15+ Simple Ideas to Teach Kids at Home & Free Printable (Love to Learn Linky #6)

Whether you are a homeschooler or think homeschooling is crazy, as a parent you have a special role in your child’s education.  It is important…


Whether you are a homeschooler or think homeschooling is crazy, as a parent you have a special role in your child’s education.  It is important to show you are interested and involved in helping them learn and grow! That is why I am so excited because next week we will be sharing our first A-Z themed Tot School and Preschool ideas.

Each post will be filled with fun ideas to help you share in the joy of teaching your child

The posts will include:

  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Activities & Sensory Ideas
  • Recipes 
  • Book Inspiration
  • Snack Ideas
  • Free Printables
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Before school is in session, let’s start thinking like an educator. Here are my tips to help turn the average parent into a teacher:

  • Collect garbage: All my life my mom (retired elementary school teacher) was collecting boxes, bags, plastic containers, lids, buttons, paper scraps, packing material… anything that can be used to count, sort, create, or play with has now become an important resource-so grab a bag and start collecting!
Sneak Peek of what’s to come πŸ™‚
  • Dollar Store/Dollar Bins: Don’t have supplies yet? Find a few cheap supplies at your local dollar store or dollar bins (I love the Dollar Tree and Target, they both have great teaching supplies). It doesn’t take a classroom full of stuff for a child to learn. 
  • Library: Books, books, and more books. If you haven’t visited your local library, now would be a great time. 
  • Plastic: Specifically a laminator or laminator sheets, page protectors, or plexiglass. Once you have a printable in hand, it’s a great idea to put it under plastic so you can reuse it. We have all of the above with a bunch of dry erase markers so we can enjoy our printables over and over again without having to waste paper or printer ink.
Sneak Peek of what’s to come πŸ™‚
Sneak Peek of what’s to come πŸ™‚
  • Play with Food: Cooking together is a great way to spend time side-by-side while learning. Also, there are some great food products (inexpensive too) that make awesome manipulatives, sensory activities, and craft supplies like beans, noodles, rice… 
Sneak Peek of what’s to come πŸ™‚
  • Repeat: Repeat activities and concepts. My mom has often told me that kid’s need to hear things at least 20 times before it sticks in their brain. Although I am sure your kiddo learns amazingly fast, be prepared to repeat yourself. 
  • Observe Surroundings: There is so much in our daily environment that can be used to teach; numbers, letters, colors, textures…
  • Ask Questions: Asking questions is a great way to find out what your kiddo understands and how they are processing the information presented. Questions also helps them think analytically and can be used as a way to guide the activity. 
  • Know your Child: The great thing about teaching your own child is you know your child best. That means you can adapt activities and present information when your kiddo is in the best mood for participation and learning. 
Sneak Peek of what’s to come πŸ™‚
Thanks so much for joining us! Don’t forget, next week we will start sharing our A-Z series. It’s going to be so fun I think you should tell your friends πŸ™‚ 

Now it’s time for the Love to Learn Linky. Last weeks party was filled with great ideas, thank you to all who shared. This weeks features all called out to me because I have home education on my brain.

Letters & Reading:
Alphabet  Relay (1)Easy reader books and series for kids learning to read. These are actually easy.
Alphabet Relay by Mom Inspired Life
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bath by Kitchen Floor Crafts
Easy Reader Books That are Actually Easy by What Do We Do All Day?
Math Caps02
Fun with Numeral Recognition by the Math Maniac
Math Caps by Mosswood Connections
Set up a simple kids' science lab at home. Adaptable for kids of all ages.
DIY Simple Kids’ Science Lab by What Do We Do All Day?
Daily Schedule 3 Printable by 1-2-3- Neat & Tidy
12 School Room Organization Ideas by Schooling a Monkey

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Now it’s time for some more links! I hope you’ll join me and a few of my friends for a brand new linky party.

Bloggers, share your posts every Thursday and watch as we round them up and share them all over the place. Almost anything goes, we’re just hoping your activities teach kids (or us!) something (science, art, cooking, behavior, crafting, parenting etc…).

The Love to Learn Linky is hosted by:

Left Brain Craft Brain
Left Brain Craft Brain (leftbraincraftbrain.com): Anne is an ex-engineer, current stay-at-home mama writing about crafty ways to encourage creativity (and brain power!) in our kids. Each of her projects gives kids the chance to learn about a new subject and do something crafty at the same time.

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Totschooling (totschooling.net): Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler and a preschooler, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.

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One Time Through (onetimethrough.com): Sue is an Elementary School Teacher currently on leave to be at home with her preschooler son. She shares ideas for connecting and learning with kids through meaningful, play-based activities that nurture curiosity and creativity.

A Little Pinch of Perfect (alittlepinchofperfect.com): Katie combines creativity, play, and learning for the perfect mishmash of fun activities that keep kiddos entertained throughout the day. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of play and feels that all activities naturally provide a fun way to learn.

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  1. These are wonderful tips! I homeschooled my kids for Pre-K and I loved it. I was able to teach them plenty and get to see their little minds go. During the summer I keep school going at home. Pinterest, actually has made me a better teaching-parent πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing via Mommy Monday!

    1. Thanks so much. Isn't it fun watching your own kid learn!?! I am amazed at my daughters thirst for knowledge. You are so right about Pinterest, there are so many great ideas! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  2. These are great ideas. We have always 'homeschooled' our preschoolers, and their kindergarten teachers have always been amazed at how much they know. We are always looking for new and better ideas.

    Mommy Crusader

    1. Hi Deborah. Your family is adorable, thanks so much for visiting from Mommy Crusader. I am so glad to hear that your preschool homeschool was successful, I am hoping all goes well for us this year too. I hope you are able to glean some ideas from us and hope you stop by again πŸ™‚

  3. What fabulous, fun, educational ideas!

    Isn't the dollar store the best for educational supplies? I've discovered some fabulous finds there!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

    1. Hi Laura, thanks so much and you are so welcome! It looked like so much fun πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much for visiting and the nice comment! It would be fun to take a shopping trip together to stock up on supplies πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Viviana πŸ™‚ I just realized I forgot another staple-toilet paper rolls.

    1. Hi Danielle, thanks for linking up. You always have such great ideas! πŸ™‚

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