How to Make a Sundial with Children

Summer is the perfect time to explore shadows and sunshine with your children. The days are bright and the kids need something productive to do. Why not pack a little learning into the summer schedule with a fun sun activity? Let’s make a sundial! Materials: Posterboard Paper Plate Playdough Stick or Pencil Marker Timer or […]

10 Ways to Boost the Power of Playdough

Whether you love it or cringe at the thought of cleaning it up, there’s no denying playdough and fine motor skills go hand in hand. Poking, squishing, and rolling “snakes” are important work for little finger muscles on the road to learning to write. The irresistible dough gives little hands lots of practice in mobility […]

What Are Fine Motor Skills and Why Develop Them?

I’ll never forget my first day of teaching kindergarten in an inner-city school with struggling students, half of whom didn’t speak English when they walked in my classroom. As I supervised students working at the art table, I noticed that none of my students were holding their scissors correctly. Later in the day, I watched […]

Letter Hunt

Using some of our old magazines, we went on a letter hunt the first week of homeschool. Since Jonah still really needs more practice cutting, I helped cut some of the words for him (maneuvering magazines and scissors was a little difficult and frustrating) and then he cut the letters apart. Other than my minimal […]

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2012-2013

I can’t count how many people have told me that I’ve got an advantage to choosing curriculum since I was a kindergarten teacher before coming home to be with the boys. I instantly cringe because while I DO have an advantage…it is also my downfall. Because I know what I’m looking for in curriculum, I’m […]