Author: bernhardsonbunch

Sensory Play: A Primer for Parents

If you have small children and spend time browsing Pinterest for activities for said children, you’ve probably heard the term Sensory Play before, and may have wondered what it is, why it matters, and how to set it up at home. Fortunately, all these questions have fairly easy answers: What is sensory play? Sensory play is an

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The 10 Things That Have Me Singing “Let It Go”

//giphy.com/embed/6lCwBzmdoKduo?html5=true via GIPHY April break is over, and both my children and I have summer on our minds. There are six more weeks of school, and our goal is to survive it. We were fortunate to have a week of amazing, warm, sunny weather for last week’s school break which really clicked all of our

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April Vacation Fun

We are staring into the horizon of April vacation at our house these days, and as we often do during school breaks, we’ll be stay-cationing our way thorough that week here in good old Connecticut. We’ve been at this whole “stay-cation” thing for years now, so it’s sometimes a challenge to come up with new,

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Children’s Art: Process or Product?

When I was an undergraduate studying art education, we spent lots and lot of time discussing process versus product in the art room: What is more important in an art lesson, particularly in the younger grades…the creative process in which children engage or the final product that they create? Opinions vary on this topic, and

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Finally Declaring Victory on Groceries

When I first moved out of my parents’ house, the thought occurred to me that I would now be solely responsible for my own meals, every single day. For someone who loves to plan, such as myself, this was oddly overwhelming. While I loved “free taco bar at happy hour” night just as much as the next

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The Top 10 Reasons Quality Early Childhood Education Matters

With the youngest of my two children about to leave the world of “early childhood education” and enter the world of elementary school, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the importance of this short phase of our education and how crucial it is. Years ago, when I was an undergraduate studying art education, we learned

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Spoiler Alert: You already have a Valentine.

February has arrived, and I’m downing Reese’s hearts as I write this. You guys, VALENTINE’S DAY IS COMING. I say this not to make you panic, and not to initiate the “UGH, I hate that Hallmark holiday” naysayers…but to let you in on a secret. Chances are very, very high that you already have at least

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