“Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.” – Aristotle Oh Aristotle, you always stop me in my tracks. Seven years old, huh? That’s all the time I’ve got to shape my child?? The years before a child begins grade school are the most formative years of his life. We moms know this. … Read More
‘Tis the season for bunnies! They’re everywhere, aren’t they? (In fact, just the other night I had a dream that Winston Churchill was a giant bunny doing a puppet show for some children. He couldn’t remember the character’s names or the plot, so Sarah Mackenzie from Read Aloud Revival appeared as the Voice in the Sky to coach him along. … Read More
Some of us are just starting out, just beginning.
Some of us are in our prime, the most beautiful we will ever be.
And, some of us are coming to the end of our lives here on earth.
The most important thing to remember is that no one knows which one they are.
After much cavorting around the house, Rapunzel and Sir John (aka Flynn Rider) were finally wed in the living room on a wintery day in 2012. Perhaps you will be bored by my many photos, but I was so delighted by their union (and by the adorable wedding planners) that I just have to fill up my blog with snapshots … Read More
One of the items on Lia’s shelf this week is a small basket of socks. We’ve used them to sort, pair, roll, and fold! She also likes to select a favorite pair to warm up her little toes…
Every week, I set out something different for Lia to count every day. I change the number every day. One week, she counted out little plastic fish into five labeled clear dishes. This week, she is counting out dog bones. (She loves these doggy bones and plunks them in the bowl with such nurturing passion… hoping, with each plunk, that … Read More
During the “school year”, we enjoy a Morning Circle Time at the breakfast table. Typically, I read from a devotional book as the girls eat. Afterward, we find the date on the calendar, and do a couple of exercises that correspond with the girls’ readiness (i.e. we talk about the weather, make the date with coins, do some skip-counting together, … Read More
I set up a little table in the dining room that would inspire the girls to read, write, draw, and create in a laid-back way. A few weeks ago, it was flower themed. I forgot to take pictures of it. But, you’ll get the idea from this week’s Bug Theme. It’s not scientific as much as it’s just fun. Of … Read More
If you and your toddler are tiring of a constant struggle of the wills, remember the fantastic Montessori suggestion that, instead of telling a toddler to do something, give them two choices for accomplishing that task. For example, instead of commanding, “Put your shoes on,” try, “Which one do you want to put on first: your left shoe or your … Read More
A reader asked what I intend to do with Lia, my three year old, which made me realize that I haven’t used blog space to rave about another favorite resource in a long, long time: Ann Ward’s Learning at Home: A Christian Parent’s Guide with Day-by-Day Lesson Plans Using the Library as a Resource. This is an old, out-of-print GEM … Read More