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    A Preschool With a Personal Touch: Small Sprouts Preschool

    It’s that time of year again – preschool registration time.  Parents of 3 and 4 year olds are deciding whether or not to send their little ones to preschool, and if they go, which one to choose! My oldest went to preschool and loved it!  My youngest tried preschool last September and between sensory and attachment issues, we decided she just wasn’t ready yet.  We keep bringing up the idea of preschool, and we hope to get her occupational therapy over the next few months so that attending unparented classes are not so stressful for her, but for right now, she’s happy being at home and that is ok with…

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    Yoga and Your Sensory Child: Poses to Improve Proprioception and the Vestibular System

    When I first started taking note of my daughter’s sensory issues, I recognized the usual sensitivities that are related to the five main senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. But once I started doing more research on the topic, I discovered there are many more senses than just those five and they can be greatly affected in a child with Sensory Processing Disorder. Proprioception is the sense of where your body is in space and this information is transferred through muscles, joints and bones. Children that have difficulty in this area will often have some of the following symptoms: need tight hugs to calm down, or the opposite…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling,  kids

    December Bucket List

    It’s December already and the next few weeks are going to fly by!  There’s so many thing we want to fit in, to create fun family memories and learning experiences. So here’s our December bucket list for this year! Watch classic and favorite Christmas shows  Letters to Santa – A yearly tradition that the girls enjoy, and a writing lesson too.  We usually receive Santa’s video a week after we mail it.  Visit Santa at the mall – if you have a sensory child like mine, be sure to check out my tips for waiting for Santa  Wagon or sleigh ride – Go on a hay rides at Callingwood Marketplace or take…

  • homeschooling,  kids

    YouTube Kids Is Here!

    YouTube Kids was released in the US back in February, but it is now available in Canada!  Also available in U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, this kid friendly version of the favorite app keeps out inappropriate content and had all the cool kids channels in one spot.  There are ads (I have seen ones for toys and other shows so far), but my three year old even knows to click on the video after the time ticks down.  In addition to loads of new to them content, I was happy to see some of their favorite channels and shows including Minecraft videos, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, CBC Kids, Cosmic Kids…

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    Turn Snack Time into Tea Time

    With Edmonton’s Inaugural Outdoor Winter Parade this evening, the holiday spirit is growing in our house.  What began as a late night snack request grew into a festive tea party last night. Today Chloe wanted to share the idea with her little sister so I prepared some snacks and treats for them to share at their tea party. Earlier this year we picked up our tea set from Ikea but there are also lots of cute tea sets on Amazon including this colorful one. Add some healthy snacks with some holiday treats, and the smiles were from ear to ear.  Candy canes are high on the list of favorite holiday treats…

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    Toy Shopping Made Easy!

    As the weeks of November quickly tick away and it nears closer to Christmas, the need to cross a few more gifts off your shopping list is growing. This year I’m aiming to have most of my shopping done before December, so I can spend quality time with the girls taking part in our family holiday traditions. I have teamed up once again with Discovery Toys Educational Consultant Rebecca Moge to review kid favorites, and help you complete your holiday shopping in no time. Two products the girls tried out this month were Playful Patterns® Heirloom Edition and Sky Spin, two more of Discovery Toy’s best sellers. To see my past review…

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    Toys That are Kid Approved and Kid Powered!

    Christmas is only a few months away and the hunt for toys that will engage and hold your child’s interest is on.  You want toys that are kid powered and not just a single use product. Something that will challenge them and maybe even grow with them for a while.  I had heard of Discovery Toys before but had not had an opportunity to see first hand what they had to offer.  Discovery Toys Educational Consultant Rebecca Moge and I have teamed up, with my kids and myself reviewing popular items, and helping you pick out durable toys this holiday season (lifetime warranty against defects).  We tried out the Marbleworks…

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    Not So Super Moods: How to Turn a Bad Day Around

    The Autumnal equinox was last week and with the 5th supermoon of the year happening tonight and coinciding with a lunar eclipse, emotions are flowing in our house this week (see previous posts here and here).  There were multiple tantrums at the playground Friday from my youngest, attitude and grumpiness from the oldest and migraines and interrupted sleep from me. For us, negative energy just feeds and grows so we try to nip it in the bud early on.  Here are some of our favorite ways of breaking the bad mojo. Get outside and Get Back to Nature – This weekend we took in some fall colors close to home.  They got…

  • kids,  Travel

    We Have a New Favorite Playground and It’s Well Worth the Drive!

    We headed out of Edmonton this afternoon to neighboring Spruce Grove.  It was a beautiful fall day so we went for a leisurely walk through their trail system at Heritage Grove Park and then played in the Japanese School (now home to Spruce Grove Playschool) playground, corner of Mohr Avenue and Main Street.  We still had a bit of time left before heading home so I looked up playgrounds in the area, seen some brightly colored pictures and headed towards their location. Rotary Playscape at Fuhr Sports Field on Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove is an explosion of fun!  There is so much to climb, slide and play with, including…

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    Super Sale Saturday

    Do you have some birthday parties coming up or want to get a start on Christmas shopping? Or are there some homeschool or class room supplies you still need to get?  Check out these stores below for some great sales on learning materials and gift ideas. Education Station: Warehouse Sale Saturday September 12, 10am-6pm – 13212 137 Ave, Edmonton. Up to 75% off, while quantities last.  Be prepared to wait for a check out but you’re sure to find great deals! Indigo: I love shopping the kids area of Indigo for great gift ideas.  I spotted this sale Friday and started my Christmas shopping.  The Playmobile set is $20 and there was…