Locomotor City Activity for Physical Education

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Locomotor City is a culminating activity I play with my K-2 students to reinforce and allow autonomy in their learning. The activity combines skill practices of locomotor movements, pathways, levels, fitness skills, directions, rule following, social skills and a host of other physical education elements, all combined into one collective activity.

Students are responsible for their own time management as they complete the activity. The idea is to travel in and out of the city, completing as many of the different activities as they can during the allotted time period. I play lots of upbeat music to encourage high intensity play and add excitement to the already charged atmosphere in the room. At the end of the class period, we all cool down by walking with a friend around the outside of the city, and sharing what activities we did, what was our favorite and what new skill we learned. Continue reading



Annual Back to School Drive – Jewish Family Services

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Volunteers who sorted and stuffed hundreds of school supplies for those in need

All of us here at S&S Worldwide were proud to support and sponsor the Jewish Family Services 3rd Annual Back to School Drive.

Benefitting Greater Hartford Families & JFS Clients in Need

It’s hard to believe August has come to an end, the last month of summer, and the new school year will officially begin soon and has already started for many schools. With that comes the hustle and bustle of getting our children ready for the start of school. As a mother of three daughters ages 11, 9 and 4, I know firsthand how busy and stressful this time can be for families. However, imagine the added pressure of not having the resources to purchase new school supplies for your children. Unfortunately, this is the case for many families in our community.

This past month, I was proud to co-chair the Jewish Family Services (JFS) Third Annual Back to School Drive, which benefitted low-income children throughout Greater Hartford. In partnership with the Mandell JCC’s Family Room and PJ Library of Greater Hartford, the goal of the Back to School Drive is to prepare children with the tools they need to feel organized, self-confident and motivated to succeed in the classroom. Continue reading



Kaleidoscope Craft with Educational Activity Ideas

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The EduCraft® Kaleidoscopes Craft Kit is one of our most popular craft kits. It makes 25 kaleidoscopes that rotate to make spectacular patterns. This is a great group activity for the classroom, afterschool, or at any educational program. View the instructions below, along with 7 different activites related to math, social studies, science, and written language.

Age group: 8 and up

Project Time: 60 minutes

kaleidoscope materials

Your kit contains:

  • Long Cardboard Tubes
  • Short Cardboard Tubes
  • Frosted Plastic Circles
  • Cardboard Circles with Hole
  • Clear Plastic Circles
  • Silver Acetate Sheets
  • Assorted Beads
  • Tape
  • Teaching Guide with instructions and illustrations

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Spreading Kindness in the Colchester Community

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As a part of the Colchester Connecticut community, S&S is proud to highlight the efforts of a small group right here in our town. Michelle Noehren shares the efforts of a group called Colchester is Kind.

It’s so easy to spread kindness, and it doesn’t require any money. Small, every day actions, like smiling at people you meet, asking people how they are and really wanting to know, saying something encouraging to a friend or child or volunteering to help an organization you care about all have the potential to make a lasting impact.

In August of 2016, a private Facebook group called Colchester is Kind was created with the goal of building a stronger sense of community by spreading messages of kindness and compassion around the town. Within the first month of the groups’ creation, members gathered at the library for a kindness rock painting get together which included a kindness-themed story time for children. Continue reading



Across the USA Theme – State of Illinois

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Pay tribute to the great state of Illinois with your residents during September’s Across the USA theme. Throughout the month, schedule fun activities that honor The Prairie State’s landmarks and state symbols.

Landmarks

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Art Institute of Chicago

In addition, since Chicago is home to one of the United States’ oldest art museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, host a special art gallery activity at the end of the month to showcase all the art projects that were made throughout September. For example, assist residents with making velvet art paintings using watercolors, foil artwork using metallic foil, ceramic plates using paint and plate patterns, and paper quilling art using paper strips and quilling tools. For the art gallery, display all the finished art pieces and invite family members to stop by to bid or purchase the artwork. Continue reading



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