5 Free Crafts for Black History Month

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Are you looking for a fun and creative way to teach Black History Month? I love to do crafts with young students, since it is a physical representation of what children are learning.

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Here are 5 Free Crafts for Black History Month:

Materials Needed:

Cardstock

Scissors

Tissue Paper

Markers

Watercolor Paint

Crayons

Black History Month Activities:

1. Jackie Robinson's Bat

After reading a book about Jackie Robinson, make a bat. All you must do is print out the bat and cut it out. Then have students color it brown, use watercolors, or copy on brown cardstock and cut it out.

2. Ruby Bridges Schoolhouse

Ruby Bridges was a little girl who helped to integrate schools. After learning about her, students can create their own schoolhouse.

 

 

 

3.  Rosa Park’s Bus

Rosa Parks helped to protest segregation on buses. Use the school bus template to have children make their own bus.

Related: 5 Tips to Teach Black History Month

4.  Garret Morgan’s Stoplight

Use tissue paper or cut up construction paper to make a stoplight. This is a great time to talk about street safety and what the colors of the lights mean.

5.  George Washington Carver’s Peanut

Use brown tissue paper, crayons, or markers to make a peanut for Dr. George Washington Carver. Children can also list things that are made from peanuts that they use everyday.

CLICK HERE to download all the crafts.

Hopefully these crafts will make it fun and easy to teach Black History Month.

What else do you plan on doing for Black History Month? Leave a comment below.

5 Tips to Teach Black History Month to Young Children

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February is Black History Month and it can be hard to talk to young children about race. Instead I would focus on achievements of African-Americans and not focus on race or the civil rights movement.

Since young children really have no concept about race, I think it is something to be taught later.  The purpose of Black History Month is to honor the accomplishments and contributions that African-Americans have made to society. Community helpers is a recurring theme in Social Studies, so it is easy to tie in to Black History Month.

Here are 5 tips to teach Black History Month to preschool and kindergarten children:

1.  Read Biographies

There are many child-friendly biographies about African-American heroes. Make sure to preview the book before so that you don’t have to explain any words or concepts that your child is not ready to understand.

Here are a few books that I recommend:

 

2. Complete Crafts

For example, you could make a baseball bat for Jackie Robinson or a school for Ruby Bridges. Black History Crafts are a fun way to create a physical object that represents the person that is being studied.

 

 

 

3.  Black History Month Printables

I have created printables for Black History Month that include coloring pages with short biographies, community helper sheets, and paper toppers that can be used for crafts as well. Go here for a few freebies or purchase the complete set here.

 

Related: 5 Free Crafts for Black History Month

 

4. Introduce a new person each day

Use your Social Studies time to introduce a new person each day. Choose a few people to study during the month. Click the link below to download a list of Famous African-Americans.

Free Printable: 20 Famous African-Americans to Know

5. Talk about the message

The message of Black History Month and all the other history months that celebrate people is to teach diversity. Show children that all people are the same, so everyone should be treated fairly and equally.

I like this cute egg experiment that opens a brown egg and a white egg. Children see that it doesn’t matter about the color of the outside, everyone is the same on the inside.

These are just a few tips to teach Black History Month to young children. How do you teach Black History Month? Leave a comment below.

Hands-On Spelling Practice for Preschool

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I'm always looking for independent and fun activities for my preschool twins. This activity is very low prep and is so much fun.

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Materials:

Die-Cut Letters (we used the small ones)

Alphabet Flashcards

Instructions:

1. Punch out the die cut letters- I would recommend you doing it, since they are very easy to tear. We needed 2 packs of letters for my twins, and to make sure that we had enough letters to spell the words.

2. Spread out the letters and have your child (or you) choose 2-3 cards at a time.

3. Show your child how to pick up the letters and spell the word.

4. Have fun!

My twins loved this activity and it kept them entertained for at least 20 minutes. I recommend having your child work on the floor so they have more room to maneuver. Since the picture is on the card, then your child feels as though they are "reading", which is great for building fluency and confidence.

How do you teach your child spelling? Leave a comment below!

Homeschool Preschool Curriculum: Preschool Star

Do you want to prepare your preschooler for school but don't know where to start?

When I decided to become a stay at home mom and preschool homeschool my twins, I naturally went looking for a resource or curriculum that I could use.

The only problem was that I kept finding resources that were either too easy or too hard for preschool printables. I also didn't want to keep spending our precious homeschool preschool minutes searching online for the perfect printables everyday.

I also saw a lot of fun stand alone activities or letter of the week curriculum.  While those might be an option for a toddler curriculum,  for 3-4 year old preschoolers,  they need more academic focus.  Kindergarten is an important grade, so children need to be prepared.

So I decided to create my own curriculum.

Simple. Engaging. Educational. All for one low price.

What does a unit look like?

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What age group is this for?

I designed Preschool Star for 3 to 4-year olds.

How is this different from everything else?

My preschool homeschool curriculum is based upon the Core Knowledge Standards,  which are research based standards for school readiness.
This means that instead of random activities,  children are learning necessary core skills for school readiness.

Is this a structured program?

Since I'm a stay at home mom, and I have 2 older children,  I knew I wanted flexibility.  I didn't want to deal with a heavily structured program,  but something that wouldn't take more than an hour a day.

It is flexible,  so you choose what you want to use. I also have a Pinterest board for each unit which includes supplemental activities. Note: Some programs make you pay for crafts they have copied online and call it a curriculum, and I didn't want to do that.

I also want to explore the themes and have my children enjoy their learning experience,  so I made each unit a 2 week unit.
Here is a sample lesson plan:

 
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My curriculum includes printables that I created with the Core Knowledge Preschool Standards in mind.
 

What about Math?

Math is an important subject that just doesn't get a lot of time as much as reading.  So I created fun and easy homeschool preschool math lessons which include two grid games for each theme. Grid games are fun games that teach young children math skills by learning how to count up to 10, and up to 20.

 
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I also include number and counting worksheets in each preschool theme unit, so your child is constantly reviewing their math skills.

Are you ready to start Preschool Star?

Don't worry, I've got you covered. Each unit comes with a flexible lesson plan that has a fun, hands-on activity for each subject.

You can buy it as a COMPLETE curriculum- lesson plans, math grid games, printables for one low price.

Or you can try a printable pack for only $2. Each printable pack includes 16-30 pages for a fun preschool theme.

What is Schoolhouse Teachers? A Preschool Mom Review

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As a preschool homeschool mom, I am always looking for more resources to supplement my preschool homeschool curriculum. Although the curriculum I follow is complete, I am always looking to enhance the extracurriculars of Music and Art.

This is why I was excited to review the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a comprehensive, online resource for homeschooling families. I also think it is a good supplement for children enrolled in a traditional school.

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Once I signed up, I liked that SchoolhouseTeachers.com  started to send me emails to help you get the most of your membership. I like the fact that it gives a brief overview of each section, which helps me learn more about what is available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

Here's a sneak peek of what SchoolhouseTeachers.com looks like once you log in:

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Out of the different sections, I was anxious to look at the Preschool Playground. Preschool Playground covers the following topics:

·        Bible

·        Language Arts

·        Multi-Subject

·        Numbers, Patterns, and Cognitive Skills

·        Manners and Healthy Habits

·        Arts, Crafts, and Music

·        Science

·        Motor Skills

·        Social Studies

My twins are loving the variety of resources in the Preschool Playground available with the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

There are also achievement certificates that you can print out and give to your child as well. This would be great as she masters a new skill, such as writing her name.

There is also a Planning section that includes e-books and articles about a variety of topics to help you plan the perfect preschool homeschool.

I wanted to focus on the Arts, Crafts, and Music so I explored the Music section. There is a Family Music online program that is included with the Schoolhouse Teachers subscription.

 Music is very important for young children since they learn rhythm, movement, and patterns through music. I like to incorporate music any chance I get, so I like the fact that it is included with my yearly subscription. The online music school provides lessons and videos that are fun and engaging for toddlers and preschoolers. The lessons are short and easy to follow.

Another area of the Preschool Playground I started to use immediately is the Beginning Handwriting Lessons. Now that my twins are interested in writing on everything, we are starting to practice handwriting. The Beginning Handwriting lessons include proper techniques for pencil grip and letter formation. My children enjoyed the poems that are included to help remember the correct letter formation. I like that it is easy for me to include this handwriting practice with our letter of the week that we are focusing on in our curriculum.

The Yearly Membership also includes access to World Book Online, which is an online encyclopedia. My oldest daughters use the reference section when they want to learn more about a topic. Not only can your child use the reference section, on World Book Online there are many educational videos about different topics. The video library has a variety of videos on multiple topics which would be a good introduction to your unit study.

There are also videos for electives such as Spanish and Art. My first grader who loves to draw liked the Drawing with Realism series. She began the watching the four part series, and was very happy with her results.

Another thing that I was very excited to see is the report card and transcript builder. Since I am now homeschooling my first and third grader, the one thing that I dreaded was creating their report cards. Apple Core makes it easy for you to keep track of your child’s grades with just a few simple questions.

I know that I will be referring to SchoolhouseTeachers.com throughout this year and can’t wait to explore the Literacy Center more. There are so many resources in one site that it truly makes it a one-stop resource for homeschooling. From preschool to twelfth grade, SchoolhouseTeachers.com has resources to support any homeschooling curriculum.

 

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10 Fun Magnets Preschool Unit Activities

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Young children love to play with magnets and see how they work. In my preschool homeschool curriculum, I have included a fun magnet themed unit to explore magnets.

Remember to always supervise your child with magnets, and never give them small pieces while alone.

I personally like to let my children use magnet wands which are easy to hold and a safe alternative than smaller magnets.

Here are 10 fun Preschool Magnet theme activities for your preschool unit:

1. Magnet Powered Car (Science Kiddo)

2. Mining for Magnets (No Time for Flashcards)

3. Magnets and Pipe Cleaners (Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls)

4. Painting with Magnets (Housing a Forest)

5. Magnetic Eggs (Modern Preschool)

 

6. Magnet Discovery Bottles (Preschool Inspirations)

7. Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin (ABCs of Literacy)

8. Magnets & Gravity Experiment (Rookie Parenting)

9. Exploring Magnets Sensory Play (And Next Comes L)

If you need preschool magnet theme printables you can get the pack here or save and get the entire Preschool Curriculum!

What other activities do you have planned for your unit? Let me know in the comments below!

The Best Educational Website for Homeschool Preschool You Must Try

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Since I am homeschooling my preschool twins, I am constantly looking for ways to supplement my preschool homeschool curriculum. Sometimes it's hard to try to fit everything in a day, which is the main reason why I designed my preschool homeschool curriculum to be flexible. But even then, I may have to switch things around or skip a day. That's why I'm happy that I found ABCmouse.com .

Wow, I love this educational website for preschool homeschool! It is perfect for homeschool preschool and preschool activities at home!

 

Some days you need 15-20 minutes of time, and ABCmouse is the perfect website for my children to have fun and still be learning. Now, honestly my children don't get screen time daily (we don't even own a television), but when they do, I like it to be educational. I love the fact that ABCmouse  is the the leading and most comprehensive digital early learning resource for children ages 2–8. The program now has over 8,500 standards- based learning activities and 850+ lessons across 10 levels.

1. Assessment- I liked being able to log in and start the assessment first. You don't have to guess where your child is, they can take the pre-assessment (we did a few at a time), then the program tells you what activities your child needs to work on. I was pleasantly surprised that my children had already mastered the PreK skills and were ready for the Kindergarten skills (which I credit to Kinderstar).

2. Multiple Users- You can get up to 3 users on one account. This is great for moms with multiple young children like myself. My twins and my 6 yr old have their own avatar, which shows in the corner when they log in. I like how cost effective it is instead of having to pay for multiple licenses.

3. Weekly Emails- the emails are very informative and tell you about the program, as well as other benefits.

4. Progressive Experience- the program grows with your child as they learn, so you know that they are always working on what they need.

5. Use on any Device- this is important for me! Regardless if you are on a tablet, smartphone, or computer you can log into ABCmouse. This is the perfect busy activity when you are out and about and need to keep your child entertained, and they can still be learning as well.

6. Music & Songs- Preschoolers learn through music, and ABCmouse has a large collection of songs children like to listen to.

7. Audiobooks- ABCmouse reads the books to children, which helps them learn how to pronounce words, listen to a book read fluently, and get an opportunity

8. Engaging Activities- From puzzles, coloring, to letter story videos, there are so many fun and engaging activities on ABCmouse. Children like to have a variety, and ABCmouse gives them that with the different choices available. There is even a zoo area where children can read and learn about different zoo animals.

9. Spanish Activities- I love that I found this section on ABCmouse. Since I am teaching my children Spanish, they can practice what they learn through puzzles, games, and audiobooks. Even my oldest children who take Spanish classes at school benefit from listening to the audiobooks, since they can hear the way words are supposed to be pronounced and learn new vocabulary as well.

10. Printables- There are a ton of printables that are related to the standards as well.

Cons

My only complaint about ABCmouse is that it is too engaging! My children love ABCmouse and ask to use it daily. We don't watch television, but I do make an exception for ABCmouse and educational videos we get free with Amazon Prime. Preschoolers should have no more than 20 minutes of screen time daily (including all devices), so we choose what screen activity they will do. I set a timer and once it is finished, it's time to do something else.

Overall, ABCmouse is a great supplement to your preschool homeschool curriculum. It helps to reinforce the skills that you are teaching your child, as well as allows them to increase their skills and become advanced.

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What is your favorite part of ABC mouse? Let me know in the comments below.

10 Best Firefighter Theme Preschool Activities

Here are 10 fun Fire Safety and Firefighter theme activities for your Preschool Unit:

Wow, I love all these fire safety and firefighter preschool activities! They are perfect for my preschool homeschool curriculum!

1.  Rescue the Alphabet (Mom Inspired Life)

This fun alphabet activity includes movement that gets your child excited about learning the letters. All you need is masking tape, magnetic letters, and a magnetic surface. Go here to check it out.

2. Firetruck Shape Craft (Sand in My Toes)

This is a great way to practice shape recognition, cutting, and pasting by making a firetruck. This website has simple directions to make your own firetruck.

3. Fire Ladder Learning Activities (JDaniels4Mom) You can use masking tape to create a fire ladder or use sidewalk chalk outside to create a fire ladder, then have your child learn and play with the fire ladder. For example, write numbers on each rung and have your child hop to the number you call out.

5. Firefighter Plate Hat (MomsTown-Toronto)

No firefighter hat? No problem! Your child can paint a paper plate red and make their own firefighter hat. Go here to get the easy directions.

6. Fire Safety Crawl (Lalymom)

At this age, it is important for children to learn about fire safety. In case of an emergency, children should know how to get low and crawl on the ground. I like how this website explains fire safety procedures in a fun and easy way. There are also 2 more fun firefighter activities to go along with your unit as well.

7. Fireman (or woman) Craft (Learn Create Love)

This simple craft is a lot of fun, as well as helps your child practice cutting and pasting. Go here to grab the craft.

8. Firefighter Letter v. Word Sorting (Totschooling)

This is a great way to introduce the difference between letters and words to your preschooler. Go here to get the free printables.

9. Visit a Fire Station

You can visit a fire station and it would be a great field trip for young children.

10. Watch Fire Safety Videos

Youtube has tons of kid-friendly fire safety videos. Just use the search box to find the perfect video for your child.

You can get the printable pack here or save and get the entire Preschool Curriculum!

 
 

What other activities do you have planned for your unit? Let me know in the comments below!

9 Must Do Pumpkin Theme Preschool Activities

Here are 9 fun Pumpkins theme activities for your Preschool Unit:

Wow, I love these fun pumpkin preschool activities! They are great for preschool homeschool and preschool activities at home!

1. Pumpkin Seed Transfer (Childcare Land)

Pumpkin seeds are easy to get, and are the perfect size for counting and fine motor activities. Use the pumpkin seeds and tongs to transfer them from one container to the other. After your child transfers the seeds, you can practice counting the seeds out. Using tongs allows your child to improve their fine motor skills which helps make writing more easier. Go here to read more.

2. Pumpkin Scented Moon Sand (Parenting Chaos)

Everything in the fall it seems smells like pumpkin. Why not create moon sand for your child that smells like pumpkin as well?  Another great thing about this recipe is that it is "taste safe", so if your child tries some, it is ok. Go here to read these simple directions.

3. Pumpkin Volcano Science (The Resourceful Mama)

This simple science activity gives children a sensory play experience as well. Using products that you probably already have in your home, your children can see what happens when the materials combine together to "erupt". Go here to get the complete instructions.

Vocabulary words to introduce: mix, fizz, erupt, solid, liquid

4. Pumpkin Science Craft (A Little Pinch of Perfect)

This craft activity teaches young children about what is on the inside of a pumpkin. First you can read a book about how pumpkins grow, then complete the craft. It is also good when you are finished to have your child compare their craft to a real pumpkin. Go here to get the directions.

Vocabulary words to introduce: life cycle, stem, plant, seeds

5. Marble Painting Pumpkins (Paper and Glue)

This is a new spin on painting-and less messy as well! I like that this project is contained in a box, which helps to control where the paint goes. Your child will love to "paint" with the marbles and practice control to see how much they can fill up their pumpkin. Go here to see the complete activity.

6. Pumpkin Process Art (Pre-K Pages)

This activity only requires the top of a pumpkin and paint. This is an open-ended art activity that gives young children the freedom to explore and create. Go here to get the simple directions.

7. Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt (Life Over C's)

There are pumpkin patches all over the place in October, so if you can, it would be a great and easy field trip for your child. Use this scavenger hunt sheet to have your child search for items in the pumpkin patch. This activity is a great time to practice and use new vocabulary words. Go here to print it out.

8. Pumpkin Decorating with Washi Tape (The Educator's Spin On It)

This is a simple no-prep activity (my favorite kind)! Give your child a small pumpkin, and strips of tape, and let them cover the pumpkin with the washi tape. I love the simplicity of this project and it is a good quiet activity. Go here to read more.

9. Colored Pumpkin Seeds (Childcare Land)

This activity can be used in multiple ways. Practice color recognition and sorting after coloring the pumpkin seeds, then use the seeds to create a colorful art project. Go here to watch a video on how to do it.

You can get the printable pack here or save and get the entire Preschool Curriculum!

 
Wow, I love these fun pumpkin preschool printables! They are great for preschool homeschool and preschool activities at home!

 

What other activities do you have planned for your unit? Let me know in the comments below!


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5 Hands-On Post Office Preschool Theme Unit Activities

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Learning about community helpers is an important part of preschool. Community helpers are people who work in the community and assist people to make it a better place.

The Post Office is a place in a community that young children should know and appreciate, since it helps us to communicate with people from all over the world.

Wow, these post office theme preschool activities are great for preschool homeschool! I love these preschool activities at home!

Here are 5 fun Post Office theme activities for your Preschool Unit:

1. Post Office Dramatic Play Center (Picklebums.com)

This post office dramatic play center comes complete with stamps , word lists, and envelopes, to create your own post office center. Print the stamps on colored paper for a more dramatic effect.

2. Post Office Field Trip (Bambini Travel)

The post office is a perfect, free field trip for your preschooler! Meet a postal worker, look at stamps, and count the mail trucks. If you can, talk to the Postmaster, and try to arrange a tour. This is a simple and fun playdate for you and your friends!

3. Simple Mailbox Craft

This mailbox is very easy to make, just fold a blue or black construction paper and paste on white paper. Make a simple flag and glue to the side.

 

Materials:

Blue or Black Construction Paper

Red Construction Paper

White Construction Paper (for base)

Thumbtack (to make the flag move up and down)

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4. Mail Theme Sensory Bin

 
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5. Sort the Mail (Intentional Grace)

This sorting envelope activity integrates math with our post office unit! Label bins or baskets with numbers, then have your child count out envelopes/letters into the baskets. You can use real mail or plain envelopes.

Every activity that we do in our preschool homeschool is related to the Core Knowledge Preschool Standards. The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence is a set of learning guidelines for children ages 3-5 years.

The Core Knowledge Preschool Standards that are related to this unit are:

Dictate a simple letter, invitation, or thank you note.

It's good practice for children to write thank you notes for gifts received and they can tell you what they want to say and you can write it down. Once they are able, preschoolers can write their own simple letters to family members.

Name city, state, and country where one lives.

One simple activity to master this standard is to address an envelope with your child's name, address, city, state, and zipcode. You can also point out your address on mail that comes to your home.

You can get the printable pack here or save and get the entire Preschool Curriculum!

 

 
 

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