Review: Counting Bears

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I confess, toy shopping really stresses me out. There is just a lot of pressure to spend wisely, find something sturdy and long-lasting, something with learning potential. In the toy buying game, I win some and I lose some. Maybe someday I’ll gather all my “losers” for a funny post. But, today I want to highlight… Read More

Celery Paint Stamp Love

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In our home, art projects range in excitement. I get an “ok” if I propose a craft with crayons and a “yay!” if markers are brought to the table. But, if I say the word “paint” it’s like heaven on earth. Paint is the secret sauce for popular craft projects around here! We’ve appled our hearts… Read More

At-Home Preschool Tips And Activities


If you have a little preschooler at home, like I do, you may get stuck on finding activities that are not only fun but that teach something too. I tend to turn to other moms online to help me prepare my son for Kindergarten, and with the right attitude and resources, it can be super… Read More

Nervous Preschooler? Put Your Photo In Their Backpack!


Starting preschool is a big deal, and it can be very scary for a little one. Have you thought about packing a photo of your family in your child’s backpack, to make them feel better if they feel sad? That’s exactly what we did. My daughter turns four next month, and we recently visited a… Read More

First Day of Preschool Blues

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As I drove the familiar route home, I glanced in the rear view mirror at his sweet face. “Tell me about your day, Mama?” I started explaining what happened after I had dropped him off at his first day of preschool. My first full day without my boy since he was born, I think. He… Read More

Preparing for Kindergarten with Brain Quest Alphabet Cards (VIDEO)

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It is true, my baby is headed to kindergarten in the fall. *sniff sniff* This is a big deal and through all the tears that I’m shedding in preparation for this big day, I’m trying to get him ready. Do I want him to be ready to leave mama and go off to the big… Read More

Preschool At Home Ideas

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My son is about to turn three so we have started thinking about whether or not preschool is right for him or not. Besides looking into different schools, I’ve really been trying to incorporate some preschool activities into our daily life. Preschool at home is easy and can be fun! Even the mess is a… Read More

10 Things to Look For In A Preschool


If you’ve started the preschool search for your child, you know how daunting and confusing the task can be. To help you get started, here are 10 things to look for as you start touring preschools. 1) A balanced curriculum: A good preschool has a well-planned curriculum that promotes social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive… Read More

Preschool Craft | A Winter Walrus


This month we kicked off homeschool preschool with my 3 year old. Mostly we’re doing some directed practice of basic skills like writing, cutting and gluing with a sprinkling of field trips and fun activities. It’s been quite fun so far, more than I imagined. And just yesterday, my daughter announced to the checker at… Read More

Let’s Learn with Fruits & Veggies

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I come from a family of teachers so it’s ingrained in me to turn “normal” activities into learning activities. Now that my eldest is preschool age, the opportunities for learning are around every corner. Even when I don’t kick off a “lesson”, it seems my daughter is searching for one. I mean, at three years… Read More

Fall Crafts for Preschoolers


The Fall weather means more indoor activities and if you have preschoolers you know that means things are about to get busy! Having a handful of fun fall crafts in your back pocket will not only curb that energy, but you’ll end up with some pretty darling fall decor too! Here’s a round up of… Read More

Homeschool Preschool With Five in a Row


Are you a homeschooling mama? Have you considered being one? I’ve been tossing the idea around in my mind and thus, have begun researching styles and curriculum. My eldest is three so I’ve been in the preschool market when it comes to ideas and lessons, and so far, have been most intrigued by Five in… Read More

Great Crafts To Do With Your Toddler

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Today I’ve rounded up 10 great crafts to do with your toddlers and preschoolers! Crafts are such a fun way to bring out your kids talent, teach them new things, and have fun spending time creating together! Super Hero Masks. What kid doesn’t want to be a super hero? This craft idea from Cutesy Crafts… Read More

A Look At Preschool Prep DVDS


Preschool Prep DVD’s have a crazy high success rate, claim they can teach your child everything from their shapes to their colors after just a few watches, and come at a great price. So do they really work? I’m here to give you the scoop. A friend of mine swears by these DVD’s. She has… Read More

ABC Mouse Early Learning Academy Review


*UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming number of bad experiences and poor customer service at ABC Mouse in the past year, we do NOT recommend signing up for this service. We suggest that you don’t even sign up for the free trial and skip it all together. Related news: read the comments under this post. Enough… Read More

What Is Montessori?

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The educational style known as Montessori, was founded by the Italian physician, Maria Montessori, in the early 1900s. Through observing children and their learning potential she derived that, “education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment”. This philosophy is… Read More

Preschool- Yes or No?


My oldest daughter turns three in just a few months, but the questions about whether or not my husband and I plan to send her to preschool have been rolling in for almost a year now. Back then when the questions started, we would always cite time as the reason why we hadn’t thought about… Read More

Teaching With Apples

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Last week I walked into the church toddler room to pick up my daughter. She greeted me with a smile and her teacher prompted her to show mama what craft she had made. My 2 year old proudly held out a cloud with dangling rain drops tied by ribbon and my heart melted. Her first… Read More

Let Your Little Ones Touch The Art!

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Touch the Art Books Art museums are not known for being little kid-friendly; the idea of applesauce fingers on a Rodin or Monet is a curator’s nightmare.  Instead,  you can bring the museum experience to your toddler with the Touch the Art series of board books by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo. With titles like… Read More

Great Toys for Summer

School is out and summer is finally almost here after a long winter!  Even though our kids can be entertained by a stick, a rock and a pile of dirt in the backyard, as you head into summer, consider some of our picks for hot summer toys. Little Tikes Climb & Slide Castle This mini-playground is… Read More