A Passel of Past Posts #4

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  1. Deborah says:

    Liesl, Thank you so much for sharing your awesome work. I am a grandmother who doesn’t use social media so I have turned to your site for years. My granddaughter does not live near us, so when she does come I have had fun educational games and things to do. Doing preschool with and for her was easy and fun but she started kindergarten yesterday and know I don’t know what to do. Do I still do file folder games and grid games? If so where do I find them. She really liked doing the ones I had from you. Again I want to thank you for providing years of information and resources for me.

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Hi Deborah,
      One thing my kids have really enjoyed (and don’t realize they are learning) are critical thinking activities and games. We have collected many (many, many) games over the years that sneak in really great learning! For example, we just love the geography games… 10 Days Across Europe (or the Africa or Asia versions). There are lots more game ideas here — http://homeschoolden.com/category/games-for-thinking-and-learning/

      There are a couple of really fun math books where kids have to think outside the box like this one — http://homeschoolden.com/2015/01/12/critical-thinking-activities-math-circles/ I like these types of math activities because they really make kids *think* and use critical thinking skills. These types of activities are hard to do in a traditional classroom, but doing things with you, she won’t even realize she’s learning! 🙂 UPDATE: Actually, as I was thinking about it, your daughter might be a tad bit young for Math Circles… a better fit might be the really fun games from MATH GAMES by Peggy Kaye. We *love* the ideas in that book!

      You’ll find tons of file folder games that are on her level (check out FileFolderFun.com) and you can play them if she’s interested, but stretching her in ways that the traditional classroom can’t fit in might be even better. Perhaps you could help her start learning an instrument? (In a few weeks, I have an entire free Beginner’s Music Curriculum for helping kids learn notes and rhythms. Adding that in with teaching her the basics on a keyboard or recorder would be awesome.) And, of course keep reading with her lots and lots. My youngest really loves the Fairy Rebel at the moment (if your granddaughter likes fairies).

      Anyway, those were a few things that popped into my head. Hope that helps a bit! ~Liesl

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