Pregnancy Discomforts & Preparing for Labor

 The third class was all about pregnancy in general. We talked about the structure of the uterus, function of the placenta, and baby’s position throughout the pregnancy. This week seems to be where you have to truly ask yourself if you are going to fully commit to the exercises and preparation or if you are going to be lackadaisical. I found some days it was hard to get motivated, but I had to remind myself the better conditioned my body is, the better it will preform in labor. That really gave me a good kick in the pants to do what I was supposed to rather than put things off and try to catch up as needed.

Bradley method week 3 in review

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How to Detangle Matted Hair

Regardless of hair type, it seems like toddlers have the innate ability to matte their hair in 30 seconds or less. Here in Oklahoma with the rising temperatures, my daughter’s sweaty head in her car seat and curiosity to look in every direction automatically means a matted mess of hair when we get to our destination. This means I had to come up with a natural, chemical-free way to detangle matted hair.

How to Detangle Matted Toddler Hair without Chemicals | ALLterNATIVElearning… 

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Scent & Smell for Toddlers

Scent and Smell are an important part of our daily lives, making it a fun and practical topic for tot school. Not only does the sense of smell involve the five senses, but it is also tied to our strongest memories. This means that what we smell even as babies, is tied to a memory! Though kids can smell before they can truly realize it in a technical sense, it take a bit to be able to understand smell since it’s somewhat abstract. That is why we chose to put it a little later in our tot school year.

Scent & Smell Learning Theme for Toddlers & Preschoolers | ALLterNATIVElearningThis week goes well with the previous theme of taste and kitchen because of the obvious connect that smell has with cooking and with how we smell food before we taste it. So that was the next logical step for us in our learning themes. However, this week was different in the way we structured it. There are lots of different kinds of smells and ways to interact with them and plenty of vocabulary to associate different types of smells; so that’s how we broke it up: smell (v.), fragrance, odor, scents in the kitchen, and smells of nature. This week we chose to take the weekend “off” as well :).

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Art of Storytelling to Tots – Read with Me

This play idea is brought to you by Knoala – Raise Happier Kids. Knoala is a free app that offers activities for parents to enjoy with infants to preschoolers.

Why Read with Toddlers?

The art of storytelling predates written language and is such a beautiful way to interact with stories. Because toddlers cannot read yet, storytelling is such a special way to explore new ideas and concepts and a way to make reading fun. Despite being a History and English teacher, reading has never been something that I have necessarily enjoyed. While I love the idea of reading, it’s just not a leisure time activity for me and it’s one thing I have wanted to change in my children. I want them to love to read and enjoy exploring a variety of books. Interactive Reading with Toddlers | ALLterNATIVElearning… 

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