Introducing Kids to Coconut

coconut

In my How to Home Preschool series published recently on In Lieu of Preschool, I talked about involving friends and family in your homeschool (see letter U for us). The kids’ Oma came to visit this week and she brought a whole, real coconut to share with us. Honestly I’ve always been intimidated by

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Series Books for Boys 5-9 years old

series books for boys

My oldest child, who is now 9 years old and in the 4th grade of our homeschool, has become a pretty voracious reader over the years. In kindergarten he started reading a beginning chapter book series, and from there he was hooked. He has read tons of books over the past four years, and

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DIY Alphabet Letter Cubes & Activities

alphabet letter cubes

Do you have a set of alphabet letter cubes? If you have young kids, I highly suggest you create a set. The alphabet letter cubes are very easy to make, you probably already have the materials on hand, and they encourage lots of play and learning! We made a new set this week using

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Soccer Sensory Bin for Pretend Play

soccer sensory bin

Soccer has been the sport of choice for my oldest, and he’ll soon be starting his third season! Time flies, doesn’t it? For some sensory and pretend play fun, the kids and I created a soccer sensory bin! We made our own colored and scented rice to look like grass for the bin and

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Simple Science Projects for Kids

simple science projects

We love doing science projects at our house. Many of them are easy activities that are lots of fun for kids, and where learning is definitely a byproduct even if not the direct focus. There were several simple science projects for kids shared on the After School linky last week, so I am featuring

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Egg Drop Science Experiment for Kids

egg drop science experiment

My 3 and 5 year old children are really starting to get into science, especially FUN science. With Easter coming up, I thought an EGG DROP SCIENCE EXPERIMENT would be a big hit, and boy was it ever! We had so much fun and it was very much a child-led activity. It was also

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DIY Dominoes Bath Game for Kids

dominoes bath game

Lately my two children have been crazy over dominoes. We started out playing this wooden animal domino game and they’ve gotten so good at it, they can play each other independently without any help at all from me. So, I figured it was time to introduce them to real dominoes. Playing with the real

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Easy DIY Bath Tub Drawing Board

bath tub drawing board

Looking for a way to get your child excited about writing? Try this bath tub drawing board! It’s simple to set up and will motivate even the most reluctant writers. It’s also fun for kids who enjoy writing and drawing! This is a great way to get pre-writers interested in writing as well as

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An Easy Way to Teach Shapes

easy way to teach shapes

Isn’t it great when learning can be FUN?!? Here is an easy way to teach shapes that kids will love! The materials are cheap, the set up is simple, and the learning is hands-on. This math activity is a great way to introduce shapes to kids, and also to use for practice and review.

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80+ Gross Motor Skills Activities from The PLAY Group

gross motor skills

Developing gross motor skills is an essential part of childhood! These skills are first acquired during infancy and early childhood, and they are continually built upon, improved, and better controlled throughout childhood and into adulthood. Gross motor skills come from large muscle groups and whole body movement. As part of a feature debut from

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