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 

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

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

Working Lunch

When you work full-time and are also trying to teach your kids some stuff, you need to make good use of your time at home.  For big brother and me, that often means doing a lot of learning while little brother takes his midday nap.  Here's one example I call a "working lunch," where we … Continue reading Working Lunch