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Top 15 Children’s Books for Bodies in Motion

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Top 15 Children’s Books for Bodies in Motion

    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 stories.   1. A Ball for Daisy  by Chris Raschka (Author, Illustrator)    ...

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6 Advantages of Loose Parts Play

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6 Advantages of Loose Parts Play

    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 discovering those connections fuels creativity. It aids in brain development and utilizes...

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Mastering the Rainforest Treasure Hunt

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Mastering the Rainforest Treasure Hunt

    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 Pinterest, I found it dismally lacking in the treasure hunt / scavenger party arena. So...

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20 Top Tips For A Successful Night’s Sleep

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20 Top Tips For A Successful Night’s Sleep

Updated from original publication on October 27, 2015, as part of the series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles in the series click here.     I’ll admit it, I’m tired. I think most of us are. We live in a sleep-deprived country. Some don’t appreciate the need for sleep, others don’t seem to have the ability to get a good night’s sleep. Is there a proven way to get better sleep?   I really do think the chemical makeup of a person affects their sleep patterns which...

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E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training – Month 4 to Month 6

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E.A.S.Y. Sleep Training – Month 4 to Month 6

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. is intended to be tailored to your individual child. It will allow you to parent in a more...

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How To Make Time For A Better You!

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How To Make Time For A Better You!

Updated from original publication on October 26, 2015, as part of the series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles in the series click here.   Why do we as Moms tend to neglect ourselves?  Why do we feel guilty when we take personal time – or even just contemplate taking time for ourselves? At a place of business, a scheduled break is mandatory, right? Could we do the same for ourselves?     The new year is traditionally a time for resolutions and improvements.  Today, let’s...

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Victor The Van

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Victor The Van

Updated from original publication on October 23, 2015, as part of the series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles in the series click here.     As a writer and homeschooling mom of a kindergartener, I’ve wanted to write a pre-k to 1st-grade vocabulary word laced short story. I wanted to include coloring pages to correspond to the key vocabulary words.   I finally did just that about a character of sorts named Victor! In a fun, playful way, the story emphasizes words that start with the...

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4 Steps To Effective Time Management

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4 Steps To Effective Time Management

Updated from original publication on October 21, 2015, as part of the series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles in the series click here.     What is our greatest resource? What is our most significant commodity of finite value? Would you agree that it’s Time? As my husband likes to say, time is money – he must think he’s Benjamin Franklin 🙂     Seriously, though, time is an asset we all possess, but it’s not an asset we can save up for a rainy day; it...

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10 Sign Language Learning Tools For Kids

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10 Sign Language Learning Tools For Kids

  Updated from original publication on October 20, 2015, as part of the series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles in the series click here.     I’m a huge proponent of baby sign language! I’ve written about it before and the tremendous asset that Signing Time videos are in teaching children to sign in ASL. I started to sign with my girls around 6 months of age. It was wonderful to have that form of communication with them!   Resources   I’ve compiled a list...

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How To Combat Narcissism In Our Kids

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How To Combat Narcissism In Our Kids

Updated from original publication on October 15, 2015, as part of the series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles in the series click here.     I have two girls. I recently made a joke to a friend about how they are budding narcissists. I based the comment on the girls compulsion to gaze at themselves in the mirror and endlessly pose for pictures. It really was a joke, then I started to feel concern that their behavior could indicate a problem. I wondered if this was a normal developmental...

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How To Manage Your Money Wisely

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How To Manage Your Money Wisely

Updated from original publication on October 14, 2015, as part of the series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles in the series click here.     Some would call money a necessary evil. It is a definite in our society and is needed to provide for our families. It also creates conflicts and tensions when not managed wisely. There are numerous books on finance, getting out of debt, saving for the future…the list goes on. Why? Because so many families are in a financial crisis.   I’m going...

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