As a mother of many children, I often worry that one of the kids will get lost in the shuffle. Emma is quiet and likes to play by herself so it’s not out of the ordinary for me not to see her for hours. Henry sleeps a lot and so I will occasionally put him down after a feeding and not pick him up again until he starts to fuss. Lucy is very calm and obedient and as such she doesn’t get to have nearly as much fun as she deserves and the older boys… well, the boys are two wild and crazy guys.
Homeschooling goes a LONG way to making sure that I get to spend quality one-on-one time with at least the older kids. I’ve been scratching my head trying to figure out how to incorporate Jack into our homeschool so he gets the quality time he needs too.
Flowering Baby is a program written by a mother and daughter team. Martha Saunders (the daughter) is a homeschooling mother of a “full throttle” boy. Her mom Carolyn Schulte is a former school teacher with a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis in Special Needs. Together they wrote a fabulous interactive developmental curriculum for children ranging from birth to age five.
I had a chance to review Flowering Baby with Jack. Every day we would sit down and sing songs, count, read stories, learn colors and shapes, listen and and dance to music, play crazy and inspired games, snuggle, tickle, wrestle, laugh and have a grand old time.
It’s not always easy. Most days as soon as I start to sing Jack runs to the couch and stands on his head or furrows his brow and shakes his head (the moment Lucy starts to sing “Wheels on the Bus” he sits down with rapt attention and eagerly sings and does the hand motions… but I’m not bitter.)
I think his favorite game was when we played badminton with spatulas and “earth ball” (BTW Mom, these are the floor cushions I made for Christmas).
Each stage of Flowering Baby is broken down in to daily lessons for you and your child. One of the things I liked the most was how the lessons had variety and repetition at the same time. For example day one you would have activities with and centered around the color blue. The next day it will be red, then yellow; after which it cycles back to blue.
Flowering Baby is a really well thought out program that would come in really handy for moms with pre-schoolers and younger (and especially for new moms). While I will continue to reference it I don’t think I will use it on a daily basis. My family’s schedule and Jack’s needs are such that trying to fit this in AND work on his speech therapy every day while just isn’t always possible.
You can download the first three levels of Flowering Baby for $30, levels four and five for $38 or you can get the whole pack for $132 (that is $34 off… pretty much buy four get the last one free!). Right now you can get 10% off at www.floweringbaby.com with the code “blog10″. You can also find samples on www.floweringbaby.com for Birth to One, One to Two, Two to Three, Three to Four and Four to Five.