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This week I took my preschoolers to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) night at our local library, and we had fun with their hands-on activities. One lesson that drew the kids in right away was on measurement. To recreate this lesson

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Are you wanting to work with your preschooler on number identification? Is your child uninterested in flashcards? Try structured play instead. This number identification game incorporates one of my kids’ favorite toys: airplanes!  We acquired a toy aircraft carrier on a

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Bright Beginnings

These free alphabet printables, developed in conjunction with CHOIS, are perfect for teaching letter shapes to preschoolers. Each page features the outline of a capital letter of the alphabet. Wondering how to use them? Here are a few ideas: Glue Fest! Glue

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  With my children tucked into bed and a mountain of laundry to fold, I turned on the television. After flipping through several channels, I settled on a reality show featuring a homeschooling family. As I matched socks, I watched

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WhyIHomeEducate

My top reasons for choosing home education: God gives parents the primary responsibility for the instruction and development of their children.  My husband and I have chosen to not delegate that responsibility to others. But hey, before you stop reading this,

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  I’m currently working with my five year old on recognizing uppercase and lowercase letters. He’ll often mix up “big” and “little” letters while practicing his handwriting. I used bottle caps to create a simple activity for identifying which letters are

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  Plastic bottle caps make a great early learning manipulative. Their uses are endless! I’ve found that 1″ round mailing labels fit perfectly on milk bottle caps. You can easily find them at office supply stores: I recently made two

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Numerical Order Caps

  Plastic bottle caps are a favorite teaching tool of mine. They’re of endless supply in our house (three gallons of milk a week, anyone?) and I love the opportunity to be a greener home, even if it is with a

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  For nearly a year I had a basket in my pantry and tossed used plastic bottle caps into it. I wasn’t sure exactly how I’d use them, but I was sure they would be handy for some sort of

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  Teaching Mama is one of my favorite websites. The site is well organized and full of great ideas to encourage early learning at home. Angela has created a fun printable to practice counting with goldfish crackers. Add a pair

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Being able to cut basic lines with a scissor is an important fine motor skill. Head on over to Kids Learning Station and you will find FREE printable pages that will provide your child with some great cutting practice. Available  worksheets include: straight lines

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  I was twelve years old, working on a Saxon math lesson in our family home in Pocatello, ID, when the doorbell rang. At the door was our neighbor, her four year old twins in tow, wanting to speak with

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  Fill a quart-sized freezer bag (Note: A regular sandwich bag is not durable enough for this activity. Ask me how I know!) with hair gel or dish soap. Use packing take to reinforce the bag’s seal. Ta-da! A writing

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  Head over to 1+1+1=1, where blog author Carisa has compiled all of her FREE alphabet printables onto one convenient page. You’ll find: Letter Mazes Color by Number ABC’s ABC Flashcards Animal ABC Flashcards Tot Time Notebook ABC’s Upper &

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  Head on over to 123Homeschool4me and, as a thank you for subscribing to e-mail updates, you’ll receive FREE Lego Duplo Alphabet Mats. Beth Gorden, the author of 123Homeschool4me, has even created a YouTube video showing how to use the Lego

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