How we homeschool preschool

How we homeschool preschool

Posted by: on May 24, 2016 | 4 Comments

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.

Dandelions and Dinosaurs: Activities review from our week in home preschool

Dandelions and Dinosaurs: Activities review from our week in home preschool

Posted by: on May 15, 2016 | One Comment

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.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 6. Animal sounds

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 6. Animal sounds

Posted by: on Apr 3, 2016 | No Comments

A very common group of early ‘words’ for children are animal sounds: moo, baa, neigh, woof… It might seem silly to try to teach these words to your little one but it’s honestly a wonderful way to encourage talking! Find out why, and how in this post.

Get toddlers active with these indoor obstacle course ideas

Get toddlers active with these indoor obstacle course ideas

Posted by: on Mar 2, 2016 | No Comments

Most toddlers crave movement. Their growing bodies need it, so games where they can run, jump, crawl and explore delight them. When it’s cold and wet outside this is more of a challenge than on warm summer days. An indoor obstacle course can get little kids moving, laughing and learning too, while they burn off some of that crazy kid energy. Obstacle courses are a simple, age-adjustable, and endlessly variable. They are also a great way for siblings to play together. Here are some ideas to get you started:

A daily schedule for a two-year-old

A daily schedule for a two-year-old

Posted by: on Feb 18, 2016 | No Comments

A satisfying daily rhythm with my little ones makes life easier and helps us to create more opportunities for fun and learning during the day. In this post I share our typical routine, and the kinds of activities we do together every day.

Roll & Play Review: A great game for toddler language skills

Roll & Play Review: A great game for toddler language skills

Posted by: on Feb 17, 2016 | No Comments

Today I’m reviewing Roll & Play, a ThinkFun game marketed at ages 18 months and up. It supports language learning in a fun, interactive way. This is the first time I’ve posted a review, so I want to point out that I bought this product myself and am not affiliated with it! On the blog from time to time I’ll share honest information about toys and books we use, which I’ve found to be great value and have been popular with my boys. Roll & Play is certainly a hit.

5 super-simple playtime activities for boosting your toddler’s language skills

5 super-simple playtime activities for boosting your toddler’s language skills

Posted by: on Jan 24, 2016 | No Comments

Playtime activities for toddlers are surely best when they are fun and simple. Without the pressure of complex instructions to follow toddlers can learn in a natural and enjoyable way. In this post I share five of my favorite easy playtime activities, all of which can give your little one an amazing language workout.

Language Outside: Puddle Jumping

Language Outside: Puddle Jumping

Posted by: on Jan 16, 2016 | No Comments

We love to play outside every day, especially in the mornings. Exploring the garden and playground gives many wonderful opportunities for language learning, and it tires the kids out ready for naptime! Just now it’s WET, but that’s okay, because little ones love puddle jumping. Here are a few tips for some messy fun to get your toddler talking…

Language learning play with Spiderman

Language learning play with Spiderman

Posted by: on Jan 5, 2016 | 6 Comments

What does your kid really love to play with? Whatever it is, you can use it for really fun play together, and for boosting their language development. In this post I show you how, with four fantastic ways for toddlers and preschoolers to play with Spiderman!