Teaching Storytelling Skills: 3 Story Starters (Plus Printable!)

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Sometimes, a simple story prompt is all you need to inspire hours of creative, imaginative play with your child. Whether you’re telling silly stories, or recapping a past event, the art of telling a good story is one every child should practice as they continue to develop their reading and writing skills. This Story Starters [...]

Back to Basics: Using an Abacus to Teach Patterns

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Our guest blogger and homeschool expert Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) shares ways you can use your abacus to teach patterns. One item we use in our homeschool a lot is an abacus: We’ve been using it to practice counting and skip counting since our children were toddlers.  Just recently, we also began [...]

“Make-Your-Own-Memory” – Free Printable!

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How do you practice memorization skills with your child? As your child gets older, their memory will be a fundamental part of how they achieve success in school: They will start to recognize patterns, remember key facts, and start to problem-solve. A memory game is the perfect way to practice these skills in a fun, [...]

Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

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Looking for a fun (and educational) way to play with homemade bubble solution? Former teacher turned homeschooling mom Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) recently taught her children about hypotheses by making and experimenting with 6 different bubble solutions in her own backyard. Read a summary and link to this guest blogger’s [...]

Camping With Kids: 4 Ways to Prepare for Your Family’s Adventure

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This summer, we are “hitting the road” – and providing you with some fantastic traveling resources along the way! Every Thursday, right here on our blog, we’ll give you the inside scoop from three top-rated blogger moms on their favorite tips and tricks for traveling with kids. This week, we’re getting some tips from Marnie (Carrots are Orange) [...]

Using Puzzles to Teach Geography

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Our homeschool expert Genny (In Lieu of Preschool) is working on a U.S. Geography unit this month. Earlier today, we shared her American Flag Easel Painting post, which featured creative ways to teach kids about the American Flag using a simple painting prompt. On her blog today, she also focused on using puzzles to teach geography.  Check [...]

U.S. Geography for Kids: American Flag Easel Painting

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This “U.S. Geography for Kids” homeschool post is part of a series (An Introduction to U.S. Geography for Little Kids) from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) This month in our homeschool we are focusing on U.S. Geography. Though my children are young, I feel it’s never too early to [...]

4 Early Literacy Activities

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Preschoolers need to master a variety of skills to become fluent readers. The literacy activities listed below are so enjoyable; children do not even know that they are practicing several important early literacy skills: vocabulary development, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge. (By special guest blogger Melissa Lennig.) 1. Memory games [...]

Silly Activities and Treats to Help Celebrate Albert Einstein’s Birthday!

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Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! Share special time with your child and celebrate the most famous scientist of all time with some easy treats and silly activities for kids that won’t wear out your brain. Begin your Albert Einstein-themed day with an age-appropriate book about familiar inventions and the original “nutty professor.” A few to try: Brown, [...]