Turkey Math

Creative Wednesday Using flash cards to teach my nanny kids math can get so tedious and boring. But when it comes to learning arithmetic — practicing addition, subtraction, and multiplication tables over and over again is really essential. Make learning fun with this Thanksgiving-themed math project for the kids. Adjust the math problems to the […]

Straw and Pipe Cleaner Geometry

Creative Wednesday Teaching shapes is fun. Using simple materials, my 8-year-old charge created squares, triangles, diamonds, quadrangles, and more. Older kids can be more creative and make 3-D shapes such as cubes. Build them, take them apart, and start all over again. You Will Need: Pipe Cleaners Straws Safety Scissors What to Do: Show the […]

6 Activities to Do with “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”

Weekly Trip to the Library Author Bill Martin, Jr. was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom […]

The Hat by Jan Brett and 6 Learning Activities

Weekly Trip to the Library Read Jan Brett’s fun book The Hat then do some fun corresponding activities with the kids. In The Hat: Oversized Board Book Lisa’s woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. He tries to pull it out, the stocking gets stuck on his prickles […]

Fishing for Rhymes

Creative Card Game Use index cards to create a deck of rhyming cards. The deck should be made up of at least 15 rhyming pairs (see our list below). Write one word per card. When the deck is complete, pass out four cards to each player. Explain that the object of the game is to […]

Fun Fraction Games

Creative Wednesdays Fractions are everywhere. Next time you see a sale price (such as 1/3 off), or tell the time (“It’s a quarter after 9”), use measuring cups in a recipe (such as 1/2 cup), or read a road sign (exit is 1/4 mile ahead), be sure to point out, “There’s another fraction!” Playing card […]

A Letter Per Week

Creative Projects: Learning at Home Whether the little ones you care for attend school part- or full-time or not it’s fun to encourage learning at home. One really easy way to reinforce learning with preschoolers and young students is doing fun projects on one letter each week at home. I like focusing on one letter […]

Games to Play with Kids to Help Them Listen

How Do You Get Kids to Listen? Listening skills can be practiced in fun ways in the home. Since kids learn through play, here are fun ways to teach your charges to listen better. Story Chain Play a story game with the child or with the whole family. The Babycenter web site suggests that one […]

Match It Puzzle Games

Product Review Sunday All professional nannies help the kids in their care to learn. The best way to learn is by playing.  The preschoolers I care for love The Learning Journey Match It Puzzle Games. These games feature a wide range of award-winning educational titles including: Alphabet Match,  Addition, All About Me, Animal Words, Colors  and Shapes, Counting, Opposites, Rhyme,First Words, Subtraction, Mathematics,  Heads […]