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.

Kids Yoga Book: Review of Rachel’s Day in the Garden

Kids Yoga Book: Review of Rachel’s Day in the Garden

Posted by: on May 3, 2016 | 4 Comments

Books that include actions are wonderful for engaging busy little kids in reading activities, so I loved the new yoga book, Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Bookwhich combines gorgeous pictures with simple yoga poses just right for young children. 

Germinated seeds sensory activity

Germinated seeds sensory activity

Posted by: on Apr 25, 2016 | No Comments

Nature gives us our best sensory activities, without planning or cost. Exploring the garden, hunting for bugs or stones always turns up something. We’ve been away the past two weeks on holiday, but just before we left we had a fascinating surprise in the playground sandpit, when we discovered hundreds of seeds had sprouted tiny roots and leaves.

Bird’s nest sensory activity

Bird’s nest sensory activity

Posted by: on Mar 14, 2016 | 3 Comments

Today the bright spring weather took us outside and we collected materials for a simple nature sensory activity: building birds’ nests. This activity was inspired by the beautiful photos shared on The Imagination Tree Facebook page.

 

15 toddler and preschool play ideas with stones!

15 toddler and preschool play ideas with stones!

Posted by: on Feb 24, 2016 | 6 Comments

Our shared garden has lots of stones in it, and it’s been funny to see how much my kids love to play with them, objects so simple and mundane most adults don’t even notice them. I guess stones feel pleasant and are interesting to look at, since they’re all different and close to the ground (like little people). Well, whatever the attraction, we’ve found lots of ways to have fun and learn with stones! And why not? They cost nothing!

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.

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…