Yummy Shapes

  Target Age Range:  PK-1st Skills Covered:  shape names, cutting, fine motor, baking, creativity This living math lesson for little people is simple and motivating.  Who doesn’t want a cookie break in the middle of the school day?? 1. Make your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe first and refrigerate it.  For a real living math…

Bead Classification

  Target Age Range: PK-2 Skills Covered: sorting, classification, attributes Classification is both a math and science skill.  The ability to classify objects also develops organizational skills which are helpful for writing and general “life” organization. This activity is super simple to pull together.  Simply gather a variety of beads (or buttons, cereal, rocks, beans…)…

Living Math Series

Beginning next week… October 15-26… a series full of practical ideas for incorporating more living math into your school days! Join me here daily!  Better yet, add my feed to your feed reader so you’re sure not to miss a post!

Science Notebooking with Microscopes

Science Notebooking with Microscopes

(This post contains affiliate links.) Notebooking with kindergarteners??  Isn’t that asking too much? No way…especially when it comes from authentic, meaningful experiences! We own a modest microscope and some simple prepared slides that made for a wonderful science notebooking lesson last week.  Just having these things sitting out was enough to spark an interest that…

Preschool Leaf Study

Preschool Leaf Study

It’s autumn and time to have a little leaf fun with your preschoolers and kindergarteners! The Colors of Autumn in Play Dough After observing the changing colored leaves on trees, let your little ones create their own autumn trees from play dough or clay.  You might even use some autumn scented play dough. Perimeter with…

Nature Walk Clipboards

Nature Walk Clipboards

While school supply shopping at Walmart the other day, I ran across some clipboard storage boxes in several fun colors.  I remembered Maureen from Spell Out Loud mentioning using these nature walk clipboards with her family, so I put three in my cart.  Wow – they have been a wonderful addition to our nature walks!…

The Letter W

Preschool fun with the letter W (This post contains affiliate links.) Watery stickers fill in the letter W. Naming and sorting water animal cards. A watery poster for our wall made from blue construction paper and real-life ocean animal stickers. Learning about the waters of the world by jumping around on our fabric world map….

The Letter V

Preschool Activities for the Letter V (This post contains affiliate links.) A volcano made from construction paper became our alphabet poster for the letter V. Sorting veggies from fruit doubled as a nutrition lesson. Valentine cookies are an easy recipe for preschoolers to help with – and yummy! Because it was pretty outside (and because…

Drip, Drop, Plop

It’s been a very rainy spring in Kentucky, making for lots of rain related nature study. One morning soon after breakfast, and soon after the passing of a storm, my littlest guy and I headed out to find raindrops on plants. (His idea.) Here are some of the simple (preschool) lessons we learned on our…

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