Preschool Money Game with Printable Money Worksheets

At some point, I will write an article regarding how important financial education is for children. But, before a preschooler can learn about how money really works (avoid buying on credit, earn interest, etc.), he first has to have a basic understanding of currency. What is a dollar? How many pennies are there in a nickel? I am sure they are out there, but I put together some money worksheets to help my preschooler learn the basics. They are very simple, just real-size pictures of coins and what coin they equal. At this stage, I don’t cover every coin combination,…

Practice the Alphabet and Phonics with Scattergories

(I originally wrote this post when Edison was a toddler. This activity was fantastic for practicing the alphabet and phonics. Now that he is in preschool, we are still getting a lot out of it. Even though he knows his alphabet, the game is great for phonics practice and we have modified it to help with vocabulary too!) I have a lot of board games left over from when I was a kid, and I just can’t wait until my son is old enough to enjoy them. Lately, I have started adapting some of the games to work for younger…

Quotes and Anecdotes from a Spirited 3 Year-Old

07/4/2012 – I am darker Tonight, I picked up Edison and said, “When you were a baby, you were much lighter.” He said, “Yeah, and now I am darker…” Cracked me up. 06/19/2012 – Horror Movies We have a book about the solar system, and Edison is fascinated by the section on the life cycle of stars. So, tonight, we watched an episode of How the Universe Works that explained Supernovae. Edison was transfixed.  I tucked him in and it was Supernova this and Hypernova that. Finally, he settled down to sleep. At his request, I left the door open so that…

Galway to Graceland, Ukulele Style

So, I know this post doesn’t look like it involves activities for preschoolers, but I swear it does. The ukulele is the perfect starter instrument for a 3 year-old. It is the right size, teaches music appreciation, fine motor skills, and you name it. Edison is already starting to get the hang of strumming, and I just got it today. My friend, River, turned me on to the baritone ukulele which has 4 strings that are tuned just like the highest strings on the guitar. So, if Little Man can get the hang of the ukulele, guitar would be a natural transition.…