JonBenet Ramsey brother Burke Ramsey horrified folks in Dr. Phil murder tell-all

Burke Ramsey, brother of murdered 6-year-old #JonBenet Ramsey, horrified people in his first-ever murder tell-all to Dr. Phil McGraw. Ramsey, who was 9 at the time of his sister's killing in 1996, has long been suspected. When he opened up for the first time in 20 years, Burke shocked and angered a lot of people. Dr. Phil promised answers to the unsolved murder of the Boulder, Colorado child beauty queen but so far, the first two parts in this 3-part series have only served to further polarize. Did Burke Ramsey, mom Patsy Ramsey, dad John Ramsey or an intruder bludgeon, sexually assault and strangle little JonBenet?    JonBenet Ramsey brother Burke Ramsey horrified folks in Dr. Phil murder tell-all

Teach healthy habits: Wean 'tube-fed' kids off television with TV addicts diet

Are your kids educationally tube fed? Do your TV addicts "eat" cable TV for breakfast, movies for lunch and sit-coms for dinner? Most kids and yes. adults, consume diets high in saturated TV viewing. Or video gaming, texting, surfing the net. It's all just staring at a screen. Summer time--with three months of freedom--is the big temptation for TV addicts. Television isn't a demon, but too much television will liquefy kids' precious brain cells. Want to get (boob) tube-fed kids off television and into healthy habits? Try the TV addicts diet. Here are ways to wean TV addicts off television and onto life!   Teach healthy habits: Wean 'tube-fed' kids off television with TV addicts diet | Examiner.com

'I am Sam' critical analysis, movie review, college essay: Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The movie "I am Sam" (2001) with Sean Penn is being used in college sociology, psychology and English classes to help students explore themes of love, mental health and parenting, intelligence and responsibility. Here is a movie review, critical analysis and college essay for psychology or sociology classes. This critical analysis is organized by major themes and motifs in I am Sam.  'I am Sam' critical analysis, movie review, college essay: Mental Health Month | Examiner.com

Math facts homework practice kit, homemade Montessori math learning center

Montessori and Math Their Way teach math in hands-on learning center tasks, as opposed to paper-and-pencil lessons. Here's a homemade mini math learning center. Use this shoebox math facts practice kit for independent, on-the-go learning. Retention of math facts and operations is vital for higher math. Use this math homework practice kit to reinforce addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Children should practice 5-10 minutes 4-5 times a week.  Math facts homework practice kit, homemade Montessori math learning center 

Repurpose and reuse used clothing, rags, fabric scraps in recycled crafts

Here's an Earth Day stat that may shock you--suburban dwellers leave a 30 percent larger carbon footprint that urban dwellers. Why? Because suburbanites, particularly, buy so much more stuff for oversized homes, vehicles and yards. Then they don't repurpose and reuse it when it wears out. We have so much stuff we have to dig holes in the ground to bury it when we don't need it. Take used clothing--landfills overflow with used clothing that was tossed out. Here are ways to teach special needs kids about recycling, on Earth Day, with easy recycled crafts to repurpose and reuse used clothing, fabric scraps,old bedding, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, towels and rags. Repurpose and reuse rags and fabric scraps as rag rugs, blankets, car rugs and pet bedding.  Repurpose and reuse used clothing, rags, fabric scraps in recycled crafts | Examiner.com

Geography bee activities: Hands-on landforms, topography maps in social studies

 The National Geography Bee commands much interest in the U.S. Geography is a fascinating subject that has been somewhat consumed in generic social studies lessons. Many older people who were drilled in geography and history fault modern educators for replacing them with social studies. History and Geography lessons are still taught, but in broader scope units that include culture, civics, government and other related topics. And critics are correct to an extent--when subject scope is widened some specific content falls through the cracks. So here are easy, hands-on geography lessons. Make hands-on landforms and topography maps for social studies and geography bee practice.  Geography bee activities: Hands-on landforms, topography maps in social studies | Examiner.com

Free printable Harry the Dirty Dog activities, book crafts, recipes, games

March is National Reading Month. Why not celebrate the joy of children's literature with a kids' storybook craft party? I learned as a special education Montessori teacher/homeschool mom to make lesson plans hands-on. So my craft parties include an interactive story and snack. One of my husband's favorite children's literature characters is Harry the Dog, created by Gene Zion and drawn by Margaret Bloy Graham. Harry the Dirty Dog won the Caldecott Award for children's literature illustrations. Here are free printable lesson plans, book crafts and recipes for a Harry the Dirty Dog party. Most of the activities come from the book No Roses for Harry.  Free printable Harry the Dirty Dog activities, book crafts, recipes, games | Examiner.com

Preschool learning centers: Sand table, water table science activities

A sand table is a low child-sized table with tubs that can be filled with materials for children to explore. The sand table is the backbone of preschool science activities in learning centers. Early childhood special education classrooms use a sand table, or water table. The sand table provides hands-on,interactive learning, cognitive and perceptual development and tactile stimulation. You can make your own sand table for preschool learning centers. Then use these sand table science activities for early childhood lesson plans.   Preschool learning centers: Sand table, water table science activities

Free printable color by number coloring pages, color by letter puzzles, games

Color by number coloring pages are images divided into labeled sections that must be colored according to label. They're similar to paint by number activities that were popular in the 1970s. Some color by number activities are color by letter or math problem. Kids must solve the math problem to know which number to color the space. Color by number coloring pages can be used to teach math, counting, reading and other subjects. Here are free printable color by number puzzles and coloring pages.   Free printable color by number coloring pages, color by letter puzzles, games | Examiner.com

Valentine candy heart cookies, conversation hearts math game, craft, lesson

 Looking for ways to use up leftover valentine candy hearts? Here's a cute Valentine craft and snack that teaches math using Valentine's Day Necco Sweetheart conversation hearts. They're an edible flashcards to help children practice counting and other mathematics skills. Perfect for preschool, cognitively impaired special needs and ECSE lesson plans  Valentine candy heart cookies, conversation hearts math game, craft, lesson | Examiner.com

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