Seven years ago, I had a baby and a toddler to care for. With diapers and wipes and highchairs and cribs and strollers to push and carseats to buckle, it was a very different season. A younger, sweet friend of mine has two little boys, almost identical in the age difference between them (and in their all boy craziness), but seven years behind us. She told me one morning, as we sipped coffee and talked about how sleep deprived she is, that she wanted a blog post from me about her stage in life, with babies and toddlers....more
Last year my preschooler and I had a fantastic Valentine's party with yummy snacks and fun toddler crafts. We decided to try again this year with a new homeschool group I set up and while I didn't go all out with the snacks this time and no one ended up coming, my girls and I still had fun making Valentine's crafts on our own to decorate our home with....more
#HolocaustMemorialDay No doubt, it is critical to teach our children about history; but it is so hard to teach them about the realities of history. As a teacher, it is difficult to find the lessons that will build the stories and voices who have been silenced; as a mother, it is difficult to teach the lessons without holding my children with my arms, close to me as I read the words. ...more
I recently gave birth to my second child, and it has caused me to think seriously about the ways in which I want to raise my children and the type of childhood that I want them to have.
I've reflected on the philosophies that guide my thinking about children, and I've chosen five quotes that I love which best define my own personal philosophy about teaching and raising children.
My oldest child will be 16 and driving in a couple of months. I started looking into homeschooling when she was just 3, and hopefully I have learned a few things over those 13 yrs! Here are 5 of them!...more
The new school year is about to start and mums (and some dads I am sure!) are running around getting those last things sorted out: backpacks, stationary, lunch boxes and juice bottles. Clothes have to be marked, timetables readied and lift-clubs sorted....more
This past week I decided to make some Valentine's Day themed discovery bottles for my babies. Discovery bottles are a great way for infants and toddlers to have a fun sensory experience and some playful learning.
These simple DIY toys will allow little ones to explore:
I have been noticing an unusually cold winter in most parts of the US. That means lots of moms and kids trapped indoors dealing with illness, restlessness, boredom, and plain ole burnout, mom and kids alike....more
So you have an opportunity to read my book in advance of buying it for your child, I have made it available for free this week for Kindle. I hope you read my little book, enjoy it, buy a copy and leave ...more