Parents and teachers agree that math is one of the most important subjects for preparing young children for later academic success and future careers. A substantial body of research establishes the importance of math in early childhood education: A 2007 study found that math concept understanding at kindergarten entry predicted later math and reading achievement. In 2010, researchers found math skills at kindergarten entry were a stronger predictor of general

Using unconventional and creative containers in the classroom is one way to implement the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Adults may think of a container as something that merely holds objects, but children see containers as part of the activity or something to build with. Containers, when used properly, can help invite children to engage with objects and spark their imagination. They can build with containers or use containers to sort objects

Little Sunshine’s November curriculum theme is Giving Back. Before bedtime or at the dinner table would be good times to discuss with children what they are grateful for. Also, November is a great time to give back to your community. We’ve compiled a list of 5 things you can do as a family to give back to your neighbors and community. Volunteer at a local food shelter, working together to

August is Family Fun Month, so it’s the perfect time to spend extra time with your family before the craziness of Fall is upon us! We’ve compiled a list of 5 fun (& free!) things for you to do as a family throughout the month! Cooking Class Create your very own cooking class right inside your own kitchen! Put together an easy, fun recipe that the whole family can participate

Dinosaur Eggs Materials: Water 1 1/4 c. dirt 1 1/4 c. flour 3/4 c. salt 1/2 c. sand Small plastic dinosaurs     Mix dry ingredients and start adding water slowly until it holds form. Form mixture in an egg shape around each plastic dinosaur and allow them to dry in the sun. Once hardened, break the eggs open with your child to discover the dinosaurs inside!

Color sorting and counting are crucial abilities that we strive to master here at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! Today’s post has a great activity that will help to tackle both abilities, plus a number of others when you get creative!                                                              

Gather your family to make a fire evacuation plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Draw a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. For easy planning, use an escape planning grid from the National Fire Protection Association. This is a great way to get children involved in

Marshmallow Stamped Polar Bears Materials: Blue construction paper Pencil Tempera paint (white and black) Marshmallows Brush Show your child how to draw a polar bear out of simple shapes: circle, half of a circle (ears) and a part of a triangle for the body, then have him/her draw a polar bear on blue paper. Dip marshmallow in white paint to stamp head and body. Use a brush and black paint

The magic of the holiday season is upon us and we have a creative and fun way to experience that with your child right at home! This is a great activity for showing patience, creating a countdown to an event and being able watch your little one’s eyes light up every day as their candy cane grows full size! Supplies Needed: Planter Peppermints Dirt Candy canes Spray bottle with water

Is it really already December? The year has flown by and we are excited to be wrapping up the year with one of our favorite curriculum themes, Winter Wonderland! We love it so much, it’s one of two of our themes that repeat every year! We encourage our families and kiddos to embrace the magic of the holiday season and enjoy a few (or all!) of this month’s reading list