There are so many awesome supplies to choose from when it comes to teaching elementary-age children. It's also incredibly easy to get lost amongst it all. I really love having hands-on supplies for them to use. Kids thrive on stimulation, and providing the proper tools and supplies can really help keep them engaged and learning. You also don't want to forget about yourself--make sure that you have what you need in order to stay on track, as well. I have both a second grader and a preschooler to keep interested here as we learn at home. Unprepared for the costs of teaching at home, I had to find the most bang for my buck--but I had no prior experience whatsoever. I researched and considered my children's unique needs when choosing classroom supplies. Admittedly, some purchases turned out to be not as useful as others. I'm going to share a list of the supplies that we have found to be the most useful, effective, and fun.
I have flirted with the idea of homeschooling for a while now. It sounded so appealing to me, yet seemed fairly unrealistic. It seemed like a challenge that I would not be equipped to take on. Since we have all been hit with this Covid pandemic, homeschooling is trending more than ever. I have taken this opportunity to jump into the home school life.
Summer is coming to an end. It came and went without a bang. No tans, no beach, no pools, and barely any friends. It didn't kick off with a big celebratory last day of school. The unprecedented pandemic era has thrown off all of our plans and traditions as we knew them. Though, to be… Continue reading Sending the Summer Off in Style
My little girl—one missing clip-on earring, mix-matched princess dress and accessories, whimsy fairy tale come to life, clumsily twirling and dreaming up fantasies of riding a magical unicorn through sparkling clouds. Her storytelling imagination is boundless. She acts out the scenes from Frozen (again). Playful, messy, stubborn, sweet—all at once. At times, rougher than the boys, while on other occasions, you’ll find her applying lipstick (out-of-the-lines) and strapping a purse over her shoulder, pretending to be me. Daughters are after all, miniature us.
I have long since over-thought nearly everything in my life—every action, every detail, every emotion, every hypothetical possibility. I believe this habit to be ingrained in me, both as a result of nurture as well as circumstance. Our experiences create the bulk of who we are, and reinforcement just nails those traits deeper into our being. At its best, over-thinking helps me to be good at—well--what I am good at. I notice the smallest of details. I ponder options. I am studious and thorough. I can evaluate and come up with better solutions to almost anything. I’m reliable and stay on top of things. But, at its worst, over-thinking usually causes me to second guess myself, and it holds me back. Essentially, it costs me.