You’ve probably heard of doing leaf rubbings in the fall, but this is a great way to practice number and letter recognition. Plus, it goes nicely with our transportation thematic unit! Here’s what you’ll need:  a license plate (we used…

## MAKE IT: A Safe Toy box for \$13

Don’t be taken by purchasing a new toy box for your child’s toys–they are quite expensive. You can easily refurbish a chest (or basket with a secured lid) that you already have or buy one inexpensively at a garage sale…

## Transportation Bible Story

It is sometimes easy to leave the Bible-story teaching to Sunday School…and I am definitely guilty of it. Yes, we read the boys’ Bibles each night before bed. But I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never taken the time to intentionally…

## A Lesson Learned: Don’t Ask, Tell

What is it about the two letters, “N-O” that make a child feel so powerful? I’m not really sure, but if you have the answer…let me in on your secret! Lately Big Brother has been using this word quite often….

## Alphabet Train Game

Matching letters is a great way to help children recognize letters in the alphabet. This is a very simple game that you can do with your preschooler! I used a pre-made alphabet that I bought for my classroom several years…

## "I Spy"

Here is a new take on the old game “I Spy”  It’s a great quiet time activity or you can make it for a very inexpensive gift for a child in your life! Or take it on a car trip…like…

## Why do "Peek-a-Boo"?

Every parent plays Peek-a-Boo with their child. It must be written in the owner’s manual that comes with a kid…oh wait, there’s isn’t one–wouldn’t it be nice if there was? Sometimes it helps to know why we do something–rather than…

## Early Graphing Activity

Graphs are visual representations of data. Even young children can enjoying creating hands-on graphs (even though we don’t necessarily have to use that term quite yet). Making graphs is great practice in math! I rounded up some different “modes” of…

## Stoplight Beanbag Toss

This is a super-easy activity that teaches colors too! Here’s what you’ll need:  3 pieces of construction paper (red, yellow, and green), a piece of cardboard or posterboard, and bean bags (I didn’t have any, so I stole some beans…

## Now’s the time to stock up on school supplies!

Since I am no longer teaching (in a traditional classroom) and I don’t have children going to school yet, I don’t really think about school-supply shopping or pay much attention to the markdowns. Until now! Last November I purchased school…

## Pattern Train

We’re starting off on our first thematic unit–transportation! Patterning is a very concept for young children. It sets the groundwork for recognizing patterns in numbers in later years. It also helps children learn the skill of making predictions when we…

## Banana Airplane Snack

I’m all about using what I have on hand! We used the rice krispie treats and the Keebler cookies I got for 50 cents each at Walgreens a couple weeks ago to make this fun airplane. Here’s what you’ll need: …

## Clean-Up Songs

Getting your child(ren) to clean up can be such a hassle! Most of the time it feels like I am doing all the cleaning up. I have found that these two songs definitely help to motivate Big Brother. The first…

## A Lesson Learned: Failing Gracefully

In an effort to remain as genuine as possible, I’m starting a series called “A Lesson Learned.” No, this won’t be the place where I share the best lesson one of my children learned this week. This “lesson” is not directed…

## Plastic Baggie “My Body” Book

These little books are so cool! My good friend Sarah introduced me to these plastic baggie books and I decided to use pictures to help teach my boys their body parts. I made one last year for Big Brother and it was…