Category Archives: Tot Schooling

20 Fall Pumpkin Activities for ages 2-5

With Fall comes beautiful Pumpkins. My children and I love playing, baking, and creating with pumpkins. The smell of them when they are uncooked fills the air and you know it’s fall. The feel of insides gushing through your fingers as you squish their insides in your hand. The taste of the pumpkin seeds after seasoning and baking in the oven on low. Pumpkins provide so much delight to the senses and they are a classic staple of Fall here in Midwest America.

When I was looking for ideas to do with my girls for fall I automatically started to hunt for pumpkin activities, and boy did I find them. Here is a list of some of my blogger friends and I pumpkin activities that we have been able to enjoy with our kids. All of these are hands-on activities and can provide your child with lots of fun.

0ver 20 budget friendly pumpkin activities for children ages 2-5.

20+ Fall Leaf Crafts for Ages 2-5

Fall is here, Fall is here! We love Fall over here and one aspect in particular that we enjoy is the changing of the leaves. The girls enjoy going on walks In the crisp air with baskets and picking up leaves. Sometimes the problem for me is what to do with all the leaves that they find. Well, this year I asked around for a little inspiration and, boy do I feel inspired after reading through these wonderful crafts.

As you know I try to keep all crafts that I share budget friendly. So all of these are good to do if you are working with a small budget. Not all of these crafts use real leaves or uses leaves at all.

Autumn/Fall leaf crafts for children ages 2-5

Teddy Bear Alphabet Activities

Teddy Bear Alphabet Activities

I thought that this was going to be a dud week because we had been hunting/missing the postal delivery man daily (seems like when I want something to hurry this mess happens. Please tell me I’m not the only one), but nope. So, I am going to share the fun that we did have with these quick and easy Teddy Bear Cards I made for the week and our Teddy Bear Book.

Alphabet Activities

Home-made color counting book and activites for preschool aged kids

Counting Colors Book and Activity

Welcome to another Early Childhood Educational Wednesday post, where a team of homeschool and education bloggers share some free hands on lessons once a week. This week’s Theme is Colors, last week we covered All About Me. This week I am sharing about a oops on momma’s part that turned into a fun lesson

I was going to do a craft with the girls. When we went to grab some materials we discover that we had no brown pom poms to work with. 🙁 That means momma needs to go to the store and, I don’t do store runs unless I have a nice list.

So to figure out what other color pom poms I needed, I pulled out our color cards (given to me by my best friend, I laminated them to keep them safe to pass on). We laid them on the table and the girls went and grabbed one pom pom of each color. From there they figured out which colors were missing.

After we figured what colors were missing we looked at our jars and guessed which colors we had the least of. To see if we were right we placed all the pom poms on their colors, then counted each color.

Teaching ABC's hands on activities

How We Learn Our ABC’s

Wow! I can’t believe that I have been blogging this long where I am able to share with you the many ways that we have learned our ABC’s. The subject this week for the Early Childhood Education post is Learning the ABC’s, last week we shared Making Friends. today I’m excited to share how I worked with my younger two for learning their ABC’s.

To be honest I was not the first who taught any of my kids their ABC’s. All of my girls learned from watching TV. We use to watch WTTW’s Sesame Street (before it became PBS Kids and Sprout) and they taught my girls their ABC’s first. Of

Preschool Calendar Time Board

Calendar Time: Back to School Setup

I always wanted to post about our Learning Room Calendar Time Board, but just be never really had the time. Well I just got done updating our calendar for the new learning session.

Putting together a calendar for my girls takes some real time for me. I am limited in my money and sometimes I just don’t feel that some things are worth buying when you can make do without. So it takes me a long time to build them. Everything on my calendar this year was free to me. I either already had it or I could easily print it out. So that means that all the printable that I am going to share with you are FREE.

Free Resources for Homeschooling: Toddler and Preschool

When I first really thought about homeschooling my younger two girls I was lost. I had been playing around with them for a long time but never really thought about schooling them. When my third child turned three I noticed that she was starting to learn a lot on her own. When I set out on the mission to start teaching my child I had an idea of what I wanted but I didn’t know how to go about it. I started with just teaching my girls the basics that I thought that they needed to know before they were to go to school. That worked for a while but my girls needed more structure but I also needed to be able to work with both girls at the same time. The problem came that I didn’t know where they were in their skills. So I set out to first find out where that were.

Recycled Fire Starters

Recycled Fire Starters

So summer is here and with my family that means lots of cooking outside. Last year I spent a lot of money on fire starters because I don’t do lighter fluid. This year I was not spending a dime out of my pocket for fire starters. So I thought about it and after reading the box of an old starter I pretty much had a knock off in mind and it would require my kids help.

Chalk Art Flower Power

Chalk Art: Flower Power Lowercase Letter Match

Welcome to another Playful Preschool Wednesday post, where a group of educators and mothers get together and share some free hands on play learning for you to try with your preschool aged kids. Last week I shared some Tips For Story Time at the Library and this week I am sharing some Flower power with some preschool alphabet activities

Once again the weather was very inviting. So we have been spending most of our time outdoors learning. This week our letter of the week is Bb and I figured it would be a great idea to help my preschooler with the lowercase b/d situation that stumps them so often.

Spring Alphabet Tracing sheets

Spring Alphabet Tracing Printables

I have something special for you guys. Alecia from over at Learning 2 Walk.com has made these pretty spring tracing sheets for you all to use to help with your preschool aged child’s writing. There are 26 alphabets with 2 letters per page. You get both upper and lowercase letters on the page along with a pretty spring picture. These are more for the advanced beginner writer.

Now I have some suggestions on how we make these fun. If you take them and laminate or place them in a sheet protector you can use them as a playdough mat, or use with dry erase markers. You can also use toothpicks or other manipulative and have the child copy the line work that way. There are so many ways to use these tracing sheets other than just tracin