Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Weekend Fun Ideas

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

I am soooooooooo excited there is snow in the forecast for this weekend!

Here is a quick list of some of the plans we have for the weekend :) Weather permitting!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Education beyond books

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

I believe that education starts at home.

In a few short months, my daughter will be 3 years old and my son is 17 months old. So clearly, we aren't solving algebra equations together (not excited for that day) but we do our own type of homework. 

When I was pregnant, I heard about the "Mozart Effect." This is a theory that having your baby in your belly listen to classical music will in fact make them smarter. I never did this. However, once my daughter was born, we spent every single morning listening to all different types of music together. I would sit on the couch just holding her, looking at her and we would listen for as long as we wanted. To this day it is obvious she has a real connection with music. 

At home, my kids and I practice our colors together. We do and make activities to practice our matching. We do puzzles together. We are working on our letters and numbers. We do a lottttt of arts and crafts :) This is the easiest way to interest both of my kids at the same time.

P.S - There are shapes and colors inside of the egg carton that my son is so focused on. Great homemade craft for matching!
I try to read to my kids as often as possible. Busy days turn into busy nights and we don't always get to read as much as we should. We even started a challenge. We keep a log of what books we have read, and of course we have some favorites. But our goal is to reach 1,000 books for each kid before they start kindergarten. I heard of a local library doing this. My library doesn't offer this program, so we decided to do it on our own.

As much as I encourage reading, education is beyond books. Education lies in the experiences we have and the places we go. Some things just can't be learned or found in books. 

My kids are very young. So our field trips consist mainly of farms, zoos and aquariums.

Recently, we visited The Children's Museum of Manhattan. We even went for free...thanks to our local library!
                                                         Read about our trip here.

My greatest goal for the future in helping to educate my children is to travel. I wish to take them to as many different states, countries and continents as I can. Growing up, I was fortunate to take many trips. We weren't rich but travelling ALWAYS took precedent over material things in our household. By the time I had finished college, my list of foreign countries included Japan (3 times), Italy (2 times), Greece, Ireland, England, France, Turks and Caicos, Bermuda, Bahamas, Hawaii, Canada and almost every state on the East Coast of the United States.  The best way to learn about the world is through the eyes of other cultures. Experience it first hand. 

Being a tourist is beautiful too. I will never forget the way I felt when I first walked into the Sistine Chapel. How amazed and overwhelmed I was.

But if you are lucky enough to have family or friends, you can live like a local. You can see a totally new perspective this way. It is more than just being a tourist. On the same trip to Italy, we visited my grandfather's cousin and his family. They owned and lived on an olive farm. Staying at their house, going to their favorite places, having a homemade dinner without being able to speak the other's language but fully enjoying each other's company anyway. There is just nothing like it. 

I hope I am able to give my children these trips. These are the experiences that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. There is nothing like learning in the moment and some places you will never forget no matter how many years go by. 

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