About The Homegrown Preschooler:
Gryphon House is an award winning resource site. One of the resources that the site provides is the book The Homegrown Preschooler. This how-to parenting book offers organizational tips, recipes, and over 200 hands on activities for your preschooler. The resource book helps one to find learning experiences in everyday occurrences. "As straightforward as a parenting how-to book and as easily applicable as a set curriculum, The Homegrown Preschooler will inspire parents to use their homes as classrooms and take advantage of the naturally rich learning opportunities existing in everyday life!" The site also provides hundreds of free activities and free crafts for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school children.
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Our Homeschool Experience:
Both of my daughters loved the activities in this book. Even though the book is designed for younger children, I was able to include my 7 year old in many of the activities. For example, both girls love to paint. One particular morning, I had them paint to music. I played a variety of music and encouraged the girls to paint whatever they felt the "music sounds would look like." Another activity that they were able to do together was playing with the sensory table. My father in law built one and the girls have not been able to stop playing in it. They have taken their toys and hid them in the sand. I hid different shapes and asked my 3 year old to try to find them. Once she did, she had to try to tell me what the shapes were. Another activity that the girls did together was the "Salt Dough." Once they made the dough, my youngest created some shapes and my oldest spelled some of her spelling words. Learning how to sort was another activity in the book. A few days ago, I was doing the laundry and I had my girls help me sort it out. This daily mundane task became a teaching moment for the youngest.
We also made some of the recipes found in the book. "Sweet and Crunchy Chicken" was the best. We all loved it. The recipe called for chicken breast, honey, spicy brown mustard, olive oil, salt, garlic, black pepper, panko, and pecans or almonds. The day before we made this recipe, I had cooked a whole chicken and had some left overs. I saw this recipe in the book and decided to try it out. Even though the recipe called for strips of chicken, I used shredded chicken. For the breading, I did not have enough walnuts (recipe calls for pecans or almonds) so I added peanuts and panko. It was really good!!!!!!! Another recipe that we tried was the "Chicken Bundles". The ingredients needed were chopped chicken, salt, cream cheese, chives, peas and carrots, milk, crescent rolls, butter, and crushed croutons. We did not enjoy this recipe as much as the other one but I'm not sure if it was because I used ground beef instead of chicken.
Gardening was another activity in the book. Coincidentally my oldest was involved in a summer gardening camp at the same time I was reviewing this book. One particular day, after the gardening camp, she came home with seeds in a paper towel. Because of this, we were able to do the activity "The Root of the Process". Once the roots started growing both of my girls were able to see them and I was able to explain how the roots receive their nutrients. This was a fun and really educational book. We all loved it and we would recommend it.
I have been given this product free of charge for review purposes.
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