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Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box ~ Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-Outside-the-BoxIf you find something in your curriculum that strikes the interest of one of your kids, expand upon it.

Get a whole biography of some person mentioned in their history book, visit a veteran and learn history from those who lived it.

Cook “Math” one day instead of just doing the problems in a book. Learn the skeletal system by tracing your child and having them glue bones down to their outline, build a volcano in the sandbox with vinegar and baking soda.

Let your child start a business while they are still young to help learn financial skills.

Look for what motivates them and let it become part of your “school”.

Oh Your Mark, Get Set… Preschool Thursdays with Marilyn Boyer

Thursdays-Preschool-activity-boxThis is the time of year I always prepared for my preschoolers “school” time.

I would cut shapes out of construction paper and fill a container for the little ones to “glue” down onto construction paper using glue sticks. I would also gather objects for the kids to trace.

I bought special markers and notebooks, construction paper and supplies, puzzles, flannel graphs, Do-a-Dots, etc.

These items went into a box or special place in the closet and used ONLY during “school time” each day.

I would change their activities often, before they tired of playing with them so the next time we got it out, they had the anticipation of more fun.

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That Looks Delicious!!! ~ Tuesday Teaching Tips

Tuesday-Teaching-Tips-recipesLearn to think creatively when deciding how to keep your child’s interest for school.

For instance, consider having your daughter begin her own recipe folder or box for handwriting this year.

Instead of lessons she’ll just throw away after completing, let her compile her favorite recipes to use now and later when she’s a wife and mom.





Spelling idea! ~ Tuesdays Teaching Tips


Give your child some playdo to spread flat.

Then use rubber stamp letters to spell three or four letter words, leaving out the middle letters for them to find and press into the playdo.

Ex. C_T, D_G, B_BY, R_N, S_N




Out of the Mouths of Babes – Preschool Thursdays

Thursdays-Preschool-talkI’ve often thought I’d like to write a book of the cute things preschoolers say. They are so honest and often take life so literally.

I made a practice of writing the “cutest” things in their baby books. Now that they are getting older, it’s fun for them to look back and see some of the things they said and remember what life was like from their point of view.

It’ll help them to be better parents the more they can remember what it was like to view life from the point of view of a child.


Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” Matthew 21:16

Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”  Psalm 8:2

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Dig, Dig, Dig It’s What We Like To Do! ~ Preschool Thursdays

Thursdays-Preschool-gardenPreschoolers LOVE to have their own little flower bed or even pot of flowers to put on the deck or porch.

It’s a fun trip to the store to pick our petunias or impatiens, home to plant, and then the daily watering is a fantastic way to teach responsibility. It provides a real visual when they forget to be responsible and the flower begins to wilt.

But, conversely, when it does well, what a joy for  your little one to share and show to Daddy and others when they come to visit.

I taught them how to deadhead the flowers too by picking off the dead blooms. It brings new life to the little plant.

So many life lessons can be learned by a little flower!