Math in the Bath!

Tonight, in the bath, I gave my kids about 10 ping-pong balls and 3 small takeout-style containers.

Backwardschooling

We live in a state that has relatively strict homeschool reporting requirements, including a comprehensive year-long plan due in the summer before the upcoming school year, with plans and curriculum for each of the required subjects. While I’m diligently completing this requirement to convince the district that we take home education for our six year…

Rules of Engagement 

Right after my twins were born, J, then 3, started driving me crazy. He’d ask for a certain activity. I’d manage to free myself from the other two to get him set up, help him get started, and then walk away. Almost inevitably, after a couple minutes he would lose interest and wander away, looking…

Playsilks

A couple years ago, my then 4yo and I embarked on a playsilks experiment. I tend to get a crafty idea, make a bunch of them, get tired of it, and move on. (Afghans, mei tai baby carriers, felt Christmas trees, car seat canopies, I’m looking at you!) The playsilks were a similar project. We…

Say Yes to the Mess!

Life with little people can be messy. Very messy. Sometimes, it seems like all I do is move from one kind of mess to the next. There’s the poopy diaper mess, the sticky breakfast fingers mess, the breakfast dishes mess, the spilled on shirt mess, the tried to use the potty but didn’t make it…