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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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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 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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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… Continue reading 3 Ways to Teach Peace in Your Home

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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.… 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, neurodiversity, 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 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