Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia Approach One of the most frequently asked questions I get about parenting is, “How can I create a child-centered home?” My last blog was an overview of loose parts & open-ended…

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Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

Art, in all its forms, has always been a joy for me to incorporate in my teaching practices, no matter the age group I’m exploring alongside. As a parent, creating with my child brings me so much happiness. Acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, creating models, pretend play, and music…these ways of expressing oneself fire the neurons…

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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…

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Hello, Breath

Growing up in a household of anxiety sufferers, I always thought fear was a way of life. As a little girl, I was afraid of everything. Afraid of being kidnapped, afraid of riding my bike too far away from the house, afraid of hypodermic needles lingering in the seats of movie theaters…AND afraid of my…

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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…

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3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

My two year old daughter loves creating. Luckily, I’m of the philosophy that children need to have access to many different types of art supplies from a young age. Because of this, I keep a wide range of items that will engage and spark curiosity in my daughter. Our cupboards are filled to the brim;…

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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.  Although each student was incredibly unique in their needs academically, socially, and emotionally, all of my students were working on their reading skills. Many of them shared similar IEP goals of increasing reading fluency, reading comprehension, and reading level.…

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7 Playtime Favorites for One Year Olds

Our daughter is almost thirteen months old. It’s such a blessing to watch her grow in personality, enjoyment, curiosity, and love. Now that she is walking around the house quite confidently, I’ve been able to see what activities she prefers. Maybe your little one will enjoy some of these ideas, too. Picture disks. All you need:…

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6 Infant Toys You Already Have

Now that our daughter is nine months old, she is completely aware of all the different toys in her exploration space. She shows preference for certain toys; like the purple puzzle piece with a belt buckle clasp and her tiny indestructible plastic book. She loves taking apart the drawers of her small storage container, crawling…

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