EARLY LEARNING FUN

What I come up with is not Pinterest perfection, but it is fun and from the heart.

I was not familiar with early childhood education until I became a parent.  I’m thankful that there’s information across social media being shared by preschool teachers, stay-at-home mom and dads, homeschooling families and more.  So, I’ll never run out of inspiration for early learning fun.

The fact that I don’t take myself too seriously doesn’t hurt.  It comes in handy when I’m just pretending to lick an ice cream cone or spontaneously turn a teachable moment into a song.  My creative side has naturally shifted in this direction along with the help of endless arts and crafts.  However, let’s be clear. What I come up with is not Pinterest perfection, but it is fun and from the heart.

 

A child’s outfit reminded me of a coloring page in the art bin, so our theme for that day became the obvious, pirate ships!  Then we glued the sections I cut out of the pirate ship on to an old cereal box for a sturdier display.  (This newbie used to laminate everything.)

Activities are always on my mind and I’m currently working on something for Flag Day. In addition to colors and shapes, there will be lots of counting.  With fifty stars and thirteen stripes, our American Flag has plenty to work with don’t you think?

Kids keep me busy with things like this but so does the kitchen and food happens here.

Let them just Bee

There’s even a handy recipe in the back for “Grandma’s Apple and Honey Muffins.”

The warmer weather is approaching and with that, all the insects are too.

On Easter Sunday while enjoying the sunshine, my child bolted at the sight of a bee and rightfully so.  Most people don’t want to get stung.  However, I also wanted to remind him of their importance in nature.  So, I reassured him that while it’s wise to stay out of their way, we must also let them bee.

My plan for that afternoon was something to coincide with our egg hunting with a read aloud of Millie’s Chicken’s.  But, with a handy array of children’s books available, it was easy to change course as The Beeman also happens to be among them.  Obviously, it was time to reach for it again and revisit the topic of bees.  17990662_769299856571515_7109530623579947060_o

His Aunt was in town and offered to sit and read with him while I finished up in the kitchen.  My son had lots of questions and she learned some new things too.  I had the same experience when I first read it.  I was not that familiar with the honey making process because I didn’t retain much of the facts from my elementary school days.   There’s even a handy recipe at the end for “Grandma’s Apple and Honey Muffins.”

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Kids keep me busy with things like this but so does the kitchen and food happens here.

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