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Do you love Thanksgiving?  If so learn how to create this Kidcentric Fun and Easy Thanksgiving Display!  #ad
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#orientaltradingambassador #thanksgiving #kidcrafts #kbnmom #kbnkids
Mini Trent helping to mow.
Mini Trent helping to mow.
Gotta remember this idea! Hula hoop, masking tape, cotton balls. Simple and fun.
Gotta remember this idea! Hula hoop, masking tape, cotton balls. Simple and fun.
Checking out the moon phases box. This successfully ended the morning-long tantrum by Miss E for 10 minutes. I made my original moon phases box when I  was student teaching in a first grade classroom. Pulled out the โ€œSpace Unitโ€ box and found all kinds of fun activities for this week.
Checking out the moon phases box. This successfully ended the morning-long tantrum by Miss E for 10 minutes. I made my original moon phases box when I was student teaching in a first grade classroom. Pulled out the โ€œSpace Unitโ€ box and found all kinds of fun activities for this week.
Fall in Michigan๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Enjoying our giant pile until they all get sucked up by the leaf machine this week.
Fall in Michigan๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚ Enjoying our giant pile until they all get sucked up by the leaf machine this week.
A spot of after school bracelet making today. Thanks @rachelsears81 for the inspiration xx
A spot of after school bracelet making today. Thanks @rachelsears81 for the inspiration xx
Just learning to do a little coding.
Just learning to do a little coding.
I'm so excited to already have 350 families signed up take the free Family Canvas Challenge! That's 350 families across the world who will be carving time out of their busy schedules to do art together and create a meaningful masterpiece ๐Ÿ˜„Will you join us?
If you haven't heard about the challenge yet, it starts Friday and it's an opportunity to create a layered canvas with your kids over the next 4 weeks. I will send you a supply list, steps, & tips to add 8 layers of different materials to your canvas. 
A few FAQs I wanted to answer:
1) You don't have to start on Friday, I'll send you the whole challenge on the first day and you can go at your own pace.
2) It's for families with kids from toddlers to teens! 
3) You don't have to do all of the layers, do what works for your family and what your schedule allows.
4) You can substitute different materials based on what you have available. * โœจClick the link in my profile to join! โœจ* PS. see my stories from today to see our last layered canvas that's hanging in our dining room!
#artpantrychallenge
I'm so excited to already have 350 families signed up take the free Family Canvas Challenge! That's 350 families across the world who will be carving time out of their busy schedules to do art together and create a meaningful masterpiece ๐Ÿ˜„Will you join us? If you haven't heard about the challenge yet, it starts Friday and it's an opportunity to create a layered canvas with your kids over the next 4 weeks. I will send you a supply list, steps, & tips to add 8 layers of different materials to your canvas. A few FAQs I wanted to answer: 1) You don't have to start on Friday, I'll send you the whole challenge on the first day and you can go at your own pace. 2) It's for families with kids from toddlers to teens! 3) You don't have to do all of the layers, do what works for your family and what your schedule allows. 4) You can substitute different materials based on what you have available. * โœจClick the link in my profile to join! โœจ* PS. see my stories from today to see our last layered canvas that's hanging in our dining room! #artpantrychallenge 
My kid pretty much goes to the coolest preschool. Each week this fall she's gone to "farm school" and learned and explored out in nature, taken care of the animals and eaten snack from the garden. Such a cool first school experience. #puremichigan #msuextension
My kid pretty much goes to the coolest preschool. Each week this fall she's gone to "farm school" and learned and explored out in nature, taken care of the animals and eaten snack from the garden. Such a cool first school experience. #puremichigan  #msuextension 
With my daughter's last day of fall farm preschool tomorrow (yes she goes to school on a farm and it is is amazing), it is the perfect time to bring out our farm count and graph activity. Free #ontheblog if you need a good intro to graphing. #linkinbio
With my daughter's last day of fall farm preschool tomorrow (yes she goes to school on a farm and it is is amazing), it is the perfect time to bring out our farm count and graph activity. Free #ontheblog  if you need a good intro to graphing. #linkinbio 
G is for grapes. "Painted" with the help of our bingo dot markers because they are seriously the easiest!
G is for grapes. "Painted" with the help of our bingo dot markers because they are seriously the easiest!
Tโ€™s first Christmas decoration. Once prepared, took minutes to make, needed help to hold whilst he sewed. Will be making a couple more to give as family gifts.
Tโ€™s first Christmas decoration. Once prepared, took minutes to make, needed help to hold whilst he sewed. Will be making a couple more to give as family gifts.
F is for Fish decorated with flowers. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Reviewing the alphabet one letter at a time. ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŸ
F is for Fish decorated with flowers. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Reviewing the alphabet one letter at a time. ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŸ
F is for fluffy slime. Perfect for F week and for Halloween.
F is for fluffy slime. Perfect for F week and for Halloween.
Letter E fine motor practice...aka an excuse to use up last year's candy corn. My daughter still ate it at the end. ๐Ÿ™ˆ Bleh!!
Letter E fine motor practice...aka an excuse to use up last year's candy corn. My daughter still ate it at the end. ๐Ÿ™ˆ Bleh!!
Letter E week means coloring eggs just like it is Easter time. White crayon first and watercolors on top.
Letter E week means coloring eggs just like it is Easter time. White crayon first and watercolors on top.
Thanks to @websyarn I taught both kids how to knit in five minutes. (Okay okay it helped that I know how to knit.) .
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#kbnkids #kids #crafts #knitting #LTBLive17 #hobbies #yarn #kids #kidscrafts
You know you are a teacher's kid when you are making a Christmas list with the @lakeshorelearning catalog. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ“š
You know you are a teacher's kid when you are making a Christmas list with the @lakeshorelearning catalog. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ“š
DIY squishy soap KIDS can make!

Such a cute idea from @mamapapabubba! Live the bright colors and how CLEAN this activity is!

Snag all the details here: http://mamapapabubba.com/2016/02/27/awesome-diy-squishy-soap/

#kbnkids #kbnmoms #funideasforkids #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #diysoap #makeityourself #kidscanmake #letshavefun #kidsactivities #kidswillloveit #learningisfun
D is for Dog made out of dots. Dot markers (bingo dabbers) are so much fun!!
D is for Dog made out of dots. Dot markers (bingo dabbers) are so much fun!!
C is for cutting box. We made a mini version of one of our favorite fine motor activities for C week. A bunch of scissors, all different types of paper and an empty bin to put the scraps into. Easy fun!
C is for cutting box. We made a mini version of one of our favorite fine motor activities for C week. A bunch of scissors, all different types of paper and an empty bin to put the scraps into. Easy fun!
We used to call these cootie-catchers when I was little. My girls call them fortune tellers, which makes more sense ๐Ÿ˜† 
Did you make these as a kid or do your kids make them now? What do you call them? So much fun to be had with just a piece of paper and a pen!
We used to call these cootie-catchers when I was little. My girls call them fortune tellers, which makes more sense ๐Ÿ˜† Did you make these as a kid or do your kids make them now? What do you call them? So much fun to be had with just a piece of paper and a pen!
C is for Cookie! We LOVE these alphabet cookies. Plus they come with cards that make it easy to differentiate. Little sister can match letters and work on sequencing letters. Big sister can work on what letter comes next and beginning sounds.
C is for Cookie! We LOVE these alphabet cookies. Plus they come with cards that make it easy to differentiate. Little sister can match letters and work on sequencing letters. Big sister can work on what letter comes next and beginning sounds.
My friends Julia and Megan over at @kidartlit are hosting a fun reading & art challenge that starts next week. If your little ones love books and creative activities, this challenge sounds like a great combo of both! 
It's a free, week-long challenge and starts on October 17th. Head over to @kidartlit for more details ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ˜„
My friends Julia and Megan over at @kidartlit are hosting a fun reading & art challenge that starts next week. If your little ones love books and creative activities, this challenge sounds like a great combo of both! It's a free, week-long challenge and starts on October 17th. Head over to @kidartlit for more details ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ˜„
C is for colorful cat colored with crayons. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ– All things C for the week.
C is for colorful cat colored with crayons. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ– All things C for the week.
Waterbeads are pretty much the best. We used blue beads while we worked on finding the letter B. Waterbeads are oddly therapeutic to play with. ๐Ÿ˜‚
Waterbeads are pretty much the best. We used blue beads while we worked on finding the letter B. Waterbeads are oddly therapeutic to play with. ๐Ÿ˜‚
Shaving cream fun! Letter practice, sensory fun plus my table is clean now. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Everybody wins!
Shaving cream fun! Letter practice, sensory fun plus my table is clean now. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Everybody wins!
Happy Monday! ๐ŸŒˆAnother favorite room at the Color Factory.
Happy Monday! ๐ŸŒˆAnother favorite room at the Color Factory.
Apple sensory bin fun digging for letters and matching upper and lowercase letters. Pretending it is fall when it feels like summer. ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿโ˜€๏ธ
Apple sensory bin fun digging for letters and matching upper and lowercase letters. Pretending it is fall when it feels like summer. ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿโ˜€๏ธ
Today's activity was this cute hex bug bat. We got the idea when we saw @redtedart's instagram stories last week and they made hex bug people.  We've adapted it and made this bat. The blog post will be up soon.
Today's activity was this cute hex bug bat. We got the idea when we saw @redtedart's instagram stories last week and they made hex bug people. We've adapted it and made this bat. The blog post will be up soon.
Because I no longer get updates as to what he learns at school and what he knows I thought today I'd find out what he knows about Autumn so I can base our activities in the next 2 weeks on those. He thoroughly enjoyed writing on the post-it's (he did get bored in the end) and sticking them on his 'idea chart' I really love how he took to this simple activity and now we have loads of great ideas for activities. #lbukletslearn
Because I no longer get updates as to what he learns at school and what he knows I thought today I'd find out what he knows about Autumn so I can base our activities in the next 2 weeks on those. He thoroughly enjoyed writing on the post-it's (he did get bored in the end) and sticking them on his 'idea chart' I really love how he took to this simple activity and now we have loads of great ideas for activities. #lbukletslearn 
My 3 yr old's contribution to our Princess STEM challenge...Rapunzel's tower. #stem #stemchallenge #freebie
My girls are obsessed with making little paper characters and accessories ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿถ They first came up with this paper doll idea on our Airstream trip when we had very few toys for them to play with. 
They spend hours drawing the characters and accessories and then many more hours playing with them. They have made people, animals, food, beds, books, lockers... anything they want to play with, they will make! 
While the girls were at school today I made this stop-motion video with some of their characters to surprise them ๐Ÿ˜œ 
Do your kids ever make their own toys?
I used an app on my phone called Stop Motion to make this in case you or your kids want to give it a try! It's super easy to use.
My girls are obsessed with making little paper characters and accessories ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿถ They first came up with this paper doll idea on our Airstream trip when we had very few toys for them to play with. They spend hours drawing the characters and accessories and then many more hours playing with them. They have made people, animals, food, beds, books, lockers... anything they want to play with, they will make! While the girls were at school today I made this stop-motion video with some of their characters to surprise them ๐Ÿ˜œ Do your kids ever make their own toys? I used an app on my phone called Stop Motion to make this in case you or your kids want to give it a try! It's super easy to use.
Balancing apples up on top. A little counting, literacy and gross motor practice all in one.
Balancing apples up on top. A little counting, literacy and gross motor practice all in one.
So whilst scrolling through @buggyandbuddy's feed after our rocket activity yesterday, I found these awesome cd spinners. T had already decided he wanted to decorate CD's so it was obviously meant to be! They are awesome! Pop over to their blog for details. #lbukletslearn
So whilst scrolling through @buggyandbuddy's feed after our rocket activity yesterday, I found these awesome cd spinners. T had already decided he wanted to decorate CD's so it was obviously meant to be! They are awesome! Pop over to their blog for details. #lbukletslearn 
The children took gifts to out librarians today in honour of #roalddahl - Galaxy chocolate wrapped in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory paper and Golden Ticket paper, and Foxes biscuits with The Fantastic Mr. Fox paper and tags.  It was a quick and fun craft and showed the librarians they are appreciated. The treats were received well.  In exchange the kids came home with GIANT ears from their Roald Dahl story time and craft session there. #librariesofinstagram #librariesni #craft #roalddahlday #kbnkids #kbnmoms #mkbkids #chocolate #loveourlibrary
The children took gifts to out librarians today in honour of #roalddahl  - Galaxy chocolate wrapped in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory paper and Golden Ticket paper, and Foxes biscuits with The Fantastic Mr. Fox paper and tags. It was a quick and fun craft and showed the librarians they are appreciated. The treats were received well. In exchange the kids came home with GIANT ears from their Roald Dahl story time and craft session there. #librariesofinstagram  #librariesni  #craft  #roalddahlday  #kbnkids  #kbnmoms  #mkbkids  #chocolate  #loveourlibrary 
The rocket activity went down well. He really enjoyed making the rocket but liked measuring how far it went more!
The rocket activity went down well. He really enjoyed making the rocket but liked measuring how far it went more!
We made a light table and it was way easier than I thought! How fun are these wood blocks with transparent colors inside?? #totschool #lighttable #sensoryplay
We made a light table and it was way easier than I thought! How fun are these wood blocks with transparent colors inside?? #totschool  #lighttable  #sensoryplay 
My girls are obsessed with #sewing these simple tunics that come together with four seams. Tutorial + printable pattern template here: https://www.mamasmiles.com/tunic-sewing-pattern/
My girls are obsessed with #sewing  these simple tunics that come together with four seams. Tutorial + printable pattern template here: https://www.mamasmiles.com/tunic-sewing-pattern/
We had a great time at our Djubi Outdoor Games Back to School party!  #ad @tryazon #backtoschool #gettogether #friends #kbnmom #kbnkids
Left out a few supplies and blank cards for him to make some cards today. He did a great job. There wasn't too much mess from the glitter either! #lbukletslearn #acreativechildhood
Left out a few supplies and blank cards for him to make some cards today. He did a great job. There wasn't too much mess from the glitter either! #lbukletslearn  #acreativechildhood 
So today I challenged T to build a rock sculpture and see how many rocks he could stack. He managed 5 was very careful at times balancing them and working out which side to go for. Daddy managed 7! #lbukletslearn #creativelifehappylife #acreativechildhood
I have a gift for you! ๐ŸŽ I wrote a blog post this week about the variety of skills that my kids have learned in our art space over the years. I wanted to offer you something that would help you encourage these skill-building explorations for your own kids. โœจSo I put together a FREE e-guide for you with 8 Invitations To Create (art prompts) that are based on  these skills...
โœ”๏ธFine Motor
โœ”๏ธFocusing
โœ”๏ธWriting
โœ”๏ธSelf-sufficiency
โœ”๏ธMastering tools
โœ”๏ธScience and investigation
โœ”๏ธMaking Toys โœ”๏ธCollaboration
To get the free e-guide, just click the link in my profile. Or go to TheArtPantry.com/not-about-art
๐ŸŽ Enjoy!!
I have a gift for you! ๐ŸŽ I wrote a blog post this week about the variety of skills that my kids have learned in our art space over the years. I wanted to offer you something that would help you encourage these skill-building explorations for your own kids. โœจSo I put together a FREE e-guide for you with 8 Invitations To Create (art prompts) that are based on these skills... โœ”๏ธFine Motor โœ”๏ธFocusing โœ”๏ธWriting โœ”๏ธSelf-sufficiency โœ”๏ธMastering tools โœ”๏ธScience and investigation โœ”๏ธMaking Toys โœ”๏ธCollaboration To get the free e-guide, just click the link in my profile. Or go to TheArtPantry.com/not-about-art ๐ŸŽ Enjoy!!
Their stamp in our logbook, our stamp in their logbook. Another letterboxing and hiking success!! #letterboxing #puremichigan #teamj
Cheetah plate, (quite possibly the grumpiest looking cheetah you ever did see ๐Ÿ˜‚) had fun with the paints today. Joining #kidsmakeandbakeclub prompts for today's #lbukletslearn #acreativechildhood
Getting ready for our party tonight!  It sure feels like fall already #mainelife #feelslikefall #tryazonparty #kbnmom #kbnkids
We made these super fun emoji rockets today for #lbukletslearn such a great little STEM project and good for recycling those old kinder eggs!  Blog post tomorrow! #kidscraft101
We made these super fun emoji rockets today for #lbukletslearn  such a great little STEM project and good for recycling those old kinder eggs! Blog post tomorrow! #kidscraft101 
Ok so our process art may need more practice! Today's invitation to create art for #artstartchallenge didn't produce too much art, but we had fun grating, blending and smudging. T decided to make a T with a top hat! I have always known this boy prefers structure, maybe we need to keep trying! #lbukletslearn
Ok so our process art may need more practice! Today's invitation to create art for #artstartchallenge  didn't produce too much art, but we had fun grating, blending and smudging. T decided to make a T with a top hat! I have always known this boy prefers structure, maybe we need to keep trying! #lbukletslearn 
Yes we could have bought #eclipse glasses but then my kids wouldn't be problem solving. My son decided that there was light sleeping in the box seams so he's wrapping all of our pinhole viewers in foil. #criticalthinking #kids #gymcraftlaundry #problemsolving #kbnkids #scienceisfun
Will your kids be heading back to school soon?? Or have they already?  Mine go back September 5th and we just made some awesome Surprise Gift Baskets for their teachers! #ad

#orientaltradingambassador #giftbasket #backtoschool #kbnmom #kbnkids
Spent the morning with these kiddos picking blueberries #mainelife #naturesbounty #cousinsarethebest #iloveblueberries #kbnmoms #kbnkids
I'm a bit late in posting this but yesterday's #lbukletslearn was all about making his own dinner. T managed to make himself a wrap pizza and cut up some cucumber. He ate it all and asked if he could make his own dinner another da. T seems to really be enjoying these little learning sessions each day #lifeskills
I'm a bit late in posting this but yesterday's #lbukletslearn  was all about making his own dinner. T managed to make himself a wrap pizza and cut up some cucumber. He ate it all and asked if he could make his own dinner another da. T seems to really be enjoying these little learning sessions each day #lifeskills 
Enjoying this gorgeous day! #mainelife #kbnmoms #kbnkids #summerfun
Today's learning involved helping Daddy in the garden. It wasn't what we planned but we're all about being flexible and changing when we need to! #lbukletslearn
Today's learning involved helping Daddy in the garden. It wasn't what we planned but we're all about being flexible and changing when we need to! #lbukletslearn 
Four kids hiking on #AntelopeIsland . The sun was a little bright - we should have brought hats. We also recommend shoes instead of sandals for the gravel paths!
Four kids hiking on #AntelopeIsland  . The sun was a little bright - we should have brought hats. We also recommend shoes instead of sandals for the gravel paths!
He's so proud of his zombie. He did a fabulous job, he did need me to hold it still while he did the sewing and needed help with the stuffing but he did really well.  He particularly liked sewing on the button. #lbukletslearn thanks to @redtedart for the post think this may be the start of many felties!!! #boyscrafttoo #finemotorskills
He's so proud of his zombie. He did a fabulous job, he did need me to hold it still while he did the sewing and needed help with the stuffing but he did really well. He particularly liked sewing on the button. #lbukletslearn  thanks to @redtedart for the post think this may be the start of many felties!!! #boyscrafttoo  #finemotorskills 
Thank you @sculpey_polyform for making this amazing eraser clay. My kids are actually being quiet while they play with it. Side note: the eraser says "this belongs to the person it belongs to." My son thought making an eraser shape out of the moldable clay would be funny. It was. #fun #impulsebuy #eraserclay #kbnkids #funnykids #instakid #IWantToPlaytoo #endofsummer #summerfun #gymcraftlaundry
The tooth brush cap helicopter got an upgrade. Watch. It is a 'drone', he says.  #stemkidschallenge #steamkidschallenge #steam #tinkeringkids #littleengineers #junkplay #kbnkids
This kid has been working on climbing stairs at the playground lately. How did he get so big?
This kid has been working on climbing stairs at the playground lately. How did he get so big?
It's so tempting to call a child that hates tags in their clothes as SENSITIVE. It's normal to label a child that has meltdowns as BAD. .
What would happen if we changed the way we talked about kids?
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What if instead of seeing a child being 'bad' we saw a child that is UNIQUE.
They are worthy.
They are enough.
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What if we taught them to EMBRACE their likes, dislikes, sensory preferences, strengths, and struggles?
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Wouldn't the world be a better place?
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I'd like to introduce you to The Superkids Activity Guide, by Dayna Abraham. It's aimed to empower ALL kids to speak up, share their powers, and learn why they do the things they do in order to advocate for themselves.
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The book has a manifesto that I stand by 100%. You can learn more about the #superkidsmovement (link in profile). You can also join the Superkids Movement!!!! JOIN HERE>>@superkidsguide
It's so tempting to call a child that hates tags in their clothes as SENSITIVE. It's normal to label a child that has meltdowns as BAD. . What would happen if we changed the way we talked about kids? . What if instead of seeing a child being 'bad' we saw a child that is UNIQUE. They are worthy. They are enough. . What if we taught them to EMBRACE their likes, dislikes, sensory preferences, strengths, and struggles? . Wouldn't the world be a better place? . I'd like to introduce you to The Superkids Activity Guide, by Dayna Abraham. It's aimed to empower ALL kids to speak up, share their powers, and learn why they do the things they do in order to advocate for themselves. . The book has a manifesto that I stand by 100%. You can learn more about the #superkidsmovement  (link in profile). You can also join the Superkids Movement!!!! JOIN HERE>>@superkidsguide
Anyone else's children love qixels? T got these for himself yesterday and has not stopped making with them. So much so, we've now started running out of colours!! He loves that this is a craft actually geared towards boys and can't get enough of them. (Not an ad, just love them!!)
Anyone else's children love qixels? T got these for himself yesterday and has not stopped making with them. So much so, we've now started running out of colours!! He loves that this is a craft actually geared towards boys and can't get enough of them. (Not an ad, just love them!!)
We had an awesome time today @storylandnh!  Until next time! #ad #storylandnh #mystorylandadventure #hosted #familyfun #newhampshire #newengland #kbnkids #kbnmoms #craftymamainme
Girls shopping morning. #backtoschool shopping and a #tsumtsum too!  #kbnmoms #kbnkids #girltime
In a London Training Course, Maria Montessori, talking about observation and cautioning against "boredom or tiredness of observing" and encouraging us to observe patiently said, "We have to be prepared to observe phenomena which are not obviously interesting." Like maybe seemingly random doodling. She goes on to say, "Otherwise, what would happen to those observers, who are waiting, let us say, for an egg to hatch? Or who wait for a physiological phenomenon, not knowing exactly when it will take place?" And oh what "physiological phenomenon", what natural work took place on its own and my patient waiting and observing was treated to witness here! Swipe to see. โ€ข 2nd frame. She was pretending to write the name of one of her aunts. "Maryka. Maryka. Maryka." Over and over she was saying her name and pretending to write it until she realized, you'll see in the very beginning of the video, that the ending syllable of Maryka is the same beginning sound of her name, Cara. So she'll start exploring her name--"Ca... ra..., Ca... ra," she'll say again and again. Until she started isolating phonemes more--"Ca... rrr..., Ca... rrr..." And then this--"Ca... rrr... and aaa. Ca... rrr... and aaa." Isolated the phonemes/sounds in her name on her own (and that's the reason why we chose a phonetic  name๐Ÿ˜€)! โ€ข 3rd slide. And amidst these seemingly random doodles, she tries to make /c/, and in this video you'll see her make /l/ for Lucia and /i/ for Ia--two of her cousins; she sometimes pretends those are her names. โ€ข Had I sat her down with lessons and presentations on these--drill her on how to isolate phonemes or give her worksheets to write the letters--I would have robbed her of these own discoveries! And myself of witnessing and enjoying these "physiological phenomenon", these natural work of the child. Oh, the child's inner drive! What a journey (and sometimes I imagine myself on a scenic road trip) it is to just let her take the lead, to let her steer and navigate and explore the path, and to sit back patiently, enjoying the ride and view. #montessori #montessorionmars #montessoriphilosophy #sensitiveperiod #sensitiveperiodforlanguage #horme #montessorichild #latepost
In a London Training Course, Maria Montessori, talking about observation and cautioning against "boredom or tiredness of observing" and encouraging us to observe patiently said, "We have to be prepared to observe phenomena which are not obviously interesting." Like maybe seemingly random doodling. She goes on to say, "Otherwise, what would happen to those observers, who are waiting, let us say, for an egg to hatch? Or who wait for a physiological phenomenon, not knowing exactly when it will take place?" And oh what "physiological phenomenon", what natural work took place on its own and my patient waiting and observing was treated to witness here! Swipe to see. โ€ข 2nd frame. She was pretending to write the name of one of her aunts. "Maryka. Maryka. Maryka." Over and over she was saying her name and pretending to write it until she realized, you'll see in the very beginning of the video, that the ending syllable of Maryka is the same beginning sound of her name, Cara. So she'll start exploring her name--"Ca... ra..., Ca... ra," she'll say again and again. Until she started isolating phonemes more--"Ca... rrr..., Ca... rrr..." And then this--"Ca... rrr... and aaa. Ca... rrr... and aaa." Isolated the phonemes/sounds in her name on her own (and that's the reason why we chose a phonetic name๐Ÿ˜€)! โ€ข 3rd slide. And amidst these seemingly random doodles, she tries to make /c/, and in this video you'll see her make /l/ for Lucia and /i/ for Ia--two of her cousins; she sometimes pretends those are her names. โ€ข Had I sat her down with lessons and presentations on these--drill her on how to isolate phonemes or give her worksheets to write the letters--I would have robbed her of these own discoveries! And myself of witnessing and enjoying these "physiological phenomenon", these natural work of the child. Oh, the child's inner drive! What a journey (and sometimes I imagine myself on a scenic road trip) it is to just let her take the lead, to let her steer and navigate and explore the path, and to sit back patiently, enjoying the ride and view. #montessori  #montessorionmars  #montessoriphilosophy  #sensitiveperiod  #sensitiveperiodforlanguage  #horme  #montessorichild  #latepost 
My daughter had so much FUN at #BritishSoccerCamp!  The coaches were great and made the week a success!  #ad #summer #soccer #soccermom #kbnmoms #kbnkids #soccerislife
Field Trip Friday! 
This Friday our fun is heading to the beach! Our kids are road trip pros and they're really loving the scavenger hunt I made for them. It's 8 sheets of things to find while we're driving in the car. 
#thrivingparents #instakids #kbninsta #childhoodunplugged #fieldtripfriday #summerfunwithkids #masterig #kbnkids #childhoodunplugged #connection
Gearing up to go letterboxing for the first time this weekend. Have you ever done it?? Any tips or tricks? You print out clues online, solve the clues to find a hidden box that contains a rubber stamp to stamp in your log book. Then you use your special stamp to stamp in their log book so they know who has found their treasure. Then put the box back for the next person. #letterboxing
Gearing up to go letterboxing for the first time this weekend. Have you ever done it?? Any tips or tricks? You print out clues online, solve the clues to find a hidden box that contains a rubber stamp to stamp in your log book. Then you use your special stamp to stamp in their log book so they know who has found their treasure. Then put the box back for the next person. #letterboxing 
The best shark! We are having a lot of fun at the seaside. #happydays #vacation #kbnkids #summer #creativeplay #familytime #applegreencottage
I knew I'd find some way to use these giant dice. Simple addition practice (roll, add, find the number, point to it) for big sister and number identification for little sister (swipe to see her set up).
I knew I'd find some way to use these giant dice. Simple addition practice (roll, add, find the number, point to it) for big sister and number identification for little sister (swipe to see her set up).
Playing and learning with our letter socks from @kids_in_socks. The big kids are teaching and making everyone pose with the ABC board. ๐Ÿ˜‚ #kbnkids obviously! (Stormtrooper not included.) #momblogger #bloggerlife #homeschool #learning #grossmotor #alphabet #sponsored
Why buy toys when you can make them? Teach your kids to make stuffed toys based on drawings using this simple method. Even my four-year-old can do this!

details here: http://www.mamasmiles.com/toys-based-drawings/
Why buy toys when you can make them? Teach your kids to make stuffed toys based on drawings using this simple method. Even my four-year-old can do this! details here: http://www.mamasmiles.com/toys-based-drawings/
First day of swimming lessons and 2 out of 3 participating children enjoyed themselves. 
#summer #summerfun #kbnkids #29Palms #momlife
C H I L L

It's Cannonball's Birthday! 
@christinshootspeople
C H I L L It's Cannonball's Birthday! @christinshootspeople
T H R E E 
Auntie Baby is 3!  Happy Birthday Cannonball! 
@christinshootspeople's baby!
T H R E E Auntie Baby is 3! Happy Birthday Cannonball! @christinshootspeople's baby!
R O S A B E L L 
Happy Birthday Cannonball!  I hope you have an amazing day! Inside joke @christinshootspeople!
R O S A B E L L Happy Birthday Cannonball! I hope you have an amazing day! Inside joke @christinshootspeople!
I have #minecraft obsessed kids. My oldest (9) wanted to take a pic of his creation to post on the Lego website. He saw the idea on the box, but we couldn't find anywhere to upload. I'll surprise him in the morning with this post instead. ๐Ÿ˜˜ 
#motherhood #momlife #kbnkids #lego
I have #minecraft  obsessed kids. My oldest (9) wanted to take a pic of his creation to post on the Lego website. He saw the idea on the box, but we couldn't find anywhere to upload. I'll surprise him in the morning with this post instead. ๐Ÿ˜˜ #motherhood  #momlife  #kbnkids  #lego 
My 5yr olds new favorite toy - Magnet World. It has shapes, magnetic sticks and little magnet spheres to help her build. Lots of learning, geometry and architecture... She's been trying to build a bridge that holds. .
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I haven't heard from her since we gave it yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Don't you love toys like that?! .
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Search for 'best toys in jeddah' on JeddahMom.com if you're a Jeddawi looking for places to find toys. 
#mkbkids #jeddahmom #stemtoys #learningtoys #stempower #magnets #kidsapproved #kbnkids #kidsactivities #learnwithplay
My 5yr olds new favorite toy - Magnet World. It has shapes, magnetic sticks and little magnet spheres to help her build. Lots of learning, geometry and architecture... She's been trying to build a bridge that holds. . . I haven't heard from her since we gave it yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜‚ . Don't you love toys like that?! . . . Search for 'best toys in jeddah' on JeddahMom.com if you're a Jeddawi looking for places to find toys. #mkbkids  #jeddahmom  #stemtoys  #learningtoys  #stempower  #magnets  #kidsapproved  #kbnkids  #kidsactivities  #learnwithplay