Working on counting this morning!!! 🍂🍁🍂I quickly drew three trees and wrote numbers 1-3. Grayson would collect leaves around the room, and Hayden and I helped him sort the leaves onto the correct tree. Then, we did some football sticker counting! The football helmet counting is from my fall preschool pack!🍁🍂🏈
Do you know what one of my absolute greatest parenting and homeschooling lessons has been so far? It may surprise you... It’s not that my kids are super-compliant, get tons of work done every day, or are even particularly driven. 📚⠀
My greatest lesson has been learning to trust my kids. 💙⠀
I’ve learned that they’re not only pretty cool, but that they’re pretty darn capable, too. Those kids of mine are able to tackle just about anything they decide is a valuable thing to learn. 👩🏻🍳⠀
And, if they don’t think it’s valuable, I probably can’t do much to make them learn it.🤦🏼♀️⠀
You know what, though? I’m kind of like that too. I don’t particularly enjoy spending my time on things I don’t find value in, and I dive headfirst into things I love or think are really, really interesting. 🙋🏻♀️⠀
Sometimes those things my kids choose to learn about make me scratch my head in confusion, but for the most part I’m amazed by them each and every day. Take this, for example... 📒⠀
My 11yo made these scones herself — just because she wanted to try something new in the kitchen. Years ago, I taught her to make coffee (another homeschool success☕️), and pretty much slowly gave her free reign over the kitchen if she wanted it. And she runs with it. 🥧⠀
And, let me tell you, these were delicious. That Tiffany Dahle (@peanut.blossom) knows her stuff (this is her new cookbook — written FOR the kids in your life — that Molly pulled the recipe from, the kink is in my profile), and I can’t wait to taste the next recipe my personal chef chooses to make for me. .⠀
Moms, trust your kiddos when they want to follow their interests. They CAN do so much. (And you might end up getting fantastic coffee and delicious scones out of the deal, too.) 🍩☕️⠀
Once again reminded how much kids love the familiar and thrive with repetition. After so much novelty there is nothing like playing to your hearts content with things you know and love. #playmatters#tinkergarten
Toddler Sensory Activity ➡️ Fall has officially arrived in New England! The weather is chilly, the leaves are turning, and the days are getting shorter 🍁🍂 I brought fall into our sensory table with dried oats, cinnamon sticks, small napkin holder wreaths, a pumpkin bowl and scoops 🎃
There's just something about cinnamon that screams cozy fall day to me. The scoops I saved from when our little guy was a baby and we supplemented with formula. They are the perfect size for little hands. Always keep the reuse mindset before throwing anything out! 🚯♻️ Learning taking place: 1️⃣ Sensory (feeling the texture and smelling the scents! Taste safe, but he didn't try) 2️⃣ Math (scooping and dumping, learning volume as each container can hold different amounts) 3️⃣ Small motor control (small scoops to manipulate in order to fill containers) 4️⃣ Problem solving (working on keeping oats inside the bucket, it's a learning curve 🙈) Can't wait to experience my favorite season with this little man this year!
This month we offer a bonus, that, while not in this book, ties to Friction Fred. Watch our video to learn how to make armpit fudge. Instead of the conventional way of ingredient mixing, we use the friction and the heat of the human body—namely the armpit to do the work. It’s actually quite tasty and just gross enough to be wonderful to a young child!
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Celebrating the festive by painting his own lantern! He wanted to paint a Ninja (if you want to know, that's Kai that he painted). We first discussed how he wanted to paint it, his idea is to paint the face like it's on one of his shirt, then he picked the colours, and there we go. I assisted him in some small details and he basically finished his Ninja lantern. ❤ discussing his ideas and how we expanded it and the time we spent talking how the eyes should looks like, the facial expression he wants (which is "fierce" look), how his logo on his bandana should be (that's how detail he is!) Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all our families and friends. No matter where you are, we are looking at the same bright moon, sharing the love we have for each other! 😘
Hidden Numbers Search and Find! It’s #mathsonmondays today! I set up our sensory bin with foam numbers and shaving cream. I added a bowl of water and some paper with numbers written on in marker. S searched for the numbers, washed them off, and matched them to the numbers on the paper. After he completed, we continued to play with the foam and numbers. I would talk to him about the numbers he was finding. “You found the eight! Where did the three go? You found 5! 1-2-3-4-5!” He loves the messy sensory play, and I loved working on number recognition in a playful fun way.
The kids celebrated the start of fall this weekend by making an autumn themed banner from the September Collection of #RootedChildhood. 🎃🍂Felting can be super intimidating, but using cookie cutter's to help make the shapes is genius!! 💡I can't say enough how great the seasonal activities from #rootedchildhood are. 🤗Don't miss out on the October collection! You can sign up using the link in my bio and be sure to use the affiliated code: Amanda10 to get 10% off!