Category Archives: Little Ones

Preschooler Autumn Book Suggestion

We read a cute book that we found in our local library last week. The text is very simple, too simple for an Organic Homeschooling curriculum book, but it makes a sweet read aloud. Although I picked it up for my two- and four-year-olds, the older children enjoyed the gentle humor as well. It is  Read more »

Lessons from a Four-Year-Old

Today is our Josiah Calvin’s fourth birthday. It brings to mind another fourth birthday, our oldest son Rich’s. As a young mom expecting our fourth child, I was eager to begin “doing real school” with Rich. Our meager attempts at three-year-old preschool, complete with a highly aggressive, academic curriculum had failed. Rich’s complete lack of  Read more »

Shirley’s Prepackaged Crafts – Preschool Fun in a Box

Here is a review I wrote of Shirley’s Prepackaged Crafts for the January/February 2011 issue of Homeschooling Today magazine: Imagine a preschool child’s excitement when the mailman arrives with a special package just for him. The package is full of craft materials—everything he needs to make projects for a month. A busy homeschooling mother doesn’t  Read more »

Create a Picture-Book Unit Study

Based on The Ant and the Grasshopper by Amy Lowry Poole by Kara Murphy Creating core book studies or picture-book unit studies is a favorite technique for teaching young children. This low-preparation method forms the basis of the Murphy family’s teaching in the early years. Learn this enjoyable, easy process to build your own family-centered  Read more »

Suggestions for the Littlest Ones

by Kara Murphy What do you do with young children who are not old enough to begin “homeschooling”? Establish a daily “reading time” habit, perhaps before nap time or after breakfast. Also, if you are able, regularly have your child sit for a few minutes (in a crib or pack ‘n’ play) and “read” his  Read more »