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Winter Preschool Math Activity

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When teaching math to young children, we often think of number-related concepts, such as counting forward, counting backward, simple addition, and simple subtraction. However, there are a lot of mathematical concepts that can be taught to preschool-age children that are not necessarily related to numbers and operations.



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Adopting a Child – Learning to Bond and Celebrate

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Although Riley’s adoption took a year and 1/2 to finalize, he was living with us after only a few months of knowing him. We had full custody and guardianship by May 12th, 2013 after learning his name on February 12th, 2013.
Late at night, I would scour the internet for…

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Tackling the Holidays With a Special Needs Child

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The holidays are almost here and while the fun, excitement and noise are what most kids love, they can be the hardest part for a child with special needs. Your holiday visions might need to change a bit to meet the needs of your special kiddo and that’s okay. Changing…

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How to Tell if Homeschooling is Right For You

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The decision to homeschool is not an easy one. Homeschooling is a huge commitment that requires all kinds of time and patience. If you’re on the fence as to whether it’s the right thing to do for you and your family there are a few things you should consider before…

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Four Stages of Play

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Developing play skills is an essential part of childhood. Through play, typically-developing children acquire the skills necessary to communicate with others, express and understand emotions, physically manipulate a variety of items of all sizes, build strength and endurance, and gain the cognitive skills to understand their world. What are the…

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Three Blessings of Parenting With an Age Gap

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When I was dreaming of my future family, I had a picture much like the family I grew up in. My brother and I are twenty months apart. We grew up playing together. We were very close and shared neighborhood friends. I pictured the same exact scenario for me. Fast…

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Structured vs. Unstructured Learning Activities

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When creating learning activities for my children, ages 3 and 5, I try to create both structured learning activities, which have clear directions and rules to complete the assignment, and unstructured learning activities…, which allow the children more creative freedom to explore their understanding of a particular topic. The

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7 Benefits to Using Educational Software

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Parents are responsible for helping their children get the best possible learning available. Studies have shown that our children are behind in their test scores which will have a great impact on how many kids will attend college and be able to get a good paying job. There are so…

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How To Create a Morning Routine

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We’ve all been there … waking up to the sound of a crying baby, getting all of the kids bathed and clothed, trying to find shoes and backpacks, making breakfast and filling lunchboxes at the same time, and hoping that everyone gets to school and work on time. Does that…

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Pregnant Again After Adopting – Essay

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“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
― Oprah Winfrey…

When my husband and I were engaged, we had “the conversation”. You know – the one where we planned our future down to the very last detail. We joked about having eight

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