Cotton in the Cups Letter Game {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Cotton in the cups letter game || Gift of Curiosity

In this week's installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a game that lets kids throw things inside the home. :-)  I call this the Cotton in the Cups Letter Game. It is super simple to set up, provides kids with a fun and motivating physical challenge, and can be played in a number of different ways that all support letter knowledge. All you need for this activity are some cups, a marker, and a handful of cotton balls. At the time we did this, I was working on vowel sounds with my kids. They were both struggling to correctly identify the difference between … [Read more...]

13 reasons why homeschooling works for our family

13 reasons why homeschooling works for our family || Gift of Curiosity

We have been homeschooling for two years now, and in the fall we will begin our third year of homeschooling when QBoy enters second grade and XGirl enters first grade. In a previous post I shared the four biggest factors that lead our family to begin homeschooling two years ago. In this post, I share 13 reasons why homeschooling has worked out great for our family. Note: This post is not meant to criticize families who have made a different decision about schooling for their children. These are simply the reasons why homeschooling works well for us. If my kids were in a traditional … [Read more...]

Why we decided to homeschool

Why we homeschool || Gift of Curiosity

To a certain extent, I believe all parents are homeschoolers because parents are their children's first and most important teachers. Even parents who send their kids to traditional schools are still responsible for teaching their kids so many things, including manners, social skills, ethics, emotional regulation, and much more. We have a been a homeschooling family ever since we adopted our first child. My son was 18 months when he joined our family in 2010, and my daughter was 32 months when she joined our family in 2012. Both of my kids had many developmental delays when they joined our … [Read more...]

Letter Slap Alphabet Game {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Letter Slap Alphabet Game || Gift of Curiosity

I find playing games with my kids to be one of the best ways to engage them in learning. In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a printable alphabet game I call Letter Slap. Letter Slap is a game that supports letter recognition skills. To play, you first identify a set of 3 to 5 "target letters" for your child to identify during the game. In the example below, the target letters were the five vowels. We were playing the "easy" version of the game. In the easy version, the cards with the target letters have a different color than the cards … [Read more...]

10 owl crafts for kids

Owl crafts for kids || Gift of Curiosity

Owls are one of our favorite birds to learn about. They are excellent hunters, and in folklore they are thought to be "wise." In this post I'm showcasing a collection of 10 adorable owl crafts for kids from a number of talented bloggers. Enjoy! Clay owl craft from Kitchen Counter Chronicles Colorful newspaper owl craft from I Heart Crafty Things Needle felted owl from The Magic Onions Colorful owl craft using chalk from I Heart Crafty Things Egg carton owls from Life with Moore Babies Paper plate owls from Arty Crafty Kids Foam cup snowy owl … [Read more...]

Fire Fighter Sudoku Puzzles {free printables}

Fire Fighter Sudoku Puzzles || Gift of Curiosity

When QBoy was younger, he loved fire fighters. He had a fire fighter outfit and for his fourth birthday he asked for - and received - fire fighter gear including a flashlight, an oxygen tank, and a breathing mask. Today's free printable is dedicated to all of the other kids out there who love fire fighters. I've created a set of kid-friendly Fire Fighter Sudoku puzzles I hope your young fire fighter-in-training will enjoy. Sudoku is a great way to exercise one's brain with fun, engaging, puzzles that stimulate critical thinking and cognitive skills. The goal of Sudoku is to fill in a 9×9 … [Read more...]

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Research has shown over and over that kids learn best through play. This is because play is typically self-directed, meaningful to the child, and engaged in at an appropriate developmental level. As regular readers know, here at Gift of Curiosity I love to engage kids in fun, playful, and educational activities on a regular basis. Playful learning is the BEST way to stimulate brain development and foster child-caregiver connections during the early childhood years. And that is why I am so thrilled to be a co-author on a fun and engaging books for kids: Learn With Play: 150+ … [Read more...]

DIY Letter Puzzle in the Sun {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Letter Puzzle in the Sun || Gift of Curiosity

In this week's installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a DIY letter puzzle activity you (or your child!) can make outdoors on a sunny day. For this activity, gather the following materials: Construction paper Letters (we used letters from our Montessori moveable alphabet, but letters from this crepe rubber puzzle would work as well, as would plenty of other options) Optional: Tray to hold all the materials You'll want to do this activity on a sunny day. Start by selecting the letters you want to include in your DIY letter puzzle. These … [Read more...]