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,…

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…

Homeschool Spring 2016 | Happy Mom Musings

Preschool Homeschool Spring 2016

I thought it was time I shared what we are doing in our homeschool right now.  Our learning is geared toward K, who is currently almost 3.5 years old.  I am still very inspired by the Montessori method, but I have been learning about and incorporating more from Charlotte Mason as well.  I don’t have…

First Treasure Basket | Happy Mom Musings

First Treasure Basket

Now that Tiny One is sitting up well and exploring more with her hands, it is time to introduce some new toys!  A treasure basket is a Montessori idea for babies and young children – it is simply a basket (or box or bag) of different items that the baby can explore.  Treasure baskets can…