Did that blog post title catch your eye? I know there are plenty of you moms out there who are SO SKILLED at putting together learning activities for your kids at home. But I’m here to tell you - I’m not one of them! I feel put together in other areas of my life (aka: keeping up with my home, meal planning, getting ready every day, etc.) but I’ve just never been good at structured learning time in our home. In some ways, I like it because I know that young kids learn best through play! Helping them learn self-directed play is one of the best skills we can teach - we started before age one!
BUT, as our daughter approaches age four, I know she needs just a little bit more intentional involvement from me as she prepares for kindergarten. In all honestly, she’s way ahead in a lot of areas academically - being the first and only child lends itself to that I’m sure! She’s a precocious little girl and is already showing us her studious side. But I don't want her natural love of learning to hinder me from putting in the effort I need to in teaching her! We’ve decided not to put her in preschool because this year (2019-2020) will be her only year at home full-time with her baby brother before she goes to full-time school so at-home learning it is.
Last week on Instagram, I asked for suggestions for what I’m calling a “school box” for our daughter. It’s going to be a simple, plastic tub filled with educational items that I can pull down once a day. Some of you are sooo good at having all the learning bells and whistles and stations and color-coded everything and all that. I run away from things that are overcomplicated - I want simple! I am setting myself up for success by keeping this “school box” easy, accessible, and not expensive.
I gathered ideas from my followers and put together this list so we can all take advantage! I’ve already purchased several items as a result of what people suggested! It’s full-on winter here in Utah, so our time is spent 95% indoors. We are going to make good use of this hunkered down time to learn, learn, learn!
Before you check out the ideas below, I have a special offer for you!!!
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And while you’re at it, go give her a follow in Instagram - she has loads of amazing resources!
Bob Books - at Costco for less ($10.99)! Several levels available!
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons - came highly recommended by several people!
Learning Resources Centimeter Cubes - great for teaching measuring, counting, patterns!
Math Link Cubes - for learning counting by ones and tens!
Plastic Tweezers - great for teaching fine motor skills and sorting! Use with pom poms, beads, etc.!
Kinetic Sand - perfect for imaginative play and manipulation skills! Pair with a set of small, plastic toys!
Play Money - for learning the value of coins and bills!
The 50 States - this book looks awesome for teaching state facts!
Wood Lacing Sneaker - teaching shoe tying and fine motor skills!
Geo Boards - super fun and teaches shapes and basic geometry!
Kumon workbooks - huge variety of options!
Scissor Skills - we love this book!
Tape Activity Book - encourages creativity!
Brain Quest Cards - fun question + answer cards!
Pre-K Dry Wipe Clean Workbook - easy way to practice writing those letters and numbers!
I wasn’t able to include every single idea I was given - this definitely just scratches the surface, but it’s a good starting place for anyone looking to create a “school box” like me! Let’s do this!
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