Category Archives: Learning at Home

Earth Day for Preschoolers

Happy Earth Day! Around here, we’ve been super busy celebrating God’s beautiful creation and learning creative ways to care for the earth. Little’s idea of Earth is the hanging blow-up globe we have in our homeschool room {AKA our dining room}, but he loves the idea of caring for his “balloon Earth” anyway 🙂 Continue reading

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Make Your Own Gold Bug

I recently had a fun Facebook chat with one of my absolute FAVORITE bloggers, Vanessa from Silly Eagle Books. I landed on her blog years ago and was drawn in by her love for children’s books and the fun activities she does with her little girls based on the books they enjoy together. Continue reading

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New Books We Love

I love children’s books! I love expanding our home library, and I have a dream that when we live in a slightly larger house someday, I can have an entire room filled with beautifully illustrated children’s books and wonderfully imaginative chapter books. YAY! Since we don’t have that perfect dream room right now, I stuff children’s books in every nook and cranny I can find and Little and I spend hours pouring over them together. I love when I can purchase a new one and share it with him. He gets so excited! I guess children’s books are my vice, but I just get so excited about them! Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Classroom: Art Appreciation, Preschool Style

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Teaching kids to love art is simple!

The most obvious way to teach our children to appreciate art is by giving them as many opportunities as possible to experience and create art in various settings and all different mediums. Kids are expressive, imaginative, and creative by nature, so arts and crafts come naturally to them. Art gives children many different textures to explore, exposure to colors, and allows them to practice those fine motor skills that lead to writing.

Charlotte Mason, a 19th century homeschool pioneer, was a huge proponent of teaching children {even very young children} art appreciation. No, this isn’t like that boring class you took in college with slides and a droning professor. Art appreciation with kids isn’t about forcing them to memorize names, dates, and influences. It’s about instilling a love of art in children and showing them the multitude of ways to express oneself creatively. Continue reading

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A New Way to See Homeschool

051Up until recently when Little turned 4, “homeschool” here simply meant a designated time of day when we’d stop playing, turn the TV off and read together or play an “educational” game or activity. I didn’t push it and didn’t structure it like school because he was only three. Since he’s four now, I decided to add more structure to our school time in preparation for preschool. Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Classroom: Learning The United States

Little turned four 2 weeks ago {I cannot even believe it!} and we had a fabulous pirate party {post coming soon}. We also took a trip to California last week and had a fantastic time together as a family enjoying Disneyland, Hollywood, Santa Monica beach, and Beverly Hills. I have so much to post on! I’m sorry I’ve fallen behind.

A New Routine Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Classroom: “Gooblic”

It’s been too long. After baby girl left, we still haven’t had any calls for foster or legal risk babies. Well, I take that back, we haven’t had any calls for kids that were right for us. It’s been very slow and very quiet. Maybe God knew I needed that before diving back into another situation. It’s hard to not feel anxious though. But, in the meantime, things return to normal. Continue reading

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