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Monday

6 years of laughing

When you realize how perfect everything is you will throw your head back and laugh at the sky.- Buddha

If only you could hear the giggle that comes with these smiles.

















Wednesday

Aydilane's room

here are so updated pictures of Aydin's new room




Thursday

Boobie Beanies!



I wanted to share my friend's etsy shop
She makes these hats for babies to wear while nursing. I thought my breastfeeding activist moms would love to see these!
From her site:
"This is a completely hand-made by me, crocheted infant hat made to look like a breast when worn by a baby/toddler/child, while nursing! It's made of 100% organic cotton, and is very soft and warm. You have the option of a pink nipple or a brown one and I can also make it in a different skin tone, or size, if you'd like."
You can buy them here
http://www.etsy.com/listing/51599072/boobie-beanie

or add her on facebook to help promote her site
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Boobie-Beanie/127164803997068?v=info&ref=ts

Tuesday

Three part lessons

A main approach to teaching in the Montessori classroom is the 3 part lesson. It is amazing for teaching new concepts and names of objects such as colors, numbers, phonetic sounds, shapes, animals, plants, opposites ect. This is a positive way to teach your child. It is self correcting and the approach gives the child a clear understanding of the material taught.

To start a three part lesson choose two items you will be teaching. for the example, I'll use colors.
Get a piece of red paper and a piece of yellow.
Step one: "This is": Point to the red paper and tell the child "This is red." next point to the yellow and say "This is yellow".
Step two:"Show me": Ask the child "Can you show me red?" If they point to it correctly, move on to yellow. if they do not point to red, repeat "Can you show me red?" while pointing yourself at the red paper and getting them to follow. Next ask the child to show you yellow and repeat as needed.
Step three: : "What is": In this step, you point to the red and ask the child "What is this?" In this step, if they say it correctly or not, still move on to the pointing to the yellow and asking what it is. If the child has grasped the concept and said the correct name, then you are ready to present the lesson again and can now add a third item. If they did not successfully name the colors, you can try the presentation again later.

Notice that throughout the lesson there is not the use of "no" or 'wrong" ect. this is important, in my opinion to help keep the activity positive for the child. If they have positive experiences in lessons, they are more likely to want to try again and learn more.
This is such a simple approach to teaching items and you can start with this as soon as your child can talk. It's so easy for children to pick up new knowledge the first few years of life, as they are little sponges wanting to absorb everything. This presentation doesnt over stimulate or offer too much at once. It helps them focus on a few objects at a time and the repetitiveness helps them grasp the concept.

I have used this activity to teach Aydin her numbers, letter sounds, colors, shapes, animals, sight words and more

Monday

A bit of joy

Well I am starting to get a few minutes to post on here. Between starting homeschooling with my 5 year old, losing my computer and having pneumonia I've been offline for a bit. So I thought I'd share a few pics I've found online that bring me joy


burlap and ribbon.... two of my favorite things!love the basket with plants in it... the vintage stove and the tiny bit of writing of a quote they show on the opposite wall.


love this
so fun! pink& black. And I love the simplicity of this room. The cupcake pics above the closet are so simple, yet pretty. love it.

yum.

so very cozy

Tuesday

no child left behind

A good video to watch, a good article to read.



"Starting school is an exciting time, and can be stressful for both parents and children. The carefree days of summer are over, and it's time to get back to work. Trouble is, the level of "work" at modern American schools has become rote, overwhelming, stressful and often ineffective in developing the critical thinking skills necessary to compete. For many kids, school feels more like a destination than a discovery, and a race instead of a journey. For many experts and parents, it has become a race -- to nowhere."


Saturday

Aniridia in the news

I love when WAGR or Aniridia make the news. awareness is awesome.

But this is even better than awareness this is hope for my daughters eye sight. amazing.

**although I do want to mention as others have. Anirida does not make people color blind.




Also, many with Aniridia have had an artificial cornea called K-pro and you can find out more about that here.

Of course to find out more about wagr... go to www.wagr.org