My Little Poppies’ Picks
If you missed some of this week’s wonderful due to the post-holiday craziness, here’s a little bit of what I’ve shared on Facebook!
Links from around the web:
How My Daughter Explained Her Sensory Overload When I Couldn’t ~ Lauren Saccone
Parenting a Child with Anxiety ~ Shaun Groves, The Art of Simple
Everyone was an Artist in Kindergarten ~ James Hamblin
Did I love you enough today? ~ Kristen LaValley, Huffington Post
20 Chores Your Preschooler Should Be Doing ~ Real Life at Home
How Growing Up in Poverty Rewires a Child’s Developing Brain ~ Kayt Sukel, Good
When We Fail Our Children ~ Not the Former Things
New from My Little Poppies:
Parenting is tough stuff. We all falter. Some days, we falter more than others. Here’s my story. File this under: #keepingitreal
Here is a letter that I wrote to my 3-year-old about pants. Yes, pants. This can also be filed under: #keepingitreal
This week, I was blog hoppin’ with Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page and this month’s topic is gifted relationships.
For Brain Chase this week, Leo was asked to write a persuasive essay. His choice of topic made me laugh because, as you’ll see below, chickens were a hot topic this time last year!
This time last year:
I thought it would be fun to take a glimpse at what we were doing this time last year. Looking back made me smile, and I hope it does the same for you.
You know when you are in a moment and you think to yourself, “This will make a really funny story one day, just not right now”?? This is a story about the boy who risked Christmas morning for the sake of a grand, elf-based experiment.
Remember the day that Leo really wanted chickens? Update: he still really wants chickens.
This is a story about an asynchronous boy collecting shells on Cape Cod.
What have the little poppies been up to in real life??
If you hang out with us on Instagram, you already know what we’ve been up to!
Recommended by My Little Poppies this week:
Are you looking for a writing curriculum that meets your children where they are at? One that can be individualized to suit your family? One that celebrates arts, music, poetry, film, and play? We are in love with Brave Writer.
We LOVE Usborne books over here, folks. Here is Miss T’s FAVORITE at the moment. Stay tuned for a post that incorporates both Brave Writer and this little book.
Looking for a way to make those math facts more automatic? Children can’t resist these colorful numeric tiles. This is like Bananagrams but with numbers!
What toy has been the best investment in your home? This is our pick. We held off getting Magnatiles for several years due to the cost but I haven’t regretted a penny since our purchase. They are played with every single day, by boys and girls of all ages.
Snap circuits are educational, fun, and they keep kids QUIET. That’s a major win in my book!
Do you zentangle? My family has been obsessed for quite a while now. I love how calming zentangle is, and guess what? You truly do not need to have any artistic ability. You just have to be willing to try. You’ll be amazed at how calm and relaxed you feel after a little zentangling but … be warned… it’s addicting!
Are you looking to incorporate some mindfulness into your family’s routine? This is an amazing CD that has worked wonders for all of our children but especially for Leo. Learning to calm yourself down and reset is such an important life skill and this CD helps you do just that.
Are you looking to add Latin in at home? We love this program! There’s something to say for learning a language with music- it sticks!
C’mon, who doesn’t love School House Rock? My children adore it- especially Seuss! I love that it a show featuring music, and that the music is jam-packed with fun facts. I can honestly say my children have learned a great deal from the DVD.
Are you looking for a fun way to add some music appreciation to your homeschool? Our family loves Compose Yourself by ThinkFun. Stay tuned, folks because I have a Compose Yourself review coming out next week and I have a ThinkFun giveaway scheduled for August, just in time for back-to-school!
My Little Poppies elsewhere:
If you or are the parent of a gifted or 2E child, you should head on over and check out this group. Just be forewarned: it’s tough to leave once you step inside because it kinda feels like home.
If you know of gifted and 2E children in NH or MA, please send them my way! Granite State Gifted is a growing community of parents just like you! And, if you’re having trouble finding your community, don’t forget that you can take matters into your own hands!
Tell me, folks… what did you find wonderful this week? Share in the comments!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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