Ideas and Activities for Summer Learning, Ages 3 – 6

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If your kids are ages 3 to 6, you want to find easy ways to keep them engaged, playing, and learning throughout the summer. Don't worry, I got you covered with some snazzy, new ideas and resources. (Those of you with kids 6 - 10, you'll want to read yesterday's post about getting organized and finding fun activities for summer learning. Lots of ideas there, too.) Pretend … [Read more...]

Activity Ideas for Summer Learning, Ages 6 – 10

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Make this summer a time of playful learning and hands-on experiences. I love what I can do with my kids over the summer to encourage learning. Did you know that most kids regress two months in math and one or two months in reading? (Cooper, 1996) Yikes! We keep a summer schedule that includes learning activities, art, outside time, play, reading, friend time, room time, … [Read more...]

Pretend Play George’s Marvelous Medicine

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  Guest post by: Charlotte from Make, Do and Friend. Hi! I blog about creative play and imaginative learning with my 2.5 year-old son, Vincent. I'm so excited to be at Imagination Soup sharing our Roald Dahl inspired playtime. Recently Vin and I caught a reading of George's Marvelous Medicine at our local library. Vinnie loved the story; we brought it home and read … [Read more...]

Spiral Investigations in Nature, Books, Art, and Math

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One of the coolest patterns in nature is the spiral, don't you think? Investigate spirals with your kids by observing in nature, books, art, and making your own. Spirals In Nature You can find spirals in a seashell a spider web flower petals cauliflower florets pine cones seeds of a sunflower   Spirals Are Fibonacci Numbers. Fibonacci numbers are the … [Read more...]

Why I LOVE Singapore Math

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As you know, I hate Everyday Math. I believe Singapore Math to be a far superior math curriculum. Singapore Math allows children to master concepts with visual, concrete support. (As opposed to a brief overview in Everyday Math.) I also love Singapore Math because my nine-year old, the one who hated math, now only sort-of-doesn't-like-it and readily admits that her math … [Read more...]

Everyday Math Makes Me Want to SCREAM

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I don't normally loathe things. But I loathe Everyday Math for the hell it put my daughter through and the poor math foundation it gave her. Thank you so much. You Don't Know How to Subtract, Mom My breaking point came one Tuesday evening. My sobbing seven-year old daughter told me I didn't know how to subtract. To learn, I needed to read the four page Powerpoint … [Read more...]