Category: Ages 2-6: Preschool at Home

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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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Teaching Kids to Read: Readers We Used

Are you looking for a phonics program to help your kids learn to read? I’ve put together some of the phonics readers that we used with my three kids. As you’ll see, all three of my kids had different preferences! I know I have a lot of new readers, and several people reached out to me recently who have preschoolers and are just starting out on this homeschool journey.  I...

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Barn Words: FREE 2-Letter Word File Folder Game

When my kids were first learning to read, we used to play a LOT of games. I had a number of file folder games ready to rotate into their work boxes.  I made this two-letter file folder game a while back, but hadn’t gotten around to post it.  Better late than never, right?!!  So, I hope those of you with young ones on the brink of reading find this useful! ...

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Free Montessori 3-Part Cards: Amphibians, Frog Life Cycle Notebook (and lapbook) Page

This is definitely the perfect time of year to study frogs, toads, and salamanders!  I made some Montessori 3-Part Cards with some of the common amphibians of the northeast.  This would be a perfect addition to the free Frog Lapbook over at Homeschool Share! You can download these Montessori 3-part cards by clicking on the link below. These are currently free to download! I would love it if you could help...

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PreK-K Math Activities (Make 5, Make 10)

I made a cute flower-themed math packet for kids just starting on basic addition through 10.  There are a couple different activities to practice working with the  5s and 10s Number Families. There are two worksheets for kids to supply the missing number for the 5 and 10 Number Families. My kids always loved games and would beg to play games like the one below over and over!  This is basically a...

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Butterfly Math Activities PreK-K

Yesterday, I mentioned the butterfly and insect lapbook that DD made when she was in PreK.  It had a lot of shares over on Facebook. Two things came to mind. First, that I should make sure I also mention this cute butterfly lapbook here on the blog for those of you who don’t use Facebook or missed that post. And the other thought I had was that I had purchased some really...

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Apple Grid Game: Free Math Printable for Ages 2-4

It’s apple season! The perfect time to do apple-themed activities with the kids. When my kids were little, we played Math Grid Games all the time.  I made an Apple-Themed Grid Board to share with you today. Here’s a picture of the game board: How to Use Math Grids with your Preschooler: Print 2 Grid Boards per player Gather two different sets of tokens and one die. For Younger Kids: Take...

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What are Lapbooks? A Cool Way to Learn!!

Just what is a lapbook?  Here’s a picture of the Pirate Lapbook my son made when he was a preschooler. As you can see, it is a file folder that is  refolded so that the edges meet in the middle. Then, you tape other pages to the bottom or into the middle to add in more material.   It is a cute way to display small folded mini-books, flaps, pop-up...

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How to Teach Handwriting

This is a post I wrote when ED had just turned 5. This week while I’m sharing lots of posts for preschoolers, I thought it was the perfect time to share this again. ED really enjoys writing…  Here’s a picture of ED writing in her journal from last January (age 4). The kids and I made a special trip to Staples for them to pick out their own journals. I...

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Alphabet Activities for 2-4 year olds (Free Alphabet Mats)

I thought it might be useful to pull a lot of our letter-activities together into one post, although we didn’t ever focus exclusively on letters. We generally had a theme or unit (astronomy, birds, volcanoes, bears, pirates, princesses and whatever else the kids were interested in at the time…)  and we added in these types of activities to supplement whatever else was going on.  So, just keep in mind that...

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Fine Motor Skill Activities for 2-4 Year Olds

I frequently get questions from parents who wonder just what to do and where to start with their preschoolers.  Many of the things we did are things most parents do naturally in their home: free play with toys, time exploring and playing outside, dancing to music, reading books aloud to the kids.  But as a Mom who stayed at home, I was always looking for different activities and approaches to...

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Preschool Science Activity: Animals Above and Below Ground (Free Printable)

In ED’s preschool science we are still talking about plants and animals. On this day we talked about animals and plant parts that live above or below the ground. We talked about how some animals like the grub or the cicada live part of their life under the ground, then live another stage above the ground. Some animals shelter under the ground when it is cold (like frogs and turtles)....

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Preschool at Home: Math Activities for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 Yr Olds

Today, I thought I’d highlight a few things I did with my kids for math in the 2 1/2-3 1/2 age range. Here are some activities I did with ED when she was 2 1/2.  She was just learning to count up to 4 objects at the time. You could do this with any theme — flowers, ladybugs, trucks or whatever your tot is interested in: One-to-one correspondence, counting out...

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Teach Your Child to Read!

In this post I’d like to share a dozen activities that we did with the kids to help foster early reading skills. These are activities we did with CVC words and basic sight words to make the learning process fun and engaging!! 🙂 The first step in learning to read is to make sure your child knows their letter sounds. We shared lots of ideas about that in our Preschool...