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Reading to older children-- fun and beneficial
My kids love reading. Pim and Sara really devour books, and Ava has also recently gotten the hang of it. They are entirely captivated by their books! (Poor Casper, it can be frustrating to be the only one unable to read!) I suppose it can be a natural transition to stop reading to children when ...
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EDUCATION
A multiplication chatterbox -- a simple, fun and educational craft
Ava is now seven and this is the year she learns the multiplication tables at school. We already have the chart on the toilet door (which I think must be a universal trick), but the other day she came home with a 'multiplication chatterbox'. You know, that paper folding game we played as a kid? ...
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EDUCATION
The Anne Frank house, a visit with Sara
Anne Frank is a name that is familiar to most if not all. Her world-famous diary is translated to more than 60 languages worldwide, and the story of her family hiding in Amsterdam during WWII is universally known. We can all envision the photos of Anne's sweet face, showing a girl on the verge of adolescence. ...
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EDUCATION
Lil'Ollo -- introducing a second language to young children
Last week we were camping at the seaside, and the kids and I were playing around with some products the recently launched company Lil'Ollo had sent us: beautifully designed games, posters and flash cards, all aimed at introducing a second language to children at a young age and in a playful, creative and imaginative way. ...
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EDUCATION
Biology and Beauty -- Hatching Butterflies at Home
While on holiday last month, we received the most exciting parcel in the mail. On the box, it said 'LIVE INSECTS, OPEN IMMEDIATELY!’ And sparked a lot of curiosity and excitement. We opened up the box, a gift sent from our very clever friends, and inside was a cup of caterpillars waiting to become butterflies! ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
One of my rules
One of the reasons I like writing posts for Babyccino is because it gives me a chance to stop and think and analyse my parenting philosophies. So often when I tell my kids to do something and they ask me why, my answer is the same as every parent since the dawn of time: because I ...
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EDUCATION
A pretty times table poster by Lollipop Design
How are your kids' multiplication skills? We recently sat down with the pretty multiplication poster by Lollipop -- a design based upon the 'wheel' method of learning tables, which makes it easier for children to understand and memorise the times tables. (You might remember Courtney's post from last year, where she spoke about homeschooling and introduced the multiplication flowers.) With the ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: Cooking and kids
This summer we have been cooking a lot. Nothing special or extravagant - but simple, good food that you don't need recipes for. I wanted my kids (now 10 and 8) to be able cook a full meal: starter, main and desert, without a recipe book. Here is my thinking:  We visit so many friends ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you talk about sex with your children?
The other day, Courtney and I were discussing the way parents talk about sex with their children. How difficult this subject sometimes seems to be, and how easy people shy away from discussing it. Why is it, that something so beautiful and special can be so controversial at the same time? I don't know if ...
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EDUCATION
Tuesday Tips - Surviving Homework
I have to say being a teacher and setting homework is so much easier then being the parent who needs to help their child complete it! But last week was a success. My daughter finished all of her homework without any arguments and we still had time for some family fun. Hurray! So how did ...
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EDUCATION
A fun family word game
When we were in Chile in December, we coincidentally (and luckily!) bumped into another travelling family whom I have been following on Instagram for the past year. This family of four (@ouropenroad) have been travelling around South America in their westy van for the past three years (what an adventure!), and happened to be passing ...
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EDUCATION
Maths with Lego
I am always looking for more ways of teaching maths in a tangible way to my kids. This is partly because one of the slight disadvantages of the French school system is that teaching is very academic. It is also because I want the children to understand at an early age how genuinely useful, fun ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Multiplication flowers
While it has certainly not been as easy as we had imagined, we are gradually finding our way with homeschooling the kids. Every day the kids test our patience, get distracted and, in turn, can make a simple morning of learning be an extremely frustrating experience... but, there are both good days and bad days and the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Counting and adding Sticks, Montessori Style
Tila just loves to count and learn new numbers and since she’s not the sit-and-learn type of kid I decided to try something that would help her learn simple math like adding through a play. So I made this simple counting/adding tool and I was so amazed at how quickly she learned to add numbers ...
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EDUCATION
Dinner - Ready and Served
Last week we were on holiday in France with Esther and her family. It was such fun seeing the children interact, getting to know each other again and to see how they have all changed in what feels like a blink of an eye (it is also so nice to hang out with a great friend and ...
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EDUCATION
Tuesday Tips: Girls and Math & Science
Since my last post about multiplication tables I have been thinking about how similar one of my daughters is to me when it comes to learning maths and science. She lately has had a defeatist attitude pop up using the famous phrase: "je suis nulle en math", (I am just terrible at maths). I think it ...
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EDUCATION
Learning Maths with Numicon
I'm always learning the handiest tips from my son's teacher. Last week when I met with her, she told me about Numicon and how it's her favourite tool for teaching maths to kids. So I rushed home from the school and ordered a set from Amazon. Numicon is a simple but effective set of plastic ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Teaching basic math skills
I recently sat down with my son's school teacher and she gave me a very brief suggestion for how to teach basic math skills to a six-year-old. She explained that they're trying to get kids to think and count not just by ones, but also by fives and tens. She explained that they will take ...
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This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
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