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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

Education, experential learning, experiential, homeschooling, inspiration, mothering, Parenting, reggio, studentledinquiry, teaching

Loose Parts & Open-Ended Materials

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 Materials

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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 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

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Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers (8-12 months)

I know. I've been MIA lately. BAD NEWS: It's been over two months since I wrote a blog post. GOOD NEWS: I have a nine month old crawler on my hands!! EXHAUSTING NEWS: We are trying to get our daughter to sleep in her crib, self-soothe, and drink breast-milk every 4 hours instead of on… Continue reading Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers (8-12 months)