Teachable Moments-Investigating Air for Preschoolers

My four year old and two year old have developed an adorable habit of sharing snacks together.  Adorable, except when they are sharing fish crackers, which involves breaking them in half.  Big mess.  I realized what they were doing a little too late.  After breaking the crackers they decided to…

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Free Winter Warmth

Every year around this time, we take a trip to the greenhouse and exotic plant store located about twenty minutes from us.  My husband and I are warm weather fans and the winters can be long and depressing. Even before we had children, we visited Ott’s yearly for a dose…

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Writing Motivators for Preschoolers

I was concerned that my four year old son was struggling with fine motor coordination and was showing very little interest in early writing activities.  He has been reluctant to go to preschool and shared that he did not like working in his handwriting book.  Handwriting books in preschool?  Hmm,…

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Living Large

I splurged today.  I usually ignore the inevitable whining that starts in the checkout line of the local super store as my four year old begs for a dye and sugar filled frozen drink.  Today, I agreed to a snack (though not a colorful, frozen one), mostly because there is…

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Running

I took my four year old son to a neighbor’s birthday party at a gymnastics facility yesterday.  I had never been to a party like this and was not sure what to expect or how my son would fare with the other guests, the majority of whom were nine year…

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A Moment of Peace

A dusting to an inch of snow was predicted last night.  Not enough to cancel school or build a snowman, but when I woke up early this morning, there was enough to give my yard a peaceful glow.  The view from my back door caught my eye as I begrudgingly…

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Using a Preschool Child’s Interests to Create Learning Opportunities

Children show unmatched enthusiasm when participating in an activity that is of great interest to them.  Becoming a careful observer is the first step to fully engaging a child in learning.  Listening to a child’s questions, such as, “Why do things go down?” can spark a lesson on gravity.  A…

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So Glad I’m Around

In the spring of 2008, my oldest son was four and my second son had just turned one.  I was going out to run errands and my husband handed me a cd to listen to in the car.  He had been to several live shows featuring the band on the…

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