Category Archives: Play

How we ended up relaxed homeschoolers and what it looks like

How we ended up relaxed homeschoolers and what it looks like

I realized we were relaxed homeschoolers somewhere along the beginning of Caroline’s second grade year (this year). I had kind of wandered in the wilderness of trying to figure out how to answer the question when people would ask what kind of a homeschooler I was. This was mostly due to trying to figure out […]

Kindergarten, play and testing obsessions

Here is another great video about the importance of play for young children. This video focuses specifically on kindergarten. The push to full day, academic kindergarten is such a tragedy. Expecting all children to learn to read by the end of kindergarten is simply wrong. The push for the Common Core standards is just going […]

Does your child have Nature Deficit Disorder?

Dandelion girl

Does your child suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)?  I think it is a very common problem with long-term implications for today’s children. What is NDD? Education.com explains in Nature Deficit Disorder (bold mine): A lack of routine contact with nature may result in stunted academic and developmental growth. This unwanted side-effect of the electronic […]

The Importance of Play for Small Children

The Importance of Play for Small Children

Perhaps one of the hardest decisions I’ve made as a home educating mother is the decision to let Caroline play. Sounds silly?  I can imagine it does.  But it is hard to swim against the cultural tide that is currently obsessed with academics and performance.  Even though I believe play is important, I second and […]

The Ginghams Paper Dolls (Free!)

The Ginghams Paper Dolls

Here is a free download of adorable paper dolls. This link will take you to The Ginghams Paper Doll Book in PDF format. This link will take you to a “sequel” called The Ginghams Visit Grandma. I’ve already decided that I’m not showing this to Caroline until we get all the furniture, dolls and some […]

Easy, creative fun with do-a-dot paints and books

This summer I introduced Do-A-Dot Rainbow Art Set Paints to Caroline. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but she LOVED them.  She’s used them regularly ever since. I purchased a few of the books such as Do-A-Dot Discovering My World Activity Book and have been making copies of the pages that interest her. (That way […]