter! Our discovery in the wild inspired a craftivity at home! Spiders made out of egg crates!10707081_809997042384421_1017036525_n

 

Egg crates are amazing. You can make practically any animal or insect you’d want.  These spider crafts super easy. If a novice crafter like myself made them, they can’t be that difficult.

Materials needed:

•Egg crate cut/broken into 12 pieces

•Paint (color of your choice)

•2 pipe cleaners per spider (again, your choice of color)

•Googly eyes (I bought mine from the $1 store)

•Glue (I ended up using our glue gun so if you have one, I’d recommend)

•Scissors

Step 1: paint spider bodies in any color you’d like, then allow to dry

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Step 2: glue on eyes (this is super fun for the kids, and let them decide how many eyes), then allow to dry

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Step 3: cut pipe cleaners into quarters. This is fun way to teach kids about fractions, division, halving, etc. Make sure you’ve cut your spider legs before you attempt to glue!  IMG_1782

*Originally, I cut one pipe cleaner into eighths, but the legs looked too small, so I pulled the legs off of one of my completed spiders, and replaced those legs with longer legs (or, two pipe cleaners cut into fourths).

Step 4: glue on spider legs. Now, I had a difficult time keeping my legs on using school glue, so I swapped it for a glue gun. Unfortunately, my daughter couldn’t help with placing the legs onto the spider because the glue was too hot. And, I’m not posting a picture of myself gluing pipe cleaners onto a spider project. You’ll just have to trust me on this one. Allow glue to dry.

Step 5: Shape the spider legs to complete the craft! Spider cropped

You can decorate with these, play with them, whatever. They are furry, like my daughter’s new friend from the side of the road. Hope you find this fun (not creepy) like she did!

 

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Discounted Educational Videos: Everyday Math Situations

Everyone knows the motto, “practice makes perfect.” But when practicing math means punching numbers over and over, some little learners get bored or discouraged (or both!) and give up studying math all together.  Introduce visual elements to your math lessons! Using these elements is a great technique at home or in the classroom.

PrepToon’s Math Videos & Worksheets are a great resource for budding mathematicians, ages 8 to 13. Kids can follow Sammy and Keona as they work with saving, counting, and spending money in everyday math situations. Follow the friends as they take trips to the toy store and calculate the money they spend and save. Check out this sample video:

Each video presents a plot moment that provokes Sammy or Keona to calculate time and money. After the narrator explains the situation at hand, she poses a question that your little learner must solve. There are moments in the video where the viewer is asked to pause and solve the problem on his or her worksheet (printable units are included with purchase of the video). The worksheet provides the problem at hand and discussion questions to help your little learner understand the mathematical elements to the real-life situation.

Save 30% – Math Videos & Worksheets – Operations on Whole Numbers

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This set of PrepToon videos will help students learn operations in base ten using everyday math situations. The videos help show the math concepts visually and engage your students in learning from minute one. It has worked for all levels of students including struggling students and ESL students. Use it as math morning work, bell ringers, review activities, group activities – any way you like.

Want to learn more about PrepToon’s Math Videos? Want to grab these videos at a discount? Check it out!

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3 Tips Boost Your Little Love’s Self Esteem on Anti-Bully Day

October is Bully Awareness month, so we’ve asked Meredith Looney, owner of the i like book series, to share her Anti-Bully Book Pack with Educents members. Why did she create the “My Friends Like Me” title? Read Meredith’s blog post about self esteem below.

Kids have very tender hearts. One negative comment from a peer could affect a child for a very long time. Even something that may seem trivial to us can be very magnified by a little person.  I have two boys and one of them is either positively or negatively affected by his friend’s comments daily. I will be laying out his clothes to wear to school and he will say “Mommy, I don’t like that shirt anymore because they laugh at me”. This can be frustrating at times because the shirt was new and he picked it out.  When I get to the root of why they laughed at him it was because it had a collar.  At the end of the day what is important to him is important to me as I want to see him fit in and feel secure in his world.  A child’s emotional development occurs early in their life and it does shape how they view and feel about themselves. You can make a huge impact in their life with these 3 easy tips:

1. Start each day out with happiness and love

When your little one wakes up in the morning don’t allow the grouchies. Instead, snuggle for a few minutes in bed or on the couch and rub their back or head. Speak softly and tell them something you enjoy about them.  Don’t bark orders, rush them to table for breakfast or make them wear what you want them to wear. Let them choose from 2 or 3 things that you have approved.  Empower your child.

2. Tell them daily what you LIKE about them

Look for one or two things throughout the day to compliment them on. Write it down in your child’s i like book. Don’t have an i like book? I really recommend you get one. It is a total game changer for your child.  Once you write down in your handwriting what you like about your child they believe it.  The positive affirmation then becomes concrete to them. These little jots of love will carry your child through the day, the week and their life. Yes, it’s that important.

3. Get to know your child’s friends and classmates

Your child spends the majority of the day with their classmates. They come home and talk about their interactions from school.  What they did on the playground, who told on who, which child got in trouble, and so on. Volunteer in your child’s class each week if possible. If you work all day, find a way to go to lunch, recess or read to your child’s class as often as you can.  Talk to their friends and learn their names. Look them in the eye and ask them what they are interested in.  You can absolutely do this and it will help improve your child’s self-esteem by you taking an interest in their friends.

Additionally, October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.  There is now a book for your child’s class called My Friends Like Me. This book is designed for each child to have their own book and the teacher facilitates a weekly activity.  The kids take turns writing a positive compliment in each other’s book. It’s truly invaluable. Find a way to get them into your child’s class. Some people are asking local companies to sponsor their child’s class or the whole school. It’s a wonderful and inexpensive way for a local company to show their support for anti-bullying and they can get great advertising through this fun promotion.  Also, your PTO may be interested in using funds for this important cause.

I hope these quick tips are helpful to you. Just remember how tender-hearted kids are and that you can positively impact their self-esteem by implementing these little suggestions.  You are the most important person in their life so be IN their life, don’t run their life.

PS: Bake cookies for all the kids getting off the bus once a week or as often as you can. Be. That. Mom. You can absolutely do it!

Want to learn more about the “My Friends Like Me” book? Watch Meredith’s video: