Breakfast Invitation to Begin Counting

Something interesting has happened since my oldest started preschool.

What happened, is that my middle guy (three-years-old) has come out of his shell and is beginning to take risks with his learning at home.

You see, my 4.5-year-old means EVERYTHING to my three-year-old. According to him, he’s the coolest, smartest best friend a brother can have.

But something happens when the two of them are learning together.

My oldest takes the lead and my middle guy follows along not ready to take chances with his learning. He doesn’t want to get it wrong in front of his biggest idol.

So where multi-age learning is important, it is also important for me to check in with my three-year-old and create simple set-ups that we can do together to reinforce some basic skills for Kindergarten Readiness.

Pumpkin Ideas for Kids

Ready for some pumpkin fun? Make this fall Breakfast Invitation!

Guess what? Breakfast Invitations do not have to take hours to set up.

In fact, this fun pumpkin prep took exactly 7 minutes. (Yes, I time them so I can tell you exactly what to expect.)

And you know why it took 7 minutes to set up?

Here’s the secret. - You don’t have to cut perfect pumpkins. Cut quickly. Cut two at a time. Your preschooler will still adore this Breakfast Invitation. Read how here.

A Fun Game for Fall

Little Pumpkins are everywhere, and little chubby hands cannot resist.

With this preschool pumpkin alphabet activity, you have a win.

A true, "I can smell fall in the air", WIN.

Inside shares FIVE variations to this pumpkin memory game.

25+ Activities to Improve Pencil Grip

“Help! How can I help my child hold a pencil?”

This can be one of the trickiest habits to correct.

WHY?

Because children do not always want to be helped.

Go figure. Here we are, teaching them to be independent thinkers, and then swooping in to correct everything.

My three-year-old is full of independence and absolutely does not want mom to rearrange his marker. GASP! Doesn’t he know I am a preschool mommy blogger?!

So what do I do? I find subtle ways to have him practice. These activities suggest he rearrange his grip to create lines and movements in order to complete the task.

And you can do this as well.

Here’s How.

Halloween Sensory Play

Get ready for some super fun Halloween sensory play! 

We all know that kids and water are like beans and rice. They just go together! 

We also know that change and variation are great for the mind.  I have always loved a change of seasons. It keeps things fresh and exciting and I am sure this is how kids feel as well with learning. 

Change up your water play by adding these fun plastic eyeballs for Eyeball Soup! 

You will Love this New Bedtime Routine Idea

My 4.5 year old was a reluctant writer.

So I took a step back.

I knew my preschooler would write when he was ready.

I also knew that I could begin to teach him letter formations and important prewriting skills using using magnets, going outside, and using highlighters. I didn’t push the pen and paper and you don’t have to either.

You know the saying, "Your preschooler won’t go to college in diapers?

Allow this to apply with learning.

Slow and steady, keeping in mind that preschool is not a race. Your job as the parent or educator is to integrate smart opportunities to play and learn which will act as building blocks to the final goal.

Your child will use the potty and your child will also learn to write.

9+ Stress Management Ideas

Oh, hey there! Guess who else sometimes feels defeated and exhausted?

ME!

That's right. Some days get the best of me.

I am tripping over Picasso Tiles , the boys are on their 12th snack of the day because they are staaaaarviiiiing and laundry is on its third wash. Nope, no mildew smell over here. We are smooth sailing. (Don't tell my husband I admitted that.)

Sound familiar? 

Most of these things can make me want to hop in the car and peel out of the driveway.

I wouldn't even go very far. Probably just around the block a couple times listening to the birds as the windows let ALL the air in. 

But we all know. That just isn't possible.  

These little people inside need me to be home. They need me to be present.

And so, I try to find little ways that I can make myself happy so we can all hang together in harmony.  A little for me, and a piece for them. 

I call these, "Mom Needs a Minute" stress-free life hacks. 

Bring the Bears Home - Simply the best Breakfast Invitation

Inside: Left to right progression activities for children. 

These color counting/sorting bears are a hot commodity. 

Sorting? Grab the bears. 

Counting? Yup, bears again. 

Left to right progression? Boom. Bears again.

Bring those little guys home. 

My point is, these bears are in our top ten supplies for kids. 

And that doesn't surprise me. When I was a teacher, these counting bears were also a power play when it came to learning. Counting and sorting is just a little more fun when these bears are included. 

So here it is. Our most popular Breakfast Invitation for left to right progression.

Breakfast Invitation for fall

Here's WHY this game is so valuable. 

There is a difference between counting and understanding what the numbers stand for.

COUNTING is one of the first concepts to master. You will notice that your preschooler can count fairly early on and that counting has to do with memorization. 

BUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THIS PICTURE IS QUANTITY. 

QUANTITY is the concept of understanding how many. 

It may also include concepts such as more than, bigger than, less than, and same as. 

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.

This visual allows your preschooler to touch the objects as they count and add one more.


Not only will you get a new Breakfast Invitation here, but you will also better understand how to handle when things go a new direction.

Inquiry, Balance, and Impulse Control

Tell me the first word that comes to mind when you think of Fall. 

Chances are it is either apple or pumpkin spiced latte. Being a tea drinker, I tend to fall (unintended pun!) into the apple category. They are crisp, delicious, and everywhere. Plus my three-year-old gobbles them up so I knew he would be instantly hooked. 

We know that balancing our bodies can help improve reading skills. So let's take a look at how balancing objects can benefit learning as well. 

Button Push For Hand Eye Coordination

Why is Button Push so important? 

For starters, the SIZE of these buttons is perfect for your four-year-olds, great for your three-year-olds and even better for your one-year-old

How do I know this? Because I have all three ages that seem to swarm around these giant colorful buttons. They do fit into mouths, so stay close and make sure any of these ages do not choke. 

Educationally speaking, your child is also working on: 

  • Fine motor grip 

  • Hand-eye coordination 

  • Repetition which serves as building blocks to learning and establishes play patterns 

  • Movement

  • Prediction 

  • Transporting - mathematical and language concepts as they investigate space and weight

  • Empty vs. Full