The Preschool Playlist

Some Favorite Songs to Learn and Play

Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. Early interaction with music positively affects the quality of all children’s lives. Successful experiences in music help all children bond emotionally and intellectually with others through creative expression in song, rhythmic movement, and listening experiences. Music in early childhood creates a foundation […]

So You Want to Homeschool . . . Now What?

Down the Rabbit Hole of Different Theories of Learning

So I’m 100% sure that homeschooling is the right decision for our family.  As our boys get older and their personalities and need evolve, then of course we will reassess as needed.   But for now, I’m all in baby.   I’m a competent, well adjusted, educated adult.  I think, I’m capable of educating our […]

So You Want To Homeschool

Why Families Choose Homeschooling

And Why We Think It's the Right Move for Us

Hint:  It’s not because we are crazy and that we want to shelter our kids in bunkers from the outside world. I think our decision to homeschool came about naturally.  I think that many families today probably made the decision to homeschool the way I did.  They had a friend or acquaintance that homeschooled or […]

Why Families Choose Homeschooling

What To Look for in Day Care Centers and Preschools

Here are some important qualities to look for when considering teachers, classrooms, and instruction. Teachers: In quality day car centers and preschools teachers: Keeps a well-run, orderly classroom that also encourages children to participate in and enjoy learning Use many creative ways to  help children learn language and learn the knowledge and skills that will […]

What Children Should Be Able to Do By Age 3

The following is a list of accomplishments that you can except for your child be age 3.  This list is based on research in the fields of reading, early childhood education, and child development.  Remember, that children don’t develop and learn at the same pace and in the same way.  Your child may be more […]

Reading to Your Child

Tips for Helping Children Learn How to Love Reading

Make reading a pleasure.  Read to your child in a comfortable place.  Have your child sit on your lap or next to you so that he can see and point to the print and the pictures.  Show him that reading is fun and rewarding. Show enthusiasm as you read with your child.  Read the story […]

Reading with Infants + Toddlers

Birth Through Age 2

What to Do at Home: Talking to and reading to infants and toddlers are two good ways to prepare them for later success in reading. Talk To Your Child: Begin talking and singing to your child from birth.  Your baby loves hearing your voice.  Play peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake.  Recite nursery rhymes or other verses that […]

Our Family’s Thoughts on Education

Our Homeschooling Journey

Deep down I always knew that I wanted to homeschool my children.  Perhaps I read too many Little House novels as a child.  Romantic visions of being close to my children, sitting at a worn wooden table,  helping discover the joy of learning in a safe and loving environment, flooded my imagination.   Or perhaps […]

Preschool Drop Out?

The Decision to Homeschool for Preschool

My husband and I had enrolled our 3 year old son in preschool at a local church down the street.  I had several friends whose kids had attend there and I’d heard nothing but great things.  I wanted my son to have a Christian education.  I wanted him to be around other kids his age. […]