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}

Bird Nest Sensory Bin

As Spring is in full swing, we have really noticed the birds out and about.  They greet us every morning chirping and singing their cheerful songs.  We even have a cardinal and sparrow family nesting in our yard!  It’s so exciting to witness nesting and new life in our own backyard! Get a full week of bird theme lesson plans for  Home Preschool or your Preschool Classroom. Affiliate links included. As we are learning about birds and their nesting habits, I decided {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 Worm Math Sensory Bin Affiliate links included These mats can {Read More}

Using Process Art Alphabet Crafts in Preschool

Teaching letter recognition is a key focus during the preschool years, but there are so many engaging ways to teach the alphabet. We previously shared how we use alphabet mats in various ways over and over again. There are also times we print out our letter mats and use them for single-use projects. One thing we love to do is make process art alphabet crafts. Wait. Yep, right there. I did hear a few gasps from you. Some of you {Read More}

Rainbow Play Dough Color Matching Caterpillar

Color recognition is a basic skill for toddlers that can easily be integrated into a variety of ways to practice.  A hands-on repetitive activity helps to increase recognition while building on new vocabulary.  As we’ve learned about the colors of the rainbow and now moved on to exploring bugs, I decided to combine both topics with a rainbow play dough color matching caterpillar activity for my toddler. This color matching activity is a tactile way to combine color recognition with {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}