We're Going on a Bear Hunt Craft

"We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We're not scared!"

We're Going on a Bear Hunt, retold by Michael Rosen and Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, is a beloved classic and one of our favorite children's books. The kids have fond memories of learning to sing the story with their old sitter, and have had it memorized ever since. It truly never gets old, and now they have the pleasure of teaching it to their baby sister!

Teaching Kids Their Phone Number: Free iPhone Printable

I drew up this iPhone graphic today to help my kids memorize and practice dialing my phone number. We only use cell phones these days so I thought the iPhone graphic was appropriate since that's what I've taught them to make out going calls on in case of an emergency.

Make sure your kids can recognize the word "EMERGENCY" on your phone since you don't have to go all the way to the keypad to dial 911.

Keep in mind, it is also important that they know their address, because when you call 911 from a cell phone that is the first thing the dispatcher will ask you. I would assume they might be able to figure out where you are via GPS or something, but kids should know their address anyway so why not prep them in case they have to be a hero and make the call! 

Homeschool: A Day in the Life

We are currently on the 28th week of our first year of homeschool. Preschool and Kindergarten to be exact (with a slightly high-maintenance 11-month-old crawling around). While this makes me much less than an expert on the subject, I wanted to share about our days because it has been largely thanks to other moms sharing about their days that I had the confidence to do this in the first place. 

Fun With Flashcards

When I used to think of flashcards I thought about cramming for a test, or boring memorization of facts. I never really understood how to use flashcards with kids or why they were even effective with kids. I imagined trying to sit across the table from my 3 year old holding up one card after another drilling him on his ABC's and him squirming off by the letter D. I never learned well this way, and that's why I've fallen in love with learning creative ways to allow my kids to interact with a subject matter and learn through exploration and play. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to implement creative learning in our homeschool!

I am new to learning about different teaching philosophies, but I am drawn towards Montessori Education, from the aspect of discovery, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction.

To me, seeing, touching, manipulating, exploring, and experiencing a subject matter creates memories, ideas, and conclusions. Learning is but a natural side effect. 

I have been encouraged by this method to step outside the textbook, or in this case, flashcard, and find fun, interactive ways to allow my children to learn through experience. 

Flashcards have now been transformed from a flat, lifeless card to a touchable, movable, manipulative that interacts with their environment and other objects. 

Here a just a few ways we've taken the flashcard from flat to fun!   

Our little "helper" :)

Scripture Handwriting Hearts

As a quick follow-up to last weeks post, I created more printable hearts for your children to trace.

I have a preschooler and kindergartener, and writing a long-ish message or scripture verse without guidance can be frustrating for them. Hopefully these hearts will allow your kids some guided writing practice, all while making a few cute hearts with scripture focused around God's Love.  

What better way to celebrate the "holiday of love" than to be reminded of God's Love?

Handwriting Hearts: Printable Valentines

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I've been scanning Pinterest for some heart-themed ideas...

For the past two years I've downloaded free printable valentines from a few generous bloggers, and this year I wanted to give back!