Category Archives for "Parenting"

Five Strategies for Encouraging Early Literacy

One of my friends wanted her child to learn to read when he was 3 years old. I didn’t think it was a good idea, but I can certainly understand why she would want her son to read early.

I’d rather observe my children and watch out for signs that they’re ready to acquire the skills needed for reading.

You can encourage early literacy while respecting your child’s developmental level and not being pushy.

While early literacy may not mean early reading, it does mean children are introduced to reading and its concepts at an early age. This familiarity will foster a love of reading and motivate your child to learn to read.

Here are five strategies for encouraging early literacy:Continue reading

August 19, 2013

How to Encourage Your Child to Develop Writing Skills

Good writing skills are essential to success in one’s career and in life. Your child will be more likely to perform better in school if he or she has good writing skills. Then when the time comes for your child to find a job, he or she will need good writing skills to prepare effective resumes, business letters, and reports.

What can we do to help our children develop writing skills? Here are some ideas:Continue reading

3 Ways I Would Use a Roadtrek eTrek

I have a confession: Ever since I learned about the Roadtrek eTrek, I have had no peace.

I’ve been salivating over it. I haven’t been able to sleep. I’ve been overcome with lust for this object of beauty.

I’m not one to get attached to material things, but this time, I’ve given in to temptation.

Can you blame me? I mean, just look at it:

Roadtrek eTrek

It’s virtually a home on wheels, yet not much bigger than a van.

And the best part of all: it’s the most eco-friendly RV to date.

Because the Roadtrek eTrek costs almost as much as our home, I am nowhere near owning one.

Dreaming, on the other hand, is free. So allow me to share with you my daydreams of how I would use my Roadtrek eTrek. If I had one.Continue reading

Herb Fairies Book Club: The Easiest, Most Fun Way to Teach Kids About Herbs

I rarely buy a product at first sight, but I did when I saw the Herb Fairies Book Club from LearningHerbs.

We use herbs and other plant-based remedies in our home, and it’s important for me that my children continue to use them when they grow up.

What better way to help them learn about the powers of plants than through stories? That’s why I subscribed to the Herb Fairies Book Club as soon as I learned about it. It’s the perfect resource for homeschoolers and anyone interested in learning more about herbs and nature.

In this post, I’m going to show you what it looks like “inside” the club.

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