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Imagination

“Grandma! Grandma! There are snakes in the pine trees!” our grandson shouted excitedly running to the house. Knowing that we do have at least one snake I thought to myself, “Drat, that snake had babies!” So, I grabbed my camera and asked our grandson to show me the snakes. (Yes, I grabbed my camera! LOL)... Continue Reading →

Gross Motor Math Games

The Counting-Action Dice game is a big hit  at our house: grandparent-parent tested, child approved and low tech (easy for this grandma to make). The Counting-Action Dice game is a gross motor math game perfect for preschoolers.  Kids can practice counting and one-to-one correspondence while doing fun body movements like clapping, jumping and spinning. This... Continue Reading →

Why Kids Need Real Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~ Mr. Rogers Play is such an integral and natural part of childhood. It is how all children learn. Play was one of the main reasons we... Continue Reading →

In Their Own Way

Our daughter just graduated Salutatorian from a major university! We home schooled all the way through high school. I remember fearing our children would never learn to read and write. It seemed as if everyone's children where reading novels and writing novels while our children where busy with self directed imaginative play and artistic activities.... Continue Reading →

Individuality

No two children are alike. Each child is an individual who learns at their own pace and in their own way.  Our job as parents is to nurture their individual strengths and uniqueness. The best way we found to do this was through home schooling. The expectation that children are to excel in everything is unnatural:... Continue Reading →

And About Socialization

Years ago, I came across this gem of an article about socialization by Julie Moss Scandora. I could not have said it better.  Enjoy! Socialization by Julie Moss Scandora "But how do you make friends?" "How do you meet others?" These are newly-met friends, schooled peers, talking to my homeschooled children. How can they be... Continue Reading →

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