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Homeschooling Toddlers

skywalkerzmom "skywalkerzmom"
The list author says: "I am a former elementary and reading teacher turned SAHM to 2--a 2yo, almost 3yo, son and a 17mo daughter. Here are some things we use at home to provide a positive learning environment for their developing minds."
Signing Time Volume 1: My First Signs DVD
Signing Time Volume 1: My First Signs DVD
"This was our very first Signing Time DVD; we went on to buy the entire collection. It did wonders not only in helping my children to communicate nonverbally, but also in developing their spoken vocabulary as well. It also helped to cut down on temper tantrums stemming from frustration at not being able to convey a message."
Crayon Rocks 16 Colors in a Red Velvet Bag
Crayon Rocks 16 Colors in a Red Velvet Bag
"Love how vibrant these colors are and that they don't have points that will break off.  Just beware they are small and a child who still puts stuff in their mouth does not need to play with these unsupervised!"
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wire Puzzle Rack
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wire Puzzle Rack
"Gotta have this to organize all your wooden puzzles!"
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Classic Peg Puzzle Bundle
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Classic Peg Puzzle Bundle
"We love all the Melissa and Doug peg puzzles!  They are great for little hands and minds!"
Melissa & Doug Stack and Sort Board
Melissa & Doug Stack and Sort Board
"Work on colors, counting, numbers, and shapes!"
Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker
Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker
"Work on size and shape!"
Melissa & Doug Spill Proof Paint Cups, Set of 4
Melissa & Doug Spill Proof Paint Cups, Set of 4
"These really are pretty much spill proof!"
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brushes (set of 4)
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brushes (set of 4)
"I love that you can match the brush colors up with the colors of the paint and paint cups, so your child will know what goes where and learn their colors!"
LeapFrog TAG Reading System, Green
LeapFrog TAG Reading System, Green
"This is rated for older children, but my 2yo (almost 3yo) son loves longer books than are offered by the Tag Junior system.  I just have to watch that he doesn't press the books too hard since the Tag has a point on it similar to a pencil which can "dent" the pages."
LeapFrog Tag Junior Book Explorer
LeapFrog Tag Junior Book Explorer
"While I don't normally encourage electronic "toys", as a reading teacher, I do find this to be a pretty good one since it allows kids to read and interact with books independently.  Just be sure to read with your kids, too.  This isn't a replacement for parents reading WITH your kids."
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
"Any 2-sided easel will do.  One with a paper roll holder is best."
Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set
Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set
"My 2yo loves practicing cutting the fruit using the wooden knife with this set."
Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Pets
Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Pets
"Fine motor skills"
Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads
Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads
"Fine motor skills"
Montessori Lower and Capital Case Sandpaper Letters w/ Boxes
Montessori Lower and Capital Case Sandpaper Letters w/ Boxes
Sandpaper Numerals
Sandpaper Numerals
LeapFrog Fridge Farm Magnetic Animal Set
LeapFrog Fridge Farm Magnetic Animal Set
LeapFrog Fridge Wash & Go Magnetic Vehicle Set
LeapFrog Fridge Wash & Go Magnetic Vehicle Set
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set - Styles May Vary
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set - Styles May Vary
Melissa & Doug Beginner Pattern Blocks
Melissa & Doug Beginner Pattern Blocks
Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards
Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards
Learning Advantage Ctu7116 Wood Pattern Blocks
Learning Advantage Ctu7116 Wood Pattern Blocks
"You can find free printable patterns online to use with these blocks, or just make up designs on your own."
Safari Ltd Wild TOOB, Set
Safari Ltd Wild TOOB, Set
"There are TONS of different Toobs available.  Most have each individual piece labeled with name/species.  They are great for themed units or play."
Little Red Tool Box: Alphabet Letters & Pictures Super Set
Little Red Tool Box: Alphabet Letters & Pictures Super Set
"This is a great starter kit.  There are other kits as well -- sight words, blends, etc."
The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Doll)
The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Doll)
"This is a book that comes with a old lady and all the things she swallows so your children can help act out the story."
Three Little Pigs Deluxe Felt Figure set for Flannel Boards Precut + Lesson Guide
Three Little Pigs Deluxe Felt Figure set for Flannel Boards Precut + Lesson Guide
"This and other felt sets make retelling stories lots of fun!  My kids LOVE this!  Just buy or make a flannel board for these to "stick" to."
Folkmanis Monarch Butterfly Hand Puppet
Folkmanis Monarch Butterfly Hand Puppet
"Finger and hand puppers are lots of fun.  The Folkmanis ones are beautiful!"
Melissa & Doug Firefighter Puppet
Melissa & Doug Firefighter Puppet
"Melissa & Doug makes a variety of hand puppets that are pretty large."
See How They Go: Motorcycle
See How They Go: Motorcycle
"I love this line of books (See How They Go) and so does my son -- tractors, motorcycles, diggers, rescue vehicles, boats, and more!  We actually love all DK books -- great nonfiction books with amazing pictures!"
PlanToys Animal Domino
PlanToys Animal Domino
"Great fun and learning, too!  These are really large dominoes...great first dominos for kids."