Category Archives: Handwork

Invitations to Play and Learn: Exploring the Circle

Several years ago someone gave me several dozen semi-rigid plastic circles. I’ve hung onto them through moves and downsizing because they were odd and seemed like I could surely do something with them! Today I am happy to say I’ve … Continue reading

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Invitations to Play and Learn: Kandinsky Circles

In the annals of “sometimes homeschool moms have great ideas which they plan for and then forget about” …..   I recently found a picture which I had printed out several years ago so the children could do some art … Continue reading

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Invitations To Play And Learn: Work Trays

One of the things that I have learned over time is that limits improve children’s interactions with the materials around them. Over the past several months I’ve been trying to include limits as natural guides in our learning spaces. One … Continue reading

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An Easy Learning Toy For The Toddler

  With Christmas quickly approaching the children are trying to make gifts for one another and their friends. Of course they aren’t very good yet at matching their abilities to their imaginations and desires to make things so most of … Continue reading

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Invitations to Play and Learn: Less is More

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working at reducing the number and variety of things available to the big children (7 and 6) in non-school hours and the little boys (4 and 2) during school hours. Part of … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up: Glimpses of Our Week II

                    Busy, but good. Next week will be crazier as the big three start a Gym and Swim class at the YMCA and Bull starts dance on Monday with Mouse having … Continue reading

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Handwork: A Is For Apple

The toy carrots were so popular that I thought we’d continue with a food theme as Bull learns the letters of the alphabet.  Since we’re learning the vowels before the consonants the next fruit to make was obviously an apple! … Continue reading

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Handwork: C is for Carrot

  This was a relatively easy project aside from my hand getting sore from the hole punch! Materials: one sheet of orange felt green or orange yarn (I used green so our carrots could have tops.) scissors hole punch large … Continue reading

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Handwork or Getting The Children To Make Their Own Toys!

One of the challenges of homeschooling is finding ways to help everyone learn that don’t involve everyone having separate lessons.  Of course some things do need to be separate because different children have different needs and are at different levels, … Continue reading

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