Kumon of Crofton is happy to celebrate Black History Month. This week we are highlighting an
African American Inventor.
Sarah E Goode1885 -
Improved Cabinet Bed

Sarah Goode was the first African American women to receive a U.S. patent. Sarah E. Goode invented the first folding bed Patent #322,177.  It was concealed in an upright desk and folded out to make a bed. It is the fore runner of the sofa bed. Her patent was granted on July 1, 1885.  She was born in the year 1850.  Freed at the end of the Civil War, Goode moved to Chicago and became an entrepreneur. Sarah received her patent on July 14th, 1885 when she was 35 years old, she died January 25, 1909 when she was 59.

We know it is cold outside for most of us so the team at A Dream Education wanted to provide families with a list of themed based activities,  lessons plans and crafts you can do over the weekend.  We plan to have a list posted early each Saturday morning for your weekend enjoyment.  This week we have:
Polar Bear Plate Craft
Layered Salt Artwork  
Snowflake Garland
The Bear says Grr, the people say Brr..
Activity: Polar Bear Plate Craft. This art project is fun, fuzzy and fantastic. You can add a tongue depressor or popsicle stick and the children can use their plate as a mask or in creative play . While doing this activity discuss hibernation,  why, where and when animals hibernate and when the craft is complete the children can reenact a skit about hibernating bears. Make learning fun!! 

Age:  Pre-k - 3rd grade / 4 - 8 years 

Area: Art, Creative Play

Close your eye's you are on a sandy beach in January.

Activity: Layered Salt Artwork - Make science fun with this art display.  This is a very easy activity and with younger children you can teach color recognition, primary and secondary colors.

Age: preschool - 6th grade / 3 - 11 years

Area: Science 

Let it Snow!!
Activity:  Snowflake Garland  - You can incorporate Math and Art in this fun activity that most ages will enjoy. Get creative with your older children and tell them what types of shapes to include: rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon, ect. Ask your younger ones how many sides does an triangle have as your make these unique decorations.  You can also use coffee filters and food coloring to decorate your snowflakes.
Age: preschool - 6th grade / 3 - 11 years
Area: Math, Art