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  1. I have this swim romper from target. It has a built in bra and adjustable straps. I pair it with a long sleeve zip-up rash guard from Amazon - wear it open like a cardigan around the pool and zip it up if I’m “real” swimming (looks a little bumpy and odd but gets the job done).
  2. I saved this post long ago on Facebook. My dd is still little but it resonated with me. Posting here in case it's helpful. https://www.facebook.com/allhumanhere/posts/3262252410560727
  3. Our situation is slightly different... we'll be traveling on a 2 month road trip this summer. We are vaxxed, 3yo DD obviously is not. I'm not overly concerned about her getting COVID in normal life (she goes to preschool where only the adults mask), but I DO NOT want her to get COVID on our trip. Even if she has a mild case and is ultimately fine, the idea of having to find a place to get tested, quarantining in our camper and/or having to hightail it home sounds awful. So we will all be masking and continuing our normal protocols throughout the summer (no masks outdoors, high quality masks indoors, avoiding crowded areas, no indoor dining, plenty of hand washing). We were planning to do all that anyway, and DD isn't bothered by the mask, so it's no stress to us. Thankfully we'll be traveling through areas that have higher vaccination rates/stricter COVID policies than where we live, so hopefully we won't be the only ones masked.
  4. I'm pretty sure I got here through a Pinterest image of all things. Maybe 2012/2013? I was a teacher (with no knowledge of homeschooling and no kids at the time) looking for storage solutions for my classroom. I found some pictures of those 10 drawer carts that were popular for workboxes at the time and thought they might be helpful for paperwork. That led me to some blog posts where I realized it was a homeschool thing, which led me down the rabbit hole of researching homeschooling in general. Somewhere along that trail I stumbled onto these boards. I lurked for years and years, gathering information for my own classroom teaching, teaching my own future children, and just life in general. Because of this board, I use The Writing Revolution and REWARDS in my classroom with my students. I understand why my 7th graders come to me so low in reading (shout out to our whole-language-and-balanced-literacy school district) and I have the skills to diagnose their needs and attempt to remediate them. This board led me to The Explosive Child/Ross Greene's work, which has fundamentally changed the way I work with my students. Because of this board, my 3 year old daughter plays with Cuisenaire rods and is starting to sound out CVC words. We'll probably never officially homeschool (I love my job and financially, quitting probably won't ever be an option), but I feel prepared to teach her at home alongside what she gets at school. Lurking on this board has helped me pick out a baby carrier, wrestle with my faith, deal with bullying in my classroom, and prepare for COVID. More than anything it's helped me internalize the idea that there's ALWAYS an alternative out there to the way we think things 'have to' be done. So that's how I got here, but more importantly a huge THANK YOU that I've been meaning to say to all of you for building a place that even non-homeschoolers can benefit from. 🙂
  5. Hi all! Long term lurker, occasional reply-er, but my first time making a real post. My DD just turned 3 and (thanks to Little Bear) loves classic fairy tale-style pretend stories (dragons, princesses, goblins, etc). So far we've not read many 'true' fairy tales, mostly because I assumed they'd be too scary for her. She read the Three Little Pigs in the fall and talked about being scared of the wolf for a long, long time. But she got this fairytale game for Christmas and has become super smitten with it - narrating more and more complex stories with all the little pieces. So I think she'd enjoy hearing more of the traditional stories, but I know she'll need a very gentle retelling and I'm not sure how to tell from descriptions online what might be best. Does anyone have any suggestions for a gentle introduction? Sweet (instead of scary) pictures, happy endings, etc. As much as possible, I'd also love to avoid places where the characters being are being called names, punished, scolded, or labeled "bad" - I've noticed that makes her uncomfortable in other books we've read. Thank you!!!
  6. It has been a huge, huge blessing. And not just for travel - we've had ours set up in the driveway since March. It's been our teach-from-home spot and is on standby (stocked and ready) as our quarantine location should one of us need it (DH was exiled there for a few days in the fall while waiting on COVID test results).
  7. We have a 2 month road trip booked for June and July through the mid-Atlantic. The caveats on that: We have a camper. That changes the game significantly. We're both teachers and in the next group in our state to be vaccinated, so we should both be fully vaccinated well before June. DD is 3, so won't be able to be vaccinated, but is really, really good about wearing a mask and following safety guidelines. That's the biggest question mark in our overall risk assessment. Everything minus a few deposits is refundable and/or won't be booked until just before we actually leave. We'll only go if it's reasonably safe and enough places in our destination are open to justify the trip. There are a lot of different scenarios in which we don't actually take the trip, but the planning has been a nice distraction either way.
  8. We liked Mama Koala pocket diapers. They fit like BumGenius but the elastic held up better (BG has issues with that sometimes). We stuffed with a random assortment of flour sack towels and natural fiber inserts (hemp, bamboo, etc.). I bought most of our inserts at consignment sales used and most of our covers new (to make sure elastic and waterproofing would last as long as possible). We did fitteds and covers at night. The fitteds were a cheap-o off brand (Elinfant maybe?) - hemp with a dark brown fleece lining. They worked surprisingly well.
  9. This is pretty much my response as well. DH and I are both teachers so we typically do a solid 7-8 weeks on the road each summer. We cancelled last summer and just did two trips to places we were familiar with, but we're hoping to knock out most of the mid-Atlantic this summer. But like you said, if museums/tours are still closed there's not much point in going. That said, I wouldn't mind some restrictions staying around (pre-register for an entrance time online and limited capacity? Yes PLEASE! Let's keep that forever.) As teachers we're only a few groups away from getting vaccinated, so if we aren't fully vaccinated by summer, things have clearly disintegrated as a county to the point that probably wouldn't be safe to travel anyway. I assume our daughter (3) won't be able to be vaccinated before then so we're keeping a close eye on the data around whether you can still pass it along while vaccinated.
  10. This is/was the case for us. DH and I are both teachers. Our 3 yo daughter spent March-Aug. at home with us when schools closed. We brought both sets of grandparents into the pod mid-summer once everyone felt we had a handle on what was safe/not safe. When school started back (remotely) in August we were required to come to the building to work, so the four grands + the Fun Aunt took over her daily care. Once the kids came back in October, DD went back to daycare and we went back to seeing each other only outside, distanced with masks. I know it goes without saying that this year has been awful, and we completely realize how privileged we are, but goodness those 6 months of March to October were a blessing.
  11. Us! Our 3 yo daughter loves Little Bear and they have a Winter Solstice episode, so we'll be basing our celebrations off of that. 😂 DH and DD are currently out on a walk to collect berries and other things to make ornaments from. Tomorrow, we'll make natural ornaments to decorate an outside tree for the animals: ice ornaments (freeze berries/leaves in muffin tins with water) peanut butter/pinecone bird feeders string of popcorn/dried cranberries/Cheerios Tomorrow evening we'll decorate the tree outside then eat chili by candlelight. Probably watch the Little Bear episode after dinner and make sure to catch the planets lining up outside. We also have a few solstice-themed books to read. I'd planned to make sun bread but I think we may do that on NYE instead. This is our first year 'celebrating' solstice. DH and I were both raised Christian but now fall into that nebulous spiritual-but-not-religious realm (the UU church fits us well but there's not one close by). So while we'll celebrate our traditional Christmas, Solstice feels much more authentic to our family. As our daughter gets older I hope we can add in more of the reflection aspects of the holiday (setting goals, letting go of past worries). But the overall feeling of winter solstice - knowing the light is coming yet preparing yourself for the dark road to get there - seems all too fitting for 2020.
  12. Our small town parks and rec does a Santa/Mrs. Claus event each year. The morning is 1-on-1 appointments for preschoolers and special needs, then an afternoon holiday event for older kids (Santa, craft, movie, etc). The couple that play the Claus’s each year are WONDERFUL. We just got an email last week that they’ll be doing a Santa Zoom event instead - sign up for a time, they mail a little present to the kid ahead of time so they can open it while they Zoom with Santa. I plan to screen record it and grab a screenshot to use as our Christmas card. Can’t get more 2020 than that! 😂 Our little town is kinda backwards in a lot of ways, but our parks and rec is pure gold!
  13. That's quite interesting. I teach 7th grade and my students love CNN10. I've seen posts in a few Facebook teacher groups lately of people asking for alternatives because parents have complained about their students watching CNN (aka 'liberal' news). CNN10 has always been extremely unbiased in my opinion. So now knowing what curriculum he uses... kind of makes sense!
  14. These Sorel Chelsea boots are my favorite. I wear them in all occasions except the dressiest of events. And they’re waterproof! https://www.sorel.com/p/womens-emelie-chelsea-bootie-1749291.html?dwvar_1749291_color=908&dwvar_1749291_size=8.5&ef_id=Cj0KCQjwk8b7BRCaARIsAARRTL7jk7uYF0qliIlrYs7ihmNlE93dDEwIvXImAccANvT8Ay8UX99UmnAaAnn3EALw_wcB:G:s&mid=paidsearch&eid=Google+PLA+US&s_kwcid=AL!3937!3!445050594453!!!g!749267101829!&gclid=Cj0KCQjwk8b7BRCaARIsAARRTL7jk7uYF0qliIlrYs7ihmNlE93dDEwIvXImAccANvT8Ay8UX99UmnAaAnn3EALw_wcB
  15. Here is a pamphlet of Family Prayers from the Unitarian Universalist church. They'll obviously use less overtly Christian language, but many of them are quite nice and may spark something new for you. You could also easily sub "God" or "Jesus" in for "spirit" or "source" in a lot of them. There are also a few books cited at the end if you want more sources. Our nightly dinner blessing is on pg 2: Blessed be the hand that plants the seed/Blessed be the earth giving all that we need/Blessed be the food we share among friends/Blessed be the love that never ends.
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