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Activities + Games You Can Do at Home to Support Your Child’s Learning

Your go-to list of curated learning projects, activities and games that you can do at home to support your child’s...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Structure Your Child’s Extended Time at Home

How to structure the day at home with your child, specifically extended time periods at home. Smart tips and a...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Practical Advice for Parents – Structuring Your Child’s Daily Routine

How to structure the day at home with your child, specifically extended time periods at home is hard. Here’s our...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
FAQs When Your Child Interrupts

Your questions, our answers. Learn how to handle common scenarios when a child interrupts. From raising hands, to when to...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
What to Say and Do When Your Child Interrupts

Learn why children interrupt, what to say in the moment and strategies for modeling patterns of communication. (It is hard...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Common Handwriting Problem #4 – Too Much Hand Pressure

If a child is too forceful with their grasp, the pressure used will lead to quick fatigue. To help prevent...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Common Handwriting Problem #3 – Poor Control and Precision

When all the other pieces – like grasp and strength – are in place, it may be time to practice....

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Common Handwriting Problem #2 – Weak Handwriting Strokes

Sometimes, a child may have an efficient grasp and sufficient hand strength, but their handwriting strokes still do not produce...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Common Handwriting Problem #1 – Weak Grasp

Little hands often struggle to hold a pencil, especially when their muscles need some building. Fortunately there are many fun...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Fine Motor Skills, Handwriting and How to Hold A Pencil

Learning to write is a hallmark in a child’s education journey. It empowers them to express themselves and their talents....

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
When Your Preschooler Hits: Part 2 – What to Do and Say

Knowing why a child hits is the first step in handling a challenging ‘hitting’ situation. Next, how should you respond...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
When Your Preschooler Hits: Part 1 – What’s Going On?

By learning why young children hit – learning what is developmentally going on in their brains when they hit –...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
On Race: Part 1 – Why Parents Should Talk About It

While we may agree that it is important to speak about issues of race and racism, these layered and personal...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Set ‘Intentions’ (vs Resolutions)

Any opportunity for a fresh start to refocus and reset (the New Year, the start of the academic school year,...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Teach Your Child to Fail

If you want to raise a child who grows up to be a resilient, problem-solving, persistent and adaptable adult, let...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Talk to Your Child About Microaggressions

Teasing, name-calling, social exclusion or any other general unkindness that specifically relates to race, gender, religion or any aspects of...

Ages
5-6
On Impulse Control: Part 2 – What You Could Do

Brain differences make it hard for a child to control their behavior. Understanding your child’s impulsive behaviors can help you...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
On Impulse Control: Part 1 – What Is It?

It may feel like a number of impulsive behaviors are seemingly normal for children. But what is ‘normal’? In this...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
A Montessori Approach to Learning Language

Learn the Montessori approach to learning language and how to apply it every day.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
On Writing Backwards

Is writing letters backwards OK, or is it an early warning sign of a learning difference? Let’s tackle this very...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Create Family Agreements

Try having ‘Family Agreements’ instead of having ‘rules’. Family Agreements can be powerful yet simple tools for encouraging baseline behavioral...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Community Engagement – How to Talk About It

Answers to our most popular questions on a heavy subject. From ‘How do I explain…’ to ‘How do I teach…’...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Community Engagement – What You Could Do

Tricky topic that’s filled with layers of good intentions and ambitious learnings. It takes effort from both you and your...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Choosing a Preschool – Part 2: Questions to Ask a Preschool

Are you in the midst of visiting preschools and trying to decipher what to look for in a classroom and...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Choosing a Preschool – Part 1: What to Look for in a Classroom

Trying to figure out what to look for in a preschool and which questions to ask when visiting schools? Learn...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Executive Functioning: Part 2 – How to Strengthen It

Nuts + bolts; let’s get tactical. Now that we’ve baselined the 3 primary processes of executive functioning, let’s look at...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Executive Functioning: Part 1 – Why It Matters

“Executive functioning” is a phrase often cited when talking about child development. But what does it really mean and how...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Kindergarten Readiness: Bonus FAQs

It’s hard to know what you don’t know as your child embarks on their learning journey and enters Kindergarten. Sure,...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Teach Math Basics: Part 1 – Talk Numbers

Take every opportunity to count…anything, everything! It may feel common sense to us grown-ups, but fluency in talking about numbers...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Kindergarten Readiness: Part 3 – Parent Readiness

Kindergarten is a meaningful adjustment – for parents too. We’ve got simple tips for parents for a not-so-simple transition –...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Kindergarten Readiness: Part 2 – Pre-Academic Skills

ABCs, colors, numbers, sight words…parents have heard of the “push-down” of academic skills – that Kindergarten has a lot of...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Kindergarten Readiness: Part 1 – Social + Emotional Skills

“OK, I think I have a sense for Kindergarten readiness, but how can I support my child to get there?” Read...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Kindergarten Readiness 101

“Is my child ready for Kindergarten? What does that even mean?” Here’s my high-level perspective as a parent + teacher...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Sensible Structure for Slower Days

What do you do with your kids when they’ve got a big chunk of time and you’re looking for fun...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Transitions: Part 2 – How to Get Through Peacefully

Knowing why transitions are difficult is half the puzzle. The other half is how to get through them. Teachers go...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Transitions: Part 1 – Why Transitions Are So Hard

#1 daily challenge with children: How to get from A to Z without fighting, yelling or throwing a tantrum? Learn why...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Grow Your Brain – Apply a *Growth Mindset*

Let’s double-down on how to translate *growth mindset* into something tangible with your child. We’re focusing on how to teach...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Teach Gratitude

“Gratitude is not just a feeling outside your control that arrives willy-nilly. It’s more like a radio channel: you can...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Discipline: Part 3 – Logical Consequences

Punishment is imposed, discipline is instilled. Consequences must make sense – they must be logical.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Discipline: Part 2 – Discipline in Practice

Discover how discipline and punishment differ in practice.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Discipline: Part 1 – Why Discipline (Not Punishment)

Understand the difference between discipline and punishment to change a child’s behavior in the future. Let’s focus on creating effective...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
FAQ: How Do I Know if My Child Needs Speech Therapy?

We’re often asked, “How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?” First, listen to your instincts. If you...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
The Super Power of *YET*

*YET* – 3 letters that may change your child’s life. (Thanks Janelle Monae and Sesame Street for making it memorable...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Teach Math Basics: Part 2 – Counting

Learning to count may seem simple, but it’s critical to learning well. Let’s learn to do it playfully! The concept...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Reinforce (vs. Reward) Positive Behavior

Imagine a magical world where children are internally motivated to be kind and generous. It’s doable!

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Wheel of Choices – Resolve Social Conflict Independently

Help your child learn how to resolve a social conflict on their own with this framework – Wheel of Choices.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Take a Mindful Minute

Help your child to control their thoughts by making Mindful Minutes a routine. Your step-by-step guide.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
What is Mindfulness and How is it Helpful?

Mindfulness…for kids? Yes, indeed! How can you help your child practice it naturally? Tune in….

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Encourage Language Development

Easy things you can do every day to encourage your toddler to use more language. *Note – Suggestions in this article...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Ask Meaningful Questions During Story Time

Increase critical thinking and curiosity when you read aloud. Take story time to a new level.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
*THINK* – Be Powerful with Your Words

Teach your child to *THINK* before they speak. A helpful mnemonic to remind your child that words are powerful. 

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Get Your Child to “Practice”

Research-approved. Reframe how you think about “practice”.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
“I” Messages: A Helpful Technique for Conflict Resolution

Empower your child with a valuable life skill – teach them how to express their emotions and desires during conflict.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
On Race: Part 2 – How to Talk About Race

Race is a tricky topic to write and talk about – for both young children and grown-ups. But it’s real...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 1: Why It Happens

At around age 4, you may see all sorts of dramatic language changes – talking back, harsh tones of voice,...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 2: Stop, Think, Re-Do!

It’s normal to hear your child experimenting with dramatic language at around age 4 (e.g., talking back, harsh tones of...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Teach Reading – Part 1: Develop Oral Language

Learning to read is incredibly empowering for a child, but it’s also very complex. There is no quick-fix or shortcut....

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Teach Reading – Part 2: Read *With* Your Child

Book selection is key in helping your child learn to read. Parents of emergent and early readers are often tempted...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Teach Reading – Part 3: Use a Cueing System

“Does it make sense? Does it look right? Does it sound right?” is a helpful cueing system to help your...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
(Academically) Teach Reading in 6 Steps

If you’re looking for a didactic list, here’s a theoretical, academic sequence for teaching your child to read. Just remember...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
What to Do if Your Child Doesn’t Want to Learn to Read

Your child may not want to learnt to read – *yet*. It’s completely normal and natural. Reading is hard. Reading...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
An Awesome Approach to Allowance

Our Awesome Allowance System gives children practice in setting financial goals, making hard choices, and developing a sense for the...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Reinforce Positive Behavior – Make a Marble Jar

Acknowledge and promote positive behavior….*Plinkit* with a Marble Jar! You’ll be amazed at the twinkle in your child’s eye each...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Why Children Should Play Outside

Taking time to connect with nature has a long lasting impact on our health, learning and emotional well-being. Here’s what...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Reward Empathy – Be a Real Superhero!

A classroom favorite for cultivating empathy, kindness, community membership and awareness of others. What’s a real superhero? Someone who helps...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 1: Why It Happens

Watching a child turn to you crying for the first time because “A friend said ‘I can’t play’”, is a...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 2: Do Something About It

Social exclusion is a main theme in a child’s development and there are many reasons why it happens. Empower your child to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 1: Optimize Your Child’s Learning

Including children in their own learning process about how to self-regulate is empowering and long-lasting. Here’s how it’s helpful to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 2: Body Engine Checker System

Here’s a practical tool and script to support your child’s self-regulation and emotional awareness – it provides a shared language to signal...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 3: Recover from a Meltdown

Make a Cozy Corner or Helper Green Basket to help your child recover from an emotional meltdown – proven techniques...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Handle Challenging Behavior

“The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice.” -Peggy O’Mara

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Helpful Ways to Praise Your Child

A simple tip sheet for how to praise your child. Something more than “Good job” or just commenting on process and...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Support Self-Image and Self-Confidence

When your child starts demonstrating behaviors that show they are trying to “fit in” or wants to “belong to a...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
What’s Developmentally “Normal”?

How do you know if your child is experiencing a developmental “bump”? How do you know if it is time...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Tattling vs. Telling

Tattling is very common but it can be shaped by our responses to their tattling. Teach your child this simple rhyme to work...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
*STOP!* An Easy Technique for Impulse Control

Empower your child to manage their emotions and regain control in heated situations with *STOP!*

Ages
4-5,
5-6
What’s a Good Resource for Developmental Milestones?

“What is a good resource to understand milestones for my child? At what age should they learn colors? Learn numbers?...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Sensory Processing Development 101

“Sensory processing development” is vital to understanding how children learn. It’s deeply studied among early childhood experts, but not widely...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Talk About Other Children’s Challenges

Questions and comments from children about other children’s challenges are normal; they illustrate the broad spectrum of learning, ability and...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Different Ways of Learning

“It’s not about how smart you are, it’s about how you are smart.” -Howard Gardner

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
A Simple Exercise to Help Re-Center Your Child

So easy. So visual. It works.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Teach Your Child to Write

Many of us are eager for our children to learn to write. It takes practice but it also needs to...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Share – Part 2: Some Helpful Rules

Conflict is natural for preschoolers who are just learning about peers and group settings – it’s expected, healthy and natural....

Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Share – Part 1: Why Share?!

Simply saying “Share!” holds little meaning for children. Young children are egocentric and concrete thinkers. Their experience of the world...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fibbing vs. Lying – Why Kids Lie

Around the ages of four and five, children begin to tell “tall tales”. They may also begin to tell fibs...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Gun Play – Understand the Myths and Realities

As parents and teachers of young children, we encounter “power play” in a variety of ways – some children like...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Tantrums – Part 1: What’s Going On?

Children experience emotions just like adults, but they need support and guidance to: 1) Understand their emotions; and 2) Make...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 2: What You Could Do

Tantrums are hard to manage – for everyone. Here’s our checklist for what to do….in the first 5 mins.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 3: What You Could Say

The reality is we have no control over when our child calms down. Parenting and teaching is not quick and...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 4: Before and After

It takes work and repetition, but indeed, there are things that can be done to pre-empt a tantrum and ways...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Common Manners by Age

We teachers have the good fortune of learning and playing with a wide range of children in class and are...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Encourage Listening – FAQs

Encouraging your child to listen can sometimes be very hard (even when you have our trusty checklist of things to...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Encourage Listening – A (Mental) Checklist

One of the most frequent questions we get from parents is, “How do I get my child to listen?” It’s...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Raise Responsible Children – Introduce Chores

Most of us have great intentions when it comes to involving our kids in chores, and goodness know we could...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Teach 3 Key Social Skills

While some children inherently understand how to socially interact with others and are comfortable with basic social skills, others need more...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Practice Writing and Fine Motor Skills with a Salt / Sand Tray

Whether a young child practices prewriting skills or an older child works on sight words, salt / sand trays are...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Teach Your Child About Personal Safety

As your child matures, there will come a time when you’ll need to have a conversation about personal safety. Many...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
3 Things to Say to Immediately Stop a (Sibling) Fight

Get unflustered in the heat of the moment? Three phrases you can use to stop a fight. Kids are often...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Handle an Emotional Meltdown 101

In the heat of an emotional meltdown, it’s hard to remember what to do. So we use *SKOR* for quick recall....

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Bring Peace to Your Mornings – Make a Routine Chart

Power struggles and harried mornings for both parent and child are normal, and yet not a fun way to start...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Ask Your Child About Their Day

Our Top 10 favorite conversation starters can give you insight into what matters to your child, and deepen your connection...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Teach Letter Identification

Some children are naturally drawn to learning letters, while others may not begin to learn letter identification until they’re a...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
How to Teach General Math Concepts

Many parents are eager to teach their children basic number concepts at a young age. For a 2-year old, exposure...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
Whining – Make It Stop!

One of the most frequent complaints we get from parents is around whining. We get it – even as teachers....

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Handle Sibling Fights (When You Have Time)

Siblings fight. They fight over people, things, physical spaces and so much more. They use their words and their bodies...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity & Imagination
Critical Thinking
Language & Literacy
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Play
10 Activities to Encourage Sibling Bonding

Siblings fight – it happens. But sometimes, stepping outside of the normal realm of toys and games can help kids...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Sibling Love – Make It Happen with a Sibling Love Jar

We can’t end sibling fighting nor force our children to get along, but we can help them recall happy moments...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Teach Empathy

“Empathy is when you’re able to understand and care about how someone else is feeling.” -Mark Ruffalo, Sesame Street

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Talk to Your Child About Death

Speaking with a child about death is an important, impactful, and often dreaded, teachable moment. Whether prompted by an actual...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Talk to Your Child About Someone Who is Sick

There are times when it becomes necessary to speak to children about people in their lives who are very sick....

Ages
4-5,
5-6

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