Why chart the weather? Recording the weather helps a student: Learn to make observations. Learn to record data. Learn to make predictions. Become familiar with weather terms. Besides, it’s fun! First you’ll need to determine what your child will chart. This will vary depending on the age of your child. Young children can chart the […]
Teaching our children to become aware of time is an ongoing and arduous task! Their sense of time is largely directed by their routines — first I do this, then I do that — with little concept of when events occur. In the beginning, young children have little concept of which comes first — their […]
M is for Matchbox Advent Calendar from Martha Stewart is such a cute craft! It isn’t too difficult, and children will love it! You need 24 matchboxes, red paper, acrylic paint, and ribbon. That’s it! As each drawer is pulled out on the appropriate day of December, it is put back in reversed. Then the […]
Copying is one activity that takes an individual from childhood through adulthood. Many young children will use copywork to practice their handwriting skills. Many adults will keep a copybook or other notebook to store valued quotations and words of inspiration. Copying and dictating are the two basic lesson activities in the natural method. Just as […]
Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner! Perhaps your family is already thinking about homemade decorations. How about taking up a new project — one that’s similar to origami, but a little more practical? Try napkin folding, suitable for children of a wide range of ages. The beauty of napkin folding is that you […]
Some may say it is an old, technologically-outdated activity, but if your child does not understand how checkbook balancing works, he is at the mercy of his bank!
If you are taking the natural road through language arts, then you are probably already familiar with the first step on the way: tracing. Probably your child’s first writing lesson was when you printed his name and he traced it or copied it. Or maybe you started even earlier with one letter instead of a […]
Among the first booklets that were created in our home was an ABC book — a copybook with a carefully copied alphabet. By making his own ABC book, a child can learn the alphabet, practice handwriting, and learn the sounds the letters make. Besides, it’s a great keepsake for Mom! A is for Apple. B […]
We don’t need workbooks and worksheets to teach our children how to follow directions! Here are a 7 simple activities to help your child learn to process instructions. (Additional resources follow.) 1. Crafts Assuming your child can read on his own, have your child pick out a simple craft that he wants to try. This […]
This is the first in a new series of posts that hopefully will illustrate activities compatible with a learning lifestyle. The take-away: learning is fun! Have you ever considered the fact that those cookie cutters you keep out of sight in the pantry are all nouns? You know: star, heart, tree, bell, butterfly (yes, thanks […]
Do you find the thought of drawing realistic animals daunting? Have you tried, only to find that something just doesn’t look quite right? Here are 5 helps for drawing realistic animals — suggestions that will help make your sketches accurate and full of life: 1. Study animal anatomy. Pay special attention to the skeleton and […]
10 Tips That Will Make Playing the Harmonica More Enjoyable ~ Breaking in, practice, imitate, playing the blues, and more!