Monday, 31 October 2016

Paralysis and Pregnancy: Birth plan

Now that I am in the third trimester, I'm really happy to finally have worked out a birth plan with the help of my gynecologist and midwives! I have an incomplete spinal cord injury at the t10 level (around the belly button). For me that means that I cannot move my legs, but still have feeling below my level of injury. 

While the pregnancy and baby is healthy and not really affected by my injury, there are/were concerns about what I can feel, whether things will go differently than in an able bodied person, and what I can move/control, especially regarding the delivery of the baby.

Paralysis and Pregnancy: birth plan by Welcome to Mommyhood #paralysis, #paraplegic, #pregnancy

I live in the Netherlands, where home births are common. Unless you have a high risk pregnancy, your baby will also be delivered by midwife rather than a gynecologist. You can have a home birth with your midwife, hospital birth with your midwife, a hospital birth with the hospital midwives, or a hospital birth with a gynecologist. For all hospital births, the gynecologist on call would be aware of/make final decisions regarding emergency situations. 

Because of my injury, a home birth or using a midwife from a birthing center was immediately out of the question. As soon as we found out that I was pregnant, we got in touch with the OB office at our local hospital and we have been discussing the birthing options since then. Actually, my doctor has been very calm and reassuring about it, but I've kind of been my obsessive self and needing to plan every detail out. 

Paralysis and pregnancy: Birth plan

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Baby gift guide from birth to six months

With a baby on the way (any day now!) and the holidays approaching quickly, I want to share some of the items, or the types of items that we look for in gifts for babies. 

When it comes the types of items we purchase for our children, my husband and I are really rather picky. We tend to go for fewer gifts and items in favour of good quality objects that will be durable. The toys we love the most tend to also be fairly simple, and provide for open ended play. 

We love using searching for asthetically pleasing objects that are made from natural materials. In fact, my husband even makes a lot of our wooden materials himself! Of course, there isn't enough time to make all of our children's toys, but there are plenty of wonderful materials already out there! 

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Gifts for babies

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Turkey Life Cycle Printables and Activities

This year for our Thanksgiving themed activities, I have been prepping a lot already. With a baby due only a few weeks before Thanksgiving, I really want to make sure I get all of our printables and activities prepped and ready to go ahead of time. 
This year, I want to make sure we try some fun, creative ideas, while simultaneously providing Y with educational activities. He's been so curious about anything and everything lately. Inspired by my son's interest and Thanksgiving, I created this set of Turkey Life Cycle printables!
Thanksgiving activities: Turkey Life Cycle Printables and Activities by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #thanksgivingactivities, #thanksgivingprintables, #homeschool, #totlabs

Monday, 24 October 2016

Free Animal Cards for Babies

I can't believe that our baby girl is going to be here any day now! We're so excited and so anxious to meet her! We're actually still finishing up a few last minute projects around the house, but I'm really focusing on getting a lot of materials prepared for Y - you know to entertain him during those seriously long nursing sessions in the beginning. 

However, I also wanted to create a few materials for baby girl. Of course, you don't really need so many printbales, activities, or manipulatives with infants. One thing that we will be using relatively early on will be black and white image cards! 

Infant activities: free animal image cards for newborns (Montessori inspired) by Welcome to Mommyhood #infantactivities, #activitiesforbabies, #freeprintables, #montessori

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Halloween Activities: Free Cutting Strips

Halloween is coming up so quickly! We've been having so much fun learning all about Halloween, and working on Y's Halloween Interactive Notebook

Today, I am sharing a quick freebie that Y really enjoyed - Halloween themed cutting strips!

Halloween preschool activities: free cutting strips for preschoolers #preschoolactivities, #montessori, #homeschool, #homeschoolactivities, #totlabsY is four years old and has no problem using scissors, but he loves it when I give him cutting strips like these to work on! A lot of times, he will grab a paper and glue stick to create a craft after finishing with the strips. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Cooking with kids: Pumpkin pancakes with printable

Y has been absolutely obsessed with pancakes lately! He loves to eat them, and I love creating healthy recipes with lots of yummy ingredients. Of course, this time of year, pumpkin is finally available and we are taking full advantage of it by creating delicious recipes like these super healthy pumpkin pancakes!

Healthy Recipes: Pumpkin Pancakes kids can make independently with free recipe printable #montessori, #healthyrecipes, #healthybreakfastrecipes, #kidsrecipes, #kidscooking

One of the things I absolutely love about Montessori is the independence and confidence that it encourages within kids. I can really see it in Y! He loves to do things for himself and loves to learn new skills. 

One of our favourite things to do together is cook. Given his recently developed love of pancakes, I decided it would be fun to give him the opportunity to make a batch of pancakes. Today, I am sharing the recipe that we created, as well as a printable that you can use to help your kids cook independently! 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Free printables: Simple sentence cards for ESL or early readers

As I mentioned in our Gross Motor Math Games post, I have recently started teaching English as a Second Language at my son's school. I'm really enjoying working with so many students and such a variety of ages, although it has definitely been a challenge to come up with new and engaging activities for older children. After all, I am quite used to making activities for Y who is 4 years old, not an 11 year old that needs a challenge. 

One of the activities that I used with children ages 8-11 years old was using these simple sentence cards! Be sure to go on below to see how we used them! 

Free printables: Simple sentence cards for ESL or early readers by Welcome to Mommyhood, #esl, #montessoriprintables, #montessori, #freeprintables

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Halloween Math Mini Interactive Notebook

We've been working on something a little bit new (for us) lately! I purchased a fun notebook earlier this year for keeping myself organized (keeping to do lists in one place). Y saw it and immediately wanted to use it for his own notes and to write. 

Of course, I had to get him the exact same notebook, but we decided to use it for keeping track of Y's projects, some simple crafts and doodles, and whatever else comes up throughout the academic year. I am loving this because I can so easily 
keep track of Y's progress. Keeping papers organised and tidy is also a serious 
bonus though! The absolute best part though is Y's pride in seeing his own work 
as time goes on and the pages are filled in. 

At the moment, we are working on Halloween themed math activities and lots of writing by using our Halloween Math Mini Interactive Notebook! 

Halloween Math Mini Interactive Notebook by Welcome to Mommyhood #totlabs, #mathactivities, #preschoolactivities, #halloweenactivities

Halloween Activities: 

Math Mini Interactive Notebook

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Free Halloween patterning strips

Y is just so excited to learn about Halloween! We've been really working on learning about the United States and learning English lately. Y is really interested in it, especially because that's where Grandma (Babushka) and Grandpa (Dedushka) live! He wants to know all about America!

Halloween is a fun way that we can talk about holidays, traditions, and well, as you will see in this post, I can use an attractive theme to sneak in some math practice! 

Friday, 7 October 2016

October practical life and fine motor ideas

Can you believe it's already October? I feel like time is just flying by! I suppose for me, it feels even more hectic than normal because baby girl will be arriving next month! I'm scrambling to get everything done before she gets here, including creating a supply of premade works for Y, freezer meals, and tons of cleaning and tidying. 

Over the course of the past few months, I have noticed that Y has been showing less interest in practical life works. However, this past week, he asked me for some new ones. I decided to give his practical life works a bit of an October twist with lots of orange colours, leaves, and some Halloween inspired works! Of course, a lot of our materials are still in storage because of our move/work on the house, but I made due with what we had on hand! 

Montessori inspired October practical life and fine motor activities for preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #practicallife, #finemotoractivities

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Printing, laminating, paper and more! Homeschool tips!

Today, I want to spend a little bit of time talking about homeschooling supplies. Lately, I have seen a lot of questions about printers, paper thickness, and lamination and that it what I will be specifically focusing on today. What kind of printer do you need? How thick should your paper be?  Today, we will be addressing all of those questions! 

First of all, I want to say that this really depends on your needs. How long do you want the materials to last? Will you be using them for more than one child? Want to use them at a later time or just for a worksheet that can only be completed once?

Guide to making your own homeschool materials by Welcome to Mommyhood #homeschool, #preschool, #homeschoolmaterials, #montessorimaterials

What kind of a printer do I need? 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Using books to discuss emotions with preschoolers

Y loves to read! He's been really interested in reading books in the different languages that we speak. It's very important to us to provide him quality books with tons of opportunities to read! 

One of the things that I look for in choosing books for my son is good content. Of course, books should be fun, but I do prefer to make sure that the ones we stock up on can teach him something, are fun, or at least have a story with a positive message. 

Tips for teaching big lessons to kids using books by Welcome to Mommyhood #books, #reading

Recently, we were sent a book to review called Meet Mardi. The story is about a puppy that goes to live with her new owners. This book is actually a part of a series that follows Mardi the puppy on several adventures. 

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Pumpkin life cycle works

Fall has to be my favourite season. But I have to admit that this pregnancy is making me love it even more. I am so relieved to have cooler weather, the smell of pumpkin everything (not to mention the huge freezer meal portion of pumpkin pancakes that will be made later today), and occasional rainstorms that give me the perfect excuse to snuggle up with the hubby and kiddo under a warm blanket. 

Did I mention everything pumpkin? This most definitely extends to our homeschool activities! What makes this so much fun for us though is that Y is just as into pumpkins as I am! He loves to eat them and had a blast planting our pumpkin seeds this summer! Naturally, he is also seriously excited for our pumpkin pancakes. The tons of pumpkin themed hands on activities may have helped to get his enthusiasm up! Here's what we've been up to!
Pumpkin themed activities: pumpkin life cycle printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #preschoolactivities, #halloweenactivities, #thanksgivingactivities, #pumpkinactivities, #homeschool, #montessori

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Gross motor movement with numbers printables

Recently, I started teaching English at my son's school. It's really quite a challenge as I have such a wide variety of ages to approach - from 4 years old to 11! The groups are split up luckily, so I am not working with all of them at the same time.

For the younger kids, I knew that I wanted to add a movement component to whatever we would be doing. After all, there's no way that a 4 year old would want to be sit at a desk for half an hour listening to a lecture, right? Honestly, I really didn't expect the 11 year olds to be excited about that either. 

So, I turned to some inspiration from past activities I have covered with Y. I knew I had at least one child that had enjoyed them, and learned from them. So what did we do? I added a very important movement component! 

Inspired by the little ones I taught, I am sharing several ways you can add gross motor movement to your math themed learning activities. 

Adding gross motor activities to your homeschool by Welcome to Mommyhood including FREE number cards #freeprintables, #homeschool, #preschoolactivities, #grossmotoractivities