Identifying letters by touch {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Identifying letters by touch || Gift of Curiosity

Montessori education often features activities focused on developed the stereognostic sense. The stereognostic sense is the ability to identify objects based on touch alone, without the benefit of seeing them. In this week's installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series, I am sharing an activity that uses the stereognostic sense to learn letters. My kids loved the challenge of identifying letters just by touch. Try it with your children to see if they will enjoy it as well! A note about introducing this activity. . . This activity is one you should introduce only after … [Read more...]

Hands-on activity showing how leaves change colors in the fall

Why leaves change colors || Gift of Curiosity

You may have experienced a tree turning from green to yellow during the fall. But did you know that the yellow colors that suddenly appear were actually in the leaf the entire time? It's true! The green chlorophyll we see most of the year masks the yellow color, which can only be seen in the fall when the chlorophyll breaks down. In this post I'm sharing a simple but effective hands-on activity I did with my kids to drive home the point that the yellow color that appears in the fall has actually been in the leaf the whole time. Note: For more leaf activities, see my Botany Unit Study … [Read more...]

Sorting animals that live on land, air, and water {Montessori printable}

Land, Air, and Water Animals Sorting Cards || Gift of Curiosity

When my kids were a few years younger, we did a number of Montessori-inspired geography lessons that began with an introduction to land, air, and water. If you are introducing land, air, and water - or if your kids are learning about animals that live in on the land, in the air, and in the water - I'm happy to announce that I have created a printable set of Montessori Land, Air, and Water Animals Sorting Cards. Note: You can find more Montessori geography activities on my Geography Unit Study page.  Following Montessori principles, these Land, Air, and Water Animals Sorting Cards … [Read more...]

Dot Letter Activity Pages {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Dot Letters || Gift of Curiosity

In this week's installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a set of printable Dot Letter Activity Pages you can use to help your child with letter recognition and one-to-one correspondence. There are so many ways to use my Dot Letter Activity Pages. In this post I'm sharing three of my favorite ideas that are also super easy to do. First, dot markers are a super popular and easy way for kids to complete my Dot Letter Activity Pages. Kids simply use the markers to make a big colored circle in each dot of the activity page. A second idea is to have kids … [Read more...]

The egg drop challenge and other STEAM activities that teach scientific thinking

Egg drop challenge || Gift of Curiosity

As a homeschool parent and science teacher, I value teaching kids to think like scientists. To me, thinking scientifically involves: looking at things with a curious and open mind asking questions wondering how and why things work experimenting with new ideas attempting to understand their world viewing failure as an opportunity to learn from one's mistakes In this post I am sharing a fun egg drop challenge I did with my kids to help them practice their scientific thinking. The egg drop challenge is just one of more than 50 activities in a fabulous new book called STEAM … [Read more...]

Fall gross motor movement game {free printable}

Fall Gross Motor Movement Game || Gift of Curiosity

Although the official start of fall isn't until next week, with the kids back in school and the temperatures dipping just a tiny bit, it is starting to feel like fall. I even noticed the leaves on a tree down the street starting to turn red! To get kids moving while keeping them in the fall spirit, I've created a Fall Gross Motor Movement Game you can download and play whenever the kids need a movement break. Note: For more fall printables and activities, see my Fall Activities for Kids page.   To play, simply print the Fall Gross Motor Movement Game cards and cut them out. … [Read more...]

Letter Kaboom! {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Letter Kaboom || Gift of Curiosity

Learning the alphabet can be a lot of fun if you turn it into a game. So in this week's installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series, I'm sharing an alphabet game called Letter Kaboom! that your child is sure to love! How to prepare a game of Letter Kaboom! To prepare a game of Letter Kaboom!, you will need the following materials: Jumbo craft sticks Marker (a permanent marker may work best) Container to hold the sticks Begin by writing letters on one end of the craft sticks. You can write all 26 letters or start with a smaller number that your child is familiar … [Read more...]

Books about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Books about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival || Gift of Curiosity

Aside from Chinese New Year, the next most important holiday for Chinese people may be the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. The Mid-Autumn Moon festival, sometimes referred to as just the Moon Festival, takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. In 2016, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will take place on Thursday, September 15. (In 2017, it will be on October 4.) Below I am sharing a description and review of 6 books about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival for kids. Five of the books discuss moon festival traditions from China, while the sixth one discusses the Korean Chu-Suk … [Read more...]