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 andContinue reading “Empathy Starts at Home”

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”

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 inContinue reading “3 Ways to Teach Peace in Your Home”

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”

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:Continue reading “7 Playtime Favorites for One Year Olds”

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 soulsContinue reading “I See You”

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, crawlingContinue reading “6 Infant Toys You Already Have”

Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers

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 onContinue reading “Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers”

Uninterrupted Block Play

Do you have a busy body, too? It seems like I just had the great idea of Baby in a Box and now my little one is ready to explore uncharted territory. When our littles are engaged, it’s the perfect time to step back and observe. Today, her dad was playing with her and heContinue reading “Uninterrupted Block Play”