Using Newspapers and Magazines for Fun Learning

Making use of things around the house for learning inspires creativity for both the teacher and student. It is also a way to develop a lifelong learner as all surroundings will teach lessons and inspire thought. Being resourceful also saves your pocketbook from losing too much valuable weight. Old newspapers, magazines and even phone books can be used for such purposes. Before you throw your old publications in the recycle bin think about recycling them into educational tools. Here are ways to squeeze some fun learning out of the Sunday paper: Letter Hunt. Give your child a highlighter, pencil or … Continue reading

Learning through Twister

Incorporating fun games into your homeschool can generate amazing results. Your children will not only have fun but they will learn their lessons. It also inspires creativity among the teacher and the student whereby everything easily adapts into a teachable moment. Learning is best instilled when it is achieved through natural means of play. Twister is one such game that can be adapted into teachable moments. Everyone enjoys teachable moments that are filled with laughter, activity, and fun. Twister Educational Fun: 1. The basic game teaches right, left, and colors. So, this is a fun game for those little ones … Continue reading

Make Your Own Holiday Cards

The holidays are quickly approaching. Have some fun this year and make your own holiday cards. You can also make thank you cards, birthday cards or whatever card you need based on the instructions below. Supplies: Plain pack of cards and envelops. You can find a pack in the scrapbook section of your craft store. Acid free card stock or scrapbook paper. You can find packs of paper in small sizes or the large size in the scrapbook section of your craft store. Scissors. For a more decorative touch you can use Fiskars Paper Edgers Scissors. Tacky Glue Embellishments: ribbon, … Continue reading

Three Games to Inspire a Love of Letters

Bananagrams is a fun, fast and portable game that appeals to wordsmiths and word strugglers alike. The genius of this game rests in its simplicity. To play you simply need a flat surface. A table, floor, or tray will do just fine. The entire game is kept in a banana shaped pouch with is easy to bring anywhere. The object of the game is to spell out words in a crossword style. The first person to use all his or her tiles is the winner. This game can be played in as few as five minutes. This is a great … Continue reading

Teaching Math with Crayons

If you look through educational catalogs or websites you will see plenty of options for math manipulatives. I have purchased more than one set of counting bears over my years of homeschooling. In fact, counting bears are one of my favorite math manipulative simply because I find them adorable. If you look closely you will see that most or all math manipulatives have two common features. Those two features are: easily held by mini hands and colorful. That is all it takes to begin the learning process of basic math. The simple counting bears will allow a child to learn … Continue reading

How an Apple Can Become a Unit Study

When you are teaching Pre-K through Kindergarten the possibilities are expanding bedtime stories, objects and topics into unit studies or an entire lesson are endless. All you need is creativity and imagination to make an apple a unit study on your own. Let’s take the example of an apple to show how this simple object can teach your child core curriculum. Apples make a nice lesson for those who live near apple orchards. Apple orchards provide a fun field trip and hands on experience which little students crave. If you are making a trip to an apple orchard bring along … Continue reading

The Seven Intelligences: What Kind of Learner is Your Child?

Children learn in a variety of ways. This is why the traditional method of education, where a teacher lectures children as they sit facing her in rows, is often woefully inadequate. Once we discover the specific intellectual strengths our children have, we can help provide them with new, stimulating experiences that will inspire them to learn in their own ways. The Seven Intelligences There are seven different types of intelligence, as described by Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner in his book, Frames of Mind. According to Gardner, we know that every child has a bit of each in different proportions. As … Continue reading