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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

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Early Childhood Learning



A to Z Kids Stuff
This site is full of online resource for kids ages 3-5. It provides a good first introduction to computer learning. It also works well as a mini-weekly-unit-study introduction.

Cost: $5/year

WEB LINK: http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/prefun.html


Bead Sequencing Kit
By Melissa and Doug

This kit is great for pre-schoolers because it gives them a chance to fine-tune their moter skills and their sequencing skills.
  • By having to place the beads onto the sticks, the youngster uses hand-eye coordination and concentration.
  • The youngster can then build the patterns on the cards to learn sequencing. Sequencing is a great pre-reading, pre-math skill.
  • The home-educator can also use the beads to form different groups with the child, such as all the same colors, all the same shapes, etc.

    I used games like this with my children because it is a fun way to learn. Play to learn.

    Please note that the manufacturer recommends this game for children over age 3 because of choking hazard.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00021HBAO/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr


  • Five In A Row
    By Jane C. Lambert

    The Five in a Row series uses a unit-study approach to early education based on outstanding children's literature. Together, the three volumes of Five in a Row provide 55 lesson plans covering Social Studies, Language, Art, Applied Math, and Science in a way that causes children to fall in love with learning.

    WEB LINK: http://www.fiarhq.com/


    Games for Learning
    By Peggy Kaye

    This books is subtitled: Ten Minutes a Day to Help Your Child Do Well in School-From Kindergarten to Third Grade. It is full of useful games to play with your youngster to help them learn fundamental concepts for reading & language, math & organizational skills, etc. Many homeschoolers have used Peggy Kaye's books with great success.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374522863?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=03745


    Good Picture Books for Kindergarten
    By Polly Castor

    Our own long-time Classical Kids founding member, Polly Castor, shares her knowledge and experience in this blog entry focusing on the treasures known as picture books.

    WEB LINK: http://pollycastor.com/Polly_Castor/Pollys_Blog/Entries/2012/7/28_Good_Picture_Books_for_Kindergarten.html


    Motivating Learning in Young Children
    By NASP

    A nice article about behaviors of a motivated child, and how to develop and enhance motivation in children. Here's a snippet:

    Young children learn from everything they do. They are naturally curious; they want to explore and discover. If their explorations bring pleasure or success, they will want to learn more. During these early years, children form attitudes about learning that will last a lifetime. Children who receive the right sort of support and encouragement during these years will be creative, adventurous learners throughout their lives. Children who do not receive this sort of support and interaction are likely to have a much different attitude about learning later in life.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/earlychildmotiv_ho.aspx


    Picture Sequencing Game
    By Carson Dellosa

    This package of sequencing cards is a great pre-reading and pre-math exercise for youngsters. By having to put the cards in the right order, the youngster learns the logical sequence of a story. I used such cards with my kids, and it really helped them develop their mental capacity as pre-schoolers. It is an easy way to make learning fun. Kids "play" and learn essential skills. I highly recommend trying this product.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F8QY4I/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr


    Sorting Pie
    By Learning Resources

    This game is a great way to teach a youngster how to sort by type. Sorting or recognizing differences is a pre-math, pre-reading skill. The kit comes with overlays to have the youngster sort by type of fruit, color, or number. Counting is a first skill in learning math. I used this type of game with my children; it is a great way to learn while playing.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DJ51WQ/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr


    The Learning Journey Match-It
    This package of sequencing cards is a great pre-reading and pre-math exercise for youngsters. By having to put the cards in the right order, the youngster learns the logical sequence of a story.

    From the site: This colorful box of 20 sets of Sequencing Fun puzzle cards provides children with an introduction to the ordering of life cycles and events. Each card set introduces a life cycle or event that needs to be ordered from left to right. The cards are self-correcting as no two puzzle cuts are the same.

    I used such cards with my kids, and it really helped them develop their mental capacity as pre-schoolers. It is an easy way to make learning fun. Kids "play" and learn essential skills. I highly recommend trying this product.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007XBUOU/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr

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