Indoor Sand and Water Play

When we went to the Children's Museum last month, two areas that the boys really enjoyed were the fishing/water area and the moon sand table, so I thought I would try to recreate those environments at home. We are blessed with a huge sunporch off the back of the house, so that was the perfect location for this messy activity area. I purchased two 41qt Storage Totes, one for "sand" and one for water. (They were a little pricy at $11.99 each, but I knew we could clean them up and use them for … [Read more...]

March Sensory Bin and Playdough

Yesterday we made green glitter playdough for March. We used this recipe and simply added green food coloring and glitter. For our sensory bin, I didn't have to buy anything. I just went around the playroom, through the activity closet and art cabinet to find green objects that I thought would be fun to touch and add to the play dough. I added some different types of objects this month like popsicle sticks, cars, and dinosaurs. The boys played with it forever yesterday and it captured … [Read more...]

Homemade Playdough Valentines

As you know, my One Word for 2012 is Be, as in Be a Friend. One of the ways I have tried to put this into practice is by starting a moms playgroup at our church. We meet once a month at my house, once at another mom's house, and also try to schedule in one monthly outing. It has been a great way for me to connect with other moms, and the boys are also getting an opportunity to play and connect with other kids their age. Today, we had a fun little Valentine's Day Party at our house. I served … [Read more...]

February Sensory Bin and Playdough

When Buddy turned three, I started getting more serious about our learning activities. I'm the kind of person that throws myself into things 110%, so I kind of went over the top trying to fill up each day with tons of themed learning activities. I quickly fizzled and went the complete opposite direction, with each day being unplanned and random, which explains the absence of Learning at Home posts. Over the last year I have learned a lot about myself in regards to educating my children. I am … [Read more...]

Summer Learning Activities

The few weeks we were at home this summer, we managed to squeeze in some learning activities.   Buddy loves to play with my label maker. He thinks it is his little computer. When he plays with it, I take it as an opportunity to work on numbers with him. Toy cell phones, the microwave buttons, elevator buttons and hotel room numbers when traveling, are all great and natural opportunities to talk about numbers.     Another fun activity we did was a color scavenger hunt. I laid different … [Read more...]

Learning About Birds

For the past three weeks, we have been using "birds" as our learning theme. This was a theme that I had really been looking forward to, but to be quite honest, I have been slacking in my enthusiasm in our learning activities lately. Blame it on the heat, blame it on busyness...I'm not sure what's up. But despite all of that, we have still been having fun. Circle TimeFingerplays and SongsI usually start our Circle Time with this little rhyme to get Buddy to sit on the floor...I can reach … [Read more...]

Learning About Butterflies

  Circle Time   Fingerplays and Songs We have been enjoying some of the caterpillar/butterfly fingerplays and songs from SurLaLune Storytime. It is a great resource for themed fingerplays and songs.   Memory Verse Our memory verse for the past two weeks was 2 Corinthians 3:18. We leaned it by listening to Songs for Saplings Track #3 called "Changed". I told Buddy that just as the caterpillar is changed into a butterfly, we are being changed by the Holy Spirit to be more like … [Read more...]

Learning About Gardening

I originally intended to introduce a new learning theme each week with a corresponding blog post review at the end of the week. But it looks like we are falling into more of a two week cycle with our themes, so my blog post reviews about our leaning experiences will be every other week for now. The two week cycle is working well for me because it is easier for me on the planning side, and repetition is always great for little ones. Plus, I don't feel rushed to try to cram too many activities … [Read more...]

Learning About Easter

These past two weeks have been our official first weeks of doing preschool at home. Things do not really look that much different than before, except that I am loosely following a plan and theme and have introduced a daily circle time. Things have been going really well and Buddy has been having lots of fun, which is the most important thing to me. Here's a little glimpse at what we have been up to...   Circle Time   Fingerplays and Songs We have been doing some Easter songs and fingerplays … [Read more...]

Preschool Learning Activties {Spring/Easter}

  I am a little late posting this for the month, but I did want to share with you the learning activities that we have been doing and will continue to do throughout this month in addition to the activities already in our rotation.   Theme: Spring/Easter   I purchased a set of plastic eggs for the boys to play with. These are fun for color matching activities as well as open/close skills.     I found this egg tray at the thrift store. They have had a lot of fun with it. Here it is being … [Read more...]