My Little Poppies’ Picks
I share heaps of goodness during the week, folks: from articles, to posts, to books, to moments, to resources. Here’s just a bit of what I found wonderful this week!
New from My Little Poppies:
Put simply, learning to read nonfiction- and read it well- is an important life skill. Your child will need to read nonfiction throughout her educational and professional life. Here are some tips for making the leap from fairy tales to fun facts, with some amazing books included.
Are you an empath? Are you raising a sensitive soul, just like yourself? Here is our story, and some tips and tricks for embracing your sensitivity instead of hiding it. It took me decades to view my empathy as a gift and a superpower, rather than a deficit. You can embrace it, too!
In this everything-at-your-fingertips age of Google and YouTube and Siri, are the encyclopedias of old obsolete? Or… are they better than ever? In this post, I discuss our family’s love of encyclopedias and share some of our absolute favorites.
There are so many homeschoolin’ perks, folks! Here are ten things that I am thankful for when it comes to homeschooling. I’d love to hear yours!
Links from around the web:
Educate for Conformity or Educate for Innovation? ~ Laura Grace Weldon
Kids Have Three Times Too Much Homework, Study Finds: What’s the Cost? ~ Kelly Wallace, CNN
How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior ~ Caroline Miller, Child Mind Institute
Motherhood Forced Me to Stop Being a People Pleaser ~ Danielle Sullivan, Babble
The Debate Over Sensory Processing ~ Beth Arky, Child Mind Institute
The Case for Taking Parental Leave When Your Kids are Teenagers ~ Jennifer Senior, NyMag
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!
What are the poppies reading this week??
I am going to merge The Books that Fill Our Shelves in with this weekend’s Poppies’ Picks because, well, SUMMER.
Schizz is reading:
Cait is recently finished:
Cait is re-reading:
Cait is reading:
Leo (7-years-old) recently finished:
Leo is currently re-reading:
Seuss (almost 4-years-old) is reading:
Recommended by My Little Poppies this week:
Zulily had some fantastic products for special needs and twice-exceptional children on sale this week. Did you catch the sale?
I’ve posted about eeBoo’s Tell Me a Story cards SO many times. Our family loves them! Your child can’t help but come up with creative stories when presented with these gorgeous illustrations! Fun for the whole family … and they’re learning!
This is one of those books that brings back SO many family memories. I’ll never be able to donate it, folks. We’ve read it so many times that I still have it memorized. Do you have a book like this in your home?
Do your kids have a desk? My children LOVE working at these colorful little desks. We’ll sit them in front of the TV for a “dinner picnic” once in a while (doesn’t “dinner picnic” sound better than TV dinner??), we take them with us when we travel, and they were essential during construction.
This is my second-favorite parenting book of all time, and I talk about it all the time on this site. I wish it could be required reading because I think it’s that important. The reality is, kids today are better able to identify zoo and jungle animals than they are the animals that live in their own backyard. There is such a disconnect from nature and it’s sad. Nature has been shown to have a positive impact on the health and happiness of ALL people, not just children.
My Little Poppies elsewhere:
7 Easy Ways to Add Poetry to Your Homeschool ~ Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley for Year Round Homeschooling
Poetry doesn’t have to be intimidating! Here are some tips and tricks to easily add some poetry into your family’s homeschool routine, even if you’ve never studied poetry before in your life!
Folks, I told you I was obsessed with Kenny Chesney. This just happened. Happy to be included by the fine (and equally obsessed) folks over at Welcome to the Sandbar. If you are a fellow member of No Shoes Nation, you should definitely follow Welcome to the Sandbar! Tell them their August NSN member sent you!
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!