Teaching Your Preschooler to Read

A few weeks ago on Instagram, I posted a short video of Gracie reading a book on the day before she started kindergarten.  I am super proud of her for being a pretty darn good little reader before she even starts school.  There were a few people on Instagram who asked how we taught her to read.  I thought I would share a few things that we do in our house to encourage reading. 1. Start early!  Unlike other life skills our kids learn (such as riding a bike or tying…

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Sensory Boxes, Ages 2-5

A few weekends ago, we went to Atlanta for my nephew, Tillman’s, second birthday. I had been thinking about what to get Tillman for a few months. I knew he was at that funny age where sometimes store-bought toys are the LAST thing they want to play with, so I knew I wanted to get him something that wasn’t fairly traditional. Finally, one night I was pinning kids ideas on pinterest (my kids board is here), and I came across a bunch of sensory boxes and activities that my kids…

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Raising Boys and Girls

Y’all, my sister is having a GIRL!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for her family! Especially for Tillman. He is going to make an awesome big brother! See? His shirt even says so! Thinking about Ginny’s family this weekend has made me stop and think about my own kids. Raising a girl and a boy is very different. Potty training girls is easier than potty training boys. They use physical touch differently.  Bean shows physical affection very roughly and usually through playing.  Gracie shows physical affection by snuggling up and getting…

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Snack Happy

I don’t know about you guys, but my kids are SNACK HAPPY these days!  Goodness!  That’s all they ever want!  Snack, snack, snack!  If someone asks me for a snack one more time, I might explode! (And, yes, all of those exclamation points were necessary in that paragraph.) At the beginning of the summer, I could tell snacks were going to be an issue. To save myself the battle of “no, you can’t have ice cream at 10:00 in the morning for a snack,” I made a mom-approved snack box.…

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An Eyeball in Her Nose

Last Friday, I was sitting down to begin a training session I was attending all day for work.  We had barely gotten started when my phone rang at 9:00am.  It was the daycare.  Never a call you want to get at work. The voicemail was so funny that I recorded it: I was listening to this in the back of the media center where the training was taking place, and by the time the message ended, I was laughing so hard that I had to step outside. Seriously.  My child…

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Cheers and Tears for Swimming Lessons

Yesterday was the first day of swimming lessons for Bean and Gracie. We do swimming lessons every summer, and last year even did several rounds of them throughout the summer because Bean liked them so much. When it was time to get back in the pool this year, Bean was good and ready. He loves swimming, and when we finally got to the YMCA yesterday for lessons, he could not contain himself! That’s his swim instructor there to the right, and Bean pretty much followed him around all afternoon and…

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2:30am

Our kids have always been good sleepers.  They sleep through the night, and for the most part they get 11-12 hours of sleep every night.  But lately, Gracie has started this disturbing trend.  At 2:30am, on the dot, she comes into our bedroom and stares at me until I wake up.  And she has a ton of different reasons to be awake: 1. I have to go to the bathroom. 2. Bunny has to go to the bathroom. 3.  I need a drink of water. 4.  I just got a…

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Toes in the Water

Change in plans for St. Jude’s.  Clearly, I am not a details person and didn’t plan this well.  I can’t link to the kids’ charity page because it affiliates them with their daycare and we keep that information private.  Thanks for being willing, but perhaps I’ll just stick with bugging our friends and family instead!  🙂 *********** I’ve posted before about how Chris and I had to call for reinforcements when raising our spitfire, Gracie.  Turns out, she is what we call a “spirited child,” which I can only assume…

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Chalk, Tattle-Telling, and Volume Control

Having kids provides hours of entertainment.  HOURS.  Especially at the ages Bean and Gracie are right now.  Bean is four and he is awesome at it.  He asks questions around the clock these days.  He wants to know how everything works, why we do anything, where we are going, who’s going to be there, what everything is…  If there is a question to be asked, Bean is going to ask it.  And while it drives me completely insane sometimes, (seriously, I think this age might be more frustrating than the…

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She’s Two

“Gracie, do you want me to help you?” “NO! I do it mysef.” “You sure you don’t want Mommy to help you?” “NO! Gaycee is a big gul. I do it mysef.” “AAAAAHHHHHHHH!” Gracie cried out in frustration. “Ma shurt is boken!” “Do you want some help?” I tried asking again. “No. I fix it mysef.” “Gaycee do it!” she shouted in victory. “Oh, thank goodness!” I sighed. “Now I do my shoits.” “Here we go…” I muttered under my breath. “Good girl, Gracie! You did it all by yourself!”…

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