art experience, collaborative art, exploration zone, holidays, inspiration, mothering, sensory experience, teaching, toddler art

Winter Activities for Littles

Here in Texas, the weather is getting, well, it seems totally random. Some days we have a high of 50 and other days it spikes to 80! I'm not complaining...that's for sure. Especially in front of all of you "snowed-in" friends! Mornings are usually in the low 30's or 40's, so H and I spend… Continue reading Winter Activities for Littles

holidays, humor, Mindfulness, mothering, Parenting

Bring Mindfulness Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and let’s face it, the holidays are notorious for bringing added stress to your life. From your hyper religious cousin with his never ending questions about what church you go to (“We actually don’t “do” organized religion… we meditate with our Rottweiler….”) to loads of sugar exposed nieces and… Continue reading Bring Mindfulness Home for the Holidays

Education, empathy, inspiration, Mindfulness, Parenting, social emotional learning

Empathy Starts at Home

Want your kids to be empathetic? Teach them how to be! As parents, we set high expectations for our children. We want them to succeed academically, take care of their bodies, enroll in sports and extracurricular activities, be successful readers, eat healthy, socialize, and be kind to others around them. The list goes on and… Continue reading Empathy Starts at Home

art experience, collaborative art, inspiration, Parenting, reggio, sensory experience, toddler art

3 Collaborative Art Projects for Toddlers

My daughter (2.y.o) LOVES creating. I LOVE creating. I'm very much of the philosophy that children need to have access to many different types of art supplies from a young age. This includes the wonderfully messy items like glue, water color paint, tempera paint, acrylic paint, sharpies, markers, crayons, oil pastels, food coloring, and of… Continue reading 3 Collaborative Art Projects for Toddlers

Mindfulness, mothering, oppressive systems, Parenting, peace, peace tray, social justice, white privilege

What is Peace?

Our daughter is almost two years old. I can't believe it. Time seemed to pass by so slowly when she was an infant....the days just ran together (probably from utter exhaustion). Now, she is a feisty, active, exploring toddler! As she gets older, I strive to continue to find creative ways to embed routines into… Continue reading What is Peace?

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Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

I spent my first year teaching as a Special Education teacher in a resource room setting. My students qualified for special education because of learning disabilities, emotional impairments, moderate cognitive impairments, ADHD, and some displayed characteristics of autism. Although each student was incredibly unique in his/her needs academically, socially, and emotionally, all of my students… Continue reading Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

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A Few of Her Favorites

Our daughter is almost thirteen months old. It's such a blessing to watch her grow in personality, enjoyment, curiosity, and love. It's bittersweet & almost as if the time is slipping through our fingers. Now that she is walking around the house quite confidently, I've been able to see what activities she enjoys the most.… Continue reading A Few of Her Favorites

Baby, freespiritlearning, Mindfulness, mothering, newmom, Parenting

I See You

As the daughter of a special education teacher and a special education teacher myself, I'm pretty familiar with labels. Learning alongside my students with unique learning abilities included writing IEP's about their strengths and weaknesses, often after only meeting these wonderful humans for just a few hours. Boy were these fabulous souls more than their… Continue reading I See You