To get started, read the short articles below. They will give you a better understanding of how our program works and how you can prepare your own little at-home preschool!

The Very Busy Spider – Read

If you have been with us for a little while, you might be wondering why we are changing books instead of re-reading our book and focusing on a different comprehension skill. That is normally our method, but this month since we are doing an author study, I have decided...

Read – From Head to Toe

The book From Head to Toe will always have a special place in my heart. This was Rea's very first favorite book. I checked it out from the library on a whim because it was by Eric Carle (whom I love) and I had never heard of it before. It was an instant hit for her...

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero – Make Connections

The statistics on reading to children are staggering and it is one of the few principles in education that everyone seems to agree on. The more you read, the more knowledgeable you will be and the more you will learn to love books and gain even more knowledge! Books...

Superheroes – 5 Books We Love

Children's books are my absolute favorite. I have a bit of an obsession. Even before I had kids, it wasn't uncommon for me to spend the afternoon in the children's section of Barnes and Noble. I would read books and make lists of the books I wanted to add to my...

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero – Read for Enjoyment

Roald Dahl, a famous British novelist and children's writer said, "If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books." At this age, the primary purpose of reading should be for enjoyment. We want our kids to LOVE reading so when they need to be...

Iron Man Coding

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Ten Rules for Being a Superhero – Concepts About Print

We have quite a few new readers this month, so let me take a minute to share with you all what concepts about print means. Concepts about print are the fundamental "rules" for engaging with text. Before you can begin to learn to read, you must understand concepts...

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero – Observations and Conclusions

So I have to admit, this past month I have forgotten to take my own advice and I have not been reading books to Rea multiple times. Instead, I have been in such a hurry to read all the books we borrowed from the library, so we have only been reading each book once....

Ten Rules to Being a Superhero – Recalling Details

So are you wondering why I have you reading the same book over and over this month (and every other month)? I mean, I gave you a library list of book recommendations and yet I keep writing about one book. So here's the deal, reading the same book over and over allows...

Zoo Books We Love

There are a TON of animal books out there which made picking books this month so much harder!  I narrowed it down by only selecting books that are specifically placed at the zoo, but there were still so many good ones that I wasn't able to just pick five. This month,...

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Tips for Success

Three Tips for Success Before getting started on our lessons, you should know a few things. Here are three tips to get you going: Doing multiple lessons and activities a day can get messy in a hurry, so keeping your supplies organized and easily accessible is crucial....

My Story

Hey there Sandboxers! My name is Emily Lawson and I am the creator of Sandbox Academy. Yes, that is me in the picture above and, as you can see, I am very excited to be kicking off this adventure with you! In 2016, I decided to leave my teaching job for a few reasons:...

Does Your Child Need to Share?

Sharing is a hot button issue these days! Less than a month ago every mom page and mom group I follow on Facebook was sharing and talking about Alayna Kolberg’s viral PSA about her son not having to share. I do believe sharing is a necessary skill to teach our kids,...

5 Books We Love About Sharing

This month's focus social skill is is sharing. Sharing is a complex skill for our Lil's because developmentally, they are incredibly egocentric. Plus it is a very grey topic as they are expected to share some things but not all things. So because this is a complex...

5 Skills Essential for Kindergarten – Coping Skills

We are here today with your first installation of our 5 Skills Essential for Kindergarten series. Today we are focusing on coping skills. Coping skills are vital to starting kindergarten. What could a kindergartener possibly have to cope with you ask... Separation...

5 Skills Essential For Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten readiness is a hot topic. There is the debate about whether or not brand new kindergarteners need to be able to check off a big old list of skills before being ready to start the year. In my mom group, it is well known that I was a teacher in my past...

5 Skills Essential for Kindergarten – Follow Directions

Last week, we shared with you some strategies for teaching your child to share and take turns in our 5 Skills Essential for Kindergarten series. This week, we are talking about teaching our children to follow directions. We've all had days where we felt like our child...

5 Skills Essential for Kindergarten – Sharing/ Taking Turns

In the past, we talked a lot about sharing and taking turns. We shared some books to teach the concept of sharing as well as an article and a social story. In our 5 Essential Skills for Kindergarten article, we talked about the fact that sharing and taking turns is...

5 Skills Essential for Kindergarten – Asking For Help

This is the last installation of our 5 Essential Skills For Kindergarten. The first four skills were about teaching your child to be independent, but now it's time to talk about teaching them to know when to ask for help; after all, they're still little kids and even...

Five Books We Love – Eric Carle

So the librarian may have looked at me like I was crazy when I walked out of the library with North Carolina's entire Eric Carle collection. I checked out EVERY Eric Carle book (minus 5 that we own). I even special requested some from other libraries in the state. So...