It’s summer. We’re taking the advice of Rachel Carson: ‘I believe children can be helped to hear the many voices about them. Take time to listen and talk about the voices of the earth and what they mean—the majestic voice of thunder, the winds, the sound of surf or flowing streams.’ We’re playing outside, and simply enjoying the sunshine and free-wheeling fantasies of the season.
Play dough is one of our favorite play materials: it’s versatile, cheap and engages the little ones on so many different levels. When they’re playing with dough they are exploring their creativity, building motor skills and, of course, developing their language. Here’s my BIG guide to our top 30+ ways to play with dough!
Mr. Potato Head is a popular toy among speech therapists because little kids often enjoy playing with it, and it’s perfect for encouraging some important early language skills, including naming body parts, understanding object function, using early verbs and much more. Today’s post shares some fun ways to use this toy in educational play.
This week we’ve been reading and playing with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, a classic ABC book with great rhythm. After searching Pinterest we tried out an simple sticking craft, a home-made coconut tree board game, a sensory bin, an alphabet matching mat and a coconut tree counting mat: all very easy and helpful for inspiring interest in the book.
Little children learn so much through play and through everyday routines and events, homeschooling in the preschool years grows very naturally from the experience of caring for a toddler. In today’s post I’m sharing the basics of how I’ve built preschool learning into my three-year-old’s daily life at home.
My two-year-old talks all day long, but because he sounds like a little drunk, very few people understand him. Most of what he says has to get translated for others, either by me or by his three-year-old brother, who acts as his interpreter. Parents sometimes worry about their toddlers’ speech sounds, so I thought today I’d write about why I’m not worried on this score.
We’ve been enjoying beautiful spring weather since getting home from our holidays, so our activities lately have included lots of seed planting and outside play. This week’s roundup includes dandelion clock painting and rescuing dinosaurs from ice blocks.
Yesterday someone described my children as ‘homeschooled’. I was surprised to hear the word: my kids are aged 2 and 3; surely they’re just at home, not homeschooled? But in a way, yes, they are homeschooled, because they’re learning so much all the time, without going to preschool. Today I’m going to share our experience of how we came to homeschool preschool.
Reading with our children is one of the most powerful things we can do to support their language development. Sharing books with babies and toddlers introduces them to lots of new words. Just as importantly, it fosters loving bonds between children and adults. That feeling of warm attention that a small child enjoys when a parent reads them a story creates the perfect learning environment.
We just got home from our Pessach holiday in Israel, so I thought I’d share the tricks we use to keep our children happy on a plane. Truthfully, my kids love flying. They’re so excited about it, entertaining them isn’t hard, but a few resources in the carry-on bag does help our journey to go more smoothly.