Books of the Bible Fishing

Books of the Bible Fishing

  A few years ago, our church adopted a new rotation model curriculum.  One of the goals of our new curriculum is for the students to know the Word of God as intimately as possible.  We hope to achieve this though memory work and knowing the books of the Bible inside and out.   We recently finished up the Old Testament and I thought this was the perfect time to review all the … [ Keep reading… ]

Giant Pattern Blocks for Toddlers

Giant Pattern Blocks

  I love everything about pattern blocks...the brilliant colors, the designs a child can make, the endless opportunities for play and learning.  The one thing I don't like about pattern blocks, however, is how small they are.  I rarely get them out because one will inevitably end up on the floor (and even more inevitably into Little Sister's mouth).   With this in mind, I … [ Keep reading… ]

Swimming Pool Sound Match

Sound Match Tall

Post by Contributing Writer Amy   When it gets hot, it's hard to think about learning activities for the kiddos, but this Swimming Pool Sound Match game was a winner with my girls because it was fun, easy, and kept us cool!  It can be done as a collaborative or solo activity.  You just need foam bath letters and anything you can throw into your kids’ pool. Lay out your objects with … [ Keep reading… ]

Dear Teachers: Here are 10 Things Every Parent Wants You to Know

Dear Teachers Here are 10 Things Every Parent Want You to Know

  A few years ago I wrote a post titled 10 Things Every Teacher Wants You to Know (but won't tell you).  As a former first grade teacher, this post was written based on my experience in the classroom as well as feedback from my colleagues.  Many readers commented on the original post that they would love to have a list for teachers as well.  Their comments inspired me to write this … [ Keep reading… ]

Using Imaginary Play for Skill Assessment

Using play dough for imaginary play can be a great way to assess skills your children have mastered.

  Post by Contributing Writer Kim of Life Over C’s   We use a lot of play dough in our home both for play and for learning. Because it is summer, I wanted to set up a play dough invitation that's sole purpose was play. However, as I watched my 7-year-old playing with it, I realized that she was demonstrating her knowledge of the world and concepts that she had observed. Using … [ Keep reading… ]

Free Printable Math Pack for Preschoolers

This free printable math pack for preschoolers is a great way to practice sorting, graphing and patterns!

Post by Contributing Writer Kim of Life Over C's   I am always looking for concrete ways to reinforce concepts with my special needs preschooler. She doesn't understand counting unless she has something to count, has trouble with colors unless she can compare them, along with the many other math concepts that are used in life. So when we picked up a pack of farm animal crackers at the … [ Keep reading… ]