Mess Free Painting for babies

Painting is an amazing activity for babies! It is a great way for them to explore Color, shapes, texture, patterns; Sensorial play; Hand-eye coordination; Motor skills; Spatial skills; Creativity; Focus and Fun.   Obviously I couldn't wait for baby V to show some readiness towards enjoying painting activities.  At about 7-8 months, she finally showed interest in the same and we jumped into mess free painting.  Read on for some cool mess-free painting tips for infants.

SKOLA TOYS- An honest review

Let us take language. So in the first stage, the baby is only hearing and assimilating, and can respond with basic sounds - grunts, cries and coos. Slowly, the baby can differentiate sounds. That is when we introduce the phonetic alphabet.   Then the baby learns to join these sounds to create complex sounds and associate it to a meaning(words).  Then, the child learns to string words together to form meaningful sentences.  And finally, the child learns to also put the language learnt in written form. When I received the package from Skola I was beyond excited because I wanted to see first hand what the hoopla was all about.

Motherhood and the Jekyll-Hyde paradigm

There is this saying in Tamil, that a delivery is equivalent to rebirth for a woman. Someone told me it is because, a woman goes through excruciating circumstances and puts her life at risk during birthing. I now realize, that it is because, motherhood changes you into a different person.  When Pooja told me that she was attempting the herculean task of bringing together 41 moms from around the world to share how motherhood had changed them, of course I jumped at the opportunity, because I can write about this with my eyes closed, right? How wrong I was. This post is a result of many nights of soul searching and digging deep. So apart from the very obvious ways in which motherhood has changed me - jeans size, changed priorities, lack of time, exhaustion and the works, I've realized that I have become a bundle of paradoxes. Read on.

Montessori for the homeschooling beginner

For all the parents who have asked me a quick sum up of the montessori principles, especially, principles you can follow at home, with examples, this one is for you. Im a newbie myself, but these are some principles that have helped us and now we realize, we follow them unconsciously. They have become a way of life at home. Read on for simple ABC principles you can easily incorporate at home.