Science activities for kids from the After School Linky

science activities for kids

Recently I wrote a post about how to teach science to young children.  Truthfully, science concepts have never come easy to me. I always did well in science class if it required memorization of formulas or definitions.  But when my grade depended on me thinking about how to apply those formulas and vocabulary... I was sunk! While I don't homeschool past preschool, I do want to use after school … [Read more...]

18 of the Best Kids’ Books for letter B

favorite letter b books

We're putting together a book list for every letter of the alphabet.  You can refer to these books to give extra attention to a particular letter you're learning if you're doing  Letter of the Week.  Or you can just use these lists as a resource for some of the best kids' books around!   (This post contains affiliate links.) Paul Meets Bernadette, by Rosy Lamb I'm so glad I … [Read more...]

“Less than, greater than” math activity – using toys!

less than greater than with toys

We're on a journey to explore the whole alphabet, and for each letter I choose a particular math activity for preschoolers which can often be adapted for older children as well. Letter Q's a tough one! We've already done quite a few lesson on coins, so quarters didn't seem the way to go.  Hmmm.... how about a less than, greater than, equal to lesson? Yes, I realize that's stretching it!  But … [Read more...]

Tips for using music in the classroom or homeschool (plus a new linky!)

add music to homeschool

Do you consider yourself musical?  I began piano lessons in first grade, and I still enjoy singing and playing organ for church.  But music isn't everyone's forte (oh, I'm so funny!).  That's why I'm excited to feature a post which will give you tips for using music in the classroom or in your homeschool. My Sweet Homeschool has five easy ways you can bring music into your kids' lives. … [Read more...]

Fun new rhyming app for kids!

fun new rhyming app for kids ages 4-8

Today I'm sharing a fun new app that will give kids a lot of opportunity to practice rhyming. (This post is sponsored by Nimble Minds and contains affiliate links.) Did you know that rhyming is one of those "must-have" skills for beginning readers?  Why is rhyming important? 1. It helps kids notice and work with the sounds within words. 2. Rhymes help kids experience the rhythm of … [Read more...]

Handwriting Practice for Preschoolers

7 ideas for preschool handwriting practice

Over the last year and a half, my two preschool boys have been doing a lot of handwriting practice. But it's not all worksheets. We start with concrete, hands-on ways to form their letters. I cut out small squares from my scrap booking supplies (since I have not found time to scrapbook since, oh... 2009).  Then I printed a giant letter Q (get yours HERE), and my Four filled it with … [Read more...]

Back to School Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

teacher appreciation gift ideas for back to school

If you've got kids headed back to school soon, you might be trying to find a thoughtful teacher appreciation gift to start the year.  Today I'm sharing a big collection of gift ideas sure to please! (This post contains affiliate links.) Let me start by saying that teachers don't go into their profession for gifts or even a pat on the back.  They're teachers because they care about kids, … [Read more...]

Fraction Games and More (plus a new linky!)

fractions game

Welcome to a new week!  Can you believe we're in the middle of July already? Summer is going way too fast for this mom!  Today I'm sharing some posts that caught my eye from last week's Linky.  Read on for fun fraction games and more! I'm always on the lookout for fun math games to play with my kids.  In the Playroom's post about the Fraction Formula Game has me heading to Amazon to put it … [Read more...]

Printable block letters… and over 150 ways to fill them!

printable block letters and ways to fill them

Many of you have been following along as we explore the alphabet in creative ways.  Since it takes us more than a week to do each letter, you're also passing us by.  We plan to have the entire alphabet and activities posted by mid-November.  But if you're zooming past us, I thought you might appreciate these giant block letters with ideas for filling them.  What a hands-on way to learn the … [Read more...]

Free Math Resources … and a Giveaway!

math manipulatives giveaway - the measured mom

Did you know that The Measured Mom just passed its 18-month birthday?  A bigger milestone is that we reached 10,000 fans on Facebook!  To thank all of my readers, I've got an awesome math manipulatives giveaway.  These materials were chosen with older kids in mind, but most of these can be used for preschool as well. One of my US readers will win this entire set of math manipulatives - … [Read more...]