Homeschooling with Toddlers — Sensory Bins

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Moving on to the next item in our Montessori inspired classroom with toddlers in mind.  This one takes a little bit of discipline for the child and a little patience for the homeschooling mama because it can be messy until they understand the rules.  Homeschooling with toddlers in tow can be the biggest challenge we face […]

Getting Started with Homeschooling

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If you are considering homeschooling, but don’t know where to start, we have rounded up some of our best resources from Inner Child Learning to help you make an informed decision for you and your family. Here are 10 of our most popular homeschooling posts covering everything from pros and cons of homeschooling, to creating […]

Map Learning Activity for Kids

Map Learning Activity for Kids- This fun and active game is sure to teach your kids directions while they play!

Teaching your children about map skills starts with knowing the basics.  So I start with the cardinal directions!  A simple game of Simon Says can turn into a wonderful treasure hunt with a bonus of always knowing which direction to point to find the North Star! This map learning activity is sure to teach your kids […]

Books about Telling Time

Books about Telling Time

Learning to tell time can be tricky for kids.  Luckily, there are several entertaining and useful picture books out there that introduce children to the concept of time telling and the function of clocks.  Here are ten great children’s books about telling time.     Tuesday In this incredibly drawn book, artist/author David Weisner explores […]

Exploring Nature with a Camera

Exploring Nature with a Camera

The natural world is something that interests our entire family, so this year we are devoting more time to nature study. At first, nature study can seem a bit overwhelming. As adults, we feel the need to know everything as we set out. We often worry about being able to answer all of the many […]

Apple Themed Mini Unit

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 I love fall, especially since it means fresh, crisp apples! Every year we visit our local orchard to pick apples and I wanted to do a quick apple themed day beforehand to get the kids excited about picking apples. Planning a week long unit can be daunting but creating a mini unit is simple and […]

Super EASY DIY Homework Workstation

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This simple DIY homework workstation can be made in about 5 minutes from a tri-fold foam display board (available here on Amazon, and other office supply stores). Cut the foam board in half so that one poster board will make two workstations. For a finishing touch, add a border of colored duct tape, and hang […]

A Year-at-a-Glance Calendar for Your Homeschool Year

A Year-at-a-Glance Calendar for Your Homeschool Year

We all have great ideas for our kids school year as homeschoolers, but if we tried to start every great idea on day #1 of school our kids (and us!) would burn out very quickly.  For this reason, I started to use this year-at-a-glance calendar to plan the things I want to get to this […]

Helping Kids Choose Just Right Books

Help Kids Choose Just Right Books

This week we’ll be sharing posts to help with the transition of getting back to more formal learning. First up is a great video from Amy at TeachMama.com on the importance of helping kids choose the books that are just right for them.  Choosing the right book can make all the difference and this video […]

What About Socialization?

What About Socialization?

Are you hesitant to homeschool because you’re worried about socialization? More often than not, when I tell someone that my family homeschools their first question is, “What about socialization?”It’s a common misconception that homeschoolers are unsocialized and the socialization question is frequently asked.  I decided to ask a few fellow homeschooling moms what they thought […]

Structuring Your Homeschool Day

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Figuring out a homeschool schedule can be a challenge.  Should you focus on reading and math?  What about the other subjects?  Are you doing enough in a day?  Will they eventually get it?  Once your homeschool year begins, it sometimes takes a few weeks to figure out what works for you and your family.  Here […]

Planning Your First Year of Homeschooling

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You’ve taught your little one his alphabet.  You’ve made sensory bins, explored with play dough, and even made a light table.  Now it’s that time for your little one to venture to Kindergarten — but instead of sending them to school, you’ve decided to try homeschooling for a few years.   But where do you […]

DIY School Supplies Kids Can Make

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Busy getting the kids ready for school? Here are some easy school supplies the kids can make and clever ways they can add some creative touches to school supplies they already own using common household items. Most of these materials can also be found at the dollar store!  1. Modern Notebooks and Matching Pencils or […]

The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Homeschooler

The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Homeschooler

Homeschooling is becoming a popular choice.  It gives the children a flexible schedule and allows the curriculum to cater to the individual child.  Is homeschooling the right choice for you?  Well, that all depends.   I was brought up in the public school system.  K – 12 I went in and out of a school house […]

Learning with Ordinary Household Items

Learning with Ordinary Household Items

Learning manipulatives (items that are used to engage a child in hands-on learning) are used for problem solving and to help increase understanding of a concept, such as counting. There are literally thousands of incredible learning manipulatives available for purchase through education websites and catalogs; making a choice can be very overwhelming! But did you […]

Insect Lab Nature Investigation

Insect Lab Nature Investigation

Spring brings flowers, warm air, green grass . . . and insects. Many, many insects! Due to mild weather and their natural instinct to hunt for food after winter hibernation, insects are abundant in the spring. Many spring insects are young; they have recently hatched out of an egg case or matured from pupae to […]

Planting a Three Sisters Garden

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Short on space but still want a garden?  Try planting a Three Sisters Garden with your kids this year!  With a few modifications this Native American technique can even be adapted to grow in a pot and you can enjoy all the benefits of these plants that help each other grow in even the smallest […]

5 Simple Experiments with Water

5 Simple Experiments with Water

April is known for it’s rain showers.  What better time to try some simple science experiments with water!  Today, I’m sharing with you 5 simple experiments that need only a few items and take just a few seconds to set up, yet are fun and explore different properties of water.  1.  Bending pencil experiment  Materials […]