Preschool Science: Color-Mixing, Day 2

To reinforce the color-mixing ideas we'd talked about previously, we tried another experiment with food-coloring and water.  This demonstration relies on the tendency of liquids to reach equilibrium.  When we connect the jars, the water will flow until it has reached an equal level in all of the jars.  If we put food coloring in … Continue reading Preschool Science: Color-Mixing, Day 2

Preschool Science: Color Mixing Day 1

We have been talking about boiling, melting, freezing, and states of matter with our preschooler, so we tried this simple color-mixing activity. First, we made blue, red, and yellow ice cubes.  We needed five of each color for this activity, and we made them simply by putting one drop of food coloring in each section … Continue reading Preschool Science: Color Mixing Day 1

Montessori: Honor the Work of Childhood 

Several months ago, I began doing some research on Maria Montessori's methods.  Her writing is rich with insights, not simply about teaching, but about the ways we think about and interact with our children.  I have made a few deliberate adjustments in my parenting style because of things I've read from Montessori, particularly in how … Continue reading Montessori: Honor the Work of Childhood 

Early Math Activity: Making Groups of Ten

Here's a quick and fun activity to introduce pairs that add to ten -- important math facts to memorize early!  We used our Unifix cubes, but Duplos, Legos, or any other connecting blocks would work as well. I made stacks of cubes for each of the numbers 1 through 9, including two stacks of 5, … Continue reading Early Math Activity: Making Groups of Ten

Is Your Home Schooled Kid a Nerd?

Good. Maybe when he grows up, he'll have a job instead of sitting in your basement eating bonbons and playing Xbox. Keep up the good work!! In all seriousness, I have taught for twelve years and had countless conversations with parents about how their kids are doing socially. Far too often, they are concerned about … Continue reading Is Your Home Schooled Kid a Nerd?

Boundless Energy: Awesome Preschool Science Activity

This week, our marble set has been working overtime.  We engineered a wall of pipes and tracks to run our marbles down, and we've been using it to explore how potential and kinetic energy work.  We began with a short track at the base of the wall and tested  marbles to see if they had … Continue reading Boundless Energy: Awesome Preschool Science Activity

Little Green Thumb: Gardening with a Preschooler

One of our big summer goals for this year has been keeping a vegetable garden.  We tried last year but without much success (weeds, squash bugs, some kind of hex on our peppers...), so we are being more deliberate and conscientious stewards of our garden this year.  In order to make it easier (and safer) … Continue reading Little Green Thumb: Gardening with a Preschooler