Teaching Reading to Preschoolers–Resources for Ordinary Parents Like Me!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. As a mom who is starting to homeschool, I sometimes regret my choice not to pursue early childhood education as an undergrad. I feel so clueless sometimes! Sure, I’ll be ready when […]

Melted Crayon Pumpkins: No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating with Kids!

Melted crayons on pumpkins is not a new no-carve pumpkin decorating idea, but this year is the first time we’ve tried it at our house. Thanks to my dad (the pumpkin farmer) we have a lot of pumpkins. So we’re always looking for new decorating ideas! Here’s how we did it: Melted Crayon Pumpkin Decorating Peel your crayons […]

Play-Based Homeschool Preschool Routine

Our Proposed Homeschool Preschool Routine A few weeks ago, our daughter started asking to go to school with her friend. I thought she might be disappointed when I told her that she wasn’t going to school like her friends. But, once I told her she could have “school” at home with mommy, she was pumped! Now every morning […]

Finding an Approach to Learning that Fits Your Home Preschool

It’s the time of year when most of our little friends fill their backpacks with fresh crayons, glue, pencils, and scissors and head off to preschool or kindergarten. But not our girls! We’ve made the decision to start their school years at home. I don’t have a formal background in early childhood education (I was an English major with […]

Free Printables–Spring-Themed Scissor Practice

Sure, there are a lot of ways to encourage scissor skills with little ones. But right now, our three-year-old loves cutting paper. Since cutting with scissors is great fine motor practice, I decided to make a little spring-themed scissor cutting page. She very nicely cut along the lines and edges. And then decided to keep going […]

“Mommy, Can I Buy My Lunch Today? Math Money Games for Preschool

Our three-year-old loves to pretend to shop. She’ll often get out her shopping cart, purse, coins, and even a (voided) credit card, and ask, “Mommy, will you play grocery store with me and check me out?” Since she’s just three (well, technically three and a half), I haven’t worried too much about making sure she’s […]