Be warned: This is not your average home school. This is in fact a radical experiment in home schooling -- two working parents and two preschool-aged boys spending our evenings and weekends in rich, meaningful activities as we grow and learn together. Wonder if we're pulling it off? Subscribe to follow us and find out!
It's 30° outside, but at least twice a week, my four-year-old is requesting that we go to the pool. These boys miss their summer water play! To substitute, we are using lots of indoor water activities, especially those involving temperature to help them understand why going to the pool in the snow might not be... Continue Reading →
This fall, as part of a tech grant I'm involved with, I became a "Google Certified Educator." That means hours upon hours of training on Google apps and extensions, as well as two ludicrously long exams. Yes, I can tell you're impressed. But here's the part I want to share with you: I had no... Continue Reading →
Yes, our tree is still up. We leave it up for the entire twelve day feast of Christmas, from December 25th through January 5th, and take it down after our church observes the Nativity of Christ, on January 6th. This feast day, also called Epiphany, commemorates the arrival of the Magi and the revelation of... Continue Reading →
Got a light table? Here's one more way to enjoy it with hardly any prep or clean-up. Fill a heavy-duty Ziplock with water and a little food-coloring. Throw in a few marbles. Lay it across your light table and tape it down tight! Squishy squashy fun for little hands! This set-up used white marbles, which... Continue Reading →
I often hear parents express concerns about what toys are age appropriate for their kids. They want to dump all that baby stuff and move to big kid toys stat, but they also don't want to give their kids toys that are over their heads. With my own kids, I find that they can learn... Continue Reading →
I LOVE chalk markers. I use them at home on our little blackboard as well as at school. They are awesome for the following reasons: They are much brighter and more vibrant than chalk, which makes them more visually appealing and easier to see. They don't leave any dust or mess. They don't smear or... Continue Reading →
O Lord, have mercy on us and save us from fractions! I have never seen a bigger stumbling block in teaching math than those poor God-forsaken fractions. Kids absolutely recoil at them. I have even had a parent say to me that he didn't care that his kid was struggling with fractions because fractions are... Continue Reading →
Quick and easy science demonstration! Amp up your oil and water game by using olive oil and putting a little blue (or red) food coloring into your water! Give it a good shake to mix the colors, then watch as they quickly separate back out into primaries. Enjoy!
Every year at about this time, my friends start asking me what they should get for their kids' teachers for Christmas. Thought I'd share my standard answers with you, in case you're looking for a little something for a special teacher or daycare provider in your life.
A quick project to introduce symmetry: You can either provide or have them use a protractor to draw some simple geometric shapes on construction paper. I typically require a square, an equilateral triangle, and a third polygon of their choice. They will need two identical copies of each shape -- one for showing line symmetry... Continue Reading →