Speech Delays and Speech Therapy Resources for Parents

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Three of my four children have had speech delays that required speech therapy. My third child, Lily, was an early talker who uses words beautifully and clearly – until she is upset or stressed, when her typically articulate speech turns into an incomprehensible mumble. So speech is difficult for her as well, in a way. […]

Kid Friendly Activities in Massachusetts

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We lived in Massachusetts for seven years before moving to California this past fall, and it was a wonderful place to live with kids! Today I want to share some of my favorite kid friendly activities in Massachusetts! Enjoy Nature Massachusetts has incredible natural beauty! My kids always enjoyed wandering through Massachusetts woods, often while […]

Mod Podge Fairy and Fairy House

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Meet our Mod Podge fairy and fairy house! Inspired by elf on the shelf antics I have seen on other blogs, this fairy is watching over my kids this summer! She and her house move from room to room, and so long as they are using their listening, communication, and cooperation skills, she stays out […]

14 Cows for America

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I’m thrilled to be part of the Read Around the World summer series from the Multicultural Kid Blogs – a series that allows followers to travel the world through books from many countries and cultures. Today is my day to choose a book! The book I selected, 14 Cows for America (affiliate link), commemorates September 11th […]

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Nurture Independence

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  Nurturing independence is a huge piece of getting kids ready for kindergarten – one I find especially important for my wonderful little velcro kids! Here are three things I do to nurture independence: I give my children lots of opportunities to try things out on their own, encourage them to help others, and provide […]

Setting Monthly Goals: July 2014

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Happy July! June was a fun and busy month for my family! We thoroughly enjoyed a more relaxed schedule with school out for the year. No more running from school to school for me! We enjoyed spending time with friends and family. My kids are particularly enchanted by their baby cousin V! We are at […]

Fun Math for Kids: Pattern Blocks Play

Pattern blocks are one of the greatest educational toys out there - perfect for children to playfully explore shapes, angles, and engineering.

Pattern blocks are one of my all-time favorite learning tools for kids! They allow kids to explore colors, shapes, angles, symmetry, balance, and much, much more! I played with these as a kid, and my kids pull our sets out all the time. The 3D sculpture above was one of their more impressive creations, put […]

Nurturing Creativity: Time, Space, and Respect

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I have discovered three key ingredients for nurturing creativity – in children and adults. To be creative, we all need time, space, and respect. Last year I bought these wooden bird houses for my kids to turn into doll houses. My kids enjoyed the activity, but they kept their houses very simple. Lily actually refused […]