Best Books for 4 Year-Old Boys

Well, since I already have posts for Best Books for 2 Year-Olds and Best Books for 3 Year-Old Boys, I figured it was high time for me to put together new list, now that my son is a 4 year-old. You may notice just a couple of repeats, but just because my son is a year older, doesn’t mean he no longer likes books from when he was “little”. 🙂   The Day the Babies Crawled Away (Find out more or buy through Amazon…) Right now, this is one of my top 3 favorite books. It’s rhythm and rhyme make…

How I Choose the Best Books for My 3 Year-Old

I love finding books for my 3 year-old. But, with new authors and writing styles constantly entering the scene, it can be hard to sift through the fluff and find the treasures. Below are some of the things I look at when I search for books for my 3 year-old. Commercial Books Should Offer More Than Just Marketing I try to stay away from commercial books. That doesn’t mean that I won’t pick up an early-reader book featuring the cast of Cars 2. It just means that the book has to offer more than just an opportunity for Disney or whomever…

How to Get Your Spirited Preschooler to Enjoy Reading

Spirited children are often very intelligent, but (like most kids) they tend to excel at things that interest them. From what I have read and experienced, spirited kids either have an easy time with reading or they struggle. There may be a number of reasons that reading may be tough for a spirited kid. Some kids have a hard time sitting still. Others enjoy being read to but do not have the patience or motivation to read themselves. Some kids get distracted by the pictures or their minds wonder or they have a million questions or prefer to make up…

Great Preschool Activity for Expanding Vocabulary and Practicing Phonics

We have a 20 minute drive each way to get Edison to and from preschool. As much as I love getting a glimpse into the inner workings of the preschool mind, sometimes it is nice to have a productive conversation that does not revolve around rocket trains. So, recently we have been playing a modified version of “I Spy”. Wow! What a great way to pass the time! Not only does it keep the conversation focused, but I swear he learns 5 new things every time we get in the car. It has introduced him to new vocabulary, helped him…

Ideas and Tips for Playing Cards with Preschoolers

Now that we have mastered Uno (see my post: Playing Uno with a Preschooler), we have moved on to other, more “sophisticated” preschool card games. In fact, playing card games has become one of my favorite activities to do with my preschooler. Not only is it a fun bonding experience, but he somehow manages to learn something new every time we do it. Advantages of Playing Card Games with Preschoolers: Fun way to spend time together Gives my preschooler the opportunity to practice; colors, numbers, matching, etc. Expands his vocabulary to include card-related words like shuffling, dealing, hand, etc. Provides…

Preschool Writing Activities: Which Letter is Missing?

I love this preschool activity because it kills two birds with one stone. My son gets to practice spelling and writing his letters at the same time. You can do it on a whiteboard, paper, a chalkboard, whatever. We use this little whiteboard activity center because we can curl up on the couch and pass it back and forth. I start by writing his name with one letter missing. He figures out which letter I “forgot” and then fills in the blank. After using his name a few times, I move on to other easy words like mom, dad, dog, etc.…

Alpha-Ball Alphabet Activity

Edison and I discovered this alphabet activity together. We were going through our grown-up games trying to think of ways that a child could play with them when we came upon our Scattergories game. Obviously, he is too young to play the real game, but it happens to come with a 20 sided die with alphabet letters on it. My son rolls the die across the floor, tells me the letter, and we try to think of something that starts with that letter. He gets to burn some energy, practice his alphabet and phonics, while I make dinner or pick…