Fine Motor Skills – Unlocking the Secrets for Pre-K

playing with beads develops fine motor skills

There’s a remarkable yet concerning trend catching our attention in Early Childhood. An increasing number of children are entering kindergarten without the essential fine motor skills they need to wield a pencil with confidence. Starting School at a Disadvantage More and more kids are starting kindergarten without the basic fine motor skills they need to […]

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 […]

Developing Scissor skills – why do they matter and how do we develop them?

developing scissor skills

Developing scissor skills is an essential part of a child’s fine motor development. Learning how to use scissors effectively not only promotes their hand-eye coordination but also enhances their creativity and independence. If you’re wondering how to teach your child the skills they need to become competent with scissors, you’re in the right place. In […]

Easter is coming…and so are the Easter Activities!

– I feel a bit Stark-ish today – Easter *winter* is coming! Here in Australia, Easter happens around the first month of Autumn/Fall. So for those of us from Downunder, Winter IS actually coming! In Australia, the Easter long weekend is traditionally the last camping weekend of the season…(for the wimps, anyway!) From here on […]

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 […]