Tips For Teaching Letters To Preschoolers: Avoid These 4 Common Pitfalls

In many preschool programs (including my own) the structure is that the preschoolers learn one letter per week. This will be our 6th year in a row to have a letter of the week in our home! Before beginning letter lessons at your house, do you know the common pitfalls of teaching preschoolers their letters? Let's start with a simple quiz. Can you spot 3 things that are wrong with this letter … [Read more...]

How to Implement Montessori Inspired Activities At Home (Without Going Crazy!)

*Disclaimer- My activities are all Montessori inspired, but this post is not for the Montessori purist. This post is meant to inspire those who can't make Montessori their life, but want to implement some hands-on learning with their kiddos. :-) I recently posted about my favorite curriculum and activities for preschoolers. Today I wanted to follow up with how to set up Montessori activities in … [Read more...]

Preschool Curriculum And Resources- Lacy’s Picks

Well, it's that time of year again- time for back to school (or rather, not back to school for us homeschoolers). This year I have a 3rd grader, 1st grader, pre-K, and a 2 year old. I enjoy homeschooling all the kids, but I especially love the preschool years! I have taught preschool at home and at co-ops for the past 6 years straight. After all these years, I'm very comfortable with choosing our … [Read more...]

Printable Book Of Centuries- How To Make It, And How To Use It

A "Book Of Centuries" is the fancy Charlotte Mason way of saying "Timeline In A Book". The main idea of a book of centuries is that for each 2 page spread you open your book to, you are glancing at 1 century. You keep the book for your entire education, and add only the things that you personally learn about in History. Keeping your own personal book of centuries helps you relate things … [Read more...]

Printable Reading Charts For Kids: 20 Book Challenge, 40 Book Challenge, And 100 Book Challenge!

I like to be able to track my kid's reading, and keep records to go into their school portfolios of what we've read. I also like to reward good reading habits. I've found that in our family, keeping reading charts is a way to kill both of these birds with one stone. I have created several different reading charts to use with my kids. Having some different options seems to keep things fresh. … [Read more...]

Catholic ABC’s Resource Page

This is a resource page to help "extras" while running your Catholic ABC's program from your home, at co-op, or at your religious education program at your church. Hope you find these resources helpful on your preschool journey! Easy Printing Page: Find all the copyable pages from the "Master Copies" section of Catholic ABC's ready to print. No scanner or copier needed. :-) ABC Saints: … [Read more...]

Organizing Religious/Seasonal Children’s Books (and all of your other kid books, too!)

I love having religious picture books, but sometimes, our children's books become so disorganized that they don't get utilized as much as I want them to. So I set out to put a new system in place for our children's books- a system that has worked in our home for almost 6 months now with 4 kids (ages 7, 5, 3, and 1). It was a little time consuming to set up in the beginning, but has been easy to … [Read more...]

How to Start a Scripture Journal with Children

Starting a scripture journal with kids is not as complicated as it seems, and it can be done almost entirely independently.  What you need to start a scripture journal with kids: A journal notebook with a space at the top to draw a picture, and a place underneath to write out the Bible verses. Ours came from Staples. You can order them online, or print out your own paper and keep it in … [Read more...]

How to Start a First Holy Communion Journal / Notebook

I have seen first communion notebooks all over the internet, and I think they're a great idea! We happen to do notebooking pages with our homeschooling, so to extend this into First Communion Preparation seemed natural to me. To make it seem a little more personal, we are calling ours a First Holy Communion Journal. First I want to say whether you are homeschooling First Communion, or … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend Homeschool Conferences

Going to Catholic Homeschool Conventions has been a real joy, and I wanted to share with you the reasons why they're worth the travel time and the babysitter. (Click here to find a list of Catholic Homeschool conferences). Here are 5 big reasons you need to attend Catholic homeschool conferences in real life. Reason number 1: The inspiring talks! I just love going to the talks, and it's … [Read more...]