My Preschooler’s Favorite Picture Books for Preschoolers

It's no secret that we are a book-loving family. My big boy was reading short chapter books by the time he was four, and both boys will sit for hours and let me read to them. Because of them and their love for reading, I've become a huge fan of children's literature. For posterity's sake,…

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What Makes the Seasons? {Spring Equinox Science Experiment}

Have your kids ever asked you what makes the seasons? The days are finally getting longer around here and the snow is almost gone, which is making us all slightly giddy. After a long, cold winter, the spring sunshine feels GOOD. A few weeks ago, I prepared a little lesson to teach my boys about the spring…

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Spring Nesting Bird Study and Egg Craft

This week we studied all things birds with our nature study curriculum, Exploring Nature with Children. We are crazy about birds over at our house, so I thought I'd share our activities and resources here. Bird Study Activities Nest Building and Egg Painting This spring craft is a bit messy but worth it! The boys…

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Easy, Budget-Friendly Spring Flower Craft

Looking for a simple and fun spring craft for kids? This one only takes a few minutes

Spring Pond + Frog Life Cycle Study

Last week we learned about the spring pond with our Exploring Nature with Children curriculum. The boys learned about the ecosystem of the pond and the lifecycle of a frog through play-based learning, lots of good books and outdoor exploration. Here's what we did: Spring Pond Loose Parts Play For this activity, I set out…

DIY Tide Pool – Ocean Science Activity for Kids

This week we studied ocean zones while following the Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 19 curriculum - and to add an extra element of fun, we also studied the Intertidal Zone. Did you know that the Intertidal Zone is one of the harshest environments on earth? It's true. Animals who live there have to withstand extreme variations…

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Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 19 Activities + Resources

Science We did a lot for science this week, since we LOVE learning about the ocean. Ocean Layers ActivityThis was a great way to visualize the epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic and abyssopelagic layers they learned about at CC. Learn how to do it here. Tide Pool Sensory PlayIf you've been around here for any length of…

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Ocean Zones Hands-On Science Activity

This week in Classical Conversations (Cycle 1), we learned about the layers of the oceans, or ocean zones. This was a simple and fun activity that required minimal effort and supplies you probably already have lying around. (We got the idea from this book) First, gather 5 clear cups or jars and line them up…

Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 18 + President’s Day and Black History Month

Activities Types of ocean floor cut and paste worksheet A great way to visualize the types of ocean floor! Ocean floor sand and water sensory play My high-sensory-needs little one especially enjoyed this one! We used a simple storage container, Kinetic sand (this stuff is amazing!!!), some seashells and mini ocean animals to set the…

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Tips for Nature Walks with Young Children

Before you think I've got this whole thing figured out, let me just paint a picture for you. About a year ago, we set out with a friend on one of our very first nature walks at a local trail. "It'll be fun!" we said. Three minutes into our walk, my littlest one (who was…