Sunday, April 21, 2013

What is an Antonym?

Guess have been playing antonym games with your child since they were old enough to understand you!

"An antonym is a word opposite in meaning to another word but similar to it in most other respects. For example, tall and short are opposite in meaning but both are the same parts of speech (adjectives) and would take the same position in a sentence (before the noun they modify). Antonyms tend to be adjectives, adverbs and verbs, with relatively few nouns qualifying as true antonyms. For example “high” (an adjective), “slowly” (an adverb) and “to fast” (a verb) all have antonyms, while “table” (a noun) does not. Antonyms are fun to learn about using matching and pick-it games."

So, when you were reading things that were tall and short, big and small, fat and were teaching your preschool games!!

Who knew! So, does that mean we ALL were homeschoolers from the start?! Hmmmm, gives us something to ponder about as we keep on learning and teaching!!

Happy Homeschooling!

Let's play some preschool games!

As the Mom of 2 teens who also has run a childcare of some sort for over 20 years.....I have played PLENTY of preschool games! But, that does not mean I have seen it all! I am always on the lookout for something new, something exciting, something to change up our day!
Especially with kids today! They are addicted to electronics and I swear, sometimes it seems like even the littlest kids cannot function without them!
I focus on imagination, pretend play, creative play and lots of hands-on preschool activities! If it has batteries for lights and sounds, like the Little People sets.....I do not install them! Instead, I encourage kids to make the construction sounds themselves when playing with the construction set or pirate sounds when playing with the Pirate boat!
This works for our preschool lessons and activities as well! We do use Time4Learning preschool lessons daily on the computer for any child over the age of 3(you can do it for kids younger than 3 but I chose in my childcare to start at that age!) but we also do hands-on activities, worksheets and even preschool flashcards!
Sometimes we even play games or assemble large puzzles together as a group!
With that, I am hoping to create a group of kids who can function WITHOUT electronics as well as with!
What do you do with your preschoolers?
Happy Homeschooling!