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Helping Your Toddler Excel

Helping Your Toddler Excel

Brain growth and development peaks before children even enter kindergarten. Even before preschool both the size and neuron connections within the brain grow at exponential rates that are only seen in those first few years of life. Research shows brain volume doubles the first year and by the second year correlates to roughly 80% of an adult’s, with neuron connections presenting a similar pattern and rate of growth to that of the brain structure. By the age of two, that unique joyous little human who stands less than three feet tall already has 80% of the size and number of neuron...

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10 Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Curriculum Packages

10 Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Curriculum Packages

As a mom who loves the Charlotte Mason (CM) method but isn’t sure of where to start, I decided to put together this resource of all the Charlotte Mason homeschooling curriculum packages that I’m interested in investigating further. I’ve also written a few sentences about each curriculum package which reminds me why each program stood out. Below we’ll go through these 10 curricula that claim to subscribe to the CM method, namely: Simply Charlotte Mason A Gentle Feast Living Books Curriculum Ambleside Online Charlotte Mason in a Box Charlotte Mason College My Homeschool CM Institute – Alveary Higher Up and...

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Sharing my Lesson Plan Book

Sharing my Lesson Plan Book

I got a ton of questions when I shared a sneak peek of my lesson plan book for this year. And I was even more shocked when several people asked if I could share the file I created. Why was I shocked?Confession time. I am not the greatest at lesson plans. Oh, I could crank out lesson plans when I was in college that would get me an A+ from my education professor. He required us to write out scripts for each lesson and add a million other things. A good lesson plan was at least ten pages. The thicker the...

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How to Accelerate the Electrification of Buildings in the Midwest

How to Accelerate the Electrification of Buildings in the Midwest

Laura Sherman is president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Building electrification is a potential game-changer for energy efficiency, demand management, distributed energy and other advanced energy industries, as well as for the broader task of reducing emissions. The goal of electrifying heating and other systems in all buildings might seem very far off but, like many other developments in clean energy, a great deal of progress has been made only recently. Already, more than 40 percent of new U.S. homes are built with air-source heat pumps instead of fossil-fuel burning systems. The next hurdle is to start electrifying buildings in...

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Printable Creepy Crawly Words & Letters

Printable Creepy Crawly Words & Letters

First print & cut out the words and letters. Now you have an option, you can laminate the letters like I did or not. I like to laminate, so we can use over and over. Plus you can use the letters over and over for other literacy activities. You can use the word or letters for your child to create in a sand tray. Click here to see the full activity. You can also put the letter in a bin with rice or beans and allow for a sensory search. Have your child count how many letters are in the...

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