My Little Poppies’ Picks
In case you missed it, here’s a little bit of what I’ve shared on Facebook this week. Just a little bit of wonderful from the week that was!
Links from around the web:
Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? ~Anya Kamenetz, NPR
Where Have All the Neighborhood Kids Gone? ~ Joanna Mazewski, Babble
Alo, Haelo, Caio, Halo, Ano and More, Foreign Languages for your Homeschool ~ iHomeschool Network
Why Technology Alone Won’t Fix the Schools ~ Kentaro Toyama, The Atlantic
A Government Reminder to Schools: Don’t Overlook Twice-Exceptional Kids ~ Amanda Morin, Understood.org
15 Things That Introverts Won’t Tell You ~ Maryann Reid, Lifehack
Let’s Release Our Youth From the College Anxiety Epidemic ~Dan Peters, Ph.D., Psychology Today
Achievement & Success: We’ve Got This All Wrong ~ Crushing Tall Poppies
New from My Little Poppies:
I’m gearing up for my favorite day of the year, folks! In this post, I’ll tell you why I not only let my children listen to Kenny Chesney with me, but I also believe it to be educational.
Do you ever get to drink your coffee while it’s hot? I do now thanks to some quick fixes over here.
Recently, someone asked me about my homeschool must-haves. I thought it would be fun to list mine and then open it up to the interwebz to read about everyone else’s must-haves. After all, homeschooling is so unique to each family and therefore I’m sure there’s a lot of variation out there.
Are you looking for an easy, affordable way to encourage kindness at home? Check out this idea, based on one of our favorite books!
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:
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
I don’t reread many books, but I do tend to pick this one up once or twice a year, just as a reminder that it’s okay to slow it down. Everyone else might be running around ragged but I enjoy the space between all the things!
Did you wear your babies? I LOVED our Ergo. That thing was worth its weight in gold, folks. Ergo is on Zulily this week. Sam’s Club memberships were on there, too!
When Leo first started his occupational therapy for SPD, the therapist recommended this trampoline. We still use it all the time, folks. I use it with all three of my kids. If they are too ramped up, we pull it out. If there hasn’t been enough exercise in a day due to weather, I have them use it. It sounds counterintuitive, but it works!
The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kennison
I love Katrina Kennison’s work – it just speaks to me as a mom and a human. This is one of my favorites of hers. I love the message of embracing the ordinary as a gift, because do you know what? It is!
Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent’s Complete Guide by Barbara Jackson Gilman
Is your gifted child in school? Are you looking for help with advocating? I relied heavily on this book when Leo was in public school.
The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine N. Aren, Ph.D.
Are you a highly sensitive person? Are you parenting a highly sensitive child? I’m raising my hand, and I’m recommending this book to you. Have you read it?
Leo used to fall out of his chair every single night at dinner, often while holding a beverage. I’m so happy to report that it is a much less frequent occurrence these days. When we were in the thick of it, we had this chair in one room and one of those squishy cushions in another. They truly help those sensory seekers get the movement they need without disrupting the entire family’s dinner.
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 has metAnd, if you’re having trouble finding your community, don’t forget that you can take matters into your own hands!