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Jessica Perkins

Sensory Play

As summer leads into fall, I am reminded of the importance of seasonally appropriate play activities that allow little ones to learn about changes in their world. There are many ways to expose your little explorers to the tidings of the season, and one of my favorites is building sensory bins.

Part of the fun as a parent is thinking inside the box to pick items that belong in the bin. I sell...

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Brave Self Care

Bold and Brave Acts of Self Care

Asking for connection

Asking for support

Turning inward

Taking a bath

Sleep

Practicing Gratitude

Exercise

Getting Out in Nature

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness)

Opening Myself Up to Accept the Love and Kindness of Others

This week has been an intense and steady week. I have been emotionally exhausted, physically taxed, maternally inundated with catching big feelings and holding...

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Play as a means to learning

This young person is obsessed with @officialbeyblade ! He takes them with him everywhere and finds completely random people to engage in bey battle with. I LOVE that this has helped initiate new friendships, conversation, friendly competition, play, and learning about physics and science and good sportsmanship and friendship. So much learning happening all at once. #lifelonglearning...

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Self directed education is way more than just play

Whatcha working on?Oh, nothing - just playing. They say.Inspired by #rubegoldberg machines we saw last year at the @pghkids (still), they are creating.Do you know what I see?More than just playing ?- I see collaboration; problem solving; complex cognitive think throughs; experimentation; trial and error; frustration; emotional regulation; communication; big feeling expression; problem solving;...

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First I must love myself – setting boundaries

Hey Loves. I wanted to talk to you a bit about boundaries.See, for a long time I used to push past my own no and allow myself to get bullied into doing things I didnt want to do - or things that werent actually in my best interest.I wanted to please people so much I would override mySELF in order to not make waves and get along and be a good girl/daughter/sister/partner/mom.Then I began to factor...

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Invitations to PLAY

What are you doing this summer to incorporate a bit of magic into your weekly rhythm? Im creating some invitations to play for my family. There is something extra special about being invited to join in. A connective quality. Knowing someone values you and your time enough to invite you to participate in something special. The thing is, that something doesnt have to be pricey or expensive - in...

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play is a language we all understand. What brings you JOY?

Play is a language we all understand. Pause. And play. What does your play look like? One of mine is definitely art and another is taking pictures and yet another, writing what things light you up? What things bring you so much joy you feel like a child? When you do them, you are so lost IN IT - in flow - in MAGIC - you could lose track of time. What things do that for you? (What things do that...

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Mindfulness Awareness Scavenger Hunt

My kiddos were needing to get their collaboration on today. Its been a lot of inside time the past 48 hours due to the rain. Thats fun and all - except when its not. Young people dont always know when they need personal space. They get annoyed and mad and spew. Instead of realizing what they really need is time apart, space, breathing room - they nitpick, micromanage, name call, become short...

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Just do it – jump in – practice it – Magic in the everyday moments

Tonight, little man fell asleep early which meant special time with the big kids. I pulled out the thank you notes, cards, paper, and markers and began scrolling some gratitude letter writing - soon they joined in. We listened to the radio while writing and drawing some thanks. I had considered doing a movie or a show / tv time - but im so glad I opted for some creativity time instead. When I sat...

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Brain – Mind/Matter

I loved this visual from Beacon House so much that I drew it in my journal as a reminder. A visual of the way in which a young persons brain develops. They cannot reach their higher order functioning for awhile. 1. The first part that develops is the brain stem - which processes sensory input and is in charge of survival. Sometimes we refer to this part of our brain as the Reptilian Brain - or...

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