I've been inspired by many awesome pins on Pinterest to try some Montessori activities and ideas. I've also been frustrated with an almost eight year old who still sometimes needs help with his jacket. That is my own fault; I chose the fasted way to get them dressed and out of the house over teaching them to do things for themselves. So I purchased Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child to give me some better ideas to teach them. It didn't actually give me any ideas for the boys, but plenty for making sure I don't make the same mistakes with Lady Bug.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Limit media! Reduce screen time! Computers and TV are rotting our children's brains!
Kids are so incredibly drawn to those moving pictures that I see parents on online forums, facebook groups, and blogs asking other parents for efficient reducing/limiting strategies to get their kids off screens and doing other, more worthwhile things. While I wholeheartedly agree that proper balance in life is important for everyone, and children need to be physical and not constantly stagnate, I also allow quite a bit of screen time in our home. And that's something most parents who do are unwilling to admit in public or online. But I'm going to tell you why I allow it and why I'm not going to feel shame about it.
Monday, October 27, 2014
overexcitabilities. ALL things are interesting, all activities should be tried. (Except dentistry stuff; that stuff's gross and icky.)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
|"Hi" from Lady Bug|
Awwwwww; I just looked over and saw Lady Bug turning pages in a baby book and laughing at the pictures. These kids sure are worth it.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
This year the boys decided they wanted to be Angry Birds from the App Game (and web videos based on the game.) They also thought it would be fun for all of our family to be various Angry Birds. Since it's mostly just painting on t-shirts with inexpensive acrylic paints, I agreed. My costume required an additional element, and we went a bit more elaborate with Lady Bug's, but on the whole it did not take too much work or money, and we are all pleased with the results.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Are you a parent of a gifted child? If you are, then you are a giftedness advocate. Because whether or not you are homeschooling or public schooling, asking for accommodation or going with the flow, chances are there are times where you have to explain your child to someone else. When you do that, you're being an advocate.
Friday, September 26, 2014
I am not sure why Skedtrack added those three exclamation marks after the sick days. I know I was not thrilled about taking this week off just because it was too painful to talk. I did manage to teach co-op on Thursday, and the boys did half a math lesson every day to earn their screen time (half a lesson each was all I could manage to talk through.) Hey, we made it through three weeks of school before having to take a break for sickness. That may be a record.
No tea party means no tea party post on Monday, but I do intend to do a write up of what we have been doing for our geography co-op. Also have a blog hop coming up on the 29th, and this year's Halloween costumes will be posted on the 30th for those who might be interested in trying what we're doing this year.
Monday, September 22, 2014
For last week's Art Appreciation Tea Party (which now has it's own tag!) I had several things I wanted to teach the boys. I also was really hoping to try watercress, but alas, it was not to be. At least my other plans worked out.