Child Development

Child Development tips by Age: from sleep schedules for babies to fun learning activities for preschool to grade school and behavior advice for tweens to teens.


    I’m finally back from hiatus.  As I mentioned to readers, I had to take some time for various reasons to focus on my family and my health.  And now I can reveal a major reason…drum roll anyone? I’m pregnant! After multiple miscarriages, I’m hoping that this will be my rainbow baby to join my four and six-year-old. I almost feel like I’m starting all over again. So this series is as much a refresher...

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    Q Letter Activities   In preparation for additional volumes of the Alphabet Diaries, I decided to do a warm-up of sorts with words for another letter of the alphabet.   About four months ago, prompted by a desire to increase the availability of learning tools for Preschool and Kindergarten,  I completed activity sheets for”I” words. As a homeschooling mom, it’s not always easy to find fun, educational,...

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    Bodies in motion, doesn’t that perfectly describe our young children? Do your little ones have a hard time sitting still for a story or are you perhaps wanting to encourage gross motor activity over sedentary activities?   This list of Top 15 Children’s Books for Bodies in Motion is perfect for encouraging movement for any gender! And they are fun stories for the fidgety ones as well; they can act out many of the...

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6 Advantages of Loose Parts Play

6 Advantages of Loose Parts Play


Posted on Feb 6, 2016

    Loose Parts Play, What Is It?   Apparently loose parts play was a term coined decades ago. Most if not all of us have engaged in it at one time or another. It is a theory of play in which moveable, unattached materials are used in active play. An architect by the name of Simon Nicholson proposed the term back in the 1970’s. He strongly believed that “loose parts” within our environment form connections and...

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    Last year began our annual treasure hunt. We mastered the Safari Treasure Hunt last year. I can’t believe it’s been a year! I can’t believe all the kids are a year older!    This year, I added a few additional games along the hunt to keep their developing minds at a fever pitch 🙂 And I had fun, calming, bonding activities planned for the end of the treasure hunt.   As many party planning ideas as there are on...

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This series has received a lot of interest on Pinterest which tells me that most moms want a routine that is good for their baby and preserves their sanity! Since I started this series, I’ve also seen pins from some who state why they don’t sleep train their children. It’s obvious a controversy over sleep training continues to exist.  Let me take a moment to reassure all you parents, that the method behind E.A.S.Y....

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