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Unspoken Lessons

“Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate”-unknown The front room in my parent’s house is the proud keeper of most of our family’s photographs. Over the years, I tried to be fair, but please don’t count how many times I appear in these pictures because you might leave thinking I’m a… Continue reading Unspoken Lessons

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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 play &… Continue reading Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

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Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

I've always been drawn to creating. Art, in all its forms, has always been a joy for me to incorporate in my teaching. As a parent, creating with my child brings so much happiness. Acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, creating models, pretend play, and music...these ways of expressing oneself fire the neurons in my brain. I… Continue reading Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

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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… Continue reading Winter Activities for Littles

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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

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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;… Continue reading 3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

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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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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 neurodiverse and disabled students unfortunately included writing IEP's about their strengths and weaknesses, often after only meeting these wonderful humans for just a few hours. Sometimes thirty minutes. Boy were these fabulous souls… Continue reading I See You

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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 into… Continue reading 6 Infant Toys You Already Have