Preschool Math: Compare Whole Numbers

What the hand does, the mind remembers.  -- Maria Montessori Our son is really into card games lately.  He loves "Go Fish" and "War" especially, but while playing "War, he was having a tough time looking at the cards and determining which was greater.  To help him out, we provided a concrete manipulative -- Unifix … Continue reading Preschool Math: Compare Whole Numbers

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Autonomy and Ironman

I have written before about our older son and his naturally cautious approach to everything new.  He does not like strangers or new situations.  While his much bolder baby brother is racing to the biggest slide on the playground, he will hang back, stay on the toddler slide, not try anything too risky. I'm fine … Continue reading Autonomy and Ironman

Preschool at Home: Scissor Practice

You don't need anything fancy to successfully guide your child through preschool development at home.  My son has been really interested in scissor work lately, so we do a very simple activity in which I draw lines and shapes and he practices cutting.  Easy peasy fine motor practice, and I have seen huge improvements in … Continue reading Preschool at Home: Scissor Practice

Gardening with a Preschooler: The Strawberry Experiment

This summer for one of his projects, my three year old has been diligently caring for a strawberry plant. He waters it, keeps it clear of weeds, and on three separate occasions has had the supreme delight of picking a strawberry off of it. That's right. Spoiled as it is, the plant has only yielded … Continue reading Gardening with a Preschooler: The Strawberry Experiment

Mother Education: Read All The Things

A brief look into my own continuing education today. Our Archbishop recently sent a letter to all the schools that included some suggested reading from a chapter in Tom Wood's How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. As I teach Western Civ in a Catholic school, it seemed I should probably read the whole thing. … Continue reading Mother Education: Read All The Things

Make Messes

There's always a lot of discussion amongst educators and parents about scaffolding -- giving kids just exactly the right amount of challenge to allow them to stretch without overwhelming or frustrating them.  It's a pretty difficult balance to strike, and for parents with quickly-growing youngsters, a constantly moving target. However, all your worries about this … Continue reading Make Messes

Family Project: Puppet Show 

We have just returned from our annual week on Lake Huron with my family. Most families enjoy just hanging out on vacation, but we are not most families. For us, family time is project time. We paint and draw and quilt and crochet and dance and make pinatas and Chinese dragons and have masquerades and … Continue reading Family Project: Puppet Show