Five Responses that Work with Children

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I am not the perfect parent. I try really hard though. I read a lot. I heed advice from many friends and family members. So, here are four effective responses (honed down from many, many more) that I’ve tested with my sons. “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but [Read On]


Preschool Unit on Ants

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An incident with my sons (almost 3.5 and 5) led me to create this Preschool Unit on Ants. My sons turned over a rock. Then, copious amounts of ants scurried out from their home. My sons reacted in a way that didn’t surprise me, but they didn’t react well. The ants, obviously surprised to see the [Read On]


Children’s Books Celebrating Creativity and Imagination

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Finding stories about creativity and imagination is a priority for me as a parent. I want to model the behavior, too, but the “real life” examples of what is possible by sticking to your dreams and believing in yourself is critical in that learning journey. Furthermore, the idea that being “creative” is about problem solving, [Read On]


Process Art for Earth Day

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We loved this project for a few reasons. The materials are easy to use, inexpensive to purchase, gets us a little sticky, and involves sensory, practical life and art work. Plus the project keeps children busy giving us adults an opportunity to speak about the importance of our relationship with the earth. A really great [Read On]


Outdoor Rules to Live & to Teach

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“The earth has music for those who listen.” ~ George Santayana Go Outside Every Day Yes, every day. Better yet begin and end the day with fresh air. The best way to wake up and to unwind from the day. Do Not be Afraid Get dirty. Be welcoming of critters. When I heard one of my [Read On]


Math Activity for Preschoolers

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Looking for an easy & inexpensive Math Activity for Preschoolers? This activity integrates pattern (sensorial) and early math work into your home or classroom? Here is a simple one to put together and children will love it.   Materials Avery Color Coding Labels Card Stock Laminator & Laminating Pouch (optional) Colored Poms, Gems or other [Read On]