• Featured,  Parenting

    Learning Styles

    Little A has always loved being read to. I remember sharing with other Moms that as a baby she would ask to be read book after book. It was surprising to me to hear that other children weren’t as interested in being read to. That was until I had Little S. Once he was mobile, he had little interest in being read to, he preferred to explore his surroundings. It hit me that we each have different learning styles and these preferences might begin earlier than I thought. The three main learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Visual learners tend to prefer to see things written out, to look…

  • Healthy Habits

    Thanksgiving Traditions

    I’ve been trying to find ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this month without skipping straight to Christmas. (We’ve been listening to Christmas songs every day though haha.) All month we’ve added to the Thankful Tree we made together. We make a point of saying what we’re thankful for daily, but I’ve loved writing it out. Our tree is so full. It’s neat to see our blessings written out.  Last week, we decorated our Gingerbread Turkey from Trader Joe’s. The kids had so much fun! I turned my attention from Little S for a minute and found he had eaten half the foot he was supposed to be decorating. It made for…

  • Childcare,  Parenting

    Toddler Falls

    Well, it finally happened…Little S had his first ER visit. I knew the moment he was mobile that it would happen early on and I’m sure it’s going to happen with more frequency than I am comfortable with. That little guy has no fear and is constantly on the move. After a long day, I decided to take the kids to the park to get their wiggles out. A few steps into the park, I let Little S down to walk. He got about 6 feet away from me, tripped, fell onto his knees, onto his arms, and then in slow motion tipped forward and hit his face. It wasn’t…

  • Discipline,  Featured,  Parenting

    Make the Behavior Acceptable

    Lately, we’ve been struggling with Little S wanting to bite. He’s cutting seven teeth and everything is going into his mouth. He wants to bite on toys, found objects, and people. Couple that with frustration and he wants to bite quite often. This is a new issue for me because Little A wasn’t a biter, but she also teethed much later. As I was wracking my brain to figure out how to deal with the biting issue, I remembered advice from our Parent Education teacher. She said, “When you’re struggling with unwanted behaviors, try to make the behavior acceptable.” The idea is that if your child is doing something you…

  • Featured,  Parenting

    At Home Curriculum

    Summer is winding down and we have to get back to real life this week. It has been an awesome summer with lots of events and family time. However, our schedule has been so out of whack. As much as I’m sad to end this summer, I’m looking forward to getting back into a good routine. I’m also crossing my fingers that Little S stops teething soon so we can all go back to getting good sleep! We’ve opted to wait until next year to put Little A into preschool, so for this year both kids and I will continue to take Parent Education classes through Pasadena City College. I…

  • Little A sitting with book
    Featured,  Parenting

    Language Skill Building

    As a teacher, I love to try to incorporate learning skills into as many daily activities with the kids as I can. For toddlers, play is the main focus for learning, so including skill builders into normal play is ideal. To engage toddlers in developing language skills, one easy way to add vocabulary is to narrate play. For example, “I see you’re playing with the red car. Wow! It’s going so fast. Now you’re driving the large car. It’s gigantic!” Including different adjectives can be a great way to introduce new words. Occasionally I’ll ask questions, but I find that sometimes Little A, who’s 3, gets frustrated by too many…

  • Featured,  Parenting

    Meet Michelle

    Hello! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Michelle. I am a wife and stay at home Mom with two Toddlers under four.  We live outside of Los Angeles and love to explore all the wonderful things this area has to offer. I taught elementary school prior to staying home and I enjoy incorporating learning activities into our days to cultivate an environment where learning is fun and imagination is fostered. Being a Mama of two little ones is one unique adventure after another. Some days are filled with beauty and calm and others are more difficult.  Each day unfolds and brings with it new…