TV is not the Devil

TV is full of junk. There’s violence, language, sex, anti-Christian values, subtle and not-so-subtle nods to the popular take on “open mindedness,” and the list goes on. You’re hard pressed to find a sitcom whose episodes don’t somehow center around deception, and parents are notoriously portrayed as idiots, worthy of truly disrespectful children. Read more “TV is not the Devil”

Homeschooling preschool through experiences

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As homeschoolers, it’s easy to let the academics of school become all-consuming. School is supposed to be about active practice in numbers, words, and facts we would otherwise not find very interesting. At times, it’s hard to let ourselves stray very far from that mindset because surely if we’re hammering down the academics hard enough, we won’t need experiences.  Read more “Homeschooling preschool through experiences”

How to make Saturdays special for preschoolers

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For moms of small kids, Saturdays can become just another day in the never ending lineup of days. My Monday to Friday is sprinkled with little variation. We, like many families with small children, live a wash-rinse-repeat lifestyle. It’s not bad but it is predictable, monotonous, and…a little boring.  Read more “How to make Saturdays special for preschoolers”

Hello from the first trimester

Oh, hey first trimester. I remember you…really, really well.

Consider that my big pregnancy announcement for baby number 3. Imagine me dancing around in something flowery and graceful, or posing for an adorable picture with my smiling family, all anxiously awaiting the arrival of whoever I’m busy growing. Read more “Hello from the first trimester”

The Art of Accidental Learning Part 3: Conversation

Today is the last of our three-part discussion on the different forms of accidental learning. If you missed the first two posts on reception and reading aloud, check them out here and here.

Conversation is the third form of accidental learning, and the best part about this one is that it’s challenging to you as the parent, too! Here’s an example: Read more “The Art of Accidental Learning Part 3: Conversation”

The art of accidental learning: Repetition

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The old way

I tried to force my toddler to learn. Of course I imagined I was doing it gently (meaning we weren’t drilling multiplication tables or anything), but there was a time when I was requiring an even younger version of Ty, my now 2.5 year old, to put forth some effort and just learn for cryin’ out loud. I had more than a few misconceptions to work out.

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My kids aren’t getting a robotic dog for Christmas.

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A couple of weeks ago I shared with you some of our favorite toys and types of toys, and the timing was no accident. I wanted to get you thinking, this Christmas season, what sort of things would be worth not only your hard-earned money and storage space, but also your kids’ time and esteem. Because not all toys are created equal.

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