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
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
Last week, we went to Art Camp. Every year for the past twelve years, my family has descended en masse on my aunt's cottage on Lake Huron. Here we do normal family vacation things -- like enjoy big meals together and play outside and go swimming and have board game tournaments -- and not so … Continue reading Art Camp
Before I begin, let me state for the record that I neither advocate for nor tacitly endorse the lying to or manipulating of children. I firmly believe this is a violation of their personal dignity, and that parents who do so for their own convenience or amusement need to re-think their parenting philosophy. However... We … Continue reading Summer Veggies
The more independent my preschooler becomes, the more I actively try to step out of his way and let him spread his wings. He has a naturally cautious temperament and is not one to dive into new situations. This summer, he has been growing bolder, and I am trying to encourage him as much as … Continue reading Everything is Washable
Happy 4th of July! I hope you and your children are spending some time running free today! My husband and I recently took our boys to Olympic National Park, and I had the immense joy of watching them play outside all day every day for a whole week. Take every opportunity to let your children … Continue reading Independence Day
Several months ago, I began doing some research on Maria Montessori's methods. Her writing is rich with insights, not simply about teaching, but about the ways we think about and interact with our children. I have made a few deliberate adjustments in my parenting style because of things I've read from Montessori, particularly in how … Continue reading Montessori: Honor the Work of Childhood
Good. Maybe when he grows up, he'll have a job instead of sitting in your basement eating bonbons and playing Xbox. Keep up the good work!! In all seriousness, I have taught for twelve years and had countless conversations with parents about how their kids are doing socially. Far too often, they are concerned about … Continue reading Is Your Home Schooled Kid a Nerd?
Something about three seems to making my older son grow at light speed. Since he hit his birthday in December, it's been non-stop new skills and ever-increasing independence. This week alone, he graduated from a mattress on the floor to a real twin bed (and he's only rolled out of it once), he's begging to … Continue reading Up He Grows!
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