We have an annual tradition of doing a Christmas window painting that began back when we started using A Year of Playing Skillfully from The Homegrown Preschooler, and it has become something we look forward to all year long. Full credit for this idea goes to the lovely ladies at The Homegrown Preschooler, but I get a lot of questions about it so I thought I'd share some tips and tricks we've learned. But first, I'll tell you a little story about why I love this curriculum and why I ... Read More about Window Painting for Kids
If you're looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, figuring out how to pack a zero waste lunch or even just reducing lunch waste is a great place to start. Pack a Zero Waste Lunch Packing a lunch is a necessity for our family on the go. Honestly, I'd go crazy and we'd be broke if I didn't! The kitchen can be such a wasteful space in our lives. But surely it doesn't have to be. Packing a lunch is good for your wallet and can be good for the Earth to. Back when I was in ... Read More about Pack a Zero Waste Lunch
Connecting Around the Kitchen Table: Benefits of Family Dinners My childhood didn't involve family dinners. Perhaps because I didn't really have a family in the traditional sense, and perhaps because I did a lot of the cooking from a very early age. It wasn’t until college that I really started to notice the value in sitting down to eat a meal and enjoy conversation. After I got married, my husband's childhood memories of family dinners made a huge impact on me, and I knew it was a ritual I ... Read More about Connecting Around the Kitchen Table
Witches for Children I don't have many memorable Halloween costumes from my childhood, but I do remember being a witch for about 8 of those years! I was a wicked witch, a good witch, a fairy witch, a candy witch, and who knows what else! What is it about witches that makes them so alluring? It turns out this is a pretty loaded questions with a lot of baggage. I have a big disclaimer before diving in to the topic of witches: our family is not religious. I consider myself a Christian and ... Read More about Are Witches Good or Bad for Children?
Want to know how to teach a foreign language when you don't speak it? Find out how to learn new vocabulary and use songs, stories, and more to gain fluency. One of my biggest regrets in life is that I didn't try harder to learn Spanish growing up or as a young adult. Three out of four of my grandparents spoke Spanish as their first language, and my grandparents on my dad's side never spoke great English so we never really got to communicate through words. My dad's first language was ... Read More about How to Teach A Foreign Language When You Don’t Speak It