We are days away from 2016 and like many of you, I am looking back at 2015. This year I reached many personal goals, and as many of you know I have returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in child development and early childhood education and my book Raising A Rock-Star Reader was released in November.
Here are my 15 favorite No Time For Flash Cards posts from this year. Did your favorite make the list? If no,t share which one you loved on Facebook and tell me why you loved it!
Nature Collage & Color Hunt – This collage was on our tree for weeks, eventually, petals started falling off and I think a squirrel helped the process too. Either way, this was a beautiful and completely rad outdoor activity that my daughter loved.
All Kids Can Be Scientists – This science project idea came from my kids and I loved that we were able to be scientists and observe our own science experiment and record the data. My kids have asked to redo this already, I just need to get more test tubes because I threw these ones out. You’ll understand why if you read the post.
Freeze & Free Anna – This was just plain old fun, with a little science mixed in. If you have a frozen fan they will love this and if you have a child who is sick of Frozen they will get a kick out of it too, I know my son did.
Hot Glue & Watercolor Fall Leaves – I loved this art project and even though we made fall leaves with it you can use this process with anything. My daughter loved that I trusted her with the glue gun.
Books About Social Justice – No Time For Flash Cards is a blog, while I pride myself on the resource for early childhood educators and parents that I have built over the past 8 years, sometimes my personal values take center stage. Social justice is something I am deeply interested in my personal life and that is why this post and book list is a favorite of 2015.
Why I Let My Kids Read Books I Don’t Like – This is another personal post that I am proud to say is one of my favorites for 2015, it was also quoted in this Salon.com article. This advice seems almost laughably obvious to many of you ( which many of you mentioned in emails and facebook posts) but it is groundbreaking for some.
45 Free Choice Activities – I love this post because I use this post when I need fresh ideas. Yes, sometimes I use my own blog. I get stuck in ruts too and a little inspiration can fix that in no time. That is what this list is all about.
Washi Tape Duplo – When I post this on my Instagram it is always a hit, and I am not surprised because many of those blocks are still covered in washi tape. It makes them so pretty!
Rhyming Board Game ( Free Printable Game Board) – This board game is fun and it really helps kids practice rhyming, but more than that it helps them practice good sportsmanship and at our house we can never practice that enough!
Sight Word Scavenger Hunt ( with post its) – Whenever I see this post scroll past on Pinterest I think to myself that I should do it again, my daughter loved it and it really helped those sight words stick.
Lego Roll & Build – This game is still played often at my house. It’s so simple but sparks such creativity!
Holiday Writing Center – Yes this is only about a month old but it was such a hit at home with my daughter who is in kindergarten as well as my 3-year-old students at preschool that I had to share it. Also, it can be adapted to any season!
4th Of July American Flag Suncatcher – I thought this was just going to be a cool activity but it turned out to also be gorgeous, and folks remember I am not even American, I like the flag but it’s not even mine. I adore how this turned out.
21 Handwriting Activities For Kids Who Hate Writing – this is a post that was brewing for a long time. One of my children hates to write and I have had to try to work on that creatively, in this post I share how I do that.
Super Simple Nature Prints – So easy. So pretty. So easy. Oh and totally gets kids interested in the little details they may have never noticed about flowers and other bits of nature.