The weather begins to cool down, the days become a little shorter, and most nights are filled with the sound of cicadas and it typically means that it is back to school time. The beginning of the school year can be exciting, nerve-wracking, and all together scary if you don’t know what to expect. Here … Continue reading Back to School Made Easy!
Sweet, sweet summertime. It's slipping away! There is so much to love about summer- backyard grill outs, bonfires, the lake, outdoor walks, the pool, the 4th of July, picnics in the park, sunshine, the list goes on and on. But really, it all comes down to the fact that we get to spend more time … Continue reading The Great Sensory Outdoors
How great were the Olympics?! Like us, you may catch yourself looking for ways to get moving and lead a healthy lifestyle. How can we do this for our children in an easy, interactive, and fun way? The answer? Obstacle courses! Obstacle courses are a therapy favorite as a wide array of skills can be … Continue reading Let the Games Begin!
These warm summer days have us wanting to stay close to that air conditioner! One of my favorite things to do on a hot day is be next to some water, whether that is a pool, lake, or my dog’s pool that he doesn’t love to share. It keeps me cool! The same goes … Continue reading Hot Day? Water Play!
Everyone loves summertime and being outside, right?! You can’t beat warm sunny days playing outside on the green (or brown) grass! But, when the excitement of summer is in full swing, it can be difficult for children to follow directions.. especially while outside. Incorporating direction following games while playing outside can be helpful in teaching … Continue reading Learn and Play: Following Directions Outside
Part three of our language in play posts. This week we are going to talk about repetition. So naturally I named it three-peat. Because I love words. Repetition - when done right - should be super annoying. To yourself, to your husband, to any adult in the vicinity - but I promise it won't be … Continue reading Three-peat
(In tune of Baby Shark) Part two two two two two two ta two. Now you have that stuck in your head. You are welcome. Part two of language in play. Last week we talked about bossy play. If you missed it, go read it. Now. Click right here. (Speaking of bossy - jeez). So, … Continue reading What color is that? And other questions you need to stop asking.
I say this to both boys. A lot. "Boys! Bossy fun is not fun for anyone!" It is not. No one likes to be bossed around. Especially when you are trying to do something fun, like playing. Both of my boys respond really well to being bossed around. Gus especially. (Enter sarcasm here). The next few weeks … Continue reading Bossy Play is not fun for anyone
Hank started kindergarten. KINDERGARTEN. He is loving it. His teacher is amazing. His school is amazing. His friends are amazing. Everything is amazing!! Okay, not everything. John and I have to get two kids to two different schools at two different times. And no one has ever looked at me and said "Wow, that is … Continue reading School Morning Survival
If you know me, you know there isn't a lot that bothers me. I am fine with pretty much everyone and anyone. I collect friends from all walks of life. They all have different religions, political views, and ideas. I sometimes don't agree with them, but I typically keep my thoughts to myself. Because I … Continue reading A Child First