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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Homeschool morning time and free guide

Do y’all know about my love for morning time? How I was “doing morning time” before I knew what it was and how valuable (and fun!) I think it can be? No? In that case, click on over to this post. Oh, and this one. That might help bring you up to speed!

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What I’m reading this month

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December is a busy time of year for a lot of people, but for us in, here in South Africa, it almost couldn’t be more low key. Companies have closed folks have taken to the coast for their summer vacations. Activities (like gymnastics, swimming lessons, bible studies) have taken an extended hiatus, wiping the calendar clean of commitments. To top it off, my husband’s office is closed for more than two weeks! Read more “What I’m reading this month”

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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6 Signs You’re Christmassing in the Southern Hemisphere

Have you ever thought about what makes Christmas Christmas? There’s the birth of the Savior, obviously, but we don’t really need any of the Christmas “extras” to celebrate that. We can—and should—celebrate Jesus all year long.  Read more “6 Signs You’re Christmassing in the Southern Hemisphere”

How to Celebrate Advent with Toddlers

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Christmas is like an old friend, you know? The music, the trees, the cookies…I know and love them well. And I’m no stranger to Luke 2; over the years I’ve been taught that the story told there is only the beginning of a much bigger picture. Christmas is important because of what it precedes: our redemption.

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