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Welcome to Teaching with TLC! I'm glad you stopped by. Teaching with TLC began as an educational outreach in 2006 to help encourage parents and educators. I'm a mom of five and an educator who enjoys sharing creative and practical teaching tips. Actually, I'm a bit obsessed with making learning FUN!
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FUN activities with plastic Easter eggs and jelly beans

Easter time provides several opportunities for hands-on learning activities. This week on FOX 4's Mom Squad, I share plenty of ways to use plastic Easter eggs and jelly beans to make learning FUN!

Watch the full segment to learn how to use these materials for reviewing these skills:
spelling words
solving math problems

CLICK HERE for a detailed post on jelly bean learning activities.
CLICK HERE for more ideas on how to teach statistics using Easter eggs and jelly beans.

Here are the links to the printables featured on the program:

Jelly Bean Patterns
Statistics (practice finding the mean, median, mode and range)
Graphing Jelly Beans (AWESOME Jelly Bean Unit)

Happy Easter to you and your family,
For more FUN Easter activities, click HERE

20 FUN Easter Activities for Kids

Easter is almost here so let's celebrate this special holiday with FUN activities that your kids are sure to love. Click on each link below to learn more about these activities that my family has enjoyed. They include: arts and crafts, yummy recipes, free printables, learning games, great books, and more.

Easter Silhouette Art (These are breathtaking.)

Easter Cross Art Project (These look like stained glass.)
The Jelly Bean Prayer (and a special one for teachers)

Create marbled eggs with shaving cream (My kids' favorite art project)

Use Easter eggs to teach statistics

Jelly Bean Bark
Wonderful Easter books for children
Easter egg ideas GALORE (a great collection)

Unique Cross Crafts

Jelly Bean Board game (What an innovative way to teach and review the Easter story!)

Make Resurrection Cookies

Create your own Easter BINGO cards to print.

Easter Clip Art
Go on an Easter treasure hunt.

Use Resurrection Eggs to teach the Easter story. (You can even make your own.)

Make adorable Easter treats.

Use jelly beans for learning activities. (I LOVE using these activities with my kids.)

Use Easter Mad Libs to review the parts of speech.

Make an Easter dirt dessert. (Add some Peeps and jelly beans.)

Tons of free Easter printables (I like to make packets for my kids the week before Easter with mazes, wordsearches, fun worksheets to practice skills, coloring sheets, games, etc. This provides a break from our regular school day but they are still learning- disguising learning at its best!)
Make Resurrection Rolls with your kids.
(These taste really good and are fun to make, too!)

Happy Easter!

Spring Inspired Snacks for Kids

Hello spring! Our family has been waiting for you to arrive. We are ready to jump in our pool and hit the nearby beaches. 

This week my boys, Colton and Coen, shared some springtime snack ideas for kids on FOX 4's Mom SquadThe first treat they shared was this Classic Dirt Cake Recipe that makes kids grin from ear to ear.

Watch the segment Spring Inspired Snacks to learn how to make dirt cake that kids (and adults) go crazy over. It is always a hit no matter where we bring it!

For the entire recipe, click HERE.

We also shared a cute craft idea that you can use to add some SPRING BLING to your child's everyday snacks.

On Spring Inspired Snacks, my kids demonstrate how to decorate a clothespin with markers, paint, or glitter and then hot glue googly eyes and pipe cleaners for the antennae. Next, fill a snack baggie with your favorite snack, such as: goldfish, trail mix, cereal, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, or carrots. Pinch the baggie in half and clip it with a clothespin. So simple and cute!

Kids will love opening up the fridge or their lunchboxes and grabbing one of these adorable butterfly snacks.

Enjoy these springtime snacks!
You may also like my post- The cutest spring & Easter treats
Click HERE for more FUN recipes for your family and scroll down.
Click HERE for more Mom Squad segments and scroll down.

FUN Ways to Improve Fine Motor Skills

See you later boring penmanship worksheets! Practicing handwriting skills can be a blast with these FUN and creative methods I recently shared on Fox 4's Mom Squad.

Watch the segment FUN Ways to Improve Handwriting to learn unique ways to improve fine motor skills that will have your kids begging for more "handwriting" activities. (Shhhh! Don't let them know these activities will strengthen their hand muscles and help their penmanship. Just let them be kids and have some fun.)

Did you catch the last tip at the end?

That is always my favorite one to share since parents rarely associate Playdough with handwriting. CLICK HERE for the recipes I discussed, and you have to print these cute (and free) Playdough Mats.

For more handwriting tips, check out my posts:

Cursive Handwriting- Should we still teach it?

Handwriting Practice Tips

Lauri Products are perfect for fine motor skills (I still use these puzzles with my little ones. The puzzles are over 15 years old, yet they are so durable and still look brand new.)

Sweet Success! (Trust me, your kids will LOVE this activity!)

I have many more handwriting tips in my best-selling book
How to Teach Your Child

Enjoy these tips!

Click HERE for more Mom Squad segments and scroll down.
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