About Liz Hallberg & her Blog
Liz is a winner of Top 25 Homeschooling Moms - 2013
Do you have any tips for helping kids concentrate on their studies?
My Son, and the other children I work with, are all ages 5 and under. This means that periods of concentration are few and far between. Thankfully, one of the advantages of being a homeschooling mom means that I can choose what we do throughout the day. I find that my Son is much better at focusing on a task in the morning, right after breakfast, and again in the early afternoon. Knowing what times he is naturally ready to sit and concentrate makes it much easier. I simply plan our day accordingly.
What's an educational game or activity you and your kids love?
Everything we do can be an educational game! From cooking together in the kitchen to going for a nature walk, we make an educational game out of all that we do. Learning should always be this fun! As for a specific game, my 4 year old Son is currently very much enjoying "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" board game. This game has us cover everything from Math to Nutrition, and he is always just as excited to make it to the end and become a butterfly.
How do you encourage a love of reading in your kids?
Books, books and more books! Books are everywhere in our home, not just in his classroom. There isn't a room in our home that doesn't have a stack of books nearby, readily available to be read. I change the books out often, and pick new books based on my Son's current interests. We read frequently throughout the day, making it part of all that we do and not just something that happens at a designated time of day.
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What's a great theme you've done for your child's birthday? Please share a link with a photo.
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When it comes to my own child's birthday, I have only had to throw three birthday parties thus far. When it comes to planning children's parties (and baby showers and bridal showers for that matter) I have had my fair share of experience, and I honestly would never start planning a party without a theme. My favorite part about a child's party planning is simply letting them select the theme! My Son's most recent birthday he selected Toy Story 3 ("Because I'm gonna be 3 Momma...") and we went from there. From play dough potato heads, buzz and go seek, and barrel of monkeys to a Toy Story designed cake and a buzz bounce house, building upon the theme was fun, simple, and enjoyed by even those who hadn't seen the movie. Yes, there are people that haven't seen the movie, can you imagine? ;) For more party details, and how we feel about themes in our Clubhouse Classroom, check out: http://fitkidsclub.blogspot.com/2012/06/themes.html
To infinity and beyond,