Not A Baby Anymore

(Note: I originally wrote this as one of my posts for the Early Learning Hub.  I changed and went a different direction, which you can see here, but wanted to keep this version to post on my own blog later.  I hope you enjoy!)

“I’m not a toddler I’m a baby” said my nearly two-year-old daughter not that long ago.  I often call her “baby girl” or “little one” but day by day she is continuing to grow and not look as much like the tiny little baby I could almost hold in one hand.  I recently wrote about my oldest going off to preschool for the first time…a big transition no doubt…but another big transition is seeing your youngest grow up and leave the baby phase behind.  There are a few things that I’ve really noticed as this change has taken place. Continue reading

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Toddler Literacy

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

“I’m not a toddler I’m a baby” said my nearly two-year-old daughter not that long ago.  I often call her “baby girl” or “little one” but day by day she is continuing to grow and not look as much like the tiny little baby I could almost hold in one hand. Continue reading

The Beginning of A New World

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

My colleague wrote a wonderful post about helping your child prepare for Kindergarten and those “jitters” they may be feeling about going off to a new world.  I really encourage you to check it out! It also got me thinking about the “jitters” my wife and I are feeling as we are preparing to send our son off into his own new world: preschool.   Continue reading

Ready to Write

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

One of the roles I am fortunate enough to get to play is facilitator for the parenting class READY! For Kindergarten. In this class we focus on skills that parents can teach their kids through fun, everyday activities and give each family new “tools” (aka awesome toys!) that they can take with them to encourage their child’s brain development. The great thing about this curriculum is that these activities can really improve a child’s development and kindergarten readiness in just ten minutes a day…and they are fun! Continue reading

The Summer of Bruises and Band-Aids; Teaching our Kids Self-care

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

This has been a summer made up of bruises and band-aids in our home. For  a while there it seemed like the “owies” just wouldn’t stop! We’ve lost count of the amount of cuts, scrapes and “owies” my son has had, and in the month of July we’ve had eight trips to the doctor/dentist between the four of us!  It has definitely been a painful month and one where we spent most of our “vacation” time trying to recuperate and get healthy. Thankfully there were no major “owies” and we managed to learn a few lessons along the way. Continue reading

Creativity

My love of all things Lego has been documented once or twice…but lately I’ve discovered something I enjoy even more: the creativity and imagination they can unlock in my son. My son is like me in many ways, but a major difference I have noticed is his ability to think outside the box. Continue reading