Cooking with Infants to Pre-Schoolers

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I find cooking dinner the most stressful part of the day.  I am usually rushing so that I can feed the kids, bathe them, and have them in bed early.  And most of the time, my kids tend to be the least cooperative at this point.  I always aim for it to be their “free play” time with their blocks or legos, but it never seems to go quite as I imagine.  Lately, I have been finding ways to get them both involved with special tasks to help.  Here are some tips for moms who need to get a meal on the table.

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Layaan helping me pan fry a fish fillet.

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Plant Unit: DIY Greenhouse

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This is one of my favorite activities.  I remember doing it myself in elementary school.  It is incredibly simple, but the best way to visually observe how a seed grows.  Typically, green bean seeds are used because they grow quickly.  We had sunflower seeds on hand and used those.

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Busy Bags

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Spring break is here and many of you are preparing to use this time for a small getaway!  Busy bags are the best!  I love that they are a great alternative to screen usage.  There are some really great ideas out there on Pinterest and other blogs.  It is super easy to make them and they are life savers on any trip.  Here are some highlights from the busy bags we have been using on our most recent trips.

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Busy bags, coloring book, reading book, and backpack.

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Arctic Sensorial Bin

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We are going to wrap up our winter theme soon.   Layaan, Muhammad, and I made an arctic sensorial bin using fake snow and arctic animals together.  I also printed out nomenclature cards of the animals in Arabic to match with the toys.  This activity is perfect for all age groups.  You can make it as easy and as challenging as you need for the child’s age. Continue reading

DIY: Montessori Number Rods

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Number rods are used for the ages of 3.5-6 years in Montessori learning.  Once children master the red rods, they move on to these.  They are ten wooden rods.  The smallest rod represents one and is usually one decimeter long building up to ten which is one meter long.  The rods alternate in red and blue colors to represent each decimeter.  They are one of the first Math lessons given to introduce a number of skills; counting, understanding the value of the number visually, associating the numeral to its value, and finally simple addition and subtraction.

DIY MONTESSORI NUMBER RODS

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Here I give you steps on how I made my own number rods.  I measured each section 3.5 inches long rather than one decimeter dividing the longest rod into ten equal parts. Continue reading