What to buy a 2 year old for her Birthday!

I am going to share with you my top 5 list of things to buy for a 2 year old as my little one is turning 2 next week so the topic is on my mind and that of friends and family. Maybe this little list will help you. I like the number 5 for […]

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Direct Instruction and Exploratory Learning

One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is that I get to help pick what methods we use for learning. Of course publish schooling mothers know that not all learning happens at school. Too many though admit they hardly have time with their children as so many things demand their attention, and steal the attention […]

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Providence Children’s Museum

A trip back up north brought us on a cold day to this childrens museum in providence. Parking was very easy unlike many of the ones we have been to in the past. This is a huge plus when you have 4 children and Fibromyalgia. Not only was the parking lot on site, there was […]

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More Sensory Fun!

This time we used magnets in our home made sensory table box. Really it is a bin on the floor but it gets the job done. Our rainbow rice from weeks back is still in great shape and we have not lost much of it shockingly, even with the children playing with it often.  For […]

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A Toy Review and Giveaway! — Ends 2/11

GIVEAWAY FUN!  I am happy to share a company with you that cares about children, how they grow, keeping them safe, and letting them have fun.   Galison Mudpuppy is kind enough to let me offer one of my dear readers the chance to win their own Wooden Magnetic letter or number set in what ever patter […]

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Sensory Table — Rainbow Fun

A sensory table is more than just a spot for your children to have fun. It can be a great tool for helping with child development. It can help with fine motor skills, science, math and more. This kind of open ended play is important for growing minds, just as important as Letters and Numbers. […]

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New Game for Game Night – My Grocery List – Review

One word. Fun. Now on to the many words!  🙂 This game is called My Grocery List. It is by  Marina Games and you can find out more about this company and games here if you like: http://www.marinagames.com/  This fun little game is educational and for ages 3-7. Up to 5 people can play. In this game […]

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October 19th

I can’t say that while company has been visiting that we have hit the books hard. Much time has been spent playing and it has value. Specially when Aunty sets her camping equipment to make a kid fort! They had a great time! “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” […]

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October 7th — Play Silks

One of the questions I was asked this week was “What gift to get a 2 year old?” and the first thing to pop into my head was play silks. We had discovered them on our homeschooling waldorf inspired journey and we love them. From baby to tween! The above photo is of my 3 […]

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Sept 7th — Nerf vs Felt Monsters

Project Items: Large Board Large Piece of felt (Buy off the roll at a place like Jo-Anns) Staple Gun and staples for it. Standard sized pieces of colored felt Nerf Guns with velcro darts! Last year we found that we had most of this sitting around the house, all but the large piece of felt, […]

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Day 158

Often I here “But I can’t homeschool!” and while you know yourself best of course, my next question is often “Can you play?” if you can, then you might well be able to homeschool. I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. – Albert Einstein All […]

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Day 146 — Everyone should Play.

I believe one of the best gifts we can give those we love is the gift of play. Taking our time to be with them, to have fun with them can create memories they will not forget. I was not able to see my Mother often but in that short time she really shared the […]

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Day 120

Tea Party Not the political kind, though Mr. Handsome was putting up with his sister so that he could play with the sugar! This tea set has been fun, though it is not as solid as we had hoped it would be. While washing it some pieces have gotten shattered just putting them into the […]

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Day 106

Some days are fort days! Every time little hansom would put it up, baby sister would crawl over and blissfully pull it down and sit on it. This went on for most of the afternoon and I enjoyed sitting back and just watching. I believe we need to play with out children. I also believe […]

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Day 99 — 11 month old Development

Everyday we try and focus special time on each child. For our baby, this is specially fun these days. We went from helping her to sit up, to now helping her stand. She is not yet pulling up but this is ok. She really loves the special attention. I do not believe developmental lists are […]

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What I wish for the world!

This is the topic of this years Doodle 4 Google that all school aged children can enter this year. We spent weeks on this topic. My oldest came up with many ideas. We watched movies like Pay if Forward and read books about basic needs. Her ideas first focused on healthy food and safe homes […]

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