My Little Poppies’ Picks
Each week, I read so many wonderful posts and articles and ideas. In case you missed it, here’s a little bit of what I’ve shared on Facebook this week. Here’s a taste of the wonderful from the week that was!
Links from around the web:
What Schools Can Learn from Summer Camps ~ Annie Murphy Paul, MindShift KQED News
20 Mom Things I Wish I Had Done More Of ~Finding Joy
Help Shy Kids Don’t Punish Them ~ Susan Cain, The Atlantic
Telling Poor, Smart Kids that All It Takes is Hard Work to Be as Successful as Their Wealthy Peers Is a Blatant Lie ~ Taylor Gordon, Atlanta Blackstar
Students Find Key Error on SATs Given Across U.S. ~ Valerie Strauss, Washington Post
Father’s Day Present ~ Adventures in Mommydom
Myths and Misunderstanding: Teachers Who Don’t. Get. Gifted! ~Crushing Tall Poppies
The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Preschoolers ~ Cornerstone Confessions
New from My Little Poppies:
Are you looking for an easy, affordable way to encourage kindness at home? Check out this idea, based on one of our favorite books!
Here’s a list of what we’ve been reading this week. This series was requested by our readers and we’ve had a lot of fun sharing our nightstand with you!
Are you looking for an easy way to introduce foreign languages at home? Teaching foreign languages can be an expensive venture but here are some easy, affordable alternatives!
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!
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!
Pogo sticks are essentially simple contraptions
(Leo, age 7)
Recommended by My Little Poppies this week:
This is one of my family’s favorite games. Not only is is fun, it is a game that we can all play together. It also travels easily, so we almost always bring this one on vacation. Best of all? ALL three of my kids can play this one.
Do you love to laminate things as much as we do? We are obsessed. We have made so many crafts and books and charts and signs and… and… and… with this amazing little laminator. We’ve had it for years and it is still as awesome as ever.
Blokus is a strategy game that the entire family can play. It offers a fun challenge to adults and older children but the younger children love the fun colors and placing of their pieces. Do you own this one, folks?
We LOVE Groovy Lab in a Box and have gushed about it on several occasions. This week, I wanted to let you know that you can get $10 off any Single Groovy Lab in a Box in honor of Father’s Day. Order by Thursday, June 18th – delivered straight to your door in time for Father’s Day with free USPS Priority Shipping with the coupon code GROOVYDAD.
Have I told you guys that I was one of those imaginational OE kids? I had SO MANY imaginary friends, animals, and fairies. Anne (with an e!!) Shirley and Hayley Mills from Parent Trap were my two best buds. I LOVE this series and just purchased the box set to read with my little poppies. Have you read it??
Everyone knows we are game obsessed over here. ThinkFun makes AMAZING games that are both fun and educational. We love Rush Hour and Rush Hour Shift. What is your favorite ThinkFun game?
I am a planner by nature and I have tried so many planners. Last year, an equally planner-obsessed friend of mine introduced me to Erin Condren and it was love at first sight, folks. I bought my first Erin Condren Life Planner for my birthday last August and will do it again this year!
I talk about these ALL THE TIME. When Leo was first diagnosed with SPD, we purchased these headphones. At that time, he was TERRIFIED of certain noises. These headphones helped him to cope and they gave him the power to block out something that was unsettling. He used to be terrified if the TV was on and these helped him to better manage the challenge. Now, he’ll still use them for noises occasionally but what he REALLY uses them for is to block out his siblings when he’s trying to concentrate on his homeschooling. I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend!
Our family loves these powerful little binoculars. We take them on hikes in the kids’ nature packs. They are durable (we’ve had them for years) and they work very well. Perfect size for little hands, too!
So many people have asked me where we got Leo’s carpe diem t-shirt. This week, it was on Zulily so I had to share it!