Playful Learning with Puzzles

Whether your child is just learning to master a wooden peg puzzle, or breezing through a 100 piece jigsaw, an incredible amount of learning is taking place! Putting together a puzzle is a learning activity in itself, but the following activities really up the education factor!  Spelling Puzzles via No Time for Flashcards  Simple Word […]

Learning in an Instant- Snowball Fight Math

Looking for a quick, easy, and FUN way to teach math this winter? Just add marshmallows! This snowball fight math activity is a playful way for kids to practice their math skills. And who doesn’t love a good snowball fight? Snowball Fight Math Items Needed: marshmallows magnetic numbers Directions: Use the magnetic numbers (or a […]

Books about Animals in Winter

Does your child want to learn more about animals in winter? Reading is a wonderful way to obtain new information and encourage children to use their imagination. Here are ten of our favorite children’s books about animals in winter. Books about Animals in Winter Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean […]

Birds in Winter

Last weekend, our region experienced extreme sub-zero temperatures. While outside watching bubbles freeze, my youngest son noticed a fluffy bird shivering on our neighbor’s air conditioner. “Mommy,” he began, “I feel so bad for that little bird! It must be cold!” His empathy and curiosity led him to a series of excellent questions: How do […]

My Year in Review Free Printable

It wasn’t until the other day that I realized how much my son’s interests had changed from the beginning of the year.  In these past twelve months, he’s grown from a 4 year old preschooler to a 5 year old little boy.  The past year went by like a blur, making me realize that I […]

Most Popular Learning Activities in 2013

As this year is coming to an end, I’d like to thank everyone for making this first full year of Inner Child Learning a great one! We have a great team of contributing writers that have really helped make learning fun. And we are thankful to have the support of a fantastic community of readers. […]

Sight Word Ornaments

Last week, Colin received his first school report card. He is doing very well and I am so proud of him! In the narrative section of the report card, his teacher encouraged us to continue practicing sight words at home. I have been using the classic method of folding in, but he has become incredibly bored […]

Holiday Gift Kids Can Make — Peppermint Necklace

Here’s a quick and easy holiday gift kids can make using just a few materials, and you can even sneak in a pattern lesson while working on fine motor skills too! To make your own peppermint necklaces, you will need some string (or shoelaces), and cut up stripy straws to make beads that look like […]

Peppermint Mocha Teacher Gift

This holiday season, show appreciation and gratitude for your child’s teacher by giving her/him a mug full of delicious, sweet Peppermint Mocha Mix. Kids can help mix it, package it, and will experience the warmth and joy of giving. Ingredients: 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup instant coffee granules 1/2 cup cocoa powder 20 peppermint starlight […]

Invitation to Explore Early Math Concepts

Recently inspired by the lovely Imagination Tree, I set up a simple invitation to explore early math concepts for Clara using some of her existing learning toys and other household items. This has been a HUGE hit with her, and I love how arranging the toys in this way helped to renew her interest in […]

Thankful Turkeys

Thankful Turkeys are a classic Thanksgiving craft for children I never grow tired of. This year, I’m especially fond of our turkeys because for the very first time, Colin wrote every single word independently using phonics, visual clues, and his sight words.    To make Thankful Turkeys, you will need: colored card-stock scissors glue, tape, […]

Rainy Day Fun in NYC

Last week I went on a fun field trip adventure to NYC, and the forecast called for rain. A quick search of rainy day fun in NYC brought up the idea to visit the American Museum of Natural History along Central Park West — an exciting and educational place indeed!! Here are some of the […]

Candy Pumpkin Addition Game

I didn’t really need an excuse to buy sweet, delicious candy pumpkins, but it sure was fun to validate the purchase by telling myself, “These are for an addition game! An addition game for my kid, of course.” To play the candy pumpkin addition game, you will need: candy pumpkins dice 3 rings (metal canning […]

Tips for Raising Empathetic Children

It’s a rainy Friday evening. My youngest and I are snuggled in a red fleece blanket enjoying A Ball for Daisy, a picture book by Chris Raschka. “She is happy!” Owen tells me, pointing to a picture of Daisy carrying her ball to the park. “How do you know she feels happy?” I ask him. “She is […]

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 […]

The Elements of a Perfect Book Nook

One of the best ways I encourage reading at my house is to make a cozy place where my kids can curl up with no screen in sight.  A kid sized spot, where books are always handy and the lighting is always good.  Book nooks are easy to create with things you have on hand.  […]

Apple Taste Test and Graph Activity

Using seasonal favorites is something I do a lot of in homeschooling.  Each year we do something with apples, then pumpkins, then turkeys, then snowflakes and so on.  It creates a rhythm of the year that the kids can rely on.  I love teaching my kids with food related themes, so right now, it’s all […]

Helping 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 […]