Home School Tips

1-2-3 Peas

 on September 29, 2013

1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker is our new favorite counting book! It is so colorful and the little peas that do all the counting are so stinkin' cute!

1-2-3 Peas helps your preschoolers and kindergartners count by ones up to 20 and then by tens up to 100.

Each page is full of bright, fun pictures and rhyming language that has a sing-song feel.

Self Portrait

 on September 29, 2013

Children's drawings are some of the most precious things. I know that my kid's keepsake boxes are full of many of the portraits they have made of themselves or of our family.

A really fun and memorable art project is to have your students draw portraits of themselves at the beginning of the year and then have them do another one at the end of the year.

It is interesting to see how their artistic and writing skills have developed over the year. 

Name Board Fun!

 on September 29, 2013

One of the first things a preschool or kindergarten teacher teaches a child is how to write their own name. 

Although having children right their names over and over is a method used, kids tend to get bored easily.

And we all know what happens when you get a room full of 25 bored 5 year olds! Mass chaos!

I recently visited a kindergarten classroom where the teacher, Mrs. Ball, is ALL about helping her kids have fun in the classroom!

The first week of school, one of her many goals was to help her students learn to write their own names.


 on September 29, 2013

Bananagrams is such a fun game to play with your kids! My son got it for Christmas a few years ago, and it has been a family favorite.

Bananagrams is similar to Scrabble, but easier for kids. It is also a portable game that you can take anywhere!

It is also a fun way to practice letter and spelling words.

8 News Websites for Kids

 on September 22, 2013

I have a child who has a real hanker for current events and is attracted to headlines like a dog is to a squirrel.

Like a bee to honey.

Like an archeologist to dirt.

Like a--

well, you get my point. 

But with the headlines that daily make their way to the top of the web searches, I simply cannot let her go onto just any news site. Too many horrific and violent acts to choose from, and I'd rather her not get caught up in all the gossip-style entertainment news.

So I've been researching the sites I find that are safe for children.

Make a Date With Your Kids

 on September 21, 2013

With 3 beautiful kids, it can be a challenge to find one-on-one time with each of them.

As my children get older, I realize how quickly time goes.

 I can hear my dad saying, "Just wait honey, it goes so fast, before you know it their off to college."

I remember thinking he was just my over protective papa bear.  But he was actually telling the truth--time with our kids goes by much too fast!

A Plate Rack Repurposed

 on September 21, 2013


One thing I have always loved doing is using objects for a different purpose than what they were originally meant for. 

I like to use trivets as wall art and I hung an antique metal lunchbox using a drill and wall screws by our front door to "catch" all the stuff made for pockets: wallets, work badges, keys, mail, etc.

5 Ways to Maximize Space for Homeschool Families

 on September 21, 2013

Being a homeschool family, the seams of our house are bulging due to an excessive amount of school supplies, teacher textbooks, my daughter's microscope bug collection, and so many well-loved books.  Around these here parts we have to be smart about how we store things.  We have to be choosy with how we decorate. 

I am not an expert in this area.  But I am learning a lot about what works for me, for our family.

I wanted to take a minute to share with you what has worked for us, in hopes that it might also help you.

Napkin Caddy School Supply Holder -DIY

 on September 21, 2013

Each day after breakfast has been eaten, dishes have been taken care of and our doggie fed, we girls clamor up to our long farm table to settle into learning and school adventures.  Ideally, we'd get to sit and learn without unnecessary interruptions, but there are days when I  seem to have to get up every two seconds for that eraser we forgot to bring, an extra sharpened pencil, or the ruler our math book says we need.  Oh, what is a teacher to do?  When you homeschool and have little junior who needs to use the potty every two seconds, these other distractions need to be stopped.

Count the Monkey's by Mac Barnett

 on September 15, 2013

If you are looking for a counting book that will keep your kids paying attention and having fun......Count the Monkey's by Mac Barnett is it!

This book is so much fun! It allows your kids to be interactive and moving. This is definitely not a story for quiet time! And I wouldn't recommend reading it to your kids at bedtime.....if you actually want them to settle down and go to sleep. :P


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