For years now I’ve seen posts and photos of gorgeous wax-dipped Fall leaves; and I have always wanted to give it a try. Finally this year, with my sons’ obsessive leaf-collecting habits in full swing, it was time!
This is a great activity for kids starting around the preschool/kindergarten age. The wax is hot, but solidifies as soon as it touches skin, so it’s not dangerous. My 5-year old handled the project with ease. The 2-year old helped with leaf gathering on our nature walk and laying them out to dry.read more
From math activities that helped to distract him and learn new language for describing feelings, to daily drawings of what was on his mind, to yoga becoming part of our mornings again, this curriculum really helped us open up and talk about things more constructively, and I started to see an improvement in his mood. Of course, he’s still in a period of transition and misses his dad while he works, but now we have a great line of communication and activities to help. Thank you, Leah, for including “My Feelings” as part of the first grade curriculum.read more
I have parents asking me all the time how they can create both a child-led learning environment but also still teach their children to read and write! Believe it or not, a child-led experience leads very nicely into the development of reading skills. Creating an environment where reading is a focus, a joy, and a part of everyday life is one of the most important ways to help your child boost their early literacy skills.read more
How many times in a day do you tell your child to “hurry up?”
Rushing out the door. Get your shoes on. Eat your dinner faster. Walk quicker. Chin up, eyes forward, let’s go! We’ve got to HURRY…..
To where? To what?
Do you stop and ask yourself what you’re rushing for? What is so important that you are pushing your child so quickly through their childhood?read more
The other incredible thing that happened in this moment is that Charlie had a tangible reminder of a memory. You see, young children have incredibly short attention spans and are very quickly moving from one moment to the next and one emotion to the another. Because of this fluid movement of our thoughts as young children, we have few memories that we carry from our early childhood for the rest of our lives. However, what this seemingly worthless crab shell did in this moment was give Charlie a tangible object that he could feel and see and hold, to bring the memory of that adventure back to life in a very vivid way.read more
Learning happens anywhere and everywhere, even on family trips. One of my favorite benefits of homeschooling is the ability to take his learning with us and travel, without having to wait for summer. Reading about different places, climates, and habitats is a wonderful way to learn, but we love to bring our physical learner to different places where he can see, touch, and experience these worlds in person.read more
Do You Have A Morning Routine? Oh, you mean stumbling out of bed when you hear the kids rummaging through the fridge and praying your husband already started coffee doesn’t count? No, no it does not. 😉 One of the most proven ways to have a positive outlook for your day is to start off your day with a good and consistent routine.read more
I want to answer another of the questions I hear over and over again (because I bet this is one that you’ve had streaming through your head a time or two). And that is “But what about the ABCs?” Or, in other words, if I don’t TEACH them, how will my child ever learn to read or write?! This is something that starts to freak parents out BIG TIME the second they get excited about child-led learning. That fear kicks in and a lot of times, they run away from the unstructured, free and flexible learning experiences for the rigid, “sit at a desk and learn stuff on paper” way of learning that they’re used to. But you don’t have to do that.read more