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
We experimented with homemade finger paint this week using this simple recipe from Tinker Lab. Most of the recipes I came across used water and sugar. We don't usually have white sugar in the house, so I tried this one that uses flour instead. It was very easy to make and the kids enjoyed mixing … Continue reading Homemade Finger Paint
Nothing goes with summer quite like water play! If you don't have access to a big pool for swimming, look into getting a small pool for your yard or deck. Particularly for tiny kids, a chlorine-free option that's portable and can be set up in a shaded area is ideal. Both of our kids have … Continue reading Water Baby
The slow-motion video option on my phone has captured my preschooler's attention lately, so we are using it to improve our marble track engineering. When we record a run in slow-motion and review it, he can more easily see where problems occurred in our design and come up with potential solutions. He also really likes … Continue reading Test, Observe, Revise: Engineering with a Preschooler
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
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 Charlotte Mason: Outdoors Every Day
"Outside" was our three-year-old's first two-syllable word. By the time he was about sixteen months old, he would go to our front door and ask to go outside, usually while signing "please." He was absolutely right. Kids need to be out in the fresh air. We are home for President's Day and taking advantage of … Continue reading OUTSIDE!
Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research." This is most true when our children play with toys that allow them to create, experiment, and solve problems. Our three-year-old is enchanted with his wooden train set these days. He's developing his understanding of some basic engineering as he figures out where to place … Continue reading All Aboard!