Cereal Box Village – a Hands On Project for Little Ones

Whether you’re learning about maps or people in your community, making a village come to life is a fantastic homeschool project that requires little more than paper & recycled cereal boxes. Before we started our school morning, I covered old cereal &...

A is for Apple {Apple Stamped Art}

We are slowly working through Nina Traub’s Recipe for Reading in a way that is appropriate for a four-year-old.  Rather than focus on perfect handwriting, I’m teaching Ellie proper letter formation {through tracing AND some writing} along with letter...

Learning Through Play: Block Building {Homeschool Preschool}

If you’ve ever been tempted to teach your child about shapes using flashcards or worksheets… STOP.  Put away the paper & grab a bag of simple blocks. Ellie opted to play blocks at the kitchen table, rather than in her playroom and it proved to be a...

Scenes from a Pre-K Homeschool

In making my preparations for homeschooling Ellie this year, there is one thing that I ABSOLUTELY, MUST keep in mind: She is not in kindergarten. The teacher in me wants to show her the entire world, to read every great work of children’s literature, teach her...

Homemade Ornaments for a Pink Tree

In our house, there are good messes and there are bad messes.  A bad mess {more like annoying} is one in which various items from rooms throughout the house are gathered in small containers such as purses, carts, or shoes and will take at least a week or more to...

A Glitter Filled Childhood {Open-ended Art}

Developmentally Appropriate Practice… can you say that three times fast? We get a lot of crafts sent home from preschool.  Googly eyes & toilet paper tubes, popsicle sticks glued on sheets of paper, & lots and lots of coloring sheets. I’m not...