Category Archives: Toddlers

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Several years ago I became aware of the idea of age disequilibrium. It answered many of my questions regarding how a child’s behavior could change so drastically over the period of a few months. I wrote at one point about my perplexity with the half year disequilibrium at three and a half years. If you aren’t familiar with these concepts, then you can see this explanation of the roller coaster of equilibrium and disequilibrium.

It is unfortunate that every expectant parent isn’t required to study child development and topics like this. I think many problems could … Read more »

How I Teach Language Arts – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years Series

How I Teach Language Arts – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years Series

I almost feel like it is dishonest to say how I teach language arts because I sometimes feel like I haven’t. I have facilitated a lot of learning. If there is any area where I feel like I’ve really embraced a relaxed approach to homeschooling and can see how well it can work, it is language arts.

I should also say as way of background that I spent a lot of time the first few years working on relationship building with Caroline. Due to health issues I had, our relationship had been through a lot of disruption between the ages … Read more »

How To Raise a Reader

How To Raise a Reader

Reading has always been a high priority with me when it comes to being a mom.  Our rule from the time Caroline was old enough to attend to a book at around six months was to always read to her when she asked. Even if it was inconvenient at the moment.  Yes, reading to her was that important.  We rarely turned her away or put her off if she brought a book to us.

This Babycenter article about How to raise a reader is very good with excellent information. Any new moms who are feeling anxious about their … Read more »

Teaching Our Spirited, Active Child to Read

Teaching a Spirited, Active Child to Read

I wanted to bring together two topics near and dear to my heart in this one post. Spirited children and homeschooling. More specifically, teaching a spirited child to read. (If you aren’t familiar with the concept of a spirited child or wonder if you have one, you might want to check out my spirited child page that has lots of resources and links.)

I think that effectively teaching a spirited child to read boils down to one thing: Don’t teach her to read.

Yes, you read that correctly. Don’t try to teach her to read. Allow the child to … Read more »

Three and a half year old drama and a child who doesn’t want to go to church

Your Three Year Old Friend or Enemy

So if you’ve noticed the lack of posts and responding to comments around here… the title of this post might sum it up.

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Why didn’t any of you warn me about the three and a half year old drama?

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Or remind me of the theory of six months of equilibrium at the birthday and six months of disequilibrium at the half birthday (based on this book)?

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Your Three-Year-Old: Friend or Enemy

As I have been scouring the internet trying to … Read more »

LeapFrog Letter Factory: It’s Officially a Big Hit

LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD

I can officially call LeapFrog Letter Factory a big hit with Caroline.

Now that I know she likes it, I’ll look into the other related ones as well.  Thanks very much for the recommendations! I’ll be checking out some of the others soon!

I also purchased the Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder today. We already had the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set and it helped Caroline learn her letters very early on.  But she has shown such an interest in words and spellings lately that I knew it was time to move her along to something more … Read more »

How I currently “teach” Caroline

Several days ago Kat left a comment asking if I would share how I organize Caroline’s day, what we are doing with her learning, etc.  So, for what it is worth, here is where we are right now with Caroline as a three year old.  And this is honesty at its finest.

I am motivated. Caroline is not ready.

I feel guilty for not doing more structured things with her.  Caroline is not ready.

I am tempted to feel angst over the “lost” months this summer when I was too sick to do much of anything with her except watch Pride and … Read more »

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 the books last a lot longer and I’m within the copyright permissions in the book.) I also give her plain paper at times so she can be creative and do her own designs.

I like that they allow her to be creative without creating a … Read more »

Baby Einstein Alphabooks

We never really sat down and taught Caroline her ABC’s.  It just happened because we provided lots of interesting materials for her to use.  We used them with her, to be sure, but she was mostly self-taught.

I saw these Baby Einstein Alphabooks when I was pregnant and I thought they were the cutest things.

I love little books in boxes so this was right up my alley. I didn’t buy them until after Caroline was born, but they were a great purchase.  She has used them time and time again.  We’ve probably had them well over a year and a … Read more »

My Big Book of Stickers or Sticker Books as Learning Tools

My Big Book of Stickers

Like many little ones, Caroline is fascinated by stickers.  I found My Big Book Of Stickers and it was a fabulous teaching tool!

We garnered hours and hours of learning time from this one book. I actually should say David did because this was an activity that primarily David did with Caroline after supper while I was walking.

The sticker book offered the opportunity to work on motor skills.  Peeling and working with those little stickers is a great exercise for a toddler.  Caroline’s skills in this area improved significantly over the weeks we used this book.

It was a great … Read more »

Matching Colors Using Clothespins

Color Match Clothespins

I mentioned this idea the other day and that it was on my to do list with Caroline.  We had to make an unexpected trip to Home Depot last evening for some things so it gave me the opportunity to pick up a few paint chip cards and make this!

Caroline likes to point out “matches” so I was pretty confident she would find it interesting. And I knew she would like the basket I found in my “hang onto it for something” stash. I wasn’t sure if she would be able to manipulate the clothespins.  … Read more »