Category: Ages 2-6

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Homeschool Science in Early Elementary (K-2): Video Post

How do I start teaching science to my kids?  This is a very different answer if your kids are K-2 than if they are a bit older.  Here are some of the science topics you might want to consider if your kids are in early elementary. I put together a video of some of the activities we did when the kids were in early elementary. Some of these activities my...

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20 Science Activities for Early Elementary

As many of you may know, I have been working hard to get some of the images in our older posts working again.  (It’s a complicated story, but it has to do with our moving our blog from Parents.com where we were for several years, to our new location here.)  Anyway, I’ve been fixing old posts and realized I should share some of these posts for our new readers!  So...

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A Huge List of Activities to Do with Your Preschooler! 100+ Activities

This is a huge, long list of more than 100 different activities that you can do with your 2-5 year olds.  I originally compiled this list when ED was three or so. I compiled this list when I was struggling to balance the needs of my preschooler with my older two school-age kids.  Here’s what I wrote when I first made this list: I am a list person! I love...

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Preschool Activities: Felt Board Play (Make Your Own!)

When my kids were little, I made a felt board that we used almost daily for years! The kids used it for creative play. Free play (shapes) We used it for literacy props to tell and have the kids retell stories (I remember we did Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood). Here’s a post where we did The Emperor’s New Clothes. I set out various math activities. We...

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Chinese New Year Activities for Ages 3-6: Plus Free Dragon-Themed Number and Letter Printables

This year, Chinese New Year is on Monday, February 8th, 2016.  I wanted to share the free printable I made last year and also share the China lapbook and some of the activities the kids did when they were ages 2-6 or so. I also highlighted some of the books that the kids loved at that age. First, here is the free printable. There are clothes-pin number and letter cards....

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Chocolate Play Dough Recipe!

How to Make Chocolate Play Dough! The same day that we did the Chocolate Making Kit, (boy did my kids love that!!) I had a surprise for the kids. We made an enormous batch of chocolate play dough! Then, while I read aloud I let the kids have fun.  This was such a huge hit — even my 12 year old came over to check out the action for a while...

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Free Penguin Addition Games and Worksheets

I thought it’d be fun to make some addition games for those of you with younger kids. It’s winter out for sure here having just gotten at least two feet of snow, so I chose these cute penguins for the game! There are two different games: a Penguins Doubles Game where the kids roll one die and double the number they roll (1+1, 2+2, 3+3, etc.).  My kids learned their doubles...

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Plants of the Rain Forest Activity: with Free Rain Forest Plant Cards

Today I wanted to share a fun activity we did about rain forest plants. As many of you know, we are doing a large biology unit on biomes, ecosystems, biological interactions, animal relationships, and so forth.  At the end of last semester we went over basic animal characteristics — the 5 vertebrate groups, the main invertebrate groups, and some fun activities for my youngest daughter — spiders vs. insects, domesticated...

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Montessori Style Addition Pages – Winter Theme

Today I’ve got some free Montessori-style addition pages.  There are some pages with no regrouping and some with regrouping (ie. carrying).  These are similar to the pages I made for ED a couple of years ago. It really helped her with the columns laid out and in the Montessori colors.  I used pages like these for all three of my kids as they moved on to double-digit addition. These are...

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Animal Unit: Vertebrate-Invertebrate Animals Worksheet Packet (50+ Pages)

Animal Unit We have a 50+ page packet all about animals! It covers various topics such as body coverings (feathers, fur, scales, skin),  the different types of animals (vertebrates, invertebrates), animal characteristics, insects vs. spiders, domesticated vs. wild animals, animal tracks and much more! In our animal unit, we spent quite a bit of time on animal classification. First, we discussed first at the five animal groups and their characteristics...

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Place Value Math and Favorite Math Activities for Ages 4-6

I have a ton of math activities and free resources to share with you in this post! We started working on Place Value when my kids were about 4. We came across some free Montessori materials and used them for years and years. I thought I would spend a little time highlighting these activities again because I know they’ve gotten a lot of hits through the years.  These activities are...

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Thanksgiving Preschool Printables (free)

This packet has various Thanksgiving printables for preschoolers including clothes pin letter matching and counting cards. It also has a 2-letter word file folder game for kids who are a little older. For the counting cards and upper and lower case letter matching, be sure to print the pages out on card stock. Have your child place a clothes pin on the correct answer.  (This is also really good for...

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Free Fall Sight Word Games

I have a really cute set of fall-themed sight word games for you today! This is a free download! Each game covers six words. The first two games are from the Dolch frequently word list: The first activity includes: said, make, the, and, see, look. The second game includes: big, can, for, two, blue, yellow.  The third game includes CVC words: cat, bat, pot, dot, fit, sit Directions: Print out...

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Free Multiplication by 6s Math Worksheets and Skip Counting Mazes: Fall Theme

ED is working on her multiplication facts this year.  She has been skip counting by 6s for the past year in large part because of the hand-clapping game I made up for the girls last year. I’ll post that video in below.  This year she’s moving on to learning the multiplication facts.  She is doing really well with the 3s now… and while most people would go on to the...