Learning About Copyright Dates

Learning About Copyright Dates

When I was teaching 1st grade, our librarian gave us a fantastic tip for learning about copyright dates. In a nutshell, she compared bellybuttons to copyright years – we get a bellybutton on the day we are born, just as a book “gets a bellybutton” for the year it is “born,” or published. The copyright symbol, looks a little like a bellybutton circle, and is SO MUCH FUN to have … [Read more...]

Coloring Easter Eggs with Toddlers

Coloring Easter Eggs with Toddlers

Coloring Easter eggs with toddlers can be tricky. You want them to have the experience, but you could live without the mess. Here's a different way to color Easter eggs that is perfect for your toddler AND kids of all ages! Not only will you end up with beautiful, colored eggs, but also with colored rice to play with later! Fill plastic containers 2/3 full of uncooked … [Read more...]

Alphabetizing with Beanie Boos

alphabetizing with beanie boos

So much fun and learning can happen with Beanie Boos! We've worked on graphing with beanie boos and now we are working on alphabetizing with Beanie Boos. It is an easy way to let children physically move objects around, to correctly place them in ABC order. Gather all Beanie Boos in a pile. Use as many as your learner is ready for – you can start with a small pile and … [Read more...]

Easter Estimation

Easter Estimation

I love to make a teachable moment out of just about anything, so when it’s time to change my seasonable centerpiece, that’s exactly what we do! All you need is a clear glass container to hold a candle, and jellybeans…the more the better! We usually hit up the Dollar Store early in the season, because we use about 8-10 bags of jellybeans, and they can get expensive. You can … [Read more...]

Homeschool Field Trip Form

Homeschool Field Trip Form

After moving back to Southern California, we purchased Disneyland annual passes. When I homeschooled the girls last year, we made the most of our time, and our passes, and spent a few “field trip days” at Disneyland. Use whatever venue you like to visit in your city as your inspiration to create your own scavenger hunt! It can be a big park like Disneyland, your local … [Read more...]

Toddler Activities in a Britax Car Seat – Giveaway

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Check out these road trip activities and leave a comment for a chance to win $50! You have a safe and comfortable car seat, every item you need is packed, you've prepared the perfect play list, and you are ready to hit the road. Wait! You need these 8 Toddler Activities that are perfect to work on in a car seat! Stickers Stickers are perfect for kids of all ages to … [Read more...]

Tin Foil Craft

Tin Foil Craft

Today, I needed a quick craft to distract my kids and keep them busy while we waited to leave the house. I got an idea about a simple, tin foil craft to decorate the table for Christmas dinner. N got to work making name cards for the table and then made different Christmasy shapes out of tin foil (present, tree, santa hat, ornament, etc.). I think her plan is to set … [Read more...]

All About Me Poster

All About Me Poster

Put your junk mail to good use and make an All About Me poster! Armed with a stack of grocery flyers, toy store ads, circulars and a few simple art supplies, your preschooler can make a cool poster AND he'll get some hands-on sorting practice, a key early math skill. What You Need: Junk mail ads (grocery circulars, toy store advertisements, etc.) Newspaper Safety … [Read more...]

Favorite Christmas Tradition

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Yesterday, I shared the Christmas Tradition I wished I NEVER had started. Today I want to share a Christmas tradition my friend Jill shared with me many years ago.  7 years later, I am SO happy that I am still carrying on this tradition. The handprint tree skirt is my favorite Christmas tradition! The kids love to trace their hands and I love to get it out every year and … [Read more...]

The Christmas Tradition I Wish I Didn’t Start

Christmas Tradition

This time of year is full of Christmas traditions. It is a busy time, a special time, a time of memories and fun! When I think back to when my children were really little, I remember wanting to create family traditions that we could continue year after year. Something they would ask about every year and have fond memories of. So I did. Some traditions we have are awesome and … [Read more...]

2016 Activity Advent Countdown

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My annual, printable Activity Advent Countdown is back! It includes ideas, printables, and resources from around the web to make counting down to Christmas with your toddlers and preschoolers fun and educational! Paper Plate Angel Make and Play with Gingerbread Playdough Christmas Tree Alphabet Match (printable) Burlap Wreath Ornament Jingle Bell Painting … [Read more...]

Laundry Room 10 Frames

laundry room 10 frames

Just a quick fun way to practice a little math, while still being able to get the laundry done! I purchased a set of jumbo magnetic ten frames from Lakeshore Learning, only to realize they were too large for the mini magnetic whiteboard I had purchased. So I decided to try the washer and dryer instead and it was so much fun!! Who knew you could use Expo dry erase markers on the … [Read more...]