Monday, November 4, 2013

How Did The Week Go?

Afterschool for Smarty Pants: Pumpkin Geoboard

It was a busy Halloween week. Smarty’s school was doing district tests in reading and math. I can only imagine how the kids did on math test on Friday after being out on Halloween night and snacking on candy the day before. I think we did everything we wanted to do for October including baking, decorating the house, celebrating Smarty’s birthday, and seeing friends. Of course, there were a lot of pumpkin activities both at home and in school. I loved this pumpkin geoboard idea from Fun-a-Day, so we did our own yesterday to pass the time between coming back from school and going out to trick-or-treat.

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Hostess Round Up From Our Previous Week

There were so many wonderful ideas linked to Afterschool Blog Hop last week. This week I profile those that are not related to Thanksgiving and that were really relevant for our own Afterschool.

Afterschool Blog Hop Round Up: Things to Do In November

  • 1. Growing By the Book shares fantastic November Table Topics – we already have them printed out and in use.
  • 2. MollyMoo always shares adorable crafts – I love this combination of wooden dolls and acorns, and it’s not terribly involved even for my non-crafter.
  • 3. I am looking forward to our parent-teacher conference in mid-November. The Educators’ Spin On It shares great tips and questions to ask.
  • 4. Homegrown Friends shares a challenge and a printable to encourage children to eat more produce.
  • 5. Erica from What Do We Do All Day guest posts at Coffee Cups and Crayons and shares a perfect book list for November about Acts of Kindness.
  • 6. Rediscovered Families shares a poignant personal story about her son’s struggles with math and a missed opportunity to diagnose his learning disability earlier. I certainly want to share this information with a couple of people whose children struggle with basic math concepts despite tutors and parental help.
  • 7. School Time Snippets shares a wonderful free Thankful Journal that can be converted to a beautiful November keepsake.
  • 8. A very new blogger K-5 Math Fun shares a visual way to solve “elapsed time” problems that many kids find so difficult.

    2013 Afterschool Party Hosts

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  • Afterschool for Smarty Pants
  • Boy Mama Teacher Mama
  • Coffee Cups and Crayons
  • Little Wonders' Days
  • Mama Smiles
  • Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
  • The Measured Mom
  • This Reading Mama
  • What Do We Do All Day

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    maryanne @ mama smiles said...

    I also loved that pumpkin geoboard! I don't think my kids would agree to sticking golf tees in one, though - maybe next year?

    Alison P. said...

    I am so glad that I clicked on something that linked me to your blog. I just added you to my Google friend connect so that I can see all your posts and come over and visit more often. Thanks for the great link up!!!