Mastering pairs that add to ten is an important early math skill. Students who commit these pairings to memory are better prepared for concepts such as place value, regrouping, and partial products, as well as more adept at moving from pencil and paper to mental math in increasingly complex calculations. My four-year-old has already been... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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.
The Donkey in the Living Room, by Sarah Cunningham, beautifully re-tells the Christmas story through the eyes of the animals and people present. In an "Elf on the Shelf" style tradition, Cunningham suggests parents wrap the pieces of their Nativity set and hide one for their children to find each day leading up to Christmas. ... Continue Reading →
Our trip to Olympic National Park last summer lit a spark in our preschooler. He refers to our adventures there almost daily, and whenever he is looking for something to do, he suggests we hop on a plane and go back. We try to base our learning activities around his interests, so when Homeschool Complete... Continue Reading →
Did you know Charlotte Mason said little kids should be outside for six hours a day in fair weather? That sounds awesome to me, Charlotte. Unfortunately, our schedule is a bit tight for that right now. Since making the daylight savings switch, we leave home each morning right around sunrise and usually get back right... Continue Reading →
My husband and I are not big candy eaters, so we’re a little uncertain about what to do with the post-Halloween pile of sugar sitting on our kitchen hutch. Our kids have not been very interested in eating it either, with one exception: our preschooler loves M&Ms. He doesn’t ask for them often, but maybe... Continue Reading →