Morning Circle Time: Preschool and First Grade

LauraFirst Grade, Preschool

During the “school year”, we enjoy a Morning Circle Time at the breakfast table. Typically, I read from a devotional book as the girls eat. Afterward, we find the date on the calendar, and do a couple of exercises that correspond with the girls’ readiness (i.e. we talk about the weather, make the date with coins, do some skip-counting together, … 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

Give the kids some choices

LauraMotherhood, Preschool

If you and your toddler are tiring of a constant struggle of the wills, remember the fantastic Montessori suggestion that, instead of telling a toddler to do something, give them two choices for accomplishing that task. For example, instead of commanding, “Put your shoes on,” try, “Which one do you want to put on first: your left shoe or your … Read More

Learning at Home: Another Indispensible Resource

LauraBooks, Early Elementary Education, Preschool

A reader asked what I intend to do with Lia, my three year old, which made me realize that I haven’t used blog space to rave about another favorite resource in a long, long time: Ann Ward’s Learning at Home: A Christian Parent’s Guide with Day-by-Day Lesson Plans Using the Library as a Resource. This is an old, out-of-print GEM … Read More

Letter of the Week


At the turn of the year, I realized I had to rework my homeschooling plans for Lia. The girl is a serious schoolgirl. She wanted more worksheets, please?? More puzzles? More painting? Please, please please?? At first, I pulled a variety of worksheets and activities from black-and-white workbooks, organizing them in folders. Then, I bipped around the online community and … 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

Christmas Lesson Plans


I knew the first place to look for Christmas lesson plans:  1+1+1=1. Carisa makes brilliant unit studies and lesson plans for little people. So, I wasn’t surprised that, this year, we get to enjoy her  10 Days of Christmas Fun and her Nativity Preschool Pack. Lia loved Carisa’s Thanksgiving Pack so much; and she’s just lovin’ the Christmas fun! (I laminate … 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

How To Play GOOD Mommy

LauraCharacter Training, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood, Preschool

Idea #1: When overcoming a rousing time of mean mommy, the first thing to do is to remind your children how to play good mommy. When I was a little girl, I was happy to rock my babydoll, change her diaper, and take her for walks. The urgency of getting her a nice warm bottle was sufficient drama for me. … Read More

They Were Playing Mean Mommy?!

LauraCharacter Training, Early Elementary Education, Healthy Living, Kindergarten, Motherhood, Preschool

We were pulling out of our friends’ driveway when I asked the girls what they had been playing with their friends while we moms talked in the kitchen. With fascination in her voice, Viv replied, “We played mean Mommy!” “Yeah!” Lia chimed in, “Jenny held her dolly up like this and said, “STUpid! STUpid!” Lia held her doll upside down … Read More