Home Edumacation

This summer while the kids are home with me, I am really trying to work with Bean so that he gets as much learning at home as he did at daycare on a daily basis. His daycare was really great about teaching through playing and I am trying to mimic that at home. Originally, I planned to go out and buy all this educational stuff for us to do this summer. I went to teacher’s supply stores, but found that a lot of the teaching tools were either too old…

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Tiny Backseat Driver

In daycare these past two weeks, Bean has been learning about directions. Specifically the phrases “this way” and “that way.” Now, whenever we get into the car, Bean becomes the world’s tiniest, most assertive backseat driver. He barks out orders as we drive. “This way, Momma!” or “That way, Momma!” he’ll say, pointing where he wants me to drive. When I end up going a different direction, he acts like I have personally insulted him by not taking his advice. Typical male. The thing that kind of impresses me about…

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The P Word

On Monday morning when I dropped Bean at daycare, his teachers decided to drop a bomb on me. “We think it might be time to start potty training Michael,” they said.  Together.  In unison. Truthfully, Chris and I have been seeing signs that it might be time to start thinking about potty training.  The first big sign was about two or three months ago when Bean started to be bothered by dirty or wet diapers.  They’d never bothered him before, but suddenly the minute his diaper needed changing, he’d start…

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Don’t Mind Me. I’m Just the Mom.

(These pictures have nothing to do with the blog post today.  I just took them last night and thought they were cute.  The end.) So.  You know how I feel about daycare.  Bean’s been in it since he was four months old.  We love it.  We’ve had good luck with great daycares.  Bean is in a wonderful daycare right now and barring this one incident which has really frosted my cookies, we will go on loving our daycare.  But a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do… A couple…

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18 Months and On the Go

Over our Christmas vacation in Pensacola, Florida, with Chris’s family, Chris’ mom, Jackie, took us all to the Naval Air Museum at the Air Force base in town.  Chris and I had been a thousand times before on class field trips as we grew up, but this was our first time going with Bean and, like so many other experiences, this one was just better because Bean was with us. He’s really into airplanes right now (“eha-panes”) so this museum was the perfect place for him to explore. It’s basically…

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Another Reason Why I Love Daycare

One of the hardest choices families make is childcare. For some lucky families, someone is able to stay home or work from home and keep the tyke there. But for a lot of families, it’s off to work they BOTH go, and so that leaves daycare or something similar as the only option. And I know how hard it is to make that decision. The first time I left Bean at a daycare center he was three months old and the tiniest little dude in the nursery. I cried out…

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The Farewell Binky Tour

Last week Chris and I were at the end of our rope with the whining from Bean.  It was constant.  It was uncontrollable.  It was annoying.  And the worst part was that we couldn’t seem to pinpoint what was causing it or how to get a grip on it. I picked Bean up from daycare last Tuesday and his teacher (who is awesome, by the way – lucky, lucky us for finding TWO wonderful daycares in Bean’s short little life already…) mentions to me that he is whining a lot…

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Laying Down on the Job

This week, Bean’s daycare teachers sent me an email with a few pictures of him they took this week.  Isn’t that nice?  I got the email at work and it just made me stop in the middle of my busy day coercing middle schoolers into learning the difference between primary and secondary sources and smile. Then I opened the email attachments and found this picture… And this one… And this one… I think the biggest adjustment that Bean is facing at daycare is the transition from two naps a day…

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Whatever Gets You Through the Day(care)

Today was Bean’s third day at daycare.  Each day gets better and easier for both him and me. On the first day when I dropped him off, he cried and cried all day long. On the second day, he cried for a little bit but his teachers were really fantastic.  They started singing their “Good Morning Song” really loudly to distract him while I left that morning and when he started crying, they just sang louder until Bean was so curious about what they were doing that he finally walked…

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First Day of School

Yesterday was Bean’s first day at his new school.  We got up and going early and totally would have been on time if Bean didn’t eat like a snail.  He takes forever to eat anything (just like his Dad…) and so we all sat around, fully dressed, staring at Bean in his high chair until he proudly pronounced, “All done!” When we got to school, he immediately knew something was up.  He attached himself to my leg and started wimpering, but I just kept talking to him in a sing-songy…

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