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Edible Math Fun for Preschoolers

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by by

Baby Bear loves patterns and numbers, so we took some of her M&M snack and played some games during our tea party.

You don’t need anything special for counting with little ones. Even your food can do! Start with easy things like numbers and counting.
Then move on to color sorting, sequencing from most to least, patterns, and sizes.
Work up to creating patterns, shapes, and anything else you can imagine.
Making a game out of things that will seem harder later on for children helps to build a foundation of good math memories.



Alphabet hopscotch

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by by

We are taking advantage of the last precious warm days outside. Baby Bear is learning letters in preschool, so I try to find fun ways to reinforce it at home.

You don’t need anything special do this besides chalk. (more…)

Open Up a World of Learning Fun with VTech® Toys!

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by by

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No matter what age your child is, VTech®’s developmental learning toys stimulate the senses, ignite the imagination and make learning fun! With a wide variety of educator-supported toys to choose from, you can ensure that you are optimizing your child’s playtime.

For your budding little music prodigy, the Record & Learn KidiStudio™ by VTech® lets kids sing, record and play back their own musical masterpieces. They can play along with 20 melodies in four popular music styles using the voice changer, sound effects and instruments. Now your child can perform and record like a rock star!

Or, if your child is more of a superstar on the court, they can shoot, score and learn with the Smart Shots Sports Center™. Toss the basketball into the hoop to score points, or kick the soccer ball into the net to hear fun sounds. Press buttons, turn gears and flip pages to learn about shapes, numbers and more!

With the Lil’ Speller Phonics Station, your child will learn letters and their sounds by building more than 200 three letter words. He or she can hear the letter sounds by plugging in the letter blocks or learn letter order by determining which letter is missing. Spelling is so much more fun when Lil’ Speller Phonics Stations brings words to life!

Check out the videos above and head here  to see even more interactive play toys available from VTech®.

Starting Off The School Year With A BANG!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by by

Turns out that my wonderful, adorable, so well behaved angelic children, are just plain children after all. Noisy, talkative, interrupting children. Both of them have been getting into trouble at school. Lex actually had to call me yesterday to explain what he had done and to let me know his card was now on yellow. They do the card system, start off on green and red means real trouble. Lo has been on red twice now. -_- It’s “not her fault though!”, she just has to blurt out the answer because the teacher won’t pick her. Unbelievable. And Lex? Lex got in trouble because he yelled at a friend who kept telling him to eat paper, and he didn’t want to eat paper, so he yelled at her. Yes, HER. A girl. It’s starting already. It is way too soon for girls to be going after my son! Hussie’s better back off.

Lo. She just can’t help herself. She’s always right and everyone needs to know it, and she will make sure they do whether they want to or not!! Damn it! We’ve had a talk about self control and raising our hand when the teacher asks a question. I think she got it. We’ll see. In the meantime I’m just going to go sit quietly and watch the show.

The Mom~


Proving the Pythagorean Theorem for KIDS

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by by

what really is the pythagorean theorem and how to do it for kids

Math Nerds and People who think they hate math unite! This is really cool and helps me to understand something so abstract as A2+B2=C2. An it is also something that is simple enough for young children to understand and do by solving puzzles.  Plus by teaching you, I am helping to learn it better myself! (more…)

Preschool Shapes and Math Exploration

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by by

Since I never liked math growing up, I really am trying hard to teach my children good math habits.  The reason most people don’t like math doesn’t have to to with the real way that mathematicians think about numbers.  I remember 4th grade math we had to memorize the times tables. We had to take a timed test and it started with the 1X and every time that you passed one of the tests, you got a cut out shape of ice cream scoop put on the cone with your name on it. The ice cream scoop had a number on it and (more…)

Clothespin Math – Preschool Math Activity

Friday, January 24th, 2014 by by

Clothespin Math Game - This preschool math activity is easy to make at home and even lets kids practice their fine motor skills.

I was in the grocery store recently and happened upon these brightly colored clothespins. I just loved them and knew I could use them for an activity. You don’t need to have colored clothespins for this preschool math activity. Any clothespins you have on hand will work.

You will need:

  • Clothespins
  • 6 paint cups or other sturdy cups
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Tape



Back to School By The Numbers

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by by

Well, the school year got back into full swing at the end of August, and while I was sad to say “good-bye” to time with the kids, I was also more than ready to say “hello” to routine…and freedom.

School started for Hayden on a Monday and the rest of the kids followed suit on Wednesday.  Unlike years past when the first day consisted of a brief 4 hours of class time, this year they instituted a full day right out of the gate.  I told myself that I would take a break from thinking/working/chores/projects, etc. during the first half week, but once Labor Day was over I would dive into all of the projects and activities that had laid fallow all summer long.  Buuuuut…as we all know, the best laid plans don’t always go accordingly.

Let’s start with the good stuff:

Hayden’s first day:

Hayden has grown about 50 feet over the summer.  No joke.   (more…)

How to Handle Homework?

Friday, September 20th, 2013 by by

I think this is what I was most worried about with the kids going to school
Yes, homework.
No, not the amount, just how to handle it…ya know, the logistics of having 3 doing homework, that is obviously parent guided.

And I know there are people out there that 3 kids but they are different ages.
Let’s face it, you can’t compare apples & oranges.
Here is a perfect example of what I mean.

We have to read with the kids for 10 minutes a day.
I have interpreted that to mean 10 minutes with EACH child, not collectively although it will happen like that on days we have gymnastics.
The kids aren’t ready to read alone, they need us to read to them or guide them through the reading.

So, 10 minutes just turned in to 3 minutes.
And while 30 minutes doesn’t seem all that long, when you run a tight schedule, it is a bit of an imposition.
Not complaining at all, this momma loves to read so I know how very important this is! (more…)

40+ Cheap and/or Free Activities to Expand your Child’s Mind

Monday, September 9th, 2013 by by

I was thinking the other day that as a SAHM, my job is literally my home and family. I then got to thinking how if I were a hired hand or nanny, I might do some things differently. When I have a job, I am constantly thinking about how I can improve my work area, how I can educate myself, and how I can make my company more successful. Since my family now IS my company, I started to think in terms of what I can do to make each ‘employee’ (family member) reach their full potential.

With that, I have decided to make a greater emphasis on exposing my children to as many enriching activities as possible. This is just a beginners list, mostly for kids from 2-8, but it gives you some ideas for mostly cheap/free activities. I’ve already begun doing two or three of these kinds of activities everyday and I feel like my daughter has really been benefiting from them! Have other ideas? Please comment! I’m always looking for ways to improve! (more…)