Last week at Classical Conversations, we taught about crystals. I tried (unsuccessfully) to grow the amazing alum crystals I saw online and I was so disappointed that nothing happened! Luckily, Borax crystals grow overnight, so I was saved. Here is how we did it! Continue reading
My mom made the sweetest button snake for my son. The thing that makes me sad is that some toys are outgrown more quickly than others. This was one that did not seem interesting to him after he had done it a few times. But I figured that maybe, because he was a preschooler now, I just needed to make it new and more age appropriate. So I found a dice and we began taking turns. One of us would roll the dice, count the dots, and choose that many squares to put on. Sometime we chose any old color, sometimes they all had to be the same color. It was super simple, but hearing “Mommy this is fun!” is so fulfilling that I’m vowing to look at all his too little toys in a new light. So do you have a button snake that’s been taking a back seat? Give it some new life with a dice!
I have homeschooled all my kids from the beginning and one thing I remember vividly about kindergarten is the crying and moaning and groaning over writing.
“My hand hurts!”
“My hand is cramping!”
My mom shared something with me recently that I wish I had known 5 years ago. See, my mom is a preschool teacher. Not only that, but has she raised 5 children, has a degree in early childhood education, and has worked in the preschool area for years and years, so she knows her stuff! What she told me was that playing with Play doh has a huge impact on preschoolers’ ability to write in kindergarten! She said that there are things these 3 and 4 year olds can be doing that build strength so when they head off to school, their little hands won’t cramp from all that writing they will be doing. One of the things she instructed me to do with my four year old was to cut Play doh. She said it strengthens the muscles in the fingers because of the resistance. Continue reading
I’ve heard many people lament lately that their children aren’t being taught how to write in cursive. Some say it’s really sad. Others don’t care. I think it’s tragic that something like writing in cursive could become extinct. My mother in law used to work in an inner city school, and she said that the students were unable to read the comments on their papers, because she wrote in cursive! Continue reading