Another sunny day in the rainy state so we took off for fishing and playing at the lake. The boys ran wild, got muddy, and caught quite a bit of vegetation with their fishing poles (no injuries or lost gear though!). Days like today we don’t worry about school work, educational toys, or sensory bins, there is too much natural learning and exploring to do.
Teaching my children about events that took place in the shaping of our country is important. Helping them learn about it through the eyes of a child that lived it, is priceless❤ .
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Happy Father’s Day, all!
And a special shout-out to my favorite fella.
He rang in his 10th Father’s Day with @zacbrownband at @fenwaypark and then woke up early to work on the treehouse.
He’s building the treehouse with the kids- taking time to teach them as they go. I just know they will remember this always. 💜
He’s the kindest, most patient father and we are lucky to have him. Best sidekick on this crazy ride!
Psst! If you are thinking of adding a treehouse, click the referral link under my bio/profile to see our favorite book on the topic. The book, plus lots of calls to Papa, have helped a ton!
Winter Solstice is on the 21st June and it marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Once the winter solstice passes, the days will begin to grow longer and the nights shorter. This can be measured by recording the sunrise and sunset times as the days pass. Don’t forget to join us for our 10 Day Winter Challenge starting 20th June! I’ll meet you inside the Nature Science for Aussie Families FB Group!
What do you do when your little one has a PROBLEM? Do you jump in straight away? Do you wait and see how they go about it before offering a solution? Do you ask them how they would solve it?
Problem solving is an incredibly important LIFE SKILL.
Life is about problem solving. How we go about solving our problems has much to do with our ATTITUDE and how we perceive things.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A PROBLEM by Kobi Yamada provides such a wonderful perspective on facing our problems head on and the learning that occurs through this process.
Through pain and failure comes GROWTH. A message we need to all come to understand and accept.
Next time your little one has a problem, give them some SPACE to figure it out on their own before jumping in too early even if it’s as little as getting a cap off a pen or a little bigger like a dispute on the playground.
By all means LISTEN and chat about it but try and refrain from offering solutions TOO quickly before they have had the opportunity to think about it for themselves.
This month over @kidlitpicks the theme is PERSEVERANCE so be sure to share your favourite #picturebooks with the tag #kidlitpicks_perseverance and head over to
for more wonderful recommendations.
My special gal is having a birthday today. It is all the sweeter after her emergency appendix removal just last Sunday. We are counting our blessings and hugging tightly today.
When we had two kids, we did parties every year. But now with four kids, four parties a year is too much. A few years ago, we switched to kindergarten, fifth grade, eighth grade and sweet sixteen as the year for parties with friends. All other years, we do simple immediate family celebrations where they pick a meal to eat out. Each child is so unique and my eldest had me make spaghetti last year instead, while our birthday gal picked Taco Bell! It is a fave place of hers but we hardly go because hubby and I aren't fans. Having grown up in the Southwest and being 100% Hispanic means I am pretty opinionated about Mexican food 😉. We can't wait for ice cream cake later today! That is something we can all get behind.
Balance And Coordination Go Hand In Hand:
Development of balance and coordination in learners is vital for them to maintain appropriate controlled body movement while performing tasks. .
To maintain balance and become co-ordinated learners need a stable foundation of alertness and attention; muscle control and strength; and body awareness with good alignment.
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Happy Father’s Day! What three good words can you use to celebrate your father or the father of your kiddos??.
Celebrate this day by grabbing your copy of our new release: Cultivate Closeness! It’s on sale for 3 days only, so grab it quickly. The link is in our profile.
I constantly hear this - “I don’t feel any different taking supplements.” 😭
Franddds let me let you in on a secret 🤫🤫...me neither. Shhhhhhhh don’t tell anyone but I can’t always tell the difference and when people tell me that a good Vitamin B makes them want to run a 5k, reupholster a chair, and tile a bathroom all in 3 hours I’m over here like 🙄🙄
But I take my magic red juice daily. 🥤 Not coz I “feel” a difference in that moment but because a. I know it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients and superfoods that let’s face it our modern day diet ain’t giving us and b. When I don’t take it I feel it. .
Since my post yesterday I’ve been knocking back supplements like a boss and guess what? The magic red juice is helping!
"The learning period for the musical brain opens up at a very early age. Putting a child into musical lessons while they’re young can give them a head start in their overall education and ability to learn." We talked to an Excel family about how our program has helped them find a balance of pursuing a quality education as well as their passion for piano. Check out the blog article on our website! #igniteyourpassion#music#personalizedlearning
Next Friday we will finish up our 2nd year of Wildflowers. Looking back at these photos brings my heart such joy! Yesterday as I read to the girls, I looked at their eyes. They were captivated by the story SAVING SWEETNESS (which I read in my best Texan accent) and I thought, “This is SO GOOD!” ⠀
Do you do things in life that just feel so INCREDIBLY good? Where you know you are exactly where you are supposed to be? And you are 100% confident God has you where he wants you?⠀
Yeah, that’s how it is with Wildflowers! What began as a prompting from the Lord to give one homeschool mom a 2 1/2 hour break on Friday mornings has grown into something we look forward to each week.⠀
Wildflowers It’s part of a continuing effort to Live Given seeing what God sees and being obedient to show up in little ways and big ways for others.⠀
So yesterday I was silly and went over on my ankle after seeing what destruction the winds had done to our garden esp the sunflowers. So I am on strict orders to keep it elevated and rest over the next few days. Both kiddies have been amazing. Me and Little Miss have been #painting#feathers to keep us entertained and so we can do #craft for our #30dayswild
Nana sent this sewing kit for my Little six year old gal. She is having a blast. We are learning how to measure 26" with a 12" ruler. She is strengthening her hand muscles and hand eye coordination by stitching and threading her needle. These are all skills we learned this last year with math and handwriting. But I love fun projects for the kids to see WHY we learn to measure. I love bringing the real world application of math and science to their lives!
Eli attended #SeeBlueSTEMCamp at the @universityofky this week and it was awesome! Robotics, 3-D engineering, flight, solar energy, biological modeling, and more all taught by really smart folks from UK. A fantastic opportunity!
A stack of pancakes and Mr. Rogers to start the weekend - I listened to his 1969 Senate address this morning and cried, as usual. Can’t wait to see the documentary. #mrrogersneighborhood#mrrogersmovie (And in case you didn’t know, the original episodes are available on Amazon Prime)
Happy Sunday!!! Come join Brilliant Scholars Academy on June 19th at 530p for our first Summer Group Reading of 2018 with Ms. Erika! This event is open to ALL ages and is totally FREE! Don't forget to bring your water, it may be hot, as this event is outdoors. If you are interested please contact us via website, email, or direct message. We hope to hear from you soon, so you can receive information on location!!!
Making a habit of having an early morning walk...good for the boys, good for the dogs, good for the parents. Dominic has quite a lot of anxiety about going outside, especially when the weather isn’t perfect. But we had a good walk, despite his initial fear of the clouds and the wind.🚶🚶
We went to a really cool historical farm yesterday with friends. We got up close and personal learning all about late 1800s farm life. One of our favorite parts was the house tour... so interesting! The kids loved seeing/hearing about how the family used each room in the house and what life was like for the family. They also learned about the phonograph and hearing it play a piece of music from 130 years ago was awesome.
Mr8 is loving making his own stop motion Lego Minecraft movies at the moment. The Stop Motion Studio app has made it even easier for him to edit. He set up a cheap LED lamp and white cardboard for a mini studio in his bedroom. We just need to find a way to keep the iPad perfectly still on the right angle now. It's been wonderful to watch him so excited about this and creating different storylines. 💕
The best part of the train ride is when we ride on the trestle over the water. Even the older boys loved it and played on the playground at our local forestry museum and train today. I can't believe mine will be 10 in a few weeks!