Learning about Measuring Length

LittleMan is no stranger to the concept of measurements. He’s been working with the differences in cups, tablespoons, and teaspoons since he was 2 years old. He’s been talked to about measurements of time (minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc..) since he was 3 years old. Today was his first introduction into measurements of length or distance.

In order to make the concept of measuring more appealing, we started off using two things which LittleMan is very fond of: candy and space.

Intro to Measuring, with Gummy Bears from Suzy Homeschooler (2)  (more…)

Patterning with Gummy Bears (bonus experiment)

Ever have one of those days where everything goes wrong from the moment you roll out of bed? (Of course you have, everyone has.) Well, LittleMan was having that kind of day today. So by the time his breakfast was finally eaten, morning chores were suffered through, and he begrudgingly sat down to complete his lessons, he was ready for something -anything- to turn his day around. Luckily we had a bag of gummy bears in our candy stash.

Patterning with Gummy Bears from Suzy Homeschooler (3) (more…)

5 Harold and the Purple Crayon Activities

Today I was planning to do a color themed bath for the kids. Simple, easy, fun. Just throw in some balls and balloons, maybe some legos all the same color. Add scented bath paint and colored water and you’re golden. But sometime around breakfast I went from deciding to do a blue themed bath, to doing a purple themed bath, to doing a Harold and the Purple Crayon themed bath. Once my mind got onto Harold and the Purple Crayon things just started happening. Next thing I know I had thrown together an entire Harold and the Purple Crayon themed day for the kids.

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25 Box Lessons for Preschoolers

In my previous post , I mentioned my box system for completing lessons with my son. Its quite simple actually, I simply have velcro numbers which attach to the side of each box and as my son completes the lesson in the box, he removes the velcro number and adheres it to a chart on the wall.  I have 10 boxes however I don’t actually need 10, I just like to have more than I need. Usually we do 4-6 boxes a day, each box takes no less than 5 minutes to complete, no more than 20. Some boxes he can complete on his own, giving me time to tend to SunnyGirl, other boxes require my participation. The following is a compiled list of examples, lessons I have used in our box system.

25 Box Lessons for Preschoolers from Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)

How I got my 4 year old to Quit Fighting Me

Let me preface this post by saying, I’m not about blind obedience. I *LOVE* that my son questions authority! Did you ever notice that most of the founding fathers qualify for ODD? With the right guidance, a stubborn, opinionated child can become an adult with convictions and passions. So on that note, I want my son to argue his heart out when we debate who is the best superhero. I hope he dazzles me with his persuasive skills when he argues for a later bedtime. But there are just some things that aren’t worth fighting over! Things like brushing his hair, getting his shoes on. Daily routines.

I finally found a way to not only get my son to stop arguing with me, but to get him excited to do the mudane everyday tasks he used to fight: picture charts.

How I got my 4 year old to Quit Fighting Me. from Suzy Homeschooler  (1) (more…)

Discovery Bottles

Discovery Bottles from Suzy Homeschooler (2)

I’ve found that more than anything, young children really love to play with stuff that isn’t toys. Boxes. Balls of newspaper. Milk caps. Egg cartons. Soda bottles. Really anything you’d normally throw into the recycling bin. Its fairly harmless and makes them happy so I try not to fight them on it. In fact, I’ve found some ways of capitalizing on this interest in non-toys. For example, these discovery bottles. (more…)