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Teaching Social-Emotional Skills to Children

Strategies for Teaching Social-Emotional Skills to Children Especially for those who have difficulty expressing themselves What is social-emotional learning in early childhood? Children are learning so much in their early years as the world opens up before their eyes....

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How do you raise a successful and happy child?

Connecting with Kids at Home The pressure of raising successful children for parents As an educator, I know exactly what expectations wait for my daughter when she enters the classroom - still a few years away. I know the journey through school, the pressure to carry...

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The Best Gift Ideas for Kids that AREN’T Toys

Alternative gifts for children with more than enough toys Thinking of gift-giving season that is very fast approaching us, I dread the idea of more “stuff” entering my house. Although it is an ongoing battle with the memories I’ve attached to the simplest of things,...

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My Favorite Crayola Products for Back to School

Why I love Crayola Products I love Crayola products! Who doesn't?! Crayola makes reliable, dependable, arts and crafts products geared toward children while keeping parent needs in mind. And they cannot be compared to in regard to quality. Have you used a crayon at a...

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The Best Teaching Resources That You Can Use at Home

The Best Teaching Resources that Teachers Use at Home that You Will LOVE to Have Around the House! Teaching resources aren't just for the classroom As a teacher, I found ways to make my day run more smoothly in the classroom and to support the children getting the...

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The Best Lunch Boxes for Your Child

Searching for the Best School Lunch Box How Do I Choose the Best Lunch Box? I Ask Another Mom! Little Bee is about to start preschool and I have been searching all over for the best lunch box to send with her each day. Something easy for her to open, but also offers...

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Parenting Advice from Experts and Storytellers

Parenting advice from experts and storytellers. The best TEDTalks for Moms who want the best for their children I want the best for my daughter I am constantly striving to create an environment of learning for my daughter. I feel heavy from time to time, with the...

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Favorite Water Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Today, while enjoying the incredible summer sunshine, Little Bee and I were playing with ice on the driveway. Although a seemingly simple activity we were actually talking through very complex science in addition to everything else we were learning. For her, talking...

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Preparing Your Child for Their First Trip to the Dentist

Preparing Your Child for Their First Trip to the Dentist I recently took Little Bee to the dentist for the first time. It had been one of those things I just never had the time for when we were busy running the daycare and I felt awful for not having gone sooner. She...

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Making the Most of Summer with Routine and Planning

Summer Days with Kids Oh beautiful summer sounds, how I’ve missed you! Summer is almost officially here on the calendar and school is just about ready to end for another year. For my house this means visitors galore and lots of travel to see family and friends that...

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Meal Planning Activity for Your Picky Eaters

Another Mealtime Misery Here we go again. It’s nearly suppertime and I have no idea what I’m going to make. Just another decision for poor ‘ole mom to make in her million decisions a day. What difference though right? No one eats what I make anyway, or if they do,...

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The Best Tip When You Need A Moment Away From Being Mommy

How Does The Mommy Overwhelm Start? Picture it - one of those mornings where you are already waking up late, rushing to get everyone where they need to be, not even taking a minute to look yourself over in the mirror, getting everyone fed, forgetting yourself, picking...

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Amazing Messy Play Ideas and the Benefits of Sensory Play

I recently wrote about the benefits of outdoor play and an added benefit I didn’t mention but is a huge one in our home is that the mess stays outside! We love messy play and I know that you are going to love it too when we look beyond the “mess” aspect and into the...

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The Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children

The Amazing Benefits and Importance of Outdoor Play for Children of All Ages Most children love to play outside if given the opportunity, which in itself is a beautiful benefit; the joy and laughter they experience and the smile beaming across their face. Knowing the...

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How to Declutter Toys That Have Taken Over Your Home

How Our Decluttering Adventure Started We have a very small house that was formerly a daycare that I loved with all my heart. It was a beautiful space for a home-like learning environment that I filled with meaningful toys which allowed for learning through play. When...

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Making Meaning out of Making Marks (free download)

Making Meaning out of Making Marks: Activities for Little Ones Learning to Write Little Bee, who is about 2 and a half now, loves to colour together. But what I think she loves most about it is watching me and making meaningful marks on the page, like when I write her...

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Learning Through Play: Shining Light on Day and Night

My daughter has taken on new fascination with flashlights as she braves the darkness which once made her nervous. She loves to hide things in the back of a closet and use the flashlight to “discover” whatever has been placed there. It becomes an adventure for her but...

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19 Reasons to Fall in Love with Your Local Library

The Importance of the Public Library and Children’s Library Programs Reading has a big place in my home. I scatter books around the house like trophies of accomplishments and snapshots of milestones in my life. I always have a book in my purse and one by the bed and I...

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Discovering the Value of Learning through Play

The Importance of Play Based Learning at Home and in School Developing a passion for learning in our little ones can be as simple as involving them in their own learning, especially in those early years. What a daunting thought as I watch my daughter dump the better...

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Baby Steps for Both of Us

With this beautiful spring air, my Busy Bee and I have been spending a lot of time outside, walking trails that are filled with new growth and lots of opportunity for she and I to have conversation - just the two of us. It’s perfection. The beauty of the day also...

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Spring Cleaning: Responsibilities for Children by Age

I recently wrote about empowerment in children and the confidence that can be built in our little ones by challenging them and allowing them to contribute. During spring cleaning season this speaks volumes as I try and pick away at the chores that have taken over my...

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It Takes A Village: Meet Lacey & 24STRONG

Lacey Koughan: 24STRONG As moms, fighting the day-to-day battles over spilled milk and endless to-do lists, it can feel like the villages we’ve been promised would help raise our children are non-existent. In those early days with my daughter, when her colic would...

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15 Important Things to Teach My Daughter

My daughter is going through an intense sleep regression. In all fairness, we’ve got a lot going on and I don’t really blame her for feeling a little out of sorts… I feel it too. But as I lay on the floor beside her, reminding her that I’m here, that I love her and...

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Quick and Easy Lemon Volcano Experiment

STEAM activities have become a big topic in Early Learning and for great reason! They encourage an active investigation into the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics on the part of the children, and remind us, as adults, that learning...

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It Takes A Village: Meet Amanda

I have been so blessed to have been surrounded by an incredible group of friends at many points in my life. The ebb and flow that we all go through introduces us to new faces and friendships. Never was this more important then when I was pregnant with my daughter and...

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5 Tips for Discussing Consent with Your Young Child

Talking about consent with young children can feel overwhelming while looking into the eyes of our little ones. In the world we live in now, being bombarded with messages and information about our bodies and sexuality (read more about this here in a recent post), it...

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Music for Movement – Free Music Playlist

Here on Prince Edward Island today the snow is coming down and blowing around enough to keep us in the house. Normally we love playing in the snow, marching through the woods, walking to the beautiful ocean's edge, but brrrrrr.... not this...

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Talking about International Women’s Day with your Child

Looking for something inspiring to watch on Netflix tonight? What better day than International Women’s Day, to shine light on the work done by writer and director Jennifer Siebel Newsom on her journey to unmask the reality and pressure our children are currently...

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International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day and never has it been more important to me, to stop and take notice of the incredible women around me as I introduce the world to my daughter. I was lucky to grow up in a home where my parents worked hard to ensure my sister and...

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Playing with Loose Parts

What is "Loose Parts" play? Play with "loose parts" already happens when you watch what children are naturally eager to do in their play. They often take parts of one toy and use their imagination to create a whole new play scenario, beyond it’s original design. Or,...

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Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Who doesn't love to play with play dough? It's relaxing, let's you get creative and mistakes just aren't possible because all it takes is a squish of your masterpiece to start all over again! Play like this reminds me so much of my childhood (I say that a lot... but...

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STEAM Learning: What is everyone talking about? 

What is STEAM Learning? In simple terms, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is an educational concept ever growing in popularity and implementation in the educational world. It’s far from “new” but it’s becoming a big part of everyday in early...

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Adventure Awaits!

We are about two weeks away from taking our little family to the beautiful shores of Prince Edward Island. This is the incredible place I call home (away from home) and where F and I will spend a few months to gather inspiration, meet incredible women with much to...

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Turning Challenge into Creative Adventure

Just two weeks ago, life handed us a few challenges to keep us on our toes! We are in the beginning stages of learning to deal with illness in the family as well as changes within my small business. The incredible part of running my own small business means that I am...

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Welcome to Your Source of Inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out Books, Bees and ABC's! I hope you find some helpful hints, inspiration and a supportive community of moms!  My name is Jessica and I am a mother, educator and business owner, and am passionate about the outdoors and...

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