Episode 52 – My Growing Season

This week on HomeBase podcast I got to sit down and talk to Michele Sly of My Growing Season! We talk about their amazing products, the work that goes into creating them, and what they have in store for you guys!! Hint, it’s a 25% OFF COUPON! Crazy generous! You guys will be hooked! I also share my review of one of their Quiet Books! You can read the review and see the pictures here.

To claim your 25% OFF COUPON simply go to  http://mygrowingseason.com/ and enter code: HOMEBASE at checkout!  

Enjoy the episode and don’t forget to leave us a review in iTunes!  

Episode 51 – Talking About Food With Your Kids

This week on HomeBase podcast we start a series about educating your kids on food. We kick this series off by covering where to start…..the grocery store of course! I share ideas and tips on how to have purposeful conversations at the grocery to grow your children’s interest. Then what to do with that information once you get home.  

Take a listen, this is a great episode for kiddos of all ages from tots to teens!  

Here is the link for Produce Bingo

Dont forget we are on a two week break after this episode while I am away on vacation! Have a Happy 4th! 

Be Present

  

On this weeks episode I share 5 ways to be more present with your kiddos. As parents we have a lot of distractions, and being “present” can sometimes sound daunting. I got easy ways for you to guarantee some great quality time with the ones that matter most.

Be sure to leave me feedback and reviews on iTunes. Every comment is greatly appreciated!

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10 Amazing Montessori Activities 

On this weeks HomeBase Podcast episode I shared with you lovely listeners all about the Montessori method of learning. So if you want to hear about it be sure to back up a post and take a listen!

Today I wanted to share my Top 10 Favorite Montessori Activities! You may be asking what defines a Montessori activity, here is a great chart that lists some examples.

One thing that I forgot to mention in the podcast is: the power of “Staging the Space.” So what does that mean, it means the space that your child is going to play (or explore) in you want to stage it (or set it up.) Distribute activites around the room in a way that looks inviting and fun without it being right smack in your childs face. Make things safe for them to explore on their own and at their own leasure. Another important thing about staging is you want to swap out the activites regularly so they are always new and interesting. I find it helps to have a closet of a bunch of activite in basket ready on the fly. This really helps children feel like they are the ones in control of what they are learning (of course you and I know that isn’t really true), and as an added bonus you will discover that your children are very content to play by themselves thus buying you some peace and quiet!  So now that we know what categories we are looking at, here are my 10 Favorite Activies that fall into these categories!
10 Great Montessori Activities 

1. Animal Matching– I love that this teaches children to look at things like colors, stripes, big, and tall.


2. Sweeping Up Pom Poms– the hand eye coordination this teaches is crazy! Plus think of how handy these new skills will be around the house 😉


3. Hungry Catapillar Punch and Lacing– this is a great workout for those fine motor skills.


4.Letter Matching– more fine motor skills at work along with some excellent visual letter matching skills.


5. Circle Matching– need I say more!


6. Felt Button Chain– great manipulative, more fine motor skills at work here!


7. Cutting Station– if you can’t tell by now I am really into fine motor skills!


8. Leaf Recognition– This is a great way to get your little one psyched up for Fall. It is a wonderful way to teach observation skills.


9. Squiggle Rocks– like dominoes but with a little bit more of an open ended feel. Very creative!


10. Baby Washing Station– realistic pretend play is always a great way for kids to process and work through problem solving.

Hopefully there is something here that inspires you! If you have more great Montessori activities, feel free to share them in the comments!

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The Montessori Method

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This weeks episode I talk all about the Montessori Method of learning / teaching. I break it down for you all, tell you some history of where it came from, how it works, how it is different than a public school experience, what the benefits are, and even what my own concerns were when I experienced it for myself. Take a listen! This is an episode that all the parents in the crowd need to hear!

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