“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.” – Yehudi Menuhin
Routines are wonderful for creating continuity and a predictable rhythm in your family life. But what happens when the internal rhythms of individual members of one family are drastically different? Perhaps nowhere is this difference in personal rhythm more striking than at bedtime.
One Room, Many Sleep Patterns
We have three boys sharing one room. While our oldest is often hammered from the day’s activities, our middle son remind us almost nightly that he is “noctownal” and doesn’t actually need sleep. (Sometimes we almost believe him.) Our youngest still naps, so depending on how that goes each day, he may be out as soon as his head hits the pillow or he may still be winding down for a while. I’m certainly not ready to spend three hours in a revolving door of three separate bedtimes. So we had to come up with a routine that would fit different rhythms.
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Today I’m over at another great blog, Organizing Your Way. Scoot on over there and check it out! While you’re there, take a peek at what Mandi has planned for the expansion of her site!
All parents should homeschool their children.
What I just wrote may surprise some people, particularly given the fact that I have taught in the public school system, and have my own son registered to begin kindergarten this fall at our local public school. But I’ll still stand by it.
Let me explain.
Many parents are very conscientious about the decision to enroll their children in private, public, charter, or home school. They consider factors such as school quality, child personality, family situation, and so on. Different families arrive at different answers. Some families even arrive at different answers for different children. There isn’t one perfect answer for everyone.
And yet, every child should be homeschooled.
Read the rest at Organizing Your Way….
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It’s hard to believe, but another school year is on its way! Whether you’re teaching a class or your own little ones, as you sit down to map out your year, what are some of the topics and themes you look forward to exploring? I’d love to hear about your ideas, and would appreciate the opportunity to bring more activities here that you could use!
Additionally, I would love to give readers a sneak peek into your classrooms and homes if you are interested in sharing some of your activities with us. Send links, pictures, instructions, and comments to email@example.com, and I’ll work them into a post!
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Angélica at Modern Familia asked me to write a guest post focusing on the language development of bilingual children. Slide on over there to check out more on this topic!
Here’s just a taste:
I remember my first summer working at a migrant school and watching in amazement as a tiny three year-old girl sat between two friends, cheerfully carrying on one conversation in perfect English, and another in perfect Spanish, her shiny dark ponytail flipping as she turned her head from one side to the other. I had probably taken Spanish classes for about as long as she had been alive, but knew she had already attained a goal I am still far from reaching! Raising your child with the ability to speak two languages is an amazing gift. Here is some information that might help you as you begin this great undertaking.
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I’m over at Modern Familia today, with a post about sensory play for preschoolers. Here’s an excerpt:
Children Are Wired to Receive and Utilize Sensory Input From Birth
Think of your average preschooler. How long has this child been proficient with language? Depending on the age, the child may not really be too proficient yet! Others seem to have been talking non-stop since 2 1/2, but that means they’ve been talking now for all of…..about a year!
Now think of how long these children have been seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling, and tasting. Their whole lives! Children are wired to receive and utilize sensory input from day one. This is why children will dive in hands first, exploring a new substance. The senses are their most familiar, most basic way to explore, process, and come to understand new information.
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