My children have an amazing imagination. My fifth grade son still loves to join my preschool-aged daughter in imagination play. As I consider our toys and accessories, I appreciate the fact that many of them are ones that encourage them to the further develop their imagination. Here are some of our top gifts for imagination play. What would you add to the list?Continue Reading
I am becoming more creative at noticing ways to use items destined for the trash as learning tools and games in our homeschool. One rescue from the garbage was an empty tissue box. My daughter and I made it into a monster that likes eating ABCs. Our ABC Monster keeps coming out of his “home” (in the cabinet) for more letter eating fun!Continue Reading
I first wrote the booklet about early Native American homes because I could not find something simple for a brief introduction to Native Americans for my son. I wanted him to understand that there was a variety of cultures living on the American continent before Europeans arrived. I wanted him to understand that the vastness of the country meant that not every American Indian lived in a tipi. The various landscapes of America meant that the various groups of people also lived very differently.
As I said, I could not find an appropriate picture book for my son back then that shared that kind of information. So I wrote one with the information I wanted to share. Continue Reading
My daughter has always loved playing with prepositions when we read The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree. In the past, we played a “Do you dare?” preposition game years ago! When we then also read Inside, Outside, Upside Down by the same authors, I just had to add on to our “Great Sleeping Bear” game! We callef our preschool prepositions game the “Inside, Outside, Great Sleeping Bear” game, and we practice some additional prepositions. We founf great learning lessons in the most basic of picture books!Continue Reading