Creating a Summer Learning Station

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This summer learning post is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It. Let’s create a Summer Learning Station for your kids this summer!  For many, our summers are filled with activities, camps, and vacations. Others may choose a more laid back approach to summer break, filled with playful days with family [...]

The Melissa & Doug “Summer Fun” Calendar!

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Wondering how you’re going to keep the kids occupied ALL summer long? Don’t fret: Our Summer Fun Calendar is coming!  Similar to last year’s Camp Sunny Patch celebration,  this year we gathered up your favorite bloggers again, and created a calendar full of educational activities, crafts, games, summer-sanity tips, and more! Here’s how the Summer [...]

Talking to Kids about Occupations

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Have you ever asked your child: “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?”  If you haven’t, don’t worry: This doesn’t have to be a stressful conversation for your child (in fact, it can be quite fun!) While your kids may be too young for “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” or “Career Day” at school, you [...]

Colors of Nature Color Hunt

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This “Colors of Nature” post is provided by Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Each season has unique attributes and opportunities.  One of the ways we have studied different seasons is by going on a hunt to find colors in nature. This simple activity will have your children looking closely at the details, and they are sure to notice [...]

Water, Water, Everywhere: 10 Fun Facts About H2O

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Summer is almost here, which means that beach and pool days are just around the corner! Help us kick-off summer with some “water-themed” fun. Share these fun facts about water with your child over dinner or in the car: We think they may spark some creative conversations to help pass the time (while providing a few [...]

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 [...]

5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles

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Does your child love to play with puzzles? Share these fun facts as a family! The first jigsaw puzzle was created in 1767 when John Spilsbury, an English cartographer, chopped up a wooden map of Britain and challenged the public to reassemble it. He called it a “dissected puzzle.” Jigsaw puzzles got their name because [...]

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 [...]

Mother’s Day Gifts from A to Z

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Something to WEAR? Something to DO? Something to READ? We’ve got it all. From bright and flowery to subtle and secret. We’ve got a range of gift ideas that’ll make Mom say everything from “Ahhhhh…” to “ZOWIE!” this Mother’s Day. * * * Beaded Necklaces for Mom               Need [...]