Early childhood coach and mama. Passionate about nature, food, art and making time to play.
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Prettiest "soup" I ever did see! This mid kitchen concoction makes me want an entire bed full of edible flowers! As a child we ate day lilies, red buds, and violets. I remember it felt so special when my mother served them. Do you grow edible flowers? What are your favorites? Vocabulary:EDIBLE, FORAGE, INGREDIENTS
Eclipse fun- well- I had fun- somebody else got scared! Have I mentioned lately how much I love being at school with her and her sweet friends?! Thank you for the picture @gregandstephanie
My take on chicken noodle soup- cheater's ramen with LOTS of gojuchang -before noon because 🤒. I held a lot of little hands this week. The children are with their grandparents so that I can rest. Early in my motherhood I would have felt guilty about that. Not anymore. If you need me today I'll be watching Netflix and consuming large quantities of spicy food to clear my sinuses. Any Netflix recommendations? I have 4 professional books on my bedside table to read- but nothing that's really calling my name.
These proud new parents visited my "cafe" this morning- in their fanciest attire I might add. They live in the apartment upstairs, and their babies were born last night. I can absolutely tell they have missed each other this week! Such sweet pretend play this morning. Thank goodness. This teacher mama is exhausted!
Happy birthday to the most beautiful bride, the best sister, and the sweetest person period. We love you Aunt Boo!! Couldn't resist a little #tbt Scroll through to see a few of my favorites from the wedding! @amandanmn
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Every. Single. Time. Thank you Amazon Prime for the steady stream of head wear! Maybe we should decorate the next one. 🤔
We made this sensory bin as a gift for a cute little friend's birthday several months ago to go along with the book Mighty, Mighty Construction site. Of course, we had to make one for ourselves too, and it's one of our very favorites. Kinetic sand, construction vehicles, rocks, alphabet blocks, and planks with important family names. I also used this as an example for the (super amazing) kindergarten teachers I'm working with this year to show how much is really possible when children learn through play. Because our school is in a high poverty area, we use every opportunity to teach vocabulary and pre-literacy skills but the possibilities here are endless! Sensory, counting, fine motor, rhyming (the book), letter recognition, concepts of print, and the list goes on! Can't get that from a worksheet! Vocabulary from the book: IMMENSE, EAGER, SUPPLIES
The tooth fairy visited our house for the first time last night! Somebody is beyond excited! Our tooth fairy brought a gold dollar. What does yours bring?
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Pretty vanilla scented play dough cookies. I love the attention to detail! We keep a bucket of play dough tools out at all times and vary the actual play dough itself fairly regularly. This month I divided the batch into vanilla and cinnamon. I was expecting cinnamon rolls- these are so much prettier! VOCABULARY: EMBELLISH, DELICATE, ELEGANT
Second day of kindergarten! Look how big! She's so tall for her age, but she's still really little on the inside. Poor puddin was sound asleep by 7:30, and wanted to go to bed an hour before. Truth be told- mama's going to bed early too! There really is no tired like beginning of the school year tired
DIY planner stickers! Scroll through for more! What is it about painting on a non-paper surface that makes even basic watercolors more fun? The children had a ball, and the best part- this art will definitely be put to good use! We used address labels, but now I want other shapes and sizes! Anybody who knows me professionally knows my deep love of planners. This year I'm between two schools, planning and coaching two grade levels and an intervention for kindergarteners. So- lots going on. For the past two years I've used a bullet journal, and it was perfect for me. However- if I had known @thedaydesigner existed, I would have converted a long time ago! It's pretty much perfect! #thedaydesigner
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Somebody was pretty excited to be in the "big kid" class at school today! When I left he was checking out a picture of himself as a superhero! #bigboy#preschool
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It's pretty much the last day of summer, and my before-school-starts to do list is ridiculously long. So... what else would I do but start crafting like crazy. This little jellyfish shirt was made using scrap fabric and ribbon, but there's a flower shirt (both had serious stains) and lots of hair accessories in my stories. Because this is more fun, and I know that once I get fully into work mode it's over. But seriously, I should be working on student data reports. Or lesson plans. Or a ring of educational transitions. Or pin some inspiring printables for my new room. Or..... some fabric scrap hair bows. What's a coach to do? 🤔
I've joined our local chapter of #ladieshomesteadgathering This was last night's dinner! We learned to can tomatoes and used some to make a delicious pasta sauce. Our teacher/member friend made fresh pasta for the occasion! It was a delicious summer meal with an inspiring group of ladies! @ladies_homestead_gathering
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Fig picking! But first a picnic in the woods. His contribution to the effort was moving the colander around-whether we wanted him to or not! Luckily no figs were sacrificed in the taking of this photo!
This little project has taken FOREVER, but I really love it! I finally figured out how to make something presentable of the eyesore in our back yard (after 8 years in our house)! Thanks to a handy daddy (mine) and a patient husband. The grill is to the left, and behind the curtain is storage for grilling tools and outdoor kitchen necessities. As well as a few art supplies. I'm sure this space will evolve, and that left side is screaming for some art. I'm trying to figure out what can withstand the heat and humidity! Any ideas?
Guess who learned to crochet a chain today! I helped with the tassel, and we're pretty proud of our creation! While she made this for me, I made one for her (swipe through to see). So much fun. She's working on one for her brother next, and she's already made a bracelet too! I'm trying to figure out how to make anything bigger than the necklace she has on. Everything I've ever tried turned into s triangle! Any tips?!
"Mama! Look! I wrote music!" - Mr. 3. This left-to-right scribbling stage is a huge step on the emergent writing continuum. Writing has always been one of my favorite things to teach. These early stages are so much fun!
Participating in #4thingsilove today with @hidden_egg and @ohcreativeday This week I'm loving This little white squirrel who cracks us up every time she does this. Jumps off the big dock with my big girl. All the making my littles have been doing since we've been at the river. Meeting the friend behind one of my favorite Instagram accounts IN REAL LIFE! @beauty_of_play and I had a wonderful visit while our girls swam and played! Have you met any insta friends off the grids? This was my first time, and it was so much fun!
First potholder! I did the finishing, but she did the weaving. Now I want a real loom!! Anybody have a good recommendation for a child friendly one (that maybe a mama could use too)? Vocabulary: ALTERNATE, DILIGENT, REPEAT
iPhone photo- no zoom! Can you believe this girl (no idea- I just think she's a girl) let me get so close? I was a little worried about her at first, but she flew off when the three year old approached. Isn't she beautiful?!
This is my kind of beach! Only accessible by boat, tons of shells, and not too terribly far from "home." The memories of trips to Dog Island go back for generations in my family. Making these memories with my little family is just We had so much fun!
Rainbow reflections... so far we've seen alligators, a dolphin, osprey, turtles, and a crazy swimming snake (it's in our stories). And we ended our day with this. Can't wait to see what tomorrow holds!
Good morning! Two minutes after I took this, we saw a dolphin! It's going to be a beautiful day!
Tonight we were reading Kevin Henkes, and she said, "You know Mama, Lilly's a lot like me. (Mischievous grin) She loves everything, and I love everything, except spiders. I'm scared of spiders. And she has a really messy room like me too." If you know Lilly, and you know my girl, you know she's exactly right!
Slime cupcakes anyone? This self- directed activity lasted for what seemed like hours. The children had so much fun decorating their cupcakes with loose art parts from the tinker cart. They learned the hard way that certain materials are harder to remove than others! Vocabulary: ELABORATE, REPRESENT (those pompoms are cherries), REMOVE
BLTs, butter bean hummus, and watermelon mint lemonade. I love summer food. It's so simple and fresh and delicious. We welcomed our daddy home today from a camping trip. Father's Day lunch two days late! I was too hungry to get a great picture! I'm trying to experiment with dips this summer. This one was pretty good. What's your favorite?
I haven't been super strict about "mama school," but it has been fun. With my five year old we are doing a lot of number sense work. Tally marks really strengthen her concept of number and her ability to benchmark to 5 (7 is 5 and 2, 10 is two 5s, etc). This type of work will help her when it comes to addition and subtraction. As someone who struggled with math as a child, it's so exciting to see her (and her classmates) developing such a strong sense of number. What are your favorite math games? We adapted "war" to include tallies, and it's lots of fun! Vocabulary: FEWER (that's always a hard one), ARRANGE, REMOVE
"Where is him head?" If this boy ever gets his pronouns straight it might just break my heart. We have never found one of these guys in our yard before, and we were fascinated. Isn't it amazing? Words for the experience: UNUSUAL, DISCOVER, SPECIES