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Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Rectangles Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Rectangles Lesson Plan

by / on October 24, 2014, 10:00 pm

Objective: To learn about the shape rectangle Message: Rectangles have two long sides and two short sides. Book(s): Rectangle by Bryony Jones Rectangles by Pamela Hall Rectangles Around Town by Nathan Olson The Shape of the World: Rectangles by Dana Meachen Rau Rectangles by Diyan Leake Rectangles by Sarah L. […]

Week 35 of Pregnancy: Dealing with Overwhelming Aches and Pains

Week 35 of Pregnancy: Dealing with Overwhelming Aches and Pains

by / on October 24, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I am thirty-four weeks and one day into my pregnancy with my second child, meaning I am in week 35 of pregnancy. My baby is now the size of a coconut in weight, measuring between eighteen and a half and twenty inches from head to heel and weighing about […]

Jack o’ Lantern Winning Colors Baby: Daily Diaper

Jack o’ Lantern Winning Colors Baby: Daily Diaper

by / on October 24, 2014, 6:00 am

Welcome to the Daily Diaper, an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch in which I will share photographs of the cloth diapers in my stash in action. Whenever I am thinking about adding a new diaper to my stash, I check out pictures of the diaper in use online to […]

Using Arnica During Labor and Childbirth

Using Arnica During Labor and Childbirth

by / on October 23, 2014, 8:00 am

Prior to the birth of my daughter, I had purchased some arnica tablets at the recommendation of my doula. I had previously used arnica gel to help relieve some swelling and bruising on my face as a result of dental work, so I was definitely interested in using arnica during […]

‘Moonlight: The Halloween Cat’ Book Review

‘Moonlight: The Halloween Cat’ Book Review

by / on October 23, 2014, 7:00 am

My toddler daughter loves her kitty, so I knew that she would love reading Moonlight: The Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant with illustrations by Melissa Sweet. Recommended for children from preschool through third grade, this Halloween book is also fun for younger toddlers because of the combination of simple but […]

Bummis Duo-Brite Pink: Daily Diaper

Bummis Duo-Brite Pink: Daily Diaper

by / on October 23, 2014, 6:00 am

The Daily Diaper is an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch that features cloth diapers in use on actual babies. When I am considering purchasing a new cloth diaper to add to my stash, I always head online to check out pictures of the diaper in action first to get […]

Full Moon Black Cat Paper Plate Craft

Full Moon Black Cat Paper Plate Craft

by / on October 22, 2014, 8:00 am

Full moons and black cats are synonymous with Halloween. Help your young crafter celebrate the holiday by making a simple but fun non-spooky full moon black cat paper plate craft. Materials Yellow, black, pink, and white nontoxic paint White paper plate Scrap cardboard Cotton balls Paintbrush Instructions Pour some yellow […]

Spicy Tuna Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0: Daily Diaper

Spicy Tuna Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0: Daily Diaper

by / on October 22, 2014, 6:00 am

Before buying a cloth diaper to add to my stash, I like to look at pictures of the diaper in action to get a better feel for the diaper. The Daily Diaper is an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch in which I share photographs of the cloth diapers in […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Squares Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Squares Lesson Plan

by / on October 21, 2014, 10:00 pm

Objective: To learn about the shape square Message: Squares have four equal sides. Book(s): Squares by Anita Loughrey Perfect Square by Michael Hall Square by Bryony Jones Squares by Pamela Hall Square from Play Bac Publishing Squares Around Town by Nathan Olson Squares by Dana Meachen Rau Squares by Diyan […]

Week 34 of Pregnancy: Getting My Flu Shot and Tdap Booster

Week 34 of Pregnancy: Getting My Flu Shot and Tdap Booster

by / on October 21, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I am thirty-three weeks exactly into my pregnancy with my second baby, meaning I am in week 34 of pregnancy. My baby is now the size of a cantaloupe in weight, measuring between eighteen and nineteen and a half inches from head to heel and weighing between four and […]

‘Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book’ Book Review

‘Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book’ Book Review

by / on October 21, 2014, 7:00 am

Lift-the-flap books are super popular with young children. Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub is a fun little Halloween book that fills the desire to lift-the-flap among early readers. Recommended for children ages 3 and up, Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book is a book of Halloween […]

Orange You Glad AppleCheeks: Daily Diaper

Orange You Glad AppleCheeks: Daily Diaper

by / on October 21, 2014, 6:00 am

The Daily Diaper is an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch that features cloth diapers in use on actual babies. When I am considering purchasing a new cloth diaper to add to my stash, I always head online to check out pictures of the diaper in action first to get […]

Week 33 of Pregnancy: Improved Iron Levels

Week 33 of Pregnancy: Improved Iron Levels

by / on October 20, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I am exactly thirty-two weeks pregnant with my second child, meaning I am in week 33 of pregnancy. My baby is now the size of a durian fruit in weight, measuring between eighteen and nineteen inches from head to heel and weighing about four pounds. I amazingly am in […]

N Is for Narwhal Handprint Craft

N Is for Narwhal Handprint Craft

by / on October 20, 2014, 7:00 am

N is for narwhal! Help your toddler learn about the letter N by making a fun narwhal handprint craft. Materials Blue and light blue nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some blue paint and some light blue paint onto […]

Spooky Best Bottom: Daily Diaper

Spooky Best Bottom: Daily Diaper

by / on October 20, 2014, 6:00 am

Welcome to the Daily Diaper, a current feature of The Parenting Patch in which I will share photographs of the cloth diapers in my stash in action. Whenever I am thinking about adding a new diaper to my stash, I head online to check out pictures of the diaper in […]