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Most toddlers aren’t ready to spend long periods of time purposely working through lesson plans or completing detailed projects, but these precious years are a fabulous time to begin introducing some key components that can enhance your future home school experience.  Having a simple routine in the household can help toddlers know what to expect and...

Virtual book clubs for kids are an awesome way to find inspiration and camaraderie for both kids and parents.  Following or belonging to a book club can help parents find stories that other children of similar ages and interests have found enjoyable.  Thanks to virtual book clubs, we have found several absolutely fantastic books and authors that...

Reading aloud and encouraging play are two of the best activities you can provide for young children to help them learn.  Thematic play is a fabulous way to combine books that your children enjoy reading with activities that can enrich the messages and lessons within a text.  Thematic play allows children and parents to focus on broad concepts...

Experts have argued that pushing toddlers and preschoolers to learn information too fast and too early through formal training is unnecessary and potentially even harmful in the long run; however, utilizing educational tools and resources to have fun is totally permissible and at times a real life saver for keeping little hands busy.  If a little learning takes...

Real life experience is often the best teacher for toddlers.  As parents our primary responsibility is to allow them to explore their world, while keeping their immediate environments as safe as reasonably possible.  Many locations such as the park, zoo, aquarium, or children’s science museum are ideal places to let children discover and learn; however,...

Finishing household chores can be daunting when toddlers are underfoot and even more difficult to complete when the children want to help.  Fortunately, the effort necessary to include children in the completion of chores from an early age offers several potential benefits.   Completing chores can foster responsibility, independence, and an increased...

Most home schooling families will tell you that one of the biggest benefits to home schooling is avoiding the everyday morning rush to get out the door.  The more relaxed pace and ability to adjust your schedule as needed is a huge plus to schooling at home.  Becoming overly flexible; however, may also put your children at a disadvantage. Youngsters often...

Holidays are a wonderful time to both learn and bond as a family through traditions and celebration.  Regardless of individual beliefs, religions, or philosophies, incorporating family centered customs and cultural interests into the home school day can build more than just knowledge.  Family stories and memories built upon a strong foundation provide children...

 Children are naturally drawn to picture books.  Some enjoy simply looking at photographs or artwork, while others are more interested in cuddling and reading about the pictures.  Almost all kids enjoy picture books that revolve around concrete objects in their own life; family, community, and day to day life. There are several options for creating...

Scavenger hunts offer playful blueprints that encourage children to invest more energy in fully experiencing the details of the places, people, and things that they encounter.  Our family uses scavenger hunts to engage our toddler in family activities and outings such as trips to the zoo, nature walks, and visiting the art museum.  Scavenger hunts are fabulous...

Most educators, both those formally trained and those trained through experience will agree that no formal curriculum is necessary for pre-school aged children.  Reading aloud and encouraging young children to explore their world in a safe environment is often enough.  Having lots of books in the home is incredibly helpful, since as many a parent can attest,...

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