Cooking with a Preschooler: Fall Edition

Thanks to a big crop of Mackintoshes from my parents' house, we are up to our ears in apples at the moment.  Just another great opportunity to get my three-year-old busy in the kitchen!  Last week, he picked apples and made applesauce with my mom, so this weekend, I let him be the expert and … Continue reading Cooking with a Preschooler: Fall Edition

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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

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

Preschool Math: 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 Preschool Math: Making Groups of Ten

Summer Goals

Finally, finally, finally, summer is here! You cannot know unless you have ever taught middle school the blessed relief that Memorial Day weekend can bring. This new season brings a major shift in our day to day routine.  No more school means no work for Mommy, no 5:00 wake-up call, no rush-hour commute, no daycare... … Continue reading Summer Goals

Threading: Fine Motor Skills

I've seen this activity suggested before, but this was our first time trying it.  We used 18 mm plastic beads, regular spaghetti stuck in a little blob of Play-Doh, and an enthusiastic three-year-old.  On top of building those fine motor skills and encouraging pattern building, this simple activity also gave me time for a cup … Continue reading Threading: Fine Motor Skills

Snake Eyes!

Working with dice enhances number sense in young children by training them to look at a group of objects (the dots on the dice) and recognize how many are there without counting.  As children grow familiar with these common arrangements, they increase their awareness of how numbers are composed -- two columns of three makes six, … Continue reading Snake Eyes!