Simple Strategies for Teaching Your Child Math and Reading at Home

LauraFirst Grade, Kindergarten, New Homeschooler

The “backward 5” has happened to all of my kindergartners. They work SO hard to make their “5” face the right direction, but if they take a break from academics, they return to their desks and write their “5’s” backward again. Maybe it’s genetic? Maybe it’s universal? I dunno. But I do know that our littlest learners need consistent, almost-daily … Read More

Teach Your Baby to Read: The Secrets to a Literary Education

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Books, Early Elementary Education, English Literature, Kindergarten, Motherhood, Preschool

Tucked in your daily routine are the secrets to your child’s literary education. Your child’s literacy and love for books depends more on his grasp of the stuff of life than on his ability to decipher short-vowel sounds. We understand and appreciate books not only because we can physically read, but also because we can think well about stories and … Read More

Candy Experiments: SWEET!

LauraEarly Elementary Education, Kindergarten

(Blowing bubbles into the water to see that air floats! Don’t worry – they weren’t drinking it!) We had a blast doing candy experiments with leftover candy. I snagged some clearance bags of warheads, nerds, crunch bars, skittles, m&m’s… and we got to work! I found all of the ideas at Candy Experiments and typed out my own lab sheets. … Read More

Summer Center: Bugs

LauraArts and Crafts, Kindergarten, Preschool

I set up a little table in the dining room that would inspire the girls to read, write, draw, and create in a laid-back way. A few weeks ago, it was flower themed. I forgot to take pictures of it. But, you’ll get the idea from this week’s Bug Theme. It’s not scientific as much as it’s just fun. Of … Read More

The Joy of Reading…


As part of the library’s summer reading program, Vivienne has been reading silently for 30 minutes each day. She finished the first book in Beverly Lewis’ Cul-de-sac Kids series the other day. Just when I was about to hand her the second book in the series, I noticed that it was missing. It turns out, she had already gotten it … Read More

We Said “First Grade” But We Meant “Kindergarten”

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten

A while ago, I posted our curriculum plans for “first grade”. On paper, this year was definitely “first grade” for Vivienne – first grade reading, first grade math, you name it. HOWEVER, we learned something important: everyone in the whole wide world groups children according to grade level and not age, so our sweet 5 year old would technically be … Read More

Getting Outside: Jump Rope

LauraEarly Elementary Education, Healthy Living, Kindergarten, Preschool

With one jump rope, even the littlest ones have tons of fun on the tundra. We played “horse”; Lia being a particularly diligent little horse, who even ate imaginary carrots. Then, of course, Viv skipped to her only jump-rope rhyme: “Cinderella, dressed in yellow; went upstairs to kiss a fellow…” Yup. That’s the only jump-rope rhyme she knows. And I … Read More

Sweet Science

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Preschool

Target has massive bags of candy on sale for $1.50. I don’t mean to be bossy, but buy one. Choose the bag with Nerds, BottleCaps, and SweetTarts. At home, set up mortar and pestle, pipettes, spoons, tiny bowls, sieves. Fill three little bowls: water, baking soda, and vinegar. Let your children mix, dissolve, filter, and fizzle. Though my camera battery … Read More

Hammer a Pumpkin

LauraAll Posts, Kindergarten

You were on my mind this weekend. ‘Thought you might be itchin’ for an inspiring activity to occupy your children and your pumpkins. Your wish is my command. Grab some nails, sturdy hammers, and get to work hammering pumpkins! The nails slip in so easily, even the littlest workers can succeed. Older children might want to create a design; all … Read More

Need a Smile Today?

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten

Here’s the cooking video that we shared at by Vivienne! Of course, I’m biased, but I know you’ll just love it!