• Early Childhood Education,  Toddler

    Reading to Your Child: The Importance and Benefits

    I was five months pregnant with my son; my pregnant belly starting to pop through. It was a stormy and rainy evening. I snuggled up in a blanket next to the long window, found a childhood favorite book of mine, and began reading to my unborn child. In that moment, I imagined how many evenings I would have like this with my son as he grew older and developed a love for reading. Reading is one of the simplest and best activities you can do with your child at any age. And you know what? Reading with my son (present time) has been one of the easiest things to engage…

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    How To Expand on Your Toddler’s Language Development

    A huge and notably wonderful milestone for parents is when their toddler begins to talk! Your toddler can communicate their needs with you even more now and life is going to get easier (or so they say). While many of us long for the day where our toddler uses their “big boy/girl” words to communicate with us, they cannot reach this language development on their own. As Margaret from Speak.Play.Love says, “It’s all about creating opportunities.“ Recently, I took my son to his 18 month check-up with his pediatrician. Prior to his appointment, the doctor’s office sent me a questionnaire about my son’s development. This questionnaire had me stressed out…

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    7 Budget Friendly Spring Activities with Children

    Each season brings about new learning opportunities and new activities to engage in with your kiddos. So… Are you looking for some inspiration for some spring time fun activities to do with your little one(s)? Here, I have collected a list of seven spring activities you can do with your little one from young toddlers up to preschool and probably even beyond. The activities include creative arts, literature, flowers, and more. Read on to find your inspiration and enjoy putting together some spring activities with your children! 1. Going to the Zoo There are many opportunities to learn while enjoying some time at your local zoo! Aside from the admissions…

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    Budget Friendly Spring Activities with Children: Library Visit

    “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” -Jacqueline Kennedy One of the most important things you can do for you child is teach them to have a love of books and reading. With my son, I have made it a priority to have books available for him to choose from for as long as I can remember. I was even reading to him while pregnant! While my toddler is only 16 months old now, the amount of times he reaches for a book instead of his toys amazes me! He loves to read books. Oftentimes, he wants one particular…

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    Budget Friendly Spring Activities with Children: Painting

    Because I was really inspired by the Picasso quote from yesterday’s post, we are going to keep with a similar theme today and expand on creative art. Yesterday’s topic of chalk art has me exploring with all things art! Creative art activities are one of my favorite things to do with my son (does that make me selfish?). I like to tap into my creative side here and there and just let loose a bit on being a kid again. I truly don’t think he minds in the least! Yesterday, I talked about how important it is for us parents to get involved in our children’s creativity. When we get…