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Ring-a-Ding Imagine Newborn Bamboo All-in-One: Daily Diaper

Ring-a-Ding Imagine Newborn Bamboo All-in-One: Daily Diaper

by / on July 1, 2015, 8:00 am

Welcome to the Daily Diaper, an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch that I started two and a half years ago in which I share photographs of the diapers in my cloth diaper stash in action. Whenever I am considering adding a new diaper to my stash, I like to […]

Month in Review (June 2015): First Teeth and Recitals

Month in Review (June 2015): First Teeth and Recitals

by / on July 1, 2015, 7:00 am

June in The Parenting Patch household began with a Saturday trip to Wildlife Prairie Park (formerly Wildlife Prairie State Park). As with our first family outing to the park, my daughter especially liked riding on the train and playing with the water pump in the farm area. She also enjoyed […]

GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine Review: Courtesy of The School Shop

GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine Review: Courtesy of The School Shop

by / on July 1, 2015, 6:00 am

I love shopping at The School Shop for school books, supplies, and toys for my children. During a recent shopping trip, my husband and daughter explored the educational games and toys while I perused the preschool workbooks with my son. After striking up a conversation about STEM toys with Christy […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: More Alphabet Review Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: More Alphabet Review Lesson Plan

by / on June 30, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To review the alphabet Book(s): Any alphabet book Music: Sing the ABCs while reviewing the fingerspelling alphabet (http://parentingpatch.com/baby-sign-language-fingerspelling-alphabet/) Craft/Activity 1: Alphabet Worksheet Set (http://www.education.com/slideshow/get-ready-reading-all-about-alphabet/) Craft/Activity 2: Now I Know My ABCs Workbook pages 3-15 (http://www.education.com/workbook/now-i-know-my-abcs-workbook/) Image Credits More Alphabet Review Preschool Activities © 2015 Heather Johnson

Parenting Books for the Rest of Us

Parenting Books for the Rest of Us

by / on June 29, 2015, 9:45 am

Both my kiddos have been hard at work the past few weeks reading mountains of books for multiple summer reading programs. In other words, I have been reading up a storm to my two children. I have also set aside a little time each day to read some books that […]

Paper Plate Elephant Craft

Paper Plate Elephant Craft

by / on June 29, 2015, 8:00 am

Making crafts is a great way to engage little learners. For our lesson on the letter E, my daughter and I made an adorably simple paper plate elephant. Materials Paper plate Colored paper Wiggle eyes Paint Paintbrush Scissors Glue Directions Paint the paper plate. Cut the colored paper into a […]

Baby Sign Language: Telephone and Phone

Baby Sign Language: Telephone and Phone

by / on June 28, 2015, 8:00 am

Teach your baby the sign for the words telephone and phone in baby sign language with the following descriptions and videos. The sign is identical for both English words. Telephone Form the hand into the signed letter Y. Hold the hand to the side of the face with the thumb […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Plants Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Plants Lesson Plan

by / on June 27, 2015, 7:30 am

Objective: To learn about plants Message: Plants are living things that need light and water and that usually live in the ground. Book(s): Plants by Rebecca Rissman Plants by Sally Odgers What Is a Plant? by Jennifer Colby Plants Are Alive! by Molly Aloian Music: “Five Spring Flowers” Five spring […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Alphabet Review Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Alphabet Review Lesson Plan

by / on June 26, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To review the alphabet Book(s): Any alphabet book Music: Sing the ABCs while reviewing the fingerspelling alphabet (http://parentingpatch.com/baby-sign-language-fingerspelling-alphabet/) Fine Motor Skills: CCBS pages 389-405 BPW pages 68-79, 204-211 LLA pages 56-60 PALAW pages 30-31 Uppercase pages 29-32 Lowercase page 27-32 Craft/Activity: Trace the Alphabet Worksheets (http://www.education.com/slideshow/tracing-letters/) References Big Preschool […]

Baby Food Recipes: Blackberries

Baby Food Recipes: Blackberries

by / on June 25, 2015, 8:00 am

Although I was not ready for him to grow so quickly, I do enjoy preparing homemade baby food for my son. When he turned six months old back in April, I already had a freezer full of nutritious and delicious fruit and vegetable purees ready for my son to explore. […]

Grape Chevron Nicki’s Diapers Newborn Bamboo All-in-One: Daily Diaper

Grape Chevron Nicki’s Diapers Newborn Bamboo All-in-One: Daily Diaper

by / on June 24, 2015, 8:00 am

Welcome to the Daily Diaper, an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch in which I share photographs of the diapers in my cloth diaper stash in action. Whenever I am considering adding a new diaper to my stash, I like to look at pictures of the diaper in use to […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Animal Life Cycles Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Animal Life Cycles Lesson Plan

by / on June 23, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To learn about the life cycles of animals Message: Mammals are born live. Birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians are born from eggs. Baby mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles look like small adults. Baby amphibians look different from adults. Book(s): The Life Cycle of a Human by Robin Merritt Watch […]

Paper Plate Lizard Craft

Paper Plate Lizard Craft

by / on June 22, 2015, 8:00 am

Paper plates are a cheap and easy medium when crafting with little ones. My daughter and I especially love making all sorts of animals with paper plates. During our preschool homeschool lesson on reptiles, my daughter and I created a paper plate lizard. Materials Paper plate Toilet paper roll Green […]

Baby Sign Language: Comb

Baby Sign Language: Comb

by / on June 21, 2015, 8:00 am

Teach your baby the sign for the word comb in baby sign language with the following description and video. Comb Form one hand into a claw. Hold the hand website to the side of the head. Move the hand backwards in a motion that mimics combing the hair.   References […]

Roominate Studio Review and Giveaway

Roominate Studio Review and Giveaway

by / on June 21, 2015, 6:00 am

One of my reasons for homeschooling my children is to provide a strong foundation of science and math. In addition to reading and writing, I have already begun basic science and math lessons with my daughter. While watching Shark Tank awhile ago, my husband saw a new toy called Roominate […]