Preschool Science: Magic Milk

All of our preschool science projects lately have to have a color-mixing element.  My three-year-old is fascinated by this process and will plunge with delight into any project that involves food coloring.  Here is an absolute classic we enjoyed one recent Sunday afternoon: Magic Milk You will need: a shallow dish or bowl whole milk … Continue reading Preschool Science: Magic Milk

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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

Everything is Washable

The more independent my preschooler becomes, the more I actively try to step out of his way and let him spread his wings.  He has a naturally cautious temperament and is not one to dive into new situations.  This summer, he has been growing bolder, and I am trying to encourage him as much as … Continue reading Everything is Washable

Travelling with Littles: Fostering Independence

We've recently returned from our first major trip with our kids, and now that we're home, I can safely call it a success.  There is plenty of advice out there on how to entertain your kids on an airplane.  Some of the typical ideas worked for us, like loosening up your normal screen time restrictions … Continue reading Travelling with Littles: Fostering Independence

Follow the Child

Just yesterday I wrote that I wasn't sure if my three-year-old was ready to try handwriting yet this summer. He's been loving with the Ron Paul Curriculum this summer, but mainly focusing on phonics, not handwriting. Then today he went outside, grabbed a piece of sidewalk chalk, and wrote an absolutely perfect capital A. This … Continue reading Follow the Child

Teeny Tiny Photographer II

In March, I wrote about how my three-year-old son has started taking photos around the house.  This has become a regular part of our routine, so I wanted to share some more shots he has taken.  Seeing our everyday life from his vantage point has really helped me to appreciate that he is his own … Continue reading Teeny Tiny Photographer II

Montessori: Beauty

Since making the decision to home school my children, currently ages one and three, I have been researching various methods of home schooling.  Over the next few weeks, I’d like to share with you some of the benefits I’ve seen in each of those methods.  If you are considering home schooling, this may help you … Continue reading Montessori: Beauty

Montessori: Taking Ownership

Since making the decision to home school my children, currently ages one and three, I have been researching various methods of home schooling.  Over the next few weeks, I’d like to share with you some of the benefits I’ve seen in each of those methods.  If you are considering home schooling, this may help you … Continue reading Montessori: Taking Ownership