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Sensory Glop for Preschool Play

Our girls are really enjoying their Bob books!  We picked up a set for each of them.  We got the Alphabet one for Wren and the first Sight Words one for Grace.  I know very little about how to teach a person to read, but thankfully our girls are making it easy on me by learning without much instruction!  But since picking up the Bob books, the girls’ interest in reading has hit overdrive.  They ask every day, several times a day if we can read another new book.  And since we are working so quickly through them, I thought I would extend their life by creating some book related activities for the girls to do.  The first one we tried was sensory glop based on the Bob Book Jump. Continue Reading

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Rosetta Stone’s Kids Reading Program

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One question we started getting even before G was born is, “Are you going to home school?”  Although this question is still a bit premature, we have been thinking about the answer to it for quite some time because G is such a great learner – she truly is very teachable.  But the one thing that concerns me about homeschooling during the early years is teaching someone to read.  I don’t remember learning to read, I just know I knew how to do it by the time I got to kindergarten.  And I have no experience with teaching someone to read.  It seems so daunting to me! The English language is VERY complicated! So, I am always looking for all the help I can get.  We already are on top of the reading-every-day-with-your-kid thing, since G and W are book obsessed; but I know that is not sufficient to teach them to read the words themselves.  When I was given the opportunity to try out a program for kids (preschoolers and early elementary), Rosetta Stone’s Kids Reading Program, to teach her the building blocks of reading, I was so excited! Continue Reading

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Alphabet Sequencing Activity

Simple Alphabet Sequencing Activity for preschoolers

Our oldest girl is alphabet obsessed!  And she has been for a long time.  She recognizes all the letters of the alphabet and is working on knowing all their sounds.  So I created an activity for her to work on sequencing, specifically “before” and “after.”  This was a challenge for her at first, but we kept going and she was so proud when she was finished with the entire alphabet.

Since it is the Halloween/Fall season, I thought it would be fun to put our alphabet letters into a cauldron I found at Target.  But this activity could be adapted to any seasonal study or be completely separate from a theme.  Continue Reading

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Apple Stacking Game for Preschoolers and Tots

I was rummaging through our preschool bins to find some apples for the girls to play with as we work through the alphabet together and an idea suddenly struck.  I made a simple preschool and toddler game using items that were already on hand. It was so easy and so fun, I decided to share it with you.  The game can be modified to work for almost any application and helped introduce and reinforce lots of preschool and toddler concepts.  Our girls are early 3 and almost 2, so it works for this age group very well. Continue Reading

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Simple Pumpkin Counting 1, 2, 3

We are kind of late the pumpkin/fall party this year.  We have been so busy with our farm unit for Tot School for Twos that we have neglected to spice up our fall with seasonal activities.  But I am hoping to remedy that situation over the next few weeks.  We are not much for the “scary” part of Halloween and I definitely lean more toward a love of Thanksgiving, so we still have plenty of time for pumpkins and leaves this year.

Our little one is starting to learn to count individual items.  She has known how to count to ten for a while and counts to 20 (missing a few along the way) sometimes, but she often just starts counting to talk, not to actually count.  So, I have been working with her on pointing to each individual item as we count together, SLOWLY! Continue Reading

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Tot School for Twos: Chirping Chicks

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Tot School for Twos

We have been truly enjoying our extended farm unit.  I try to make our units only last a week, but we end up having so much fun, we extend them.  This week (or so) we focused on chicks, hens, and roosters.

My goals for the week were to teach vocabulary, reinforce letter and shape recognition, and teach a comforting concept on security (we are having some bedtime struggles lately, so I thought I would throw this in).  These goals are in addition to learning chick and chicken facts. Continue Reading

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