Self Esteem Selfie
Having good self esteem is hard at any age. Here is a great way to build your child’s confidence and inner esteem through taking selfies. Parents create a selfie frame using Hygloss Gold Frame Border or Premade Frame Poster. Have your child hold the frame up in front of them, snap a picture, and print. A great way to turn the selfies into refrigerator magnets or a series of photos for the foyer. Teachers have each student hold up the selfie frame, take their picture. Use the photos for the class room welcome board. A great first day and end of the year school activity.
About Me Adjective
Here is a great project idea that helps develop Adjective Building Skills with a creative approach. Teachers have students do an about me portrait using adjectives to describe themselves. Example if student is a girl with blonde hair: My name is Chloe. I have long blond hair. I’m funny and Kind. Students can use pre-cut face shapes, various textured paper, art boards, markers and name tags to assemble their portrait base. Decorate with cut out adjectives and extra embellishments.
New Year Scrapbooks/
Promote Memory and Writing Skills with the construction of a scrapbook or yearbook. Sharing stories of the past with your children can be exciting. Here is a great project to teach your children about preserving the past and highlighting exciting memories like summer vacation or winter holiday. Pick a book them, then print some photos of family members, friends and places visited. Have your children write something about the photos. If using vacation photos have your children caption them in their own words.
This can also become a great school year keepsake. Place each child’s first day selfie photo onto the cover of the book. Begin having your child write experiences into it. Add snippets of mementos from the year and insert into this book.
Teaching kids Good Behavior and Reward Skills can be tough. Here is a great activity to help with that, Rainbow Coded Behavior Chart. This is a perfect chart for both school and home. Teachers List various behavioral levels such as “Awesome”, “Super”, “Warning” on separate color paper strips. Attach each strip to a piece of Hygloss art board. Write students names onto clothespins. Attach each clothespin to the various parts of the chart every day. Reward weekly good behavior with a gold star. Parents you could alter this chart for chores in the home or for behavior progress.
Goal Setting Chart
Here is a great project to teach kids Endurance, Motivation and Strategy Skills. Parents/Teachers work with kids to create a motivational goal chart that is based on the individual child’s strengths. Create daily, weekly and monthly goals that each child can achieve. Use color coded star stickers to code progress. This helps promote individual motivation, project endurance, and goal strategy.
Need to build Geography Skills? Do that through DIY Travel Pennants. Teachers this is a great way to teach children about travel and geography. Use this idea as a side classroom activity for a geography book report or holiday assignment. With some felt, pennant paper, letters and imagination, any child can create a pennant. In addition have the kids color in the states they have visited on a Map of the USA Poster from Hygloss using markers, pencils and pens. Parents create a yearly back to school pennant that has their name, grade, school on it. Have them create one around the current theme they are enjoying such as Minecraft, Pokemon, and Robots. Reminisce about summer vacation or holiday travel, while teaching some geography at home.
Historical Peg People
Promote Team Building and Research Skills with a fun classroom project. Teachers have students work together to create an historic village based on the current history lesson. Assign each student a historical person and hand them a wooden peg doll. Have them personalize them to resemble the historical person they were assigned. Place each one in a classroom style shadow box or painted cardboard. Attach your name and the student’s names onto the box. Fill with all the students historical peg people. Examples; Revolutionary War- George or Martha Washington, French Revolution-Marie Antoinette, Pilgrims and Indians.
Build Spelling and Creative Writing Skills with Story Jars. Write down about 50 words that describe a variety of people, places and things. Example; Ice Cream, Brown, Rainbow, New York, Roses, Stars. Place all the words in a jar. Shake the jar up, and sprinkle out 10 words. Give each child a piece of paper and pen. Set a timer for 5 minutes and have them write a quick story. Go one step further and have your kids write these fun and quirky stories down in a Hygloss Storybook. Then have them illustrate them. A creative way to help kids think out of the box and have some fun doing it.
Need a great activity for building more Writing and Storytelling Skills? Plus a way to introduce various animals? Here’s one; Woodland Animal Reports. Teachers have students write and draw about their favorite woodland animals. Make sure they include a written fact sheet and include a fictional story with illustrations. This project works well in Hygloss Blank Books. Go one step further and frame their animal illustrations with Hygloss Frames, add the students name and hang around your classroom.
My Family Tree
With the My Family Tree Creative Learning Poster, kids can connect back to their heritage, their ancestors and discover things about their family and themselves that they never knew before. This is a great project to do with the students in the first half of the school year. Teachers have your students interview various family members about their heritage and research online. Put all the findings together on a family tree or document in a book. This is a great way to build Research and Documentation Skills.