Preschool Artist Study: Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci Inspired charcoal art One of our artists this past school year was Leonardo Da Vinci.  Renaissance Italy is one of my favorite places and times to learn about – I almost created my own major in college just to study it more – so I especially enjoyed showing my children Leonardo’s artwork…

Around the World Preschool: Antarctica

We didn’t spend long on Antarctica, but we learned a lot – especially about Penguins!  Many of these books would also be great for a Penguin unit. Maps Sophie Scott Goes South You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Polar Explorer! Penguins by Gail Gibbons A Mother’s Journey Penguin Chick And Tango Makes Three {Note: I…

Preschool Around the World: Europe | Happy Mom Musings

Around the World Preschool: Europe

After the America’s we dove into Europe, starting with the UK, then “traveling” to France, Denmark, and Russia.  I have actually traveled to Europe myself, so I had fun telling the kids about my travels and showing them some pictures as we studied the various countries. Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski England, Scotland,…

South America Poetry Tea | Happy Mom Musings

Around the World Preschool: South America

Welcome to South America!  After North America, we traveled south, where we learned about the Amazon Rain Forest, Machu Picchu, books delivered on donkeys, instruments made from recycled materials, and so much more.  This continent has some beautiful and remarkable places and people.  I hope this video will inspire you to explore it! *Note: Lima…

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Around the World Preschool: North America

Welcome to North America!  We started here, in the United States, because it is where we live.  We will do a more in-depth study of the States another year – when we will spend a whole year on it – but I wanted to start with a short, but solid foundation in our own country. …

Preschool Balance | Happy Mom Musings

Balancing the Preschool Years

Early academics vs. waiting.  Play vs. school work.  While homeschooling my preschooler, and my soon-to-be-Kindergartner, I feel this push/pull as I go through our day, and more acutely while planning.  I am sure many of you have felt this as well, or maybe you are staunchly on one side or the other.  I love and…

Morning Time | Happy Mom Musings

Morning Time

I started implementing a “Morning Time” this spring.  It is part of our day where I can expose the children (and myself) to things that are good and beautiful.  It includes our calendar time, art, music, poems, and more.  I don’t remember the first place I heard about morning time – it is used by…