Homeschooling Kinder

My eldest is of kinder age and it feels good to do a touch of formal teaching. I admit, I’d rather wait until she is 6. But she is ready. The bulk of our time is outdoors, reading aloud, taking care of the home and each other, but this year we’re easing into a sliver of actual lessons.I’ve broken down what we are doing into weekly/daily goals, weekly/daily rhythms,literature list, seasonal plans, and my overarching goals. This post is really for me, to organize my vision into tangible moments. But I thought I would share for those looking for inspiration! Kinder Fall Semester Plans

Goals

Weekly:

  • 4 morning baskets
  • 3 pages of phonetic/number workbook
  • 5-6 outdoor plays
  • 1 cook/bake together incorporating math concepts

Daily:

  • 5 read-alouds
  • 1 reading lesson
  • outdoor play everyday
  • chicken/garden chores

Extra:

  • 1 art project a week
  • 1 science project a week
  • Quarterly family travel plansRhythms

Weekly:

  • Monday morning basket: Psalm 119 memory work, Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, practice ‘telling’- draw a picture while mom reads and ‘tell’ what you remember
  • Wednesday morning basket: Proverb memory work/ book of Proverb, Beautiful Feet Character guide lesson
  • Thursday Morning Basket: Scripture memory, picture books, practice authoring (pick up a pen a let the girls create a story, add illustrations)
  • Friday: nature study/nature co-op meet up or library visit

Daily:

  • Prepare breakfast together
  • Morning basket
  • Outdoor walk/play
  • Chicken/garden chores
  • Lunch/show (I listen to sermons and do dishes)
  • Audio book (for littles)/reading lesson (for Fin) (resource 100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read)
  • Nap (I work out/practice keys/ do laundry)
  • Snack/poetry read aloud
  • Prepare dinner/feed twins/listen to Mozart
  • Dinner/ bible read by dad
  • Play with Dad
  • Read My BookHouse with dad before bed

Weekly Extra:

  • Monday: ballet
  • Wednesday: datenight
  • Friday: Family movie night

Fall Literature List:

  • Beautiful Feet Character guide: When God Made You, The Seven Silly Eaters, Obadian the Bold, Rachel and Obadiah, Wilfred Gordon Macdonald Partridge, Last Stop on Market Street, Time of Wonder, When I was Young in the Mountains, Miss Rumphius, Brave Irene, Clown of God
  • 100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read
  • Poetry/classic: My BookHouse Vol. 1 & 2,A Children’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Chapter books: Mr. Poppers Penguins
  • Seasonal: October- Wood, Hazel, and Pip, Miss Suzy, Fall Walk, Strega Nona Harvest, Leaf Man, Too Many Pumpkins, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves- November- Cranberry Thanksgiving, Give thanks to the Lord, An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, Giving Thanks, The Thanksgiving Story- December- 25 Days of Christ Advent curriculum

Fall Semester Traditions:

  • September: Apple spice painting- October: handmade costume, pumpkin carving/excavation, pumpkin patch visit, fall chalk mural- November: Thanksgiving Tree- December: 25 days of Christ, winter chalk mural, homemade Christmas gifts- January: Read Aloud Revival challenge.

Memory Verses:

  • Psalm 34:1
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34
  • Matthew 6:9-13
  • Matthew 2:10
  • Philippians 4:8
  • Psalm 119
  • Proverbs 1:7-10
  • Matthew 22:36
  • John 3:16

Sarah  Mackenzie at Read Aloud Revival wrote a spectacular book called Teaching from Rest. You can click here to listen to the book club which was pivotal in shaping our homeschool year. The rest of this post is where I draw inspiration and focus when I’m losing it. It’s the vison I’ve cast for our homeschool lives and some notes I jotted down from Sarah’s book club to inspire, challenge, and refocus me throughout the process.

In one of the book club videos Sarah has you envision a scene where one of your children is sitting with colleagues on a business trip and one of them looks over to your child and says “So, you were homeschooled. How was that?” Write down what you want her to say. Here are mine.

Homeschooling was:

  1. Enjoyable/joy-filled/grace-filled
  2. Literacy rich
  3. Immersed in real life
  4. Absorbed in family and friends
  5. Travel/experience oriented
  6. Handy craft/skill heavy
  7. Bible rich
  8. Incredibly bonding
  9. Self-taught/learn how to learn
  10. Time and space to develop interests

Come back to this list when you have too much on your plate and need to take a look at what you really value.Notes from Sarah Mackenzie’s book club

One: To the praise of whom are you working?

  • How to reframe interruptions
  • To build a cathedral in the mist of monotony
  • Bring your basket and all that we have to offer to the Lord. He provides the miracle
  • Rest=the middle place between anxiety and negligence.

Two: Curriculum is not something you buy.

  • Cut back/do less/simplify
  • Know where you are going
  • Clarify your vision
  • Use published resources to support your vision

Three: Be who YOU are.

  • A peaceful and happy mother is the most important ingredient  to homeschooling
  • Comparison is the thief of joy
  • Who am I? And WHOSE am I?
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses
  • Be worth of imitation

Don’t over complicate the process; just let your own passion shine through your everyday life— let it naturally influence your home. — A quote I read in a home care book that I cling to day to day.

An Interest-Led Nature Study

Sometimes technology serves our natural learning process nicely. On a perfect summer day, we spent a full afternoon in a relaxed interest led study of our nature pal exchange , and I’d like to share!imageI made a Pinterest board of nature photos of Hawaii in the area of our naturepal family. I laid out all of the nature bits sent to us, with a relatable book, pencils, magnifying glass, and journal.imageBased on questions they had about the nature book our pals made,  we watched a Youtube video of making Poi, from Kalo.image

imageOur nature pal gave us a gorgeous Ku Kui necklace. We wanted to know what a ku kui nut was and how to make a necklace, we searched far and wide on Youtube and Pinterest.imageThe girls favorite thing to do was open the bottle of Hawaiian salt and taste it (which I was reluctant to at first for some reason, but you gotta keep it breezy (link) and I’m so glad I did). We talked about the taste and continued tasting as we watched a video of the Hawaiian salt factory that makes this specific kind of salt, found only on the island our nature pals live on. imageWe used our Pinterest photos to identify which parts of Hawaii our sea glass was probably from (again their doing not mine)!imageWe watched a tutorial video our nature pal sent us on how to make music with the river rocks they gave  us. imageWe spent a lot of time feeling the soft sand sample, dropping shells into it, shaking it up to see how it mixed.imageBased on a photo from our Pinterest board we imagined baby sea turtles popping their hard out of the sand. This was a particular fascination with the girls.

We looked at the book that I set out. We talked about what constitutes and island, observed the map, and Fin made a map of her own.  imageThe girls rounded out the study with imaginative play adding critters to the beach sene.imageFor our next session I added a bucket of water and critters to let them go wild with imaginative play. I held them off from dumping the sand and shells, to preserve it for closer study. But now it’s time to let them explore on their own terms. Through play! image

And that’s that!

For more on Inquiry-led learning click here!

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨

Finding our Rhythm

I’m often asked by other mamas “how do you do it?” or “where do you find the time to do art projects? I have laundry piling up!” It’s a common concern with homeschooling. How to get it all done. The truth is you don’t! No one gets it ALL done. Time is our most valuable asset and must be guarded. We must create a life that reflects what we value and let the rest go. imageWe follow a rhythm vs. a schedule. Life is fluid and ever-changing. Schedules are not. We follow a basic flow each day and week. Meals, naps, and bedtime happen around the same time which anchors our day and my sanity. We typically go to the library on Wednesday mornings and have a nature co-op on Thursday. But what happens around these times is an exciting ebb and flow, slowing and rushing as our family needs!imageI’d like to share our rhythm with you while encouraging you to find what works for your family! Isn’t that the beauty of homeschool?! The freedom to find and do what works for your family culture? I’d also like to point out that we value slow and meaningful living. We try to keep margin in our life so that we can dig deep into the things we ARE doing. This is what works for US!imageAre you ready for it…

Read. Project. Play.

It’s that simple! That’s the pulse of our day!

Read

We wake up each morning, prepare breakfast together, and gather in our reading nest, or on a picnic blanket with our morning basket. Both girls pray for our day, we recite a memory verse. I read a Psalm. We are reading through the gospels, starting in Matthew. I read a small paragraph (until the subject changes). We have a small memory board where we recall what the story was about and draw out an illustration together. imageThis is THE most important part of our day. Being in the word together each morning, sharing in the mind of Christ.
The girls then take turns choosing which picture book we read next! Right now or reading nest is full of Jan Brett books and we are LOVING them! I keep clipboards, paper, and markers in our basket. The girls typically sketch away while I read, oh and eat breakfast of course!imageWhen our bellies and minds are full of yummy food and good ideas we clean up and work on a project!

Project

Project time varies and changes! Sometimes we do something I set out the night before (play dough and nature parts, observational drawing, a hand craft etc.) Sometimes the girls have an idea they want to see pursue from the feast of ideas we absorbed in our reading time.
Essentially, project time is relaxed but intentional hands on work! It’s a time where they know I will sit along side them an assist them in pursing their own ventures. The girls drive the motivation and direction of their project! I simply offer my time!image imageimageThe product is second to the process. This is a time to create, discover, make mistakes, and critically think!imageWhen their a bit older, I’d like the project to be on-going process with revisions, bunny trails and depth. Weeks and months of spiraling discoveries!

Play

After we wrap up a project (and clean up of course, because I’m type A😆) it’s free play! Contrary to all the schooly ideas we have engrained in our minds, this is actually the most important part of our day. Yes they need a hefty diet of good books and yes crafting together is of merit, but much is lacking if unmediated play isn’t to follow. This is when their little minds test limits, expand ideas, and self regulate ON THEIR OWN TERMS!imageI stay in an earshot but distinctively make myself unavailable so they can work through problems on their own. I grab a book or a load of laundry and get out of the way of the very important work of play.
imageDramatic play comes to life. imageNegotiation and compromise take place.imageConfidence and self assuredness amplify.imageResearch swells.imageAutonomy grows.

Little people get to be who they are.imageIt’s beautiful.
SO that’s it! That’s our rhythm. We eat lunch and nap and start the whole process over again in one form or another.
What’s yours?

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨

What’s A Morning Basket

One question I get asked most on our homeschooling journey is “What’s a morning basket?” It’s encouraging to have other mothers in my life seeking a literacy rich homelife, and lovely habits.

“The mother who takes good care to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days”- Charlotte Mason
I love sharing what works for us. This post is for all those mamas.imageA morning basket is a basket full of books to start the day with important and rich ideas.

“A morning in which a child receives no new idea is a morning wasted”- Charlotte Mason

What’s In the basket:
The bible,remember board, good good books, markers and clipboards, and handwork!imageWe use a basket so that we can sit at the table, or in the reading nest, or have a picnic, or take it to the park etc!

Here’s what we do:
We pray (the girls do to) and we open our bible to a psalm. Right now the girls read a portion of Psalm 119 with me!  They have memorized it over the weeks I’ve read it out loud. We recite our memory verse (which changes every couple of weeks). Sometimes we recite all of our memory verses to keep them fresh. And then I read a small paragraph in the gospel of Matthew (I think we will do Genesis when we finish Matthew).
We use our remember board to draw and recall together what we read in Matthew, and what it means. The girls love to draw Jesus. This is the sweetest and most important part of our day. This is where the girls learn of their need for a Savior.the humming room homeschool art travel music and cooking ideas-8The girls then take turns choosing which book we read next. I typically have a specific author or literary style in our basket (currently, Jan Brett), a few of their unrelated favorites, and non-fiction books that correlate with their interests (currently butteries, the human body, and cicadas)imageI keep clipboards and markers in the basket for the girls to sketch while I read. Observational drawings, authoring and illustrating of their own stories is a fantastic result, but mostly they like to keep their hands busy. I keep small blocks and handwork for my smallest one too!imageThere is no time set for morning basket, it always comes to an end organically. Everyday is different!imageThat’s it! That’s whats in a morning basket. I’d love to hear what’s in yours! For more on how to build your family culture around books click here!

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨

Cultivating Traditions: June/July/August

Summer days sort of run together don’t they? The days are longer and we tend to push bedtime back to linger in the cool evening breeze.

I love the simplicity of summer, it exudes the character I have been struggling to frame our homeschool around all year! Keep it simple silly! Thank you summer for the sweet reminder!imageOur summer can be described in 3 words: Bugs, Books, and Backyard!

Bugs:
Cicadas and cicada shells have been an obsession in our home again this summer. We have quite the collection going. We’ve enjoyed discovering their mysterious life spend over a decade underground and just a few short weeks up here with us.imageMarvelous creatures. Aren’t they fascinating?imageFin, age 4, painted this lovely cicada family with acrylics and oil pastels.

We’ve had a rich learning experience joining the summer Nature Pal Exchange. We gathered nature bits from our own neighborhood, identified them, and made art with them.imageThe prickly pear cactus stuck out to us the most (no pun intended). Whether in a Jan Brett book or on the street the girls spot them everywhere!

I wonder if they would be as enthusiastic about them (or anything for that matter) if I would have sat them down with a worksheet?imageOur exchange family sent us the most beautiful nature finds from Hawaii!! The rich experience continued as we combed over them, tasted the Hawaiian salt, made music with the river rocks, and made small worlds with the sand, shells, and our ocean creatures. Stay tuned for more on this project up on the blog soon!

Butterflies and caterpillars have been a great source of inquiry in our home over the year.
imageWe ordered our insect lore butterfly kit and are excited to explore our questions authentically!imageAs they grow, spin a chrysalis, and transform into butterflies!

Books:
My goal this year is to build our family culture around books and it seems effortless now. Some days I really don’t want to read aloud but where my motivation waivers the girls flourishes! They beg to read books now! Diligence pays off.
Some of our favorites this summer have been the cuddly creatures in Jan Brett books.imageOf, course caterpillar and butterfly books, along with other natural science books.imageimageAnd the beautiful rhymes and illustrations of My BookHouse nursery rhymes!imageBackyard:
If we aren’t reading or painting we are outside. Well to be honest we try to do those things outside too! Un-regulated free play is best educational experience out of all that we do.imageMud/water play is imaginative play and early literacy practiceimageBike riding and climbing is gross motorimageFree play is self regulated and cooperativeimageSand play is science and sensoryimageScience discoveries are endless!

And that’s it! That sums up our first year of school and the end of our cultivating traditions series! I think I’ve been the biggest learner of all! Prayerfully the simplicity of summer will spill over into a simple and meaningful fall! Here we go!

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨

Cultivating Traditions: March

Spring has sprung! What a truly special season it is! We can’t help but be outside. I can just feel our little school swelling with Charlotte Mason influence or maybe even a little forest school vibes?the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-3We’ve got two things on our mind as the simplicity and beauty of spring unfurls. Nature and books!

Outdoor Art:

Creating beautiful works under the warm sun.

chaMudlicious  mud-kitchen pies:
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the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-8 The best part of spring in Texas is the wild storms. Mud is in abundance and the bounty of mud play is unmatched!

mudTo see more on our mud-kitchen click here!

Parks and outings:

During this season we try to frequent as many parks as we can with friends and sack lunches on hand.

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the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-14And we try to pet as many little critters as we can while nature is booming!

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Ok this will always be a theme in our homeschool (check out building our family culture around books)

the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-3But spring is an especially rich season for book lovers! We love to linger over them outside under a tree with the breeze in our hair. We take them to the park with us. We read about creatures in nature that come to life as we imagine them all around us.

the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-21It’s hard not to romanticize spring! It’s effortless actually.

What’s your favorite family tradition when it comes to spring?

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨

Building Our Family Culture Around Books

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetAll the greatest minds in the world are in books. Amazingly, we have access to all of them! This is quite reassuring as a homeschool mom! There is no special formula to learning that somehow the formal school system has codified. They read books! They assign books to be read! Even at the collegiate level. We have all we need here at home to learn about all the grandest ideas and concepts. If I can build a homeschool around the love of books I have done my job!homeschool building family culture around books ideas-6Something I’m most concerned about at the preschool level is motivation. I want my children to develop an absolute love for books and learning. That way, at the secondary level they have the desire to use the tools at their disposal to soak in all of the concepts available to them!homeschool building family culture around books ideasSO we are reading as often as we can in the most leisurely and enjoyable ways possible! We are building our family culture around books that will carry us through the school years and develop into life long learning.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-21Here is a comprehensive list of HOW!

Environment

What we bring into our home reflects what we value. And children are keen to notice. Mine know that we value books because they are everywhere.  homeschool building family culture around books ideas-16Our reading nest- This is where we gather every morning and every afternoon to pour over books. It’s an inviting comfortable space with cozy pillows, books at their level, and small things for them to do with their hands as they listen to read-alouds.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-31Bed book baskets- each child has a basket in their beds and a flashlight so that they can spend their own time pouring over books!homeschool building family culture around books ideas-22Relevant materials- Whether its an art project, nature study, or block building I try to set up corresponding books with relevant material to add ideas and insight to their work.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-30

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swamp sensory play

Limited screen time– This one is huge. I think even as adults we’d rather be watching TV. I’m the worst! And it starts with me. I implemented a rule for myself a while ago that I would only be on my phone during nap and when the kids are asleep. That’s been a huge change. Not only do I engage them like I should, they have a model for what an “unplugged” life looks like. We only watch one 30 minute show each day while the girls eat lunch (other than family movie night). If we want a family culture around books we must push back and set limits. I think adults and children naturally choose TV over books! My kids choose to read, play outside, build blocks, and paint pictures because screen time is not an option.Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetCarved Out Time

What we spend our time doing reflects what we value. If I carve out large or many parts of the day around reading my children recognize that its something I place value upon.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-15Morning basket- each morning we gather in the reading nest (or outside on a picnic blanket!). We pray, recite memory verses, read through the gospels and pour over book after book. We eat breakfast and draw. The girls take turns choosing a book. They love to take over and “read” either books they have memorized or they “read” the pictures. This is our largest reading session.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-2Tea time- When the girls wake from nap we drink tea in the reading nest and typically read something more classical like Beatrix Potter! The girls adore this time.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-4Frequent the library- We visit the library weekly. We go there to play and meet friends but we love to browse and bring new books home.homeschool mountian painting play ideas-14Bonus

Audio books- This is new one in our home and it’s added so much to our lives. We love to take them in the car and read them over and over again! I made sure to get the picture books with the disk so the girls have physical copies to follow along with. I also grabbed the books that had two copies so that each child could follow along in their carseat. Some of the tracks actually ring a small bell to indicate when to turn the page!!homeschool building family culture around books ideas-29Authoring stories- Every so often the girls and I will write a story together! The last one was about a Princess named Powgee who gets swallowed up by a bad guy named Purdo Gurdo! We later added in illustrations. I laminate each book and add them to our book shelves. The girls love reading the books they’ve written.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-10

homeschool building family culture around books ideas-14Storytelling- This doesn’t happen often because it’s a lot to set up but we have a story telling basket with figurines and props to help us retell a story after we have read it. This goes really well with stories we’ve read over and over.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-9

homeschool building family culture around books ideas-11Encourage pre-reading- When the girls ask to take over the read-aloud I always say yes! And I never correct. Sometimes they read from memory and sometimes they read the pictures (a lot of times its verbatim the text). But what they “read” doesn’t matter. What matters is that they see themselves as readers.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-7Take books on vacation- We always bring a basket of books on vacation. Whether they get read or not. They are a part of our lives!homeschool building family culture around books ideas-23

homeschool building family culture around books ideas-24Build your library- We check out books from the library! You can keep them for 3 weeks but you can renew for around a year or more. We’ve had around 40 books for 6 months. We have a running list of books we MUST own when we return ours. The library is a great way to have many books for free and to find the gems you must own forever.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-18Tips

Tip 1) Start small and  take on one new habit at a time. I accumulated all of these habits one at a time over months and months. I’d start with screen time and the library! homeschool mountian painting play ideas-12Tip 2) Keep the same books for a long time and read them over and over!homeschool building family culture around books ideas-8Tip 3) Read the author and illustrator, the kids will have them memorized and so will you for finding new good books.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-19Tip 4) Give those little hands something to do while you read. They retain so much while eating/drawing/playing. You will be amazed.homeschool building family culture around books ideas-5Tip 5) Have fun!!! If it’s just not working. STOP. Try again later. Reading used to be a source of frustration in our home until I slowly changed our habits. I wouldn’t force it. Don’t do that!homeschool building family culture around books ideas-13For more encouragement/ideas/book-lists  go to read aloud revival! I’m pretty sure Sarah coined the phrase “building your family culture around books” and I just love her. 

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨

Cultivating Traditions: February

homeschool mountian painting play ideas-5The holidays have graciously left a savory aftertaste for the months to follow. Each day has been sweetly slow and meaningful. Maybe its my perspective or well placed gratitude. Maybe we are truly finding our rhythm.  Truth is, I don’t ever remember being this happy or having this many consecutive “good days” in my LIFE. I am confident, joyful, and settling into my calling as a homeschool mother!

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homeschool mountian painting play ideas-6I think our home and school life really suffer when I’m anxious and uptight or in a hurry. Maybe things are going well because I’m relaxing more and more. I find myself breathing and laughing and playing more. I often recall something my husband once told me, “None of the paint and play dough matter, at the end of the day, when they look back all they will remember is how you treated them.” It’s funny, when I focus on that all the other stuff follows seamlessly. The work has been really meaningful lately and I want more of it. I am starting to see that a slow, relaxed, inviting space is the perfect recipe for meaningful growth and learning.

homeschool mountian painting play ideas-15This month I am focusing most on how I treat my children (and how they treat me and each other). We are planning less in our day and focusing more heavily on what is before us. Mostly slow, meaningful, and ongoing investigation with unlimited book reading!homeschool mountian painting play ideas-17Here are some of the other things we are doing!

We have been gearing up for our first snowy mountain trip to Colorado and have had a blast daydreaming of what it would be.

We made a calendar to count down the dayshomeschool mountian painting play ideas-7We made clay snowmen

homeschool mountian painting play ideas-22We’ve made  colorful, glittery, paper mache mountainshomeschool mountian painting play ideas-23

homeschool mountian painting play ideas-24We chalked a gorgeous whimsical snowscape homeschool mountian painting play ideas-18Then we went on our trip! And it lived up to every part of our imagination. We have decided to make this an annual trip!!

homeschool mountian painting play ideas-9Now that we are home I have a few ideas to invite them to further their questions about the trip!

We will make log houses

homeschool mountian painting play ideas-12(The house we stayed in was a log cabin and Fin was really interested in how it was constructed.)

homeschool mountian painting play ideas-10We will make snow play dough and combine our houses and mountains and log cabins and PLAY!

Maybe this will spark more questions the girls have about the trip!

homeschool mountian painting play ideas-13On another note, my main focus for the next few months is to build our family culture around books. I’d like to talk more about that but will have to make a separate blog post!
We have done a brilliant job scattering books around the house on shelves and in baskets. We’ve carved out plenty of time to linger over books together. But I want more! So we are introducing audio books this month! I cannot wait! I’ve checked out the books with the CD’s from the library (and got an extra copy so both girls can have it in their hands while listening). It’s an exciting time in homeschool world!

homeschool mountian painting play ideas-14I want to close by sharing a small victory that confirms the small decisions we make each day to shape our little ones lives.

One night I passed my girls bedroom (they share one) and was bewildered that they managed to turn their light on. Each night it kept happening and I kept going in to turn it off and reprimand them.  After the third or fourth night I was maddened by it!! Until I realized they were reading (they are pre-readers)… They each have a basket of books in their bed and they couldn’t see the books they were reading!!! How exciting. They really love books. So, we got them flashlights so they can get lost in books each night (for now  I go in for a last call, until they are older they need much rest). Mamas what you are doing day in and day out IS working. Keep at it!Processed with VSCOcam with p5 preset

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨