One of my favorite things to do with my almost-kindergartener each month is to read books about different countries from around the world, inspired by our Little Passports World Edition subscription.
I love sharing with you multicultural book lists, put together from our favorite reads.
This month, Sam and Sofia traveled to England, the place where I dream of living — with a farm in the countryside, of course. As we’ve begun putting together our book list, I realized we have such a collection of Shakespeare children’s books, that it deserved a post all of its own. (This post contains affiliate links.)Read More»
So often, when I’m enrolling a new student in piano lessons, the parent will say to me with a sigh, “I took piano when I was little for a few years. I wish my mom hadn’t let me quit!”
Learning a musical instrument is a lifelong skill — and it can take years to build proficiency. It’s an extra-curricular activity that takes time during the week if you want your child to progress, and may involve frustrated tears from time to time. This is hard!
But I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that learning an instrument is invaluable for the academic and psychological benefits, not to mention that the ability to play a musical instrument is a skill that makes life rich and meaningful.
So when your child wants to quit music lessons, it can be a dagger through the heart. Don’t let your child become another parent who is one day spewing regrets to his child’s music teacher! Here are some suggestions and tips for seeing your child through a difficult phase in his musical journey.Read More»
I’m a huge fan of Jen Hatmaker. A pastor’s wife, adoptive mama and devotee of Downton Abbey, I feel like we have so much in common we would be real life besties if we lived in the same town.
Last year I actually got to meet my heroine at Adoptive Families Camp.Read More»
We parents would do anything for our kids, am I right? We want to give our children the best chance at being fulfilled, happy, faithful and kind.
But sometimes, what they need costs a lot of money.
If you have a child with special needs, you are likely seeking out and providing him with as many resources as you can get your hands on. Whether its various therapies, special equipment, respite, doctors appointments, unique diets, or all of the above, it can get expensive quickly.
Providing a child who has Sensory Processing Disorder with the therapies and support system he needs in addition to equipping your home with tools to help him feel comfortable in his own space can be financially challenging. Here are some tips for helping support your SPD child without breaking the bank.Read More»
This fall, my precious little girl will be starting kindergarten — a thought that inevitably leaves me with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Even though I will miss my constant companion with her spontaneous hugs and endless chatter of fairies, I know that she is ready and excited for the adventure that awaits her.
We made the decision to do preschool at home for our oldest. I don’t think deciding whether or not to send your child to preschool is a “one size fits all” decision (I don’t say this flippantly — though we decided to do home preschool for Yaya, our youngest will likely need to attend preschool to receive services and preparation we can’t provide for him at home). We felt that it was the best decision for our daughter, and ultimately, our family. I feel so blessed that we were able to have these years to grow together as a family and teaching her at home was so special and rewarding for me.
Are you doing preschool at home for your child? Here’s the good news — creating an enriching and stimulating learning environment at home is super easy and SO fun. While there are tons of preschool curricula out there, we took a more organic approach and I followed Yaya’s lead, focusing on activities and projects that nurtured her interests. (My friends tell me this is called “unschooling”. I call it “I have a toddler at home so let’s be realistic.”)Read More»
It’s time for another Family Fun Friday! Today I’m sharing with you some awesome learning activities that focus on letters and language — you’re going love these games and ideas from fellow bloggers.Read More»