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.

Inventing songs with toddlers

Inventing songs with toddlers

Posted by: on Mar 24, 2016 | 4 Comments

Singing songs is a great way to boost toddler language skills because it engages little children in a fun interaction and encourages them to listen out for and enjoy the sounds of words. Inventing new songs extends this. It helps fill your toddler’s day with words, and makes songs directly relevant to their experience. The language-learning potential from that is huge! This post gives quick tips for inventing songs your little one will love.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 4. Following instructions

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 4. Following instructions

Posted by: on Mar 15, 2016 | No Comments

When a little one begins to follow instructions this is a moment worth celebrating! Not only might they be able to help out with simple tasks, they are also showing us that they understand words. Whether a toddler follows commands is a crucially important indicator of their early language skills. Today’s post talks about this milestone, and how to help toddlers understand and carry out simple instructions.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 2. Gestures

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 2. Gestures

Posted by: on Mar 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

For babies and young toddlers, using gestures is an important step towards using language. Actions like waving, shaking the head for no, clapping and pointing show a desire to communicate. They typically emerge just before first words. In this post I’ll explain what early gestures are, why they matter, and how to encourage your little one to start using them.

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.

How to start telling family stories with your toddler

How to start telling family stories with your toddler

Posted by: on Jan 20, 2016 | 7 Comments

Today I’d like to share a magical way to captivate your toddler, and introduce him or her to the joy of storytelling through a simple daily ritual. All you need is one small prop: a dollhouse family.

 

5 Language-building games for the bath

5 Language-building games for the bath

Posted by: on Jan 20, 2016 | No Comments

Bathtime is great for fun games that boost your young toddler’s language skills, because it usually happens every day, most toddlers enjoy it, and you’re right there with them, giving them lots of attention. Here are five fun ways to build early vocabulary while having fun in the water.