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.

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.

Imaginative play ideas for a town puzzle floor mat

Imaginative play ideas for a town puzzle floor mat

Posted by: on Apr 6, 2016 | 3 Comments

Imaginative play makes my three-year-old happy, and that’s enough of a reason for us to do it. It’s also amazing for learning, especially for building sophisticated language skills. One of our favorite ways to do pretend play together is to use the Orchard Toys Giant Town and Giant Road floor puzzles, because they set up an incredibly stimulating small world to explore. In today’s post I’m sharing some ideas for using the Giant Road puzzles in pretend play with toddlers and preschoolers.

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.

Flour tray: Simple sensory play for toddlers

Flour tray: Simple sensory play for toddlers

Posted by: on Mar 16, 2016 | 6 Comments

All you need to do this activity is a tray and a few spoonfuls of flour: it’s that simple. For a toddler, it’s a chance to explore the sense of touch, experiment and, of course, talk. I set this activity up after naptime expecting a few minutes of curious play, but my two-year-old was still playing with it an hour later!

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.

 

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:

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.