Under the current environment it is important to be extra diligent about keep our children's toys clean. This is also important for children that have underlying heath conditions, such as asthma and allergies. Unfortunately, there are many plush toys say that they are surface washable only. Leaving us with the question how can I clean and sanitize these stuffed animals?
When I tell people that Samantha is unschooled, many of them are taken aback. They have a puzzled look on their face. I go on to explain that learning happens naturally for all of us through the experiences we have in life. In this process, it is not necessary to force children to learn something specific, as they will follow their natural curiosities, passions, and interest. Subjects, such as reading, math, science, present themselves through that engagement.
I take a guided eclectic unschooling and homeschooling approach with Samantha so we can work through her specific learning needs in a calm loving environment without the social pressures, excess busy work, and emotional peer overload. This gallery is a collection of all the games, worksheets, activities, crafts, and materials we have made. I hope you find them useful, and you can always reach out to me if you have any questions on any of them.
This is a subject that comes up quite frequently when I am talking with other parents. Often the scenario is Mom sees the struggles of her child, but Dad doesn’t. This disconnect leads to arguments between the couple, inconsistent parenting, and adds a layer of anxiety on everyone in the household.
So what do you?
Did you ever do dot-to-dots as a kid? I did. Most of the time you could tell the picture without even having to connect the dots. That is until I came across Extreme Dot-To-Dots. These pages are filled with hundreds of dots and hundreds of numbers. Honestly, you have NO idea what the picture is until you have completed connecting all the dots. I find this to also be true of our lives and our children's lives.
Several weeks ago we went to Munchkins new psychiatrist. They suggested we take a TOVA test that measures the degree of attention variant. When it came back she was 3 degrees below. He suggested a stimulant, which I was not in love with the idea. We did try it for a week, against my gut, and her side affects were so bad we discontinued. To be honest I was relieved. Our goal is to minimize our needs for medication, not increase them.
If you have a child struggling with ADHD, Mood issues, or anxiety then this recipe is for you. In our approach to help our child, we look to adding as much holistic options as possible BEFORE we look to medications. Our daughter has been on stimulants before when she was attending private school. However, her body does not respond well to them and the side effects far out weigh the potential improvement in her focus. With that being said, I set out to create a tasty treat that would help her better better focus, stay calm, and improve her mood.
One of the things I have learned being a special needs parent is that being open and flexible can make for much happier and calm days.
Keep in mind that HOW your child works may differ than what you are use to...and that is completely okay. Which means when they come to you with, what you think, is an odd request...be open and flexible to what they are asking.
In the past we tried Littlest Passports as way to introduce some culture to Samantha. Well, over time she simply out grew it and I was looking for something else. Luck would have it that this subscription service was mentioned in one of my private Unschooling groups. I looked into it and figured this was worth a try...why?
Because I know 2 things about my daughter.