As a Kiddo

Go Over Their Heads

We’ve heard baby talk is bad. We know the importance of talking to our babies even though they don’t understand. Babies need to hear things they can’t possibly understand so they can develop speech and understanding. But what about our toddlers and preschoolers? What about our school-age kids? It can be so tempting to think we need to curate everything to their level. But just like babies, our young kids learn...
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As a Kiddo

How & Why We Do Allowance

As a kid, my mom gave me money to spend at the canteen for overnight camp. My 4th, 5th, and 6th grade self would return home with most of ‘s. While my friends would buy overpriced t-shirts and load up on super-sized pixie sticks, I would buy one small snack each day and promptly return the money to my mother at week’s end. I’ve always hated spending money. Even...
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As a Family

A Homeschool Day in the Life

I haven’t talked a whole lot about homeschooling around here. In some ways this year doesn’t seem much different from other years: we’re still huge fans of life-long learning, we still put high value on free play, but this year we are officially homeschooling kindergarten. So today I’m linking up with Simple Homeschool to give you a glimpse into our typical daily life. 6:15 The light turns green and...
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As a Kiddo

On Plans and Preschool

I had no plans to do any formal schooling this year. I’m a firm believer in learning through play and don’t think preschool is strictly necessary. But as hot, sticky summer days turned into cool fall ones and her friends started heading to school, my daughter begged to do school. So we are – just a couple mornings a week. We’re all thriving with the additional structure and having...
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As a Grownup

No Easy Answers

My daughter asks the questions. She’s not the rule follower I was. And there are no easy answers. Not to the important stuff. Have we pretended there are? Have we deceived our children into thinking that if they hold tightly enough to the proof texts they won’t need to question? Because the real answer is… I don’t know. It’s complicated. But I’d be happy to wrestle with it alongside...
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As a Kiddo

Some Thoughts on Preschool

I originally published this post on July 13, 2012. Our daughter will be five this fall, but my thoughts on preschool are largely the same. Because of when our daughter’s birthday falls, she won’t be starting kindergarten for one more year. While we considered a nature based preschool for next year, we ultimately decided the best thing for our family is for her to stay home again this year....
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As a Kiddo

Cheap & Easy Boredom Busters: Preschool Edition

Since we’ve spent a lot of time being sick the last month or so, we’ve also spent a lot of time indoors. And we haven’t had the energy to buy supplies or do anything elaborate. Here are some extremely cheap and easy ways we curbed boredom for our kiddo. Dishes Give my kid a washcloth, some dish soap (I water it down so she can use as much as...
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