Alphabet Activities that Get Kids Moving

I’m always looking for new and fun ways to engage my children in practicing the alphabet.  With summer right around the corner, I knew I needed some fresh alphabet activities that would get them moving and learning at the same time! When children combine gross motor activity with learning, the benefits are amazing.  Gross motor activity engages the whole body, as they are developing skills such as balance and hand-eye coordination to hop, run, skip, throw, or kick.  Young children {Read More}

5 Reasons to Attend an Education Conference

The field of education can sometimes feel very isolating. Whether we’re teaching at home or in a classroom it can be easy to get so focused on the day-to-day tasks required of our busy schedules that we don’t take time to reach out to other educators for advice and support. Attending an education conference can be such a terrific experience in so many ways. This summer I’m over the moon excited to be a blog ambassador for the Frog Street {Read More}

Bird Art with 2D Shapes

As we continue our investigation of birds, I wanted to provide my preschooler with an art invitation that also combined a little math.  I just love cross curricular learning activities!  I set up an invitation to create birds by giving her a variety of shapes that included ovals, circles, rectangles, triangles, and semicircles. Get a full week of bird theme lesson plans for  Home Preschool or your Preschool Classroom. Materials Needed Construction paper cut into assorted shapes Card stock for background Glue {Read More}

Spring Flower Roll and Color Math Games

We’re continuing our roll and color math games series this week with a spring flower theme math set. In each set kids get the opportunity to practice various preschool through first grade math skills in a fun hands-on way. This free printable excerpt from the full set can be used to practice identifying numbers and sets for zero through five. We like to use our math games sets in few ways. If you’d like to use the set over and over again you can {Read More}

Caterpillar Egg Counting Mats

When possible we love to integrate student interests into our learning activities. In the spring kids are fascinated by all the new little creatures we encounter during outside play. As part of our preschool butterfly theme lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms we created caterpillar egg counting mats to practice number recognition, counting, and fine motor skills as we learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. Materials for Caterpillar Egg Counting Affiliate links included These mats can be {Read More}

Puddle Jumping Sight Word Game

April showers bring May flowers!  Here in Florida, we get afternoon showers quite often.  I don’t always resort to staying inside if it’s a rainy day.  We’ll sometimes just head on out with our rain boots and dance in the rain!  My oldest loves to find the biggest puddle she can and jump right in.  What kid doesn’t love jumping in puddles?  I consider it a childhood rite of passage!  This rainy day fun sparked an idea for learning.  We {Read More}

Counting Worms Preschool Math Sensory Bin

Although kids are often afraid of worms at first I find teaching a worm theme can be sooo much fun. Usually by the end kids are less afraid of worms and they have learned a lot about these little creatures along the way. In our worm theme home preschool and classroom lesson plans we share a ton of ideas for week full of playful worm-inspired learning. We even went crazy viral with our wiggly worm sensory play idea on Facebook. But sometimes {Read More}

Spring Flower Art Invitation

To celebrate the first day of Spring, we decided to plant some flowers.  My girls excitedly ran up and down the aisles of our local garden center smelling and eyeing the rainbow of colors until they found the perfect ones to bring home.  After we got our flowers into the soil and gave them plenty to drink, I decided to follow up on the fun with a flower art invitation.  Materials to Create a Spring Flower Art Invitation Affiliate links {Read More}

Roll and Color Easter Math Game

We love playing roll and color math games to practice early number sense skills. For our Easter theme we used decorative Easter eggs to set up our roll and color game set. In preschool and kindergarten children will learn to read number words through a variety of activities. This helps them with math, but it also gives them an advantage in reading. Some of the number words are high frequency (or sight) words that you’ll find on the dolch lists, and {Read More}

The Cutest Bug Theme Healthy Snacks for Kids

Spring is in the air!  Everywhere we look we see new growth and colors sprouting.  The days are also starting to get longer, giving us some extra time to play and explore outside.  Lately, my  toddler has really taken an interest in discovering  new bugs.  She’ll get down to their eye level to inspect these tiny and curious new creatures.  Given her new fascination and the seasonal change, it only seemed perfect that we dive into learning about bugs.   {Read More}