Summertime Inquiry Projects for Toddlers

Summertime is upon us! And if you’re anything like me, you’re already wondering how you are going to keep your kid busy without losing your mind. Well, don’t lose hope. I’m here to tell you that summer offers the perfect opportunity to let your child’s curiosity run wild as they dig deep into their interests.…

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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…

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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 & 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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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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3 Ways to Teach Peace in Your Home

As my daughter gets older, I strive to find creative ways to embed routines into our day-to-day life that cultivate peace and calm. After a two year hiatus, I’m finally beginning to practice meditation again. It’s a beautiful feeling to be able to come back to it, to have the tools and practices stored in…

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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 neurodivergent 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…

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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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