We don't have a lot of screen time in our house, but when we do, it's usually television. And it mostly involves a princess, especially Sofia the First. Yeah, we should probably have Squish watching all educational TV, but ... we just didn't start out that way, and it's hard to change direction two years … Continue reading The Only Phonics Song You’ll Ever Need – Plus Our Fave YouTube Videos
Somehow, all of my close friends BK (code for "Before Kids") who have kids went back to work after three months. I am the only one of our group who's a stay-at-home mom! They often express amazement that I can get through a day with my kids at home. By myself. And I'm not crazy … Continue reading 5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity as a Stay-at-Home Parent
See ya, summer! Go away with your heat and humidity and bright nights. Hello, crimson leaves, crisp air, and pumpkin-ized life. I love fall! I've always felt happiest during this season, though I can't pinpoint why. I do love the respite from a hot summer, the smell of cinnamon, and the anticipation of Christmas, but … Continue reading Welcome, Fall! Our Fall Bucket List
One of the things I teach my kids which I think is most important are the differences between right and wrong. That encompasses a lot, doesn't it? Morality, yes, but also treating family and friends well, manners and respect, and also what is allowed versus illegal. For example, my kids learned early that if we want … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Beginning a Life of Crime…
Did you catch the last two weeks of my "My Best" mini-series? I gave you my best parenting hacks and my favorite art and crafts projects. Today I want to share a few ideas I've used that involve stickers. Yes, those things that end up (at least in my house) on the floor, on books, … Continue reading “My Best” Series: Best Sticker Uses (That Don’t Cover The Walls!)
That's a thing, right? I'm pretty sure, because I looked it up and the dictionary said, "a disease afflicting the toddler- and preschool-aged girl marked by unswerving obsessions with all things princess, fancy, Disney, fairy tale, and dress-up." That about sums up the situation. If I'm not calling my 4yo by her real name, it's … Continue reading My Daughter Has Princess-itis
Ever since my four-year-old was around six months old, I've been wondering what my life will be like after I return to work (which will be when our youngest child starts kindergarten, which is full day in our district). Being a stay-at-home-mom is great - like herding the most adorable cats in the world - … Continue reading Working on Work After (Staying Home With) Kids – First Steps!
If you've been reading here for awhile, you know that I love books. My husband loves books. My kids love books. We are nothing without our books - on shelves, in the car, in our travel bags, everywhere. I love reading books to my kids, and while the short books and early reader books we're … Continue reading Top 5 Books I CAN’T WAIT To Read To My Kids
I must be on learning kick lately. First ruminating about teaching at home and now this. Do I not know it's summer?! I've been thinking about this topic a lot over the past year. It started when browsing my Facebook feed and seeing a lot of article links with titles such as, "Are Kindergarteners Really … Continue reading Do Kids Have To Be Smarter Nowadays?
The school year has come to a close, but I don't plan for the learning to stop. Au contraire - we learn year-round. (Don't we all, in one way or another?) I don't mean I've developed lesson plans and subject units to pore through from now until September. But there are things we work on … Continue reading Kids, Why Will You Learn From Your Teacher But Not Me?