Tips to Get your Child to Love to Read

I am a firm believer of starting your children off early when it comes to reading.  I am the type of parent where I want them to destroy books, because that means that they are going through the pages and looking at the pictures, creating their own stories.  We have over 700 books in our library, another 700 on our kindles, and even more in … Continue reading Tips to Get your Child to Love to Read

Help Prepare your Child for Preschool

Making the transition from being home to going to preschool can be a hard time for children.  There are some things you can do to help ease that transition. Talk to the teacher about how your child handles change. Visit the classroom before the actual start of classes.  Take pictures to look at with your child after to help familiarize them with the room. Talk … Continue reading Help Prepare your Child for Preschool

Tips on Preparing a Stimulating Activity

Infants, toddlers, and children learn using all 5 senses.  They have a very short attention span, so when preparing an activity it needs to be stimulating. They love to use more than one sense, so create an activity that will use 2-3 senses. Children love to get involved and interact, make sure it is something that they can participate in. Create it based off of your child’s … Continue reading Tips on Preparing a Stimulating Activity

Brain Games for Toddlers

Saying Names:  To help your toddler learn that people and objects have different names, touch an object and say the name.  Then take your toddler’s hand and touch the object and say the name again.  Now say “(your toddlers name) is touching the (object)”.  This can be done with all different objects and people. Early Block Fun:  Make disposable blocks out of small milk cartons.  … Continue reading Brain Games for Toddlers

Moms to Moms: Homeschooling

The first question people asked me about homeschooling was “What about socialization?” By that I suppose they meant, “Would my son be isolated?”  My response to this is that there are many ways to socialize and sitting in the school for 6 hours a day with the same children in the same age group is just one way of socializing.  It’s not better, it’s not always the most positive … Continue reading Moms to Moms: Homeschooling

Thinking about Homeschooling?

Reasons for homeschooling can vary: Your child is not doing well in school and nothing seems to help. Your child is not having a good learning experience and is very unhappy in school. You feel that your child would benefit from spending more time with you. You disagree with the moral or religious teaching (or lack of it) in the school system. There are several … Continue reading Thinking about Homeschooling?

Homeschooling: An Option (part 1)

For some, learning is something we are forced to do.  It is a chore- a sentence.  For 12 years we must go to school.  I hear parents say to little ones, “Get used to it.” Yet, a “grin and bear it” attitude takes away from learning.  Most of us believe that learning should be fun; that learning is growing; that each year should be like kindergarden- lots … Continue reading Homeschooling: An Option (part 1)

Finding a New School

When it’s time to think about finding new schools for the children.  Knowing what you expect and want from a school is crucial to satisfying your children’s needs.  Visit and gather information about the area schools.  Remember visits should be exchange of information rather than an “interview”.  The following suggestions will help with your search. Meet the Principle What is his/her philosophy about education? What is … Continue reading Finding a New School