preschool


  • Teach your child about … the Alphabet alphabetOne of the questions I’m asked a lot from parents of toddlers and preschoolers is just wondering how to get started with teaching their kids. Although my response is typically along the lines of remembering their child is still very young and to focus on just playing and learning that way – I know that learning some of the early basics are very important. I’m not advocating hours of seatwork or grade level learning, but using tools you have to play games, do challenges that allow your kids to sponge up what they need to know. One such area is teaching ... Read more
  • Science Storybooks When presented in storybook format, even young kids can grasp potentially complex concepts with surprising ease. That’s why I really have been enjoying the Science Storybook series. Originally published in Korea and translated into English, these books are written for young children – preschool through 2nd grade in particular, although I think they can be great tools for even older students and terrific picture books for toddlers as well. The three books in the series that I got to check out were Fossils Tell Stories, The Flow of Water, and Will it Rain or Snow? Not only are these books filled with ... Read more
  • Curiosity Box Review Curiosity Box is another Canadian activity box designed for kids ages 3 to 7. Offering the option of a single box, a monthly subscription, or a party kit – these boxes are based on themes and include 3 crafts and 1 activity in each box. Delivered to your door with your child’s name on it, they are a fun way to spend time together. I chose to use this box with my almost 9 year old. He’d been hoping that soon there’d be mail just for him, so it was the perfect opportunity to give him something to do. I was ... Read more
  • Prismland – Geometry Plush Toys PrismLand - 3D Shapes StuffiesIntroducing Prismland – 3D shapes you can hug. Geometry has never been so cute and cuddly. Meet Cubert, Spherrison, Rhonda, Pyri, and Hexter. Created and designed by two recent university grads, and funded by a popular Kickstart campaign, these characters introduce the idea of three-dimensional shapes to young children in a fun, hands-on way. These characters are made of soft, white fabric with quality stitching along the edges to define the shapes. I will say that they have survived some rather… aggressive play from my older sons, which means that they have been well-built! Stored in a convenient canvas bag, the Prismpals also come ... Read more
  • Come Sit By Me Come Sit By Me is a unit study program based on lovely, Canadian picture books. It is designed for use with young children aged 4 to 7, and includes content for all subject areas including math, science, art, language, music, history, and geography. It is a christian program which emphasizes character formation by making connections between the characters in the books and Bible characters as well as having a memory verse for each unit. There are 8 units covered in Volume One with such topics/themes including life skills, literature, social studies, science geography and math.  Each unit is organized into a ... Read more
  • 5 Tips To Teaching Preschoolers A great motto for teaching preschoolers, thanks to Ms. Frizzle.Preschoolers are like sponges. They absorb so much information and learning through every day life. It can be tempting to use this time to fill up your day with workbooks and seatwork – but enjoy these early days by following the wisdom of the Magic School Bus’ teacher – Ms. Frizzle. 1. Give them opportunities to try. Setting up stations, zones, or even just bins with activities and then allowing them to choose what they want to do offers preschoolers the opportunity to be independent and self-led. They will learn, and be eager to try. Be sure to change these activities regularly so ... Read more
  • Little Passports Early Explorers My boys really love learning, and love geography and learning about different places in the world. My oldest son received a Little Passports starter kit previously and he really loved it. Now that my 4 year old is in school and really loves sitting and doing worksheets, or “pencil work”, I am always on the look out for fun activities that will engage him. So I was very happy to hear about the Little Passports Early Explorers kits. These are monthly subscription boxes aimed at kids aged 3-5. You can either get the starter kit, or a monthly kit. In the starter ... Read more
  • Bayo Bundles Review bayo bundlesCanadian Mom, Riley, wanted to offer parents a way to create and learn with their children, without the stress and time needed to research and prep activities. So, she created Bayo Bundles – monthly subscription boxes for kids ages 5 – 10, full of everything you need to explore together. Designed for kids in the ages 3 to 7 year range, these kits dive into a topic and get kids learning by doing. We had the opportunity to give it a try. Our kit was all about colour. I did it with my 7 year old, who was thrilled to have ... Read more
  • Mix It Up {Book Review} Renowned French author, Hervé Tullet, has released a fun new children’s book here in North America. This book is called Mix It Up!and is a hands-on kind of book that teaches kids all about colours. It starts with a little gray dot of paint in the middle of the page with the simple instruction to “tap that gray spot. Just a little, to see what happens.” Then you flip the page and see what you’ve done. (In this case, you’ve encouraged the arrival of several other colour dots of paint to start sneaking onto the page!) Each page has you do a task ... Read more
  • Preschoolers And Peace Preschoolers and PeaceWhat I reviewed: Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet (e-book) What is it? Advice for homeschooling multiple ages by Kendra Fletcher of Preschoolers and Peace Who is it for? Homeschooling Moms How much is it? $2.98US (digital download) Tell me more: Kendra Fletcher is a mom of 8 kids, and a veteran homeschooler, who has lots of experience on how to balance the challenges of trying to give your older kids the education they deserve while trying to keep toddlers and preschoolers out of trouble. She started blogging to share the ideas she perfected over the years and ... Read more
  • Easy Daysies Have you heard of Easy Daysies before? Created by a Canadian Mom and Teacher, Elaine Tan Comeau, Easy Daysies are a magnetic based system to help kids with routines and daily tasks – both at home, and in their schooling. For Home The home routine kit comes in a package with everything you need: magnets, a bag to keep them in, a dry-erase marker, and a double-sided, magnetic chart with an apple tree on one side, and a daisy on the other. Your child picks a side that bests works for them and you use the included small magnets to make a list of ... Read more
  • Artsy Startsy Artsy Startsy Spring SpecialAnyone who asks me about how to introduce teaching to their very young child will always hear me go on and on about the value of hands-on play. It’s one of the most vital, and most beneficial, methods of learning for young children. Which is why I’m excited to be introducing Artsy Startsy, a brand new arts based learning curriculum plan for toddlers and preschoolers. Designed by a Canadian mom with a passion for the arts, this curriculum is a fully seasonal program that covers: a weekly letter & number with traceable templates a classical composer – listen to a wide variety of ... Read more
  • KinderBach KinderbachWhat I reviewed:The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner What is it? Early Music Lessons by KinderBach Who is it for? Geared for students ages 3 to 7 How much is it? $130/yr (Special Offer – currently only $95.88/year) Where can I find it?  http://kinderbach.com/ Tell me more:  KinderBach is a music lessons program designed to bring music to young children. It consists of 6 levels – each level consisting of 10 weeks of lessons. Each week has 4 lessons. Everything is packaged very nicely – you can work your way through the videos, print out the student worksheets, and follow along with the lesson map to see ... Read more
  • Young Builder’s Tool Set from Montessori Services One of the great things about homeschooling is that we have the opportunity to expand and develop on interests that our kids show more fully. Since many of the “extra” programs have been cut from the public school system, lessons like home ec and woodworking are no longer something that kids get a chance to experience in school. But when our kids at home want to learn how to use tools, we can do that! My (just-about) 7 year old has decided that when he grows up he wants to be a worker man (aka construction worker). He’s fascinated by all ... Read more