Nurturing Early Number Sense in Early Childhood – Part 4, making Maths Fun!

playing with Lego builds fine motor skills

In the world of early childhood education, the key to nurturing number sense is to make learning maths fun! Let’s explore how we can infuse fun into the process of understanding numbers. (This is Part 4 in my Number Sense series – you can start with Part 1 here.) Play-Based Learning: Making Learning About Numbers […]

Nurturing Early Number Sense in Early Childhood – Part 3, Building Problem-Solving Skills

playing with beads develops fine motor skills

In our journey to foster number sense in early childhood education, problem-solving takes center stage. It’s where children apply their growing mathematical knowledge to real-life situations and learn to think critically. Let’s dive into this exciting aspect of mathematical development. (This post is Part 3 in my Nurturing Early Number Sense series. If you would […]

Nurturing Early Number Sense in Early Childhood

number sense can be learned through play

Now, if you’ve been around me for more than a minute, you know I’m a literacy gal by nature, but a bunch of my kiddos have shown they’re ready to learn some number sense. I decided to focus on early numeracy this month and give them a little boost in the right direction. What is […]

10 Surprising Benefits of Playing Card Games with Kids

There are so many reasons to play card games with kids – even kids as young as 3 can join in simple card games with others! In this post, we’ll be exploring the magic of play-based learning through simple card games and discussing ten benefits of playing card games with kids. So, let’s shuffle the […]

Teaching kids skills using a Bugs Theme for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Each month I plan a theme for preschool and kindergarten that targets a specific area of child development. Last month was mostly about social development, using a Valentines theme as the vehicle. This time, I’ve done a bugs theme for pre-k and kindergarten. Ewww, right? (By the way, if you’d prefer to listen to the […]

Why do we teach kids shapes?

teaching kids shapes

Shapes are the building blocks of further learning. Without a solid knowledge of shapes, all other basic literacy and numeracy learning becomes almost impossible. We need to teach kids shapes to build their knowledge of the world around them. Teaching kids about shapes develops visual discrimination Kids need to learn to pay attention to small […]

Playing Board Games with kids is a BIG DEAL!

board games for pre k

Back in the day, playing board games was a thing… I grew up playing board games as a kid. It was a bit of a thing – everyone played scrabble or monopoly or checkers or something like that. Kids were familiar with how games worked. Everyone knew the cheat in the family and how to […]

Color By Number Activities- not just busy work after all!

color by number for pre k

Color-by-number is just a fill-in, right? Color-by-number activities means busywork, right? I had lunch with a co-worker recently and she had just printed off some color-by-number activites for her group. Looking at them, I thought, ‘Hmm…maybe she just needs to keep her kiddos busy for a minute.’ Yes, I know, that was super-judgy of me. […]