Check Your Smoke and CO Detectors NOW

I’ll admit, this post’s title is bossy. I’m going to go ahead and blame my three year old’s influence on that one, but if there is one thing I need to write today it’s this:

Check your smoke and CO detectors – if you can’t remember when the last time you did it was, do it now. If it’s been more than a month, check them now.

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Fizzy Baking Soda Hearts: Valentine’s Day Science

Something I am really working on this year is increasing the amount of preschool science activities that I plan for the kids, especially Miss G.

This fizzy baking soda hearts science experiment is a great, fun introduction to chemistry – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh GIVE-AWAY

A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh is one of those quintessential children’s series that nearly everyone has some familiarity with — even if it’s through the Disney versions!

I’m excited to share this new book with you, about the bear behind the book, as well as give you an opportunity to win a copy of Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Music for Kids’ Yoga: How to Be a Cloud

One of the easiest things to overlook in modern parenting is children’s music. We’re raising a generation of “cool kids” and “hipster toddlers” who bounce along to our music – the filtered, PG versions of course – or maybe some top 40 artists that we find only slightly grating.

Or, we go the opposite route and put on a CD of screaming enthusiastic toddler songs that makes you question why the wheels on the bus NEVER STOP.

But, are these the songs that you remember from your childhood?

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The Cost of Minimalism

Something that has occurred to me as I continue to strive for less and move towards my own standard of minimalism (which could accurately be described as “giving up hoarding”), is that I have slowly accepted and come to terms with the cost of minimalism.

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Practical Life: Hammering Activity

Follow the child.

It is such a simple idea at the core of the Montessori Method, but has such profound implications. Placing importance and priority on what a child wants to learn, or is in a sensitive period to learn, allows for unheard of progress and satisfaction in their work.

However, sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to adequately meet your child’s interests when they seem a bit too mature, or even dangerous, for their age.

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/i/ is for igloo

I have had the idea for this /i/ is for igloo mini-unit for our sss is for sounds series since last summer. I feel like I’ve waited way too long to finally have snow… and now it’s actually too cold outside to take the children out!

So, in a very weird twist of weather-related fate, we now bring you an igloo mini-unit that you can do completely indoors!

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Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

Okay, so it might be a bit soon for me to have made this Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin, let alone be sharing my craziness with you, but does anyone else have kids demanding to know when the next holiday will be?

Well, this was my solution. A Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin for the toddlers and preschoolers to explore together!

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