Building Foundational learning skills in children, at home

The kids have been home for almost two months and by all measures it seems like the idea of school that we have experienced so far will be vastly different in the post pandemic world. Schools are still working and teachers still need their jobs, they are doing everything they can to keep the system running and the children prepared for returning to the classrooms at some point. While initially it seemed like a great idea to move teaching online the reality has proven very different especially because it involves parental participation to a great extent which parents are not … Continue reading Building Foundational learning skills in children, at home

Nature Study – Watch the seasons unfold with your kids – Making of a Phenology wheel

As a family we spend a lot of time outdoors, observing the open spaces around us. Trees, animals, birds, insects what stood out for us as we watched the same space day after day for almost a year was that it was never the same. There was always something new – a flower, a pod, leaves turning yellow, different butterflies, moths one season, katydids / grasshoppers the next. This led me to look for ways in which we could track and plot these findings to look back on while also being able to compare each season and each year. It … Continue reading Nature Study – Watch the seasons unfold with your kids – Making of a Phenology wheel

8 ways to encourage creativity in your kids

My older son is 5 and a half, so I’m not going to tell you how I raised creative children, because I don’t know if my children are going to be creative 5 years down. What, I do know is that right now they are curious, inquisitive and use the word explore a thousand times a day, and I’d like to keep it that way as long as I can. In my post on ‘Why I choose to raise creative children‘, I spoke about the why’s of creativity how I think it’ll impact children and the difference it will make … Continue reading 8 ways to encourage creativity in your kids

All your child may need is to play!

Over the last few months I have taken play very seriously. We’ve played in the house, outdoors, in parks, at the airport, inflight, in the school, while waiting in the grocery line, in the hospital, at restaurants, pretty much everywhere we have been we have played! The last flight we took during take off and landing we had a very loud game of ‘Rock, paper, scissors’ that reverberated through the airplane, As I looked around I saw some smiles and some frowns, but both my children didn’t even notice the take off or landing, instead they enjoyed the whole flight … Continue reading All your child may need is to play!