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Tothood 101 is all about making homeschool learning FUN for preschoolers!

It’s a place for you as moms to find early learning activities, tips, and resources that will give you the tools and confidence you need for teaching your little ones at home.

My goal here is to help you make teaching your 2 – 6 year old, super fun and exciting and as stress-free as possible, so you can spend more time creating lifelong memories for both of you.

I am convinced that, you are hands down the best teacher for your child! God knew what he was doing when He made you their mom.

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Preschool Learning at Home

Teaching your preschooler at home shouldn’t mirror what’s done in a preschool classroom. I’ve been in both scenarios. A classroom has a lot more rules and structure, it has to. At home, the routine can be more flexible. When your child shows interest in a particular area you can provide activities to encourage them in that area (while they are still interested).

You can create learning activities out of any interest. That’s one of the great advantages of preschooling at home. If your child has a sudden passion for frogs you can encourage that interest. How? Well, in this case, you might:

  • go to the library and find books to read about frogs ( literacy, science)
  • count plastic frogs ( math)
  • have your child dictate a story about a frog and draw pictures (language arts, art)
  • measure how many plastic frogs long the couch is (math)
  • sort plastic frogs by color ( math)
  • raise tadpoles, and watch them turn into frogs (science)
  • hop like a frog( gross motor skills)
  • look for frogs while walking around the lake (nature/science)
  • sing songs and fingerplays about frogs ( music)
  • make a paper bag frog puppet ( arts and crafts, fine motor)
  • make frogs out of playdough ( fine motor)

As you can see from this list, a child’s work is play, and there is a whole lot of learning packed into that play!

mom with preschoool boy on the floor reading

Where Can You Find Ideas Like This?

Here! Tothood 101 is packed with ideas to help you plan out learning activities for your little ones like these. These ideas, in turn, can be applied to multiple other interests.

Let me show you.

Refer back up to the list of frog activities. With the exception of raising tadpoles, you could replace the word frog with the name of numerous other animals, and armed with that alone you now have numerous activities for your preschooler (not to mention the fact that this list may have even inspired your own ideas) – and thinking like that can provide endless possibilities for teaching children.

mom holding preschool boy playing noses

Homeschooling

As a passionate homeschool advocate, I also want to provide resources to help on your homeschool journey both now and beyond the preschool years.


My Story

Hi! I’m Debbie, the face behind Tothood 101.

I’ve spent most of my life as a teacher. I started teaching preschool right after graduating high school. I did that for years until I was promoted to Mommy/homeschool mom. After homeschooling preschool through high school, I returned to teaching preschool for a few more years until I received another promotion to Mimi.

I love teaching AND I love sharing ideas, so as a result – Tothood 101 was created.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Prov 3:5-6 (NKJV)


So, where to first?

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