Rock Planet Learning: Mars

This month we are on a Space Exploration with our Experience Early Learning box, and this week is all about those rocky planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Pluto! All the days have been so much fun, and I love how easily our little box can adapt to my 1st grader and 3 year old. As an Experience Early Learning (EEL) Blogger, I receive the EEL Preschool Curriculum in exchange for my honest...

I Can Read: Baby Animals

As a Experience Early Learning (EEL) Blogger, I receive the EEL Preschool Curriculum in exchange for my honest opinions and authentic stories about our experiences using the curriculum. All opinions and thoughts are completely my own When I thought about what my family would be like before even becoming a mother, I always imagined reading aloud. I could see myself and my little one cuddled...

Turning Preschool into Kindergarten

Hi! I'm Leslie- a homeschooling momma to a 5 year old girl and 22 month old boy.  The 2 are as different as night and day.  I share our adventures here to both inspire learning at home and chronicle our lives, because honestly, I never started the baby books and my kids will just have to look back on their childhood through this blog... ha! #keepinitrealFor three years now my little...

Star Activities for Preschoolers

Christmas week!  It's been a blur, but I've been trying to soak it all in.This was the perfect week to talk about stars as we discussed the birth of Jesus and how the wise men traveled to Him by way of a star.Our Mother Goose Time STEAM station, Sparkly Stars, did not disappoint.We started our STAR day but discussing light.I took out a lighter and asked my girl what colors she saw in the...

I Can Read: -ad Words

My girl is book obsessed.Has been since she was less than one.If you sit on a floor, she will make a beeline for your empty lap.  With a book in her hands, she will fill your lap with her tooshy, and ask for you to read to her.Lately, she has become quite interested in words. She knows all her letters, capital and lowercase, and all their sounds, and she recognizes that all words "say"...

Leaf Man: a FREE Nature Craft for Kids

Have you read books by Lois Ehlert?He uses natural objects to make beautiful illustrations.And anytime I can incorporate reading or books into our learning, the better!Leaf Man is one of our favorite books of his.The leaves of our oaks and crepe myrtles are changing here in Texas, and as the nuts fall from the trees, it is the perfect time to go on a nature walk and collect items.That's just what...

Paul Bunyan Fun for Preschoolers

This past week we studied the Tall Tales of Paul Bunyan with ourMother Goose Time Fables and Folktales Unit.MGT did not disappoint in the activity department either. Here's just a few of the activities we did this week....Literary Activities:Each day we had a story in our bag complete with colored cardstock puppets to cut out and play with.  My girl's favorite was Bessie the Cow and...

Castles, Crowns, and Coloring, Oh My!

This month is Vacation Bible School month.That means, as the VBS Director, my life is super crazy right now.  I am hoping to share a few tips on how to help with that in a future post, so if you are involved with your VBS please stay tuned to the blog. :)However, in all the chaos of creating things for the church, I am so thankful for our Mother Goose Time (preschool curriculum)...

Literacy with Mother Goose Time

This is my 100th post about our Mother Goose Time adventures!We have loved our Ocean Commotion unit from Mother Goose Time!Each month we receive 20 discovery bags about our unit, and each bag is filled with items to make art, crafts, games for math, and literary devices and games.Here are some of our favorite literary tools they send us each month.BOOKSWe receive 2 books each month.  One is...

5 Tips for Raising a Reader

Raising a reader is a daunting task.As a former language arts teacher, book lover, and Usborne book lady, here are my top tips toRaising a Reader!1- Expose your child to lots of books!Children are inquisitive.  They ask a billion questions a day.  One answer I have always tried to stray from is, "Because I said."  Filling your shelves with fairy tales and classic stories is great,...