Learning in the Early Years Series

Resources for Learning in the Early Years

If you've read any of my past posts, watched any of my videos, or have followed me for any amount of time, then you know I take a tricky stance on learning in the early years. On one hand, I come from an early childhood development and education background... and on the other, I am… Continue reading Resources for Learning in the Early Years

Learning in the Early Years Series

4 Important Skills Every Preschooler Should Know Before Kindergarten

Oh the preschool years… Those sweet little humans drive you crazy with their constant testing of their independence. But on the other hand, they still need you for some things and still love to cuddle up in your lap for a good story. This is the time when many parents, and even educators, start to worry if… Continue reading 4 Important Skills Every Preschooler Should Know Before Kindergarten

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Developing Fine and Gross Motor Skills Through Play

The preschool years are a prime time in children’s lives when they are developing essential skills that will help them when they begin structured learning. By training the small muscles in their hands and fingers your preschooler will be ready to start writing when it’s time. In a similar way when your child learns to… Continue reading Developing Fine and Gross Motor Skills Through Play

Homeschooling, Literature-based Learning

The Joys of Literature-based Learning

I have been homeschooling going on five years and until recently, I had never considered adopting literature-based learning as a method I would use in teaching my kiddos. We already read every single day and sometimes stay in a particular book for a certain amount of time. But to build an entire unit based lesson… Continue reading The Joys of Literature-based Learning

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Sight Words: to teach or not to teach?

Ever since my teaching years in the brick and mortar classroom, to teach or not to teach sight words has been a popular question. I personally see the amazing benefits of teaching sight words and opt in to incorporating them into my homeschool curriculum. Here is why I think sight words should be taught: When… Continue reading Sight Words: to teach or not to teach?