Spaghetti letters {101 ways to teach the alphabet}

Spaghetti letters || Gift of Curiosity

As a homeschooling mama, I have been involved in teaching the alphabet to my kids since they were quite young. I realized early on that my daughter would learn best through a variety of modalities targeting multiple senses. So I set about to come up with as many fun, hands-on, and engaging ways to teach to the alphabet as I possibly could. Starting today, I am launching a new weekly series that I am calling 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet. In this series I will be sharing loads of ideas for helping kids to learn their letters. These are ideas that I have used with my own kids, and now I am … [Read more...]

3 air pressure activities for kids

3 activities for exploring air pressure || Gift of Curiosity

In this post I'm sharing three simple and fun air pressure activities for kids. If your kids are young, you can simply do the activity and let them marvel at the outcome. If your kids are older, I've included some of the science behind each activity to help them learn more about air pressure. I hope you enjoy! Note: Find more awesome science activities on my Science Activities for Kids page.  #1: How does the paper towel stay dry? This first demonstration is extremely easy to prepare. Take a paper towel and shove it into the bottom of a glass. It should be packed in tight enough … [Read more...]

Camping Do-a-Dot Printables {free}

Camping Do-a-Dot Printables || Gift of Curiosity

With summer coming up, it's time to get outdoors more. Camping is a wonderful way for kids to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature. The slower pace, disconnecting from electronics, more time outdoors. . . Camping is truly a wonderful way to spend quality time together as a family. Our family recently completed a four week camping trip through Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for our kids - and for me and my husband too! We took advantage of my husband's sabbatical and the fact that we homeschool to make this trip happen, and I'm so … [Read more...]

My kid recognizes his letters. Now what do we do?

Alphabet activities that go beyond letter recognition || Gift of Curiosity

When thinking about teaching my kids to learn how to read, it was clear that letter recognition was going to be one of the first skills they would need to master. QBoy actually learned his letters very easily and naturally, with very little in the way of direct instruction. And once he could recognize all of his letters, I had to consider what was next in his literacy instruction. You see, he wasn't ready to read at that point. But he was ready for more. In this post I'm sharing several alphabet activities we did that go beyond letter recognition to work on slightly more advanced letter … [Read more...]

Make a space rocket {learning through play}

Space rocket || Gift of Curiosity

We have a very relaxed homeschooling style. We don't follow a strict schedule and we don't necessarily touch on every subject every day. Instead, I like to follow my kids' lead, which often means we spend a good part of the morning "just playing." Of course, I put "just playing" in quotes because so often I find that my kids use their play to build upon or act out things we've been learning. For my kids, "just playing" is part of how they consolidate their learning and come to understand the concepts. And that is how this space rocket activity came about. Note: For more space-related … [Read more...]

Constellation craft for kids

Constellation craft for kids || Gift of Curiosity

We have been reading a lot of books about stars and constellations lately as we continue learning about space. While learning about stars, we have spent quite a bit of time focused on the constellations. My favorite constellation has always been Orion, since it is usually easy for me to locate it in our night sky. I have to admit, however, that some of the constellations are a real stretch for me. Am I the only one who doesn't see how half of the constellations actually look like what they are supposed to represent? :-) Nonetheless, this simple constellation craft for kids was a real hit in … [Read more...]

Solar system lacing cards {free solar system printables}

Solar System Lacing Cards || Gift of Curiosity

For this week's space printable I decided to put together a set of solar system lacing cards. These are a great way for kids to develop their fine motor skills while also learning about the sun, moon, and planets. I hope these solar system lacing cards will be enjoyed by your kids. Note: For more solar system printables, see my Space Unit Study page.  My Solar System Lacing Cards printable features a total of 10 different lacing cards, including: Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Sun Moon Here is a sneak peak at the lacing cards … [Read more...]

11 children’s books about stars and constellations

11 books for kids about stars and constellations || Gift of Curiosity

The night sky seems to hold a lot of fascination for many kids. There's something so beautiful about observing the stars and their patterns. One of the many topics my kids and I have covered during our space unit was the stars, with special emphasis on the constellations. Below is my review of 11 children's books about stars and constellations. Note: For more space-related activities, see my Space Unit Study page.  Our Stars by Anne Rockwell This book is a fun introduction to the stars for kids ages 3-7. The information is presented in a very simple way to make it accessible for … [Read more...]