Our trip around the world led us to the South American Rain Forest. We extended our lesson plans quite a bit. Following the tiny poison arrow frog right down the rabbit hole.Read More
FUN Five Senses Activities for Kindergarten!
We had so much fun learning about our senses this month. I was just planning on some light reading and taking the oldest to a class, but as usual he had other plans. It turned into a full unit. Ease up, kid! I’m suffering from teacher burnout with a class of one in September.
The few more. I made the mistake of mentioning that we don’t really ONLY have five senses. So we explored a few more – like sense of balance, hunger and thirst, and direction. Every time we saw something that said “5 senses” he’s give me a little wink-wink, nudge-nudge meaning, “Yeah but WE know there are more than five, right mom? Riiiiiiight?” He thinks he’s so smart.Read More
Math Activities Basket: Creating an Individualized Math Curriculum for Kids
Allow me to introduce you to our Math Basket. It’s becoming our favorite part of the day. Yes, that’s right. It’s even more fun than handwriting. I know. Hard to believe.
Our Math Basket
it’s math. in a basket.
110 Math Literature Books for Early Elementary Grades with links to YouTube read-alouds
A list of 110 (mostly literature) books for learning math aimed at early elementary age children. Links are to read aloud videos on YouTube – to use as a hook for new skills, to preview books, if our library doesn’t have a copy available, or as a support to read alouds.
Ya know, instead of re-reading the same thing a dozen times this week.Read More
Grizzly Bear Facts for Kids! Elementary Unit Study Resources
We took a close look at a ROARsome North American predator.
Great choice, son. Grizzlies are common enough that I could find great materials but new enough (to us) that they were interesting to learn about.Read More
Take a Field Trip Week and have FUN Learning!
It’s Field Trip Week, and I’m so psyched. The oldest and I have been toiling away for eight weeks straight.
My goal is to make these weeks enriching without the added pressure of lesson plans and projects.
Minimal parent involvement. Minimal.
Central and South America for Kids! Streaming Resources for Your Continent Study
A list of streaming resources compiled for Build Your Library Kindergarten. It could also be used for any South American unit study. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!Read More
North America Unit – Streaming Resources
A list of streaming resources to go along with Build Your Library Kindergarten or any North American unit study. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!Read More
Build Your Library – Kindergarten Curriculum Review
Before buying any curriculum I took a close look at our homeschool goals. The following is a detailed summary and review of Build Your Library – Kindergarten Around the World.Read More
Tips for Choosing an Eclectic Kindergarten Curriculum for Your Homeschool
I originally planned on piecing together my own kindergarten program with free resources and a library card, but with two littles underfoot I started looking for some ready-made curriculum and materials to make life easier.
It’s a trade off. Do I spiral down the Pinterest Black Hole or make it rain on Amazon?Read More
Why We Homeschool
You’re homeschooling? How lovely. WHY would you want to do that?
Going against the mainstream opens the door to big questions about big life choices to random strangers at the post office.Read More
7 FUN Letter Formation Activities! No Pencils Required!
Handwriting practice can be boring and downright torture for some kids. Up your handwriting game with 7 engaging and FUN letter formation activities!Read More
Dinosaurs for Kids: FUN Dinosaur Activities for a Hands-on Science Unit!
With my oldest leading the way (read: forcing me to live and breathe dinosaurs for the past three years) we’ve done quite a bit of learning. We’ve covered every topic from math to cooking. This week we’re back at it, ramping up for Dinosaur Week at our local children’s museum.Read More
FUN Fire Safety Lessons for Kids!
No kindergarten curriculum is complete without learning your ABCs, 123s, and what to do if you spontaneously burst into flames.Read More
I used to be able to remember everything. I could repeat a six month old conversation back verbatim. Just ask my husband. Something happened when I started having kids. At first I thought it was just the Pregnancy Stupids. It turns out that’s not the case.
Wait what were we talking about?
I have to write everything down. For that I have my planners.Read More
I’m not going to pretend that our lives are Pinterest Perfect. My kids are basically wrecking balls with cute, chubby arms and legs sticking out. The majority of our time is spent goofing off, dancing around the living room, and pretending to be dinosaurs.Read More
FUN Garbage and Recycling Lesson Plans for Kindergarten, Preschool, Elementary
Our first kindergarten field trip. Such a trashy way to start the year.Read More