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Homeschool Play: Water Cycle

Welcome to the first of many Homeschool Play posts, a new resource for you to use to entertain and teach kids during this time of social distancing! ### The Water Cycle Today's post celebrates the water cycle! April showers bring May flowers, right? But what’s the science behind all those April showers? Introduce your kids to the water cycle with a few fun activities! ...

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Cafe

Merge pretend play and math practice in this fun family activity! Turn a play kitchen (or imaginary food!) into a cafe complete with a menu, servers, and play money for a morning of family fun that doubles as math time. To start, I prepped some play money--green construction paper turned into $1, $5, and $10 bills, but I used real coins to add an air of seriousness to our play.

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Insects and Arachnids

Hello again from the front lines of homeschooling! If you’re looking to engage a multi-age group of young kids, we have a fabulous series of activities today that will interest and excite your small crew. ### Insects and Arachnids Do you ever find yourself, a grown adult, feeling confused about the difference between insects and spiders? Well, prepare to learn along with your childr ...

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Storytelling

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Let’s start off the week by telling some stories. Storytelling is an ancient art form, practiced by our oldest ancestors--and yet we still enjoy stories today!

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Basic Chemical Reactions

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. We’re wrapping up this week with a series of basic chemical reactions that you can explore at home! ### Let’s Get Started! We started off the day by defining a chemical reaction. I relied heavily on the Kids Britannica defi ...

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Fingerprint Letters

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re combining art and letter recognition!

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Patterns and Number Practice

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re turning preschool math into play by exploring patterns and playing a number recognition game! ### Let’s get started! You can practice patterns with all kinds of household items. Make patterns out of different colored books, draw patterns of shapes on paper, or make pa ...

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Painting Toys

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re practicing hand-eye coordination and some zen mess making by painting toys with finger paint!

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Cabbage Chemistry

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re testing acids and bases using common household substances! Was anyone else’s favorite part of chemistry class the part where you got to test acids and bases using pH test strips? There was something so magical about watching the strip change colors, like it was giving me some secr ...

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Miss Humblebee's Academy Preschool Readiness

Welcome back to Homeschool Play! Today's extra special post features a free resource currently being offered by Gale, one of our many database resources. Through Gale, we are proud to offer free access to Miss Humblebee's Academy, a Preschool Readiness program created for kids ages 3 to 6.

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Math Machine

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re making a simple toilet paper tube contraption to help your preschooler or early elementary school child practice addition!

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Frozen Color Mixing

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re combining sensory play and color mixing with a hearty dose of play.

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Wet Chalk Painting

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are creating a sensory invitation to play with water, chalk, and tree branches. This activity is drawn from the book Play, Make, Create by Meri Cherry, which contains many fabulous process-based art projects. The th ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Dancing Grains

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re playing with a new take on the old baking soda and vinegar experiment. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Monster Shapes

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are joining in to celebrate One Book, One Community by drawing our own monsters!

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

This List is Anti-Racist

According to The Conscious Kid - a resource I highly recommend you check out - “experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible” to counter racial bias. Referencing title lists from a variety of sources, including The Conscious Kid and Soc ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Mystery Monster Game

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are playing a simple game to engage the creativity of the whole family.

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Pride Month Book Picks

June has arrived, and that means it’s time to pull out those Pride Month picks to share with your family! If you’re not quite sure where to start, we’ve got you covered with a list full of suggestions. Here, we’ve highlighted just a few of our favorites:

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Social Justice Picture Books

A relatively recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) outlines the myriad ways racism negatively impacts the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. While healthcare professionals are certainly in an ideal place to tackle racial inequality in our healthcare system, addressing racism can’t end ...

  • Last Updated 3 weeks ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Homeschool Play: Frankendolls

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are wrapping up the One Book, One Community celebration by showcasing some of the Frankendolls made as part of our passive program from the first week of the celebration. Without further ado, here are your creations!

  • Last Updated 3 weeks ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

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