• Our Favorite Games to Play - Intentional Homeschooling
    gift guide,  preschool,  resources

    10+ of the Best Educational Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

    With Christmas around the corner I’ve obviously been thinking a lot about gift ideas for the kids and one of my favorite kinds of gifts to give kids are ones that are fun but also educational. Of course Christmas isn’t the only time we are buying gifts for our kids (or other kids) and I wanted to have a place to share some of my favorite preschool items. The things on this list are things we either own and love or are really high on my to-buy-very-soon list. I could have shared way more things on this list but I wanted to keep it small to make sure I was…

  • book lists,  picture books,  preschool

    10 Great Books for Preschoolers

    I’ve taken a little break from weekly book lists this summer but will be back with Friday book lists starting in September! That being said, I do have a book list for you today! Here are ten books your preschooler will love.     TEN GREAT BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOLERS   Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss “Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented…

  • How to Teach Your Preschooler to Read

    How to Teach Your Preschooler to Read

    I always feel like I need to start these posts out with some kind of disclaimer, so here is this one: not every child will want to read as a preschooler and that’s totally fine. This post is for those that have four-year-olds who are interested. Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let’s talk about teaching your preschooler to read! The base text that we use for learning to read is the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. At about $15 it is an excellent and cheap resource, I’ve used it for both of my kids (with two very different personalities). In our…

  • More than 20 activities to help develop fine motor skills in preschool pre-writers.

    20+ Activities for Building Fine Motor Skills in Pre-Writers

    One of the things we’ve been working on this year with Ephraim in his three year old preschool is building up his fine motor skills. I’ve read many times that boys are usually farther behind than girls in this area and so far from my experience that has been so true. We’ve been doing a number of different activities to help increase his fine motor skills, and I’ve been looking up ideas for future activities as well so when it comes time to really start writing he’ll have developed the muscles and fine motor skills he needs. Here are more than twenty ways to help pre-writers build those fine motor…

  • Ideas for a simple preschool journal for 3 year olds

    Ideas for a Simple Preschool Journal for 3 Year Olds

    On the first day of our homeschool year my 3 year old surprised me by sitting down and asking what he was going to be learning. Up until that day he had not been interested in learning his letters or numbers, printing, coloring, drawing or any type of intentional learning so I was a little blown out of the water with his request. I had been planning to do one small thing with him each day but apparently he wanted a little more book work as well. I did some very academic research (okay, I searched on Pinterest) and came across the idea of a simple journal for 3 year…

  • Our curriculum plans for homeschooling grade one and preschool.
    art,  curriculum,  geography,  history,  language arts,  math,  music,  preschool,  science,  spanish

    An Overview of Our Homemade Grade 1 & Preschool Curriculums

    Today is our official start to our first year homeschooling! I have been waiting for this day for about 3 years and I’m kind of nervous that it will all blow up in our faces, I don’t think it will but that fear is definitely there. When I started thinking about what I all wanted the kids to learn this year part of me got overwhelmed and just wanted to buy a full pre-made curriculum. BUT one of the reasons we are homeschooling is to have more flexibility in our days and our learning and I knew that wouldn’t be the best way for us. So, I decided to hack together…