Kids’ Kitchen: Green Eggs

Miss G has loved having the freedom and trust to cook scrambled eggs on the stove since she was 2.5 years old (when our kitchen formerly became a kids’ kitchen). It’s been a source of controversy, but I have never once doubted that my daughter was ready for the responsibility, and it always gets our day started off well when she gets to enjoy the pride of a job well done, and of sharing with her friends, first thing in the morning!

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Postive Parenting: Throwing Rocks

I want to start a new series of small posts here on Study at Home Mama offering postive parenting scripts for common behaviour issues in children. I really try to phrase myself positively for the children, but it can be hard in the moment to figure out what to say.

I don’t want my suggestions to be the only ones on offer — if you have alternative suggestions for ways to positively support children, I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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Mama Musing: In a Good Place

After several months of upheaval and taking chances, our family is finally in a good place. We have a great group of children joining us everyday, my health is the best it has been in several months, and we’re in a home that actually has enough room for us and our things! (I’m still dealing with the “things” part of that equation.) Miss G has experienced some anxiety, but we seem to have rounded a corner, and now I’m just trying to catch up on school and enjoy the season with my little girl.

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Top Ten Bird Books for Montessori Preschoolers

Montessori tends to prefer nonfiction books over fiction books, which makes finding interesting and themed books for Montessori preschoolers a bit of a challenge. I try to strike a balance with some realistic fiction but I’m always happy when I find nonfiction that carries the same appeal as a children’s fiction book. We lucked out during our Montessori Bird Unit, and many of these books would also be appropriate for an elementary setting, as well!

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Kids Kitchen: Olive Pitting

Pasta Puttanesca is one of our favourite go-to dishes in the Kids’ Kitchen, and one of the easiest ways to get kids helping with cooking is to set up a Montessori Practical Life Invitation that helps isolate a skill and build fine motor strength and dexterity.

Miss G loved pitting olives for the pasta sauce and this is such a simple skill to master (with the right tool) that I wanted to share it with you for your own kids’ kitchen adventure!

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In Defense of the Pinterest Parent

Two years ago, I was at a birthday party thrown by a like-minded friend who went all-out with crafting and styling her one year old’s big bash. She didn’t spend hundreds of dollars, but she put thought and effort into the tiny details, and of course, turned to Pinterest for inspiration. (Five years ago, she would have turned to a craft book or magazine, remember those?)

Everyone ooh-ed and aah-ed over the thoughtful touches, and complimented her efforts — the way I was raised to compliment someone on their home, or the food offered, whenever I was invited over for a get-together. And then, one mom decided to “share her opinion” about all of these “Pinterest Moms” who are so silly and naive to be spending all their time on such pointless activities when all kids care about is cake — not the cute bits of fondant on the cake. She hated what she considered the competitive nature of Pinterest Moms, and saw the parties as just an excuse to show off.

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10 Multicultural Thanksgiving Books

While Americans are enjoying a day off for Colombus Day, Canadians are busy celebrating Thanksgiving. Canada actually had the first modern “Thanksgiving” celebration in North America, in 1578, but even before that, Thanksgiving has its roots in various faith rituals around the world.

One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to give your children an awareness of different cultures is to read and explore multicultural books. Here are our Top Ten Multicultural Thanksgiving Books.

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Kids Kitchen: Hallowe’en Ghost Pops

There are a lot of fun Hallowe’en snacks out there, and we have some plans to make some of the more “treat” options later this month. But, on a typical day I want a healthy preschool snack that’s not going to get the kids all hyped up on sugar! This spooky Hallowe’en snack is easy for kids to help make, and you won’t feel bad if they ask for seconds… or thirds!

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Creating a Mind Palace: Sherlock and the Sensorial Curriculum

I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes stories, and like many other women, I’ve been enjoying Benedict Cumberbatch’s interpretation of the character in the modern BBC retelling of the classic stories. Perhaps Sherlock’s most obvious and impressive genius is his quick sensorial inspection time, or perceptual discrimination, which he uses to inform his deductions.

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