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 […]
Skip the Sand Castles! Try Making an Ice Palace.
Whether you live by a beach and need a break from sand castles or if you’re shivering in sub-zero weather, an ice palace is a fun way for kiddos to create, build, and explore. Last week I jumped right back into blogging after the Puerto Rico drama thanks to my blogging friends and the fun […]
Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Simple and Playful Ice Experiments
Hi there! Thanks for visiting. I’d love for you to stick around! Why not subscribe to email updates to be sure you don’t miss a post? In winter, snow gets all the glory. As it should be, right? After all, you need snow to sled, ski, make snow ice cream, and build awesome snow horses! […]
So Long, Snowman. Make a Snow Horse Instead!
For the second post in our winter play series, I wanted to share with you something special from my childhood. (The first was how to make snow ice cream, which will hopefully be a special part of childhood for my girls!) When I was little, my dad didn’t help me build a snowman. He built […]
Snowed in? Make Snow Cream!
This week I’m joining some of my best blogging friends for another Play Day series! You can read their first posts in this new series here: Winter Wonderland Small World from Buggy and Buddy Winter Train Play in the Snow from Play Trains! Penguin Sensory Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning Cookie Cutter Snowman Art […]