It’s 10pm and my kid is still at robotics practice because it’s @first_official_ bagging day! The #FRC teams have until midnight tonight to finish building their robots for competition season 🤖 These kids have been so hard at work and I’m such a proud mom 😊 Grateful we homeschool so Yusuf can spend these late nights working on something he’s passionate about and sleep in tomorrow ❤️ #unschoollife#firstroboticscompetition#bragyourbot#eweek2019
Her imagination is boundless, her wardrobe should represent that.
Been busy, busy, busy working on our spring and summer collection (and have some gooood stuff coming). In the meantime, this favorite was on my heart today. As a Mom, I love watching my kiddos turn trash into treasure. A cardboard box that I would break down and recycle, immediately becomes an airplane, a pirate ship, a race car...so many things. They work together to perfect their design, adding wings, steering wheel, windows, whatever is needed. Then, its' all aboard and off to far away places and amazing adventures.
Our Little Adventurer tee is available in both our fitted and classic styles in sizes 2 - 12 (XS through XL fitted). Check out the link to our store in our profile. #boundlessgirls#girlpower#empoweredgirls#girlstshirts#girlscouts#girlsinstem#stemkids#stemgirls#kidstshirts
“Play is nature’s greatest tool for creating new neural networks and for reconciling cognitive difficulties. The abilities to make new patterns, find the unusual among the common, and spark curiosity and alert observation are all fostered by being in a state of play. When we play, dilemmas and challenges will naturally filter through the unconscious mind and work themselves out.” - Stuart Brown
It’s currently “mama time” or the closest thing I’ll get to it today since my husband is away. I’m sitting in the front heated seat of the car that is parked with a view of the Austin skyline 🏙, while big bro is at school and little sis (who is muddy from jumping in puddles all afternoon 🙌🏻) peacefully naps. I’m happily drinking some peach tea, scrolling through Instagram, and listening to my audiobook. 😊 I’m almost finished with “Play- How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul” by Stuart Brown. I noticed I have bookmarked at least 20 clips already so I had to share for those of you wanting to learn more about the importance of play! I love how the author talks about the importance of it in adolescence, adulthood, and within relationships as well!
Does anyone have any recommendations for what to “read” next? I’m super into self-development books at the moment but always love a great parenting or child development book!
After Valentines Day and my daughters dance 💃🏼 showcase, we had a lot of flowers 💐 around the house. Right before they are ready to die, I give them new life by creating a fun activity for the girls. Scissors ✂️,
Bowls, colored water 💦, droppers and scoops for the win 🙌🏻 We peeled petals, found ‘hidden’ seeds, cut open stems and even did some leaf 🍃 rubbings to really see the lines on them. Botany meets potion 🧪 making!
📣 Last days to apply to our spring Junior ILP: Conservation Biology!!!
This is an unique unit with amazing field study opportunities with scientists working in conservation today, such as visiting a wild cave to discuss the interconnectedness of ecosystems, seeing live coral, and interacting with rehabilitated animals.
🗓Thursdays, from March 7 until April 25 (8 sessions), 9:30-11am.
How can we engage students of any age with coding and robotics?
Free Drive, MekaDraw, MekaMotion, and MekaCode offer 4 points of entry for students of all ages to start learning code or expand their understanding of robotics! 🤖
We are pleased to welcome Beatriz Rose as our IT Coordinator for SAGE Center for Gifted! Beatriz’s keen expertise and diverse experience in the complex field of technology will be a tremendous asset to a rapidly growing company serving clients nationally and internationally, as we expand our reach with our website platform, graphics development, social media, and search engine optimization to serve an ever-growing referral base of families in need.
Growing up in Brazil, Beatriz was lover of problem solving and puzzles, and was drawn to computer programming when she was 11 years old. Although she loves to code, Beatriz has been passionate for languages and arts since she was a young child. In her teens, she was the “go to” at her condo in Sao Paulo when neighbors experienced trouble getting on their devices, new pc, laptop or setting up a router. Friends who were taking tutorial classes for foreign languages such as English, Spanish or Italian, would ask Beatriz’s parents to let her come over and help them. “I was always happy to help the kids or adults around me. Every time I taught someone, I was learning more.” Beatriz holds degrees from Sao Paulo, Brazil in the areas of: Arts and Systems Analysis and Development. After moving to Colorado in 2011, she taught young children in Montessori programs and taught foreign language at schools for gifted children. Beatriz is a Network Technician at Level 3 Communications, now CenturyLink, where she utilizes her expertise in foreign languages and IT skills to troubleshoot network issues throughout Asia, Europe and South America.
Beatriz enjoys the Colorado life style with her husband and two dogs. When she is not learning new technologies and languages, she loves to enjoy dance and yoga, To balance her busy life, she enjoys running outdoors in the spectacular nature of Colorado. Beatriz is also a gifted artist, creating extraordinary work in the mediums of painting, drawing, sewing, and jewelry design. Her intelligences in languages of all types, foreign languages and coding as well... Want to know more about Beatriz ? Please visit our website
The fantastic Little People, Big Dreams series has just released its first titles highlighting notable men! Physicist Stephen Hawking is first introduced to young readers as a child gazing out the window at the night sky and reading books with his family at the dinner table. Many young readers will relate to his interest in science and how things worked and will be inspired by his determination to keep learning despite his illness. 🌟🌟🌟
I’m tagging this book for this month’s @kidlitpicks bookclub theme: trailblazers. Share you favourites too by tagging #kidlitpicks_trailblazers and follow my buddies @curiouslittlepeople and @hereweread for more great books.
Stephen Hawking and Mohammed Ali are the first males featured in the fantastic Little People, Big Dreams series. Stephen Hawking is written by MariaIsabelSanchezVegara @MariaIsabelSanchezVegara, illustrated by #matthunt@mathunt, published (February 2019) by #LincolnChildrens@quartokids. I received this book from the publisher.
Although this spontaneous attempt at pendulum painting ended up being mostly a fail, I just love the ideas that we come up with during free play in the backyard.
I’m actually excited it didn’t work as planned during the first attempt. Now we both get extra time to research, discuss ideas, problem solve, and CONNECT all while playing. 💕
“Experiment. Fail. Learn. Repeat”
“Ada Lace, on the Case” by @thespacegal is among the best chapter books I’ve read! ❤️
🔭 It’s an exciting mystery adventure full of modern technology (wireless camera, tablet, drone, robot).
🤖It explains great scientific concepts, such as Occam’s razor and Turing Test, in a fun and engaging way.
👩🔧The main character Ada is a young girl engineer. She creates new gadgets (e.g. gecko gloves) and also upgrades the existing ones (e.g. walkie-talkie).
🐶When a neighbor’s dog suddenly disappears, Ada and her unlikely friend Nina - a quirky girl with all sorts of wild theories - unite to solve the mystery and find the dognapper. As a result, the seeming opposites get closer and develop a true friendship.
🤸♂️The wealth of supporting characters – from Ada’s energetic little brother Elliott to lovely Ms. Reed – adds a unique touch to the story.
❤️This chapter book has a lot to be loved for: interesting characters, engaging plot, nice black & white illustrations by @reneekurilla and modern technology. It’ll surely be an instant hit for any STEM-loving kid!
The full review is available on my blog (link in profile).
Have you read this book? Share your thoughts in the comments! ☺
Playing with water is a summer survival staple. ☀️ Adding colour to the water and different sized pouring containers makes it that little bit different and interesting for your little one. ☀️ Try adding a few drops of food colouring or paint to different containers and leaving the main water container clear. This way as they pour they can see the colours mixing. 🤗
At first, use just two primary colours such as yellow and red, to make the colour mixing process simple for your little one to observe. 👍
This time round I let my little amigo choose the colours. 👆
Dr. Daly is a passionate believer in the value of early intervention, psychoeducation, and enhancing family support systems for adolescents and young adults who are at risk for or currently living with mental illness.
She has worked with community mental health providers in Colorado and Washington, treating a range of illnesses that include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Kathleen began her psychiatry career at the First Episode Clinic at the Maryland Psychiatric Center, focused on the treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders. This was where she first witnessed the powerful impact that early intervention and the inclusion of familial support in treatment can have on a patient’s trajectory and quality of life.
Too often, she has seen the negative impact that marginalizing parents has on their children’s psychiatric care plan. Kathleen understands that a parent is often the strongest advocate a patient has and may be the only reason the patient is not experiencing a deeper crisis. She sees parents as a resource that should not be overlooked, much less dismissed, and believes they can be integral to the recovery process.
As a mother of a gifted child, Kathleen understands the challenges involved with parenting, including the need to constantly be an advocate when it comes to interacting with educational and medical professionals. “I see so many parents struggle with questions and doubts about whether they’re doing the ‘right things’ to empower their children to live healthier, happier lives. This all comes from a place of love, so my ultimate goal is to provide the tools and guidance that can help translate that sense of caring into positive outcomes.
SAGE Center truly takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to the gifted child and values the inclusion of family in helping their child realize their greatest potential. This is perfectly in line with my therapeutic approach to teens and young adults at risk for depression, mood disorders, and psychotic illnesses. I am excited to be joining the amazing team Renu Rose has created at SAGE Center for Gifted.” #sagecenterforgifted
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Sessions here this morning...looking beautiful Lakewood!
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My little scientist Kian is back to share a foamy fizzy and FUN Halloween science experiment 🎃⭐️ We had so much fun making giant elephant toothpaste over the summer (many of you loved that video and it was his first science debut!). We put a twist with this Pumpkin Elephant Toothpaste 🎃 .
So easy so amazing! The full step by step video of Kian walking you through is in our #IGTV (this is just a clip) and post for materials is on our site (search “pumpkin elephant”). #hellowonderfuldiy . .
Follow us @hellowonderful_co for more cute ideas 🌟 .
Side note: really proud of Kian for following through with these videos. He’s done a handful by now and this one was done in one take - 10 minutes! He’s learning confidence, public speaking skills and fostering his passion for science. I always tell my kids practice is everything and if you want to succeed you need to put in the hours! Any other mamas feel this way? 😘
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Continuing on with our Human Body Unit, we learned about lungs today! Here is a quick How-To video on my DIY lungs! I used these free organ printables from @adventureinabox and found the nose and mouth on google images. Super simple. Lots of fun! . .
Make sure to check out my stories for more fun ideas on teaching about how our lungs work! 🙂 Any mamas feel overwhelmed with science? 🙋🏻♀️ Does this look easy enough??
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Shaving cream rain clouds 🌧age 4-8 🌧 Here’s a fun way to introduce kids to the concept of weather and rain! For this experiment you need shaving cream, food coloring and water. Add shaving cream to a bowl or vase of water, start adding the food coloring and watch it start raining colors from the shaving cream cloud as the liquid gets too heavy for the cloud to support. We made a really big cloud so we added some water at the end to get the rain to come down more quickly. ☔️ #kidsscience#simplescience#scienceexperiment
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Straws, pasta and playdough 💡age 3-5 💡Great activity to improve fine motor skills, colors and counting. You need straws, playdough and rigatoni pasta. We used matching playdough and straw colors to reinforce colors and then added different amounts of straws to each color. I asked Oliver to add the correct number of pasta for each straw based on the number of straws in that group. We found once we got to green, that the straws wouldn't really hold 5 pieces of pasta. 😜 #finemotorskills#preschoolteacher#kidsactivities
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Combine play and your kids’ green thumb by making these fun LEGO Duplo Planters 🌵💗 Make it a challenge - can they build one tall enough or wide enough for the plant? Succulents are about as far as our green thumbs go around here 😛 What about you? 🌿 Tutorial to make these planters on the site (link in profile - search “LEGO Planters). I’ll also drop the link in stories #hellowonderfuldiy
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Balloon Splatter Painting 🌈 ages 3+ 🌈 Such a FUN process art activity using balloons and liquid water colors (or food coloring)! Get the full details on our latest blog post (link in bio). It took us a couple tries to get it right, but once we did, the results were SOOOOOO beautiful! #processart#summeractivities#splatterpaint
Giant Magic Milk Science Experiment. You’ve likely tried this classic experiment but have you done it GIANT sized? Here's a fun way to make this a collaborative science project with big wow appeal. We minimized milk waste by using a very shallow and thin but wide plastic lid. We also show two other ways to have fun with this - creating individual swirls and using a spray bottle for galaxy like effects! ✨💜 .
See the full video on our #IGTV link in description. I've also placed the tutorial link in our stories. Have you tried making magic milk with your kids? 💕⭐️ #hellowonderfuldiy
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Yesterday afternoon, on day 8 of our TV detox and with me sick with a migraine, I said to Juju (who hasn’t napped since he was 2) “Let’s play a game where we close our eyes and see who can be quiet the longest!” and not only did he agree to this game, but he actually fell asleep! 😳 I might as well just retire from motherhood now because I’m fairly sure that was the pinnacle of my parenting career. 🙈😂 Throwback to this ocean sensory small world, which was one of my most popular posts to date (so the pinnacle of my Instagram “career”? 🤔😂) I think I might have to put this together for Jude again this week! 🐙🐠🦐🐟🦀🐡