Toddler Fine Motor Practice

A look at what our second son is up to at eighteen months: Fine motor skills are on this guy's mind daily as he works to understand and manipulate the world around here.  Recent conquests have included mastering the zippered case that holds his play tunnel and chopping all the food in his Melissa & … Continue reading Toddler Fine Motor Practice

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Cooking with a Preschooler: Fall Edition

Thanks to a big crop of Mackintoshes from my parents' house, we are up to our ears in apples at the moment.  Just another great opportunity to get my three-year-old busy in the kitchen!  Last week, he picked apples and made applesauce with my mom, so this weekend, I let him be the expert and … Continue reading Cooking with a Preschooler: Fall Edition

Preschool at Home: Scissor Practice

You don't need anything fancy to successfully guide your child through preschool development at home.  My son has been really interested in scissor work lately, so we do a very simple activity in which I draw lines and shapes and he practices cutting.  Easy peasy fine motor practice, and I have seen huge improvements in … Continue reading Preschool at Home: Scissor Practice

Make Messes

There's always a lot of discussion amongst educators and parents about scaffolding -- giving kids just exactly the right amount of challenge to allow them to stretch without overwhelming or frustrating them.  It's a pretty difficult balance to strike, and for parents with quickly-growing youngsters, a constantly moving target. However, all your worries about this … Continue reading Make Messes

Travelling with Littles: Fostering Independence

We've recently returned from our first major trip with our kids, and now that we're home, I can safely call it a success.  There is plenty of advice out there on how to entertain your kids on an airplane.  Some of the typical ideas worked for us, like loosening up your normal screen time restrictions … Continue reading Travelling with Littles: Fostering Independence

Gardening with a Preschooler: Strawberries

An update on our three-year-old and his gardening project: We wanted our preschooler to take more ownership of our family garden this year, and as he is in a big "all by myself" phase, we decided that he needed a gardening project that would be his own.  Last year, we purchased two strawberry plants and … Continue reading Gardening with a Preschooler: Strawberries

Preschool in the Kitchen: Hummus

My three-year-old loves to help out in the kitchen.  He's now at a point where if I get out my mini-chopper, he runs over and asks me what we're making.  This is an appliance that terrified him just a few short months ago, and now he pretty much considers it his chopper. One of our favorite … Continue reading Preschool in the Kitchen: Hummus

If You Don’t Have It, Make It: Woodshop Edition

While we are a far cry from homesteaders, we would like to instill in our children some sense of self-reliance.  Rather than run out to the store and buy every little thing, if it's at all possible for us to MacGyver it on our own, we like to at least try. Our latest project was … Continue reading If You Don’t Have It, Make It: Woodshop Edition

Teeny Tiny Photographer II

In March, I wrote about how my three-year-old son has started taking photos around the house.  This has become a regular part of our routine, so I wanted to share some more shots he has taken.  Seeing our everyday life from his vantage point has really helped me to appreciate that he is his own … Continue reading Teeny Tiny Photographer II