Today in the Homeschool Studio

Woodworking Inquiry for Children - Displaying Materials - An Everyday Story

Today in the homeschool studio… Today in the studio, Sarah (5 years) worked on a beautiful washi tape collage.  Jack (7 years) built with Click Blocks. I reorganised the language materials under the kids’ woodworking projects. (from left, Touchtronic letters & CVC word cards, Handwriting Without Tears letter blocks & alphabet cards, sight word cards […]

What’s in the Block Area: Creating a Block Area for Open-ended Play

Best Blocks for Open-ended Play - Creating a Block Area for Your Homeschool - An Everyday Story

A couple weeks ago I shared a short video on Instagram of our block area. Our block area has changed a bit over the years to reflect Jack (6yrs) and Sarah’s (4 yrs) evolving interests and play. Tonight I thought I’d give you a bit of a closer look of how it looks now. But Kate, we […]

Top 10 Blocks for Play-based Learning

Top 10 Blocks for Kids - An Everyday Story

contains affiliate/sponsored links Blocks are the epitome of open-ended materials. They allow a child to design, invent and create. Blocks encourage a child to think creatively, problem solve, test and hypothesise. Children can explore concepts of balance, stability and design as they construct. Blocks are also aesthetically beautiful. So, here’s my top ten blocks for open-ended, creative play. What […]

How to Encourage an Inquiring Mind: Learning effective questioning techniques

STEM Activities with Blocks - An Everyday Story

Questioning, wondering, exploring, engaging; trying to make sense of the world. This is science. Real hands-on learning; learning through trial and error, hypothesising, reflecting, documenting…seeking answers. When I was first training to be a teacher we learnt about higher order and lower order questioning. Higher order questioning left room for the child to answer thoughtfully; […]

How to Make Rainbow Blocks

How to make rainbow blocks - An Everyday Story

contains affiliate/sponsored links  This idea came from 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities from! ….. The Christmas crafting has begun. I can not tell you how in love I am with these rainbow blocks! The colours are amazing, aren’t they? And they couldn’t be easier to make. It only […]

Exploring a New Material

Spielgaben Activities from An Everyday Story

sponsored post/contains affiliate links A little while back I saw that Jess from Memoirs of a Childhood offered her girls Blu-Tack as a modelling material. I thought it was so cool. I’d never offered Blu-tak to Jack (5.5 yrs) and Sarah (3.5 yrs) before. And it’s such a wonderful material; it’s sticky but not messy. […]