## How To Survive Having a Toddler

So you woke up one morning to realize your adorable, cuddly little bundle of an infant had been replaced by a raging tornado of chaos? Congratulations.  You now have a toddler. Don't panic. I am on my second toddler now, and both he and you have the benefit of what my first toddler taught me. … Continue reading How To Survive Having a Toddler

## What We Are Building

Every single day, we are making stuff in this house.  And I don't just mean messes.  Every day, we are using our hands and our brains to put things together.  Here are our favorite projects this week. Puzzles It has been a non-stop puzzle-palooza around here.  Little brother is into our chunky Melissa & Doug … Continue reading What We Are Building

## Fair Play

I was playing backgammon (or tavloo, as the Armenians call it) with my three-year-old last night.  This game is excellent practice for math skills like counting pips, number sense (reading a group of dots on a die without counting them), and complex problem-solving (considering a wide array of possible moves and determining the most favorable). … Continue reading Fair Play

## Nature Journal

My aunt -- in addition to being a corporate real estate lawyer -- is a very talented artist.  When I saw her last month at my sister's wedding, she pulled me aside conspiratorially at one point to show me her painting journal, a little watercolor pad she has been adding to on her travels for … Continue reading Nature Journal

## Chalk It Up

More handwriting practice today!  My three-year-old has really been into the Reading 1A trial course from the Ron Paul Curriculum.  He has only watched the first three videos, but he's watched each of them several times over the past five days and is asking for them, as well as Math 1A.  He is still not … Continue reading Chalk It Up

## Follow the Child

Just yesterday I wrote that I wasn't sure if my three-year-old was ready to try handwriting yet this summer. Then he went outside, grabbed a piece of sidewalk chalk, and wrote an absolutely perfect capital A. This is the first letter he has ever written. I was so hesitant to have him spend any time … Continue reading Follow the Child

## Summer Goals

Finally, finally, finally, summer is here! You cannot know unless you have ever taught middle school the blessed relief that Memorial Day weekend can bring. This new season brings a major shift in our day to day routine.  No more school means no work for Mommy, no 5:00 wake-up call, no rush-hour commute, no daycare... … Continue reading Summer Goals

## Working Lunch

When you work full-time and are also trying to teach your kids some stuff, you need to make good use of your time at home.  For big brother and me, that often means doing a lot of learning while little brother takes his midday nap.  Here's one example I call a "working lunch," where we … Continue reading Working Lunch