The Purpose of a Garden

Why grow a garden besides for yourself?To strengthen relationships with your neighbors and your community.During the month of May we learned all about growing gardens with our Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum.  As I have been reflecting on gardening this month, I have come to realize having a garden is all about community and sharing your abundance.  What better way to get to know...

Homeschool Preschool: Learning the Value of Money

About 2 weeks ago, my 3.5 year old and I played a game, encouraged from our Growing Gardens unit from Mother Goose Time.  It has now become a highly requested game that we play for at least 30 minutes each time we play if not longer. It's called "Penny Produce Market."All you need are some vegetables, fruit, and some pennies.  The veggies and fruit could be real,...

DITL Homeschool: Preschooler and 5 Month Old

**This is a long post.  But it is exactly what happened last Friday.**I roll over and look at the clock. 7:03 am. I glance at the monitor.  Everett is still asleep in his crib, but Avaleigh's bed is empty."Are you on the floor," I say groggily.Up pops her little head like a wack-a-mole.  "Go tee-tee," I tell her.My husband, Jason, knows I was up 4 different times...

Preschool Garden Sensory Bin

I've been trying to build thematic sensory tubs each month that coincides with our theme from Mother Goose Time, our preschool curriculum.  This month it's all about the garden, so here's how we built ours and a few activities you can do with the bin.You will need:black beans, pinto beans, floral foam, fake flowers, little ceramic pots, floral cutters ($1 at Dollar Tree!) or scissors, a...

Preschool STEAM: Root Study

This month it's all about Growing Gardens with our Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum.Living in Texas you have to establish your garden bed by March or April because if you wait until May, it'll be to hot.   While we planted peppers, tomatoes, and zinnias in our garden, my neighbors planted all sorts of herbs, and root vegetables including carrots and green onions in their raised...

Building a Bird Sanctuary

I've been so inspired this past month by our Birds and Eggs unit by Mother Goose Time.We built our own nest that my girl loves, which you can read about here.  In fact, she convinced Daddy to sit in it with her and read together yesterday.  Wish I had grabbed a picture. Yesterday, I taught the 2-4 year old crafts at our local co-op and I had the kids make birdfeeders from toilet...

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 What did we do before Pinterest?!?! It's amazing what you can find on there.  I know a lot of people can look on there and get overwhelmed especially with the comparison game, but for me Pinterest is like a visual encyclopedia.  I type something in, and boom, research is done.  Millions of ideas, thoughts, and visual representations are there to GUIDE me.  And that's the...

March Madness!!!

Does anyone else feel like the month of March has just been going by like crazy!?!  I mean... there has been so much happening in this month, I feel like I have experienced so much but hardly been able to keep up... especially on the blog.March Madness: Nature Declares His GloryIt's Good Friday, and my daffodils are blooming!  I happened to get a huge bag of bulbs on sale last fall at...