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Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Big and Small Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Big and Small Lesson Plan

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

Objective: To learn about size in terms of same size, big, small, bigger, and smaller Book(s): Curious George: Bigger and Smaller Big, Bigger, Biggest! by Nancy Coffelt Music: “The Apple Seed” (Tune: “Itsy Bitsy Spider:) Once a little apple seed was planted in the ground Down came the wet rain […]

Parents Ask School to Ban Unvaccinated Students Amid Measles Outbreak

Parents Ask School to Ban Unvaccinated Students Amid Measles Outbreak

by / on January 29, 2015, 3:30 pm

Amid the current measles outbreak affecting California and other states, the Krawitt family has asked Reed Elementary in Tiburon in Marin County, California to ban unvaccinated students from campus — to protect 6-year-old Rhett who cannot receive the measles vaccine because of a weakened immune system from chemotherapy after battling […]

Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Fetal Development

Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Fetal Development

by / on January 29, 2015, 2:30 pm

Reducing stress during pregnancy often proves difficult for many women. Unfortunately, a new study published the Journal of Physiology concludes that stress hormones in a mother can affect the fetal development of her baby. Glucocorticoids (GCs) are a class of steroid hormones that play a role in the structure, synthesis, […]

Frequently Consuming Sugary Drinks Linked to Earlier Onset of Menstruation

Frequently Consuming Sugary Drinks Linked to Earlier Onset of Menstruation

by / on January 29, 2015, 11:00 am

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages like carbonated drinks and sodas has previously been linked to an increased risk of obesity and type II diabetes. Now a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction finds that girls who frequently consume sugary drinks often begin menstruating earlier, increasing the risk of breast cancer. […]

C Is for Crab Handprint Craft

C Is for Crab Handprint Craft

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

C is for crab! Help your toddler learn about the letter C by making a fun crab handprint craft. Materials Red and black nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some red paint onto the cardboard. Use a cotton ball […]

Most Siblings Have Different Autism-Risk Genes, Says Study

Most Siblings Have Different Autism-Risk Genes, Says Study

by / on January 28, 2015, 9:00 am

The causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are myriad and complex. However, because the disorder tends to run in families, researchers previously thought that the genes could be inherited. However, a new largest-ever autism genome study reveals that most siblings with ASD have different autism-linked genes. ASD is a developmental […]

Dragonfly Ripple Best Bottom: Daily Diaper

Dragonfly Ripple Best Bottom: Daily Diaper

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

Before purchasing a new diaper for my cloth diaper stash, I like to look at pictures of the diaper in use. The Daily Diaper is a current feature of The Parenting Patch in which I share photographs of the cloth diapers in my stash in action. Today my diaper of […]

Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Egg Drop Soup Recipe

by / on January 28, 2015, 6:00 am

Ingredients 4 cups of chicken broth 2 tablespoons of corn starch 1 teaspoon of ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder 2 large eggs 2 egg whites 3 green onions 1/4 cup of sweet corn salt black pepper Directions Whisk together the chicken broth, cornstarch, ground ginger, and garlic powder […]

T Is for Tree Handprint-Footprint Craft

T Is for Tree Handprint-Footprint Craft

by / on January 27, 2015, 8:00 am

T is for tree! Help your toddler learn about the letter T by making a fun tree footprint and handprint craft. Materials Brown and green nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some brown paint onto the cardboard. Use a […]

Eating Fish During Pregnancy May Boost Development

Eating Fish During Pregnancy May Boost Development

by / on January 26, 2015, 11:30 pm

Fish is a lean, low-fat protein that is high in omega-3 fats as well as vitamin D and selenium. Despite some concerns about mercury, I ate tuna and other fish quite frequently for the omega-3 fatty acids while pregnant with my son. Now a new study published in the American […]

Romantic Picture Frames from Personalization Mall

Romantic Picture Frames from Personalization Mall

by / on January 26, 2015, 4:00 pm

With each family milestone, I have added more and more framed photos around my home. One of the first pictures that I ever framed as an adult is the engagement photo that my husband and I took together shortly after he proposed to me. The nine-year-old photo now hangs above […]

Imagine Newborn Stay-Dry and Imagine Newborn Bamboo All-in-One Cloth Diaper Comparison Review

Imagine Newborn Stay-Dry and Imagine Newborn Bamboo All-in-One Cloth Diaper Comparison Review

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

As my readers know, I am a huge fan of covers and all-in-two cloth diapers. However, last summer I ventured into the world of all-in-ones with much success. Thus, when I put together a small newborn stash for my second baby, I bought some newborn all-in-ones to try. In addition […]

Coqui Baby Minky Hero Pocket Cloth Diaper Review

Coqui Baby Minky Hero Pocket Cloth Diaper Review

by / on January 26, 2015, 12:00 am

Last fall, Coqui Baby approached me about reviewing the Hero pocket diaper. Much to my surprise and pleasure, my local cloth diaper shop, PinStripes and PolkaDots, had recommended The Parenting Patch to Coqui Baby, a cloth diapering company based in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Excited to work with a company close to […]

U Is for Unicorn Handprint Craft

U Is for Unicorn Handprint Craft

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

U is for unicorn! Help your toddler learn about the letter U by making a fun unicorn handprint craft. Materials Pink and purple nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some pink paint onto the cardboard. Use a cotton ball […]

Baby Sign Language: Noise

Baby Sign Language: Noise

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

Teach your baby the sign for the word noise in baby sign language with the following description and video. Noise Touch the ear with an index handshape. Then form both hands into fists. Hold the fists in front of the chest and rotate outwards three times.   References Porpora, Tracey. […]