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Volume 4 Number 1

Corks are popping! January is awards month in the world of children's literature. Esme Codell writes about contenders for the Caldecott award for best illustration in American children's literature, the Newbery for best writing, the Coretta Scott King award, and others...
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Featured Schools
Classroom Photos by Members of the Teachers.Net Community
January Poems
A Small Collection of Poems for the New Year
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • Classroom Chuckles
  • Goose At the Senior Center by Goose
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Teddy Bear vs. Real Bear from the Lesson Bank
    Cinnamon Bear
    Categories Bag Take Home Activity
    Here's a Little Groundhog
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Happy Ending Ahead
    "Art" & "Craft" How they are alike and how they differ by MaryAnn Kohl
    We get the best kids these parents have... from the Second Grade Mailring
    January Columns
    January Articles
    January Informational Items
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    About Handy Teacher Recipes...

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    Handy Teacher Recipes
    by The Teachers.Net Community

    Tutti Frutti Playdough


    1 cup flour
    1/4 cup salt
    2 tablespoons cream of tartar
    1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid or other powdered fruit drink 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 cup water
    medium pot, stove


    1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot.
    2. Add water and oil.
    3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.
    4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.
    5. Knead until smooth.
    6. Play and explore with this fragrant, brightly colored dough as you would any playdough.
    7. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate to store.

    from MaryAnn Kohl
    Snowman Soup

    Assemble in a gift bag or small zipper food storage bag (I actually use a baby food jar and put and tie a circle of Christmas fabric on the lid):

    1 individual pack hot chocolate mix
    3 Hershey's chocolate kisses
    10-15 mini-marshmallows
    1 small candy cane

    For the gift tag:

    Was told you've been real good this year.
    Always glad to hear it!
    With freezing weather drawing near,
    You'll need to warm the spirit.

    So here's little snowman soup
    Complete with stirring stick.
    Add hot water, sip it slow.
    It's sure to do the trick!

    [Editor's note: The gift tag could be modified to fit other occasions by eliminating the first two lines of the poem, consolidating the remaining lines into one 6-line stanza.

    Posted by Peggy S.
    on the Kindergarten Building Blocks Mailring

    Edible Glacier

    Edible Glacier

    • Make a 6 oz. package blueberry flavored gelatin following package directions.
    • Pour into a pan.
    • Put in refrigerator until solid (several hours).
    • Crush about 1/2 package of chocolate wafers or chocolate sandwich cookies.
    • Mix with one container of Cool Whip and spread over the set gelatin.
    • This is the icy blue center of the glacier, with silty snow on top!

    Ice Cube Painting

    Materials Needed:

    white paper
    unsweetened Kool-Aid or powdered tempera paints
    white paper


    1. Fill ice trays with water.
    2. After ice begins to freeze, insert a popsicle stick into each ice cube.
    3. Let freeze until solid.
    4. Time: 5 or more minutes


    Sprinkle different colors of unsweetened Kool-Aid or powdered tempera paint on a sheet of paper.

    Rub ice cube over top.

    See what kinds of designs appear.

    If desired, activity may be expanded by writing a paragraph or poem which describes the completed ice painting.

    Posted by Deb Bosle
    on the Early Childhood mailring

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