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1. Free Worksheets for Name Writing Practice
Free Worksheets for Name Writing Practice
For a young child, learning to write his or her name is an important skill and a major milestone. It means your child can identify his or her ownership of his creations, from a completed craft project to a favorite t-shirt. Your child will use this skill to label every worksheet he completes, an...
Education - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:13:07
2. Teaching Children How To Write Numerals
Teaching Children How To Write Numerals
Numbers play an important role in many parts of our lives. I could begin naming some areas in which numbers are critical, but I know that is not necessary, as numbers are all around us. When children start to notice numbers and are learning to recognize the numerical symbols for each number, it i...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:05:47
3. Helping Children Develop Fine Motor Skills
Helping Children Develop Fine Motor Skills
I'm a former preschool and kindergarten teacher who retired in 2008 to become a "Full-Time Grandma" to my five beautiful grandsons. I'm also passionate about the idea that all parents are their child's first and most important teacher and I strive to give parents the tools and confidence they nee...
Parenting & Kids - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:11:51
4. Teaching Your Child to Recognize His Name
Teaching Your Child to Recognize His Name
A child's name is the single most important and special word in his or her vocabulary. It is also usually the first word a child learns to write. As a baby, his name is the first word your child will hear repeated over and over as family and friends coo lovingly into his ear. As a toddler, it's ...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:19
5. Visual Discrimination Activities for Children
Visual Discrimination Activities for Children
Visual discrimination is the ability to recognize details in visual images. It allows people to identify the size, shape or form, color and position of objects and printed material. Visual discrimination skills also enable people to identify likenesses and differences between specific images. Fo...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:02:55
6. Teaching Children the Colors
Teaching Children the Colors
Color is often the basis for distinguishing different objects. And color is also used to label the objects in our environment. When we identify the things around us, we look at the color as well as any other specific features. For example, if we want an apple, we may have to specify if we want th...
Education - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:14:33
7. Helping Children Develop Gross Motor Skills
Helping Children Develop Gross Motor Skills
Comfort with gross motor skills is very important for young children. Not only do the gross motor activities of crawling and walking give children important independence, but strong gross motor skills allow children to interact comfortably with others on the playground, carry large bins and stack...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:19
8. Sorting and classifying activities for kids
Sorting and classifying activities for kids
Sorting is a skill your child will use throughout his life. He will use sorting skills when he puts away his toys, organizes his clothes, arranges his desk or empties the dishwasher. Recognizing groups of objects that belong together requires logical thinking, which is an important skill for all ...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:43
9. Teaching Children the Alphabet and Letter Sounds
Teaching Children the Alphabet and Letter Sounds
Learning the alphabet is a wonderful milestone for young children. Knowing the names of all 26 letters - plus the sound each letter makes - is the first step in learning to read and expressing thoughts through writing. Fortunately there are several fun ways for you to help your child quickly lea...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:05:50
10. Fun counting activities and counting games for kids
Fun counting activities and counting games for kids
Counting is a basic math skill and is often a child's first experience with numbers. At first glance, math and counting can seem scary or intimidating. But these topics don't need to frighten your young learner! With some fun games and a little encouragement, you can help your child learn to love...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:02:55
11. Tips for a New Kindergarten Teacher
Tips for a New Kindergarten Teacher
Congratulations! You've chosen to teach what I believe is the most exciting school year for children. The growth you'll witness with your young students is inspiring - they enter the kindergarten classroom in September as babies, many coming to school for a full 5 days each week for the first tim...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:04:44
12. Tips For Being A Great Out-Of-Town Grandparent
Tips For Being A Great Out-Of-Town Grandparent
I love being a grandparent, so it was not surprise to my family when I retired from my teaching position so that I could take advantage of the years when my grandchildren (actually 5 grandsons!) were young and still interested in playing with me! I hope that the loving bonds I create with them no...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:04:43
13. Teaching Children to Write the Alphabet Letters
Teaching Children to Write the Alphabet Letters
I believe good handwriting is an important skill for everyone to have, even in this technological world where keyboards seem to abound. When children are taught handwriting skills at a young age, they are positioned for a lifetime of legible handwriting. Good handwriting is like knowing how to ri...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:04:43
14. Pattern worksheets and activities for kids
Pattern worksheets and activities for kids
Identifying and creating patterns is a large part of the preschool or kindergarten curriculum. And by patterns I do not mean the design on your blouse or skirt! A pattern is a sequence that repeats at least once. For example, line up an apple, a pear, an apple and a pear - you have a pattern! On...
Education - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:13:37
15. Children love learning the alphabet!
Children love learning the alphabet!
I took this picture last fall when I was in Chicago visiting my daughter and her family. My oldest grandson was 4 years old then and was fascinated with the alphabet. He could recognize all the letters and knew the sound each letter makes. Then he became enamored with spelling (or trying to spell...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:21
16. Graphing Activities for Young Children
Graphing Activities for Young Children
Graphing is generally taught as part of a kindergarten mathematics curriculum. An interest in graphing typically arises as children become curious about how to group and compare different objects. Graphing incorporates the skills of counting and comparing and promotes understanding of the terms "...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:43
17. Wooden Train Sets - Great for Play and for Learning
Wooden Train Sets - Great for Play and for Learning
A wooden train set is a classic toy that is still fantastic for young children. There are many different brands, but each contains a number of different shaped wooden "track" pieces that interlock like puzzle pieces to form a winding train track. Then there are a variety of train cars you and add...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:05:50
18. Teaching Children About Shapes
Teaching Children About Shapes
Communication skills are important. They are essential for getting along with others, understanding what people are saying and getting our own message stated clearly and accurately. One element to successful communication is an extended vocabulary so that children can express their thoughts. Know...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:12:42
19. Crayon Rocks Rock!
Crayon Rocks Rock!
As a former preschool and kindergarten teacher, and now grandmother to 5 small boys, I am always on the lookout for items to assist in skill development for young children. I know first-hand how tough it is to change an improper pencil or crayon grip and now preach the merits of teaching children...
Education - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:15:47
20. Teaching Children Sight Words
Teaching Children Sight Words
One reason why I loved teaching my own three children to read at home and teaching my young students in my kindergarten classroom was the thrill of seeing their eyes sparkle as they triumphantly read a small, paperback beginning reader from start to finish. It was a sense of accomplishment for th...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:04:43
21. Helping Children Learn To Play Nicely With Their Peers
Helping Children Learn To Play Nicely With Their Peers
Feeling comfortable with peers is a key element to feeling confident in school. When children are able to interact easily with friends they can feel confident as they approach other children in any situation in school, from the playground to the classroom. During one of my continuing education co...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:04:43
22. Picking The Right Bike For Your Child
Picking The Right Bike For Your Child
All parents remember the momentous day they got their first bike. It was shiny and new and so very exciting! With that fond memory in mind, many parents look forward to the day they can get their child his or her very own bike. And with summer quickly approaching, now is the best time to go shopp...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:19
23. Simon Says: "Play Simon Says!"
Simon Says:
Children learn best when they are having fun. In fact, one of the most valued compliments I ever received from a parent came after just a few days into the kindergarten school year. A parent reported that she asked her son what he had learned in my classroom that day and his answer was: "Nothing ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:02:55
24. Rainy Day Activities For You And Your Child
Rainy Day Activities For You And Your Child
Rainy days can be a drag. You're stuck inside or, if you're brave enough to venture out, you are likely to end up ruining a perfectly good pair of shoes. And with the change in weather that comes with the fall season, rainy days are likely to be in the forecast. For people with children, rainy da...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:19
25. Help Your Child Learn to Listen Well
Help Your Child Learn to Listen Well
After 20 years as a preschool and kindergarten teacher, I can tell you first-hand how critical it is that children come to school with strong listening skills. Throughout the school day, teachers are giving directions and teaching information using spoken language. From instructions on how to com...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:50
26. Kindergarten math activities
Kindergarten math activities
Math games are a wonderful way to get children to think! When math-related activities are fun, children won't even realize they are learning. From basic math games (like addition riddles or sorting activities) to complicated math games (like sudoku or word problems), playing with numbers is an e...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:04:43
27. Helping Children Learn to Follow Directions
Helping Children Learn to Follow Directions
Wouldn't it be lovely if our children always listened to every direction we gave them? There would be no need to repeat and repeat and repeat our requests. Tension, nagging and frustration would decrease dramatically in most homes! However, children are not born with finely tuned listening skill...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:49
28. Dominoes: A Classic Game and So Much More!
Dominoes: A Classic Game and So Much More!
The game of dominoes is almost as old as time! This game has been played for centuries and originated in China. And it's as popular now as it was when I was a child. These small tiles can provide lots of opportunities for fun and for learning. This standard version of dominoes is very popular be...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:05:48
29. The Best Cole Slaw Recipe
The Best Cole Slaw Recipe
With summer finally here, it is always nice to have a casual, yet impressive, side dish in your repertoire. While this slaw is great for picnics, it is also terrific with fried chicken or meatloaf. This dish is a jazzed up version of most original cole slaw recipes. Most notably, it's jam packed...
Food & Cooking - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:19
30. Review of Tomie dePaola Books for Children
Review of Tomie dePaola Books for Children
Tomie dePaola has written and illustrated over 200 children's books, and each one is more darling and endearing than the one before it. It is no surprise that he is a favorite author/illustrator of children and their parents, as well. His illustrations rely on soft colors and gentle, friendly ch...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:04:43
31. Have a Great Time In Columbus, Ohio
Have a Great Time In Columbus, Ohio
I live in what may be the best (and most underrated!) city in the mid-west. Columbus, Ohio has really come into it's own in the past 30 years since I have been living here. Initially, this city was called a "cow town" because it was not an industrial city like the big cities to it's north (Clevel...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:05:26
32. Make Thanksgiving Time a Learning Time
Make Thanksgiving Time a Learning Time
Thanksgiving is a holiday where we "give thanks" for the people we love and all of the good things that we have in our lives. We all know this. But in our hectic world, sometimes that message gets lost in the fancy holiday meal and the long weekend away from work and school. With a little though...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:05:51
33. Simple and Inexpensive Gifts for Teachers
Simple and Inexpensive Gifts for Teachers
As the winter holidays approach, it is always appropriate to show your appreciation for the wonderful school year your child is having. Every teacher will be very pleased to have her dedication recognized with an acknowledgement from her students and their parents. Fortunately, recognizing an ou...
Education - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:14:36
34. Alaskan Cruise Dream Vacation
Alaskan Cruise Dream Vacation
I feel very fortunate to have been able to take many fun and exciting vacations. Some have been to exotic locations, such as Grand Cayman Island or Hawaii. Others have been thrilling excursions, such as the trips to Italy, France, England and Scotland. But when I looked back on these experiences...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:05:51
35. Getting Children Ready For School
Getting Children Ready For School
It's that time of the year. The warm days of summer, filled with ice cream and afternoons at the pool, are coming to a close. Stores are advertising back-to-school specials. In my house, the end of summer and beginning of fall always meant one thing - going back to school for me and my children! ...
Education - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:11:51
36. Waiting A Year To Start Kindergarten
Waiting A Year To Start Kindergarten
Fall means "back to school" for all school-aged children. But sometimes a child misses the cut-off date by a few weeks and must wait a whole year before he can start kindergarten. Or perhaps a child's birthday is within the parameters, but falls very close to the cut-off date and his parents feel...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:43
37. Life Lessons Taught Through the Books of Don Freeman
Life Lessons Taught Through the Books of Don Freeman
I have been reading picture books to young children for over forty years! I love the experience of sitting down with a child and giving him or her my undivided attention as we visit the imaginary world brought to life in the book. Of all the authors of young children's books, Don Freeman is one o...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:04:44
38. 10 Tips for a New Teacher
10 Tips for a New Teacher
After many years in a kindergarten classroom, I've found some tried-and-true ways to help the school year go smoothly. As any teacher knows, each class has its own personality. Some years were really a breeze with a cohesive and responsive group of children. Other years were more of a challenge, ...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:05:50
39. Classic Books For Toddlers
Classic Books For Toddlers
Even though they can't read (and maybe can't even talk) toddlers and young children still love to be read to! This was always one of my favorite activities with my children when they were young and now I love reading to my little grandsons! Reading to young children is a great activity for many ...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:02:55
40. Teacher Renee RocketMoms Summer 2011 Graduation Lens
Teacher Renee RocketMoms Summer 2011 Graduation Lens
Just a few short months ago, I met the lovely Donnette. When I say "met" Donnette I mean that I discovered one of her lenses through a google search and then quickly jumped from lens to lens until I read about a dozen of them. I immediately became a fan! We traded friendly emails and became fast ...
Squidoo Community - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:19
41. Making Halloween Educational for Children
Making Halloween Educational for Children
Halloween is a wonderful holiday for kids. It encourages socialization, imagination, and creativity. And, of course, it is filled with costumes and candy, which kids love! While the fun of the holiday is easy to see, it's also a great time to harness your child's general enthusiasm for Halloween ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:02:56
42. Pumpkin Crumb Cake for Pumpkin Lovers
Pumpkin Crumb Cake for Pumpkin Lovers
The air is cool and crisp and the leaves are starting to change colors! I love this time of the year - the blazing heat of summer has ended and the cold winter is still months away. When I think of fall recipes, I think of comfort food. The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shor...
Food & Cooking - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:13:40
43. Teaching Children Basic Word Families
Teaching Children Basic Word Families
Young, beginning readers are adorable to watch. They earnestly look at every letter in a word and say the sound for that letter (called decoding). It is a joy to see the look of pride on their faces as they plow through word after word until they complete the sentence or even the small book they ...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:19
44. Teacher Renee Fall 2011 Compilation Lens
Teacher Renee Fall 2011 Compilation Lens
This was my second RocketMoms challenge and I really enjoyed it. It brought back fond memories of a family vacation that meant so much, let me shine the spotlight on my adorable (if I do say so myself!) grandson and allowed me to share my passion for helping children prepare for preschool and kin...
Squidoo Community - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:02:56
45. Teaching Children the Importance of Words
Teaching Children the Importance of Words
Words are the essential components of verbal and written communication. To read, write, and spell, children need to understand that words are separate, meaningful parts of our language. They need to be shown that the words on a page can be read and spoken and understood. In other words - words ar...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:03:50
46. Young Children Gain A Lot from a Preschool Experience
Young Children Gain A Lot from a Preschool Experience
As a former preschool teacher, I believe that children benefit from some kind of preschool experience. Young children, who are like curious little sponges, are ready and able to learn a lot. And of course, the learning should be fun - not tedious. But that is not my foremost reason for saying YES...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:04:44

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