Enjoy Today, It Will Be Over Before You Know It

I’m writing this at 4 AM as my 9 month old son sleeps on my chest. He doesn’t do this much anymore. Most of the time he’s on the move and all over the place, but the dreaded 8-10 month sleep regression has decided to make an appearance. My once great 12 hour per night sleeper now awakens screaming at 3 AM.

I have been tired, actually I’ve been exhausted. My baby will not go back to bed until I nurse him and cuddle him. I want him to get back on track with his schedule. I will soon probably implement my sleep training plan so we can all get a good nights sleep, but at the same time, I kind of secretly love this.

My baby needs me. He needs his mama. His little hand grasps some of my hair and clings to my neck. His little warm body snuggled against mine. His little belly rising up and down. I stroke his forehead as he sucks his little thumb and sleeps soundly. He is comforted and feeling safe now that he has his mama. Holding onto me makes everything alright.

He will only fit on my chest for so long. I breathe in his sweet scent as his hair rubs against my cheek. I never want to forget this feeling.

Instead of wishing for this phase to be over, I will cherish these special times and these special memories with my baby boy.

“You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Just breathe, notice, study their faces and little feet. Pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, it will be over before you know it.”-Jen Hatmaker

Why would I Follow this Blog? I’m not a Teacher…

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Is this blog just for teachers? NO! This blog is for anyone who wants to do fun activities with children of all ages. I will be posting a variety of activities for babies, toddlers, and elementary school aged children.

Yes…some of it will be directed towards teachers, but that doesn’t mean that parents or caregivers can’t do these educational activities too! I am all about making learning FUN!

Most of my learning activities will seem more like games rather than “learning”. Here are a few examples of some of the things I will be posting. Since I am just doing an overview here, the following activities will not be as detailed as a normal post, so please drop a comment if you would like some more information about any of these activities below! 

Baby

Did you know that high contrast images actually help with infant brain development? According to research, high-contrast colors like black and white register most strongly with baby and encourage brain growth and faster visual development.

There are also other positive impacts. High contrast books can help your little one with eye development, attention span, tracking abilities, and can also help lengthen dreaded tummy time sessions. The black, white and bright color contrasts are sure to be a winner with your baby and help get them excited about books.

You can find these books and similar items here

Toddler

PlayDoh is great for little learners. I love the PlayDoh shape and learn colors and shapes set. It comes with shape cutters, two mats, and a small teaching manual for parents/teachers. My two year old is currently working on shapes and colors, and she absolutely loves rolling out the dough and cutting her shapes.

The kit also comes with a pattern mat and a picture mat. The possibilities are really endless for what you can do with PlayDoh to help littles learn. You do not need this specific set, you can make activities on your own, but I loved how it all came together in one box with activities to follow and modify based on your little learners abilities.

Mom Hack: I also love saving the plastic bags from sheets or curtains to use for storage! I keep everything playdoh related zippered up in this plastic bag we had.

You can find this PlayDoh set here.

Elementary

Teaching your child to read starts with letters and letter sounds! Learning letter sounds, in my opinion, is actually more important than being able to identify the letter names at first. It is important for children need to understand that letters represent speech sounds, go together to form words, and that changing letters changes the sound and also the word. 

These beginning letter sounds wheels are a great way for students to practice identifying the sounds that specific letters make. This is also a great fine motor activity for students. 

How to use the Beginning Letter Sound Clip Wheels

  1. Print these wheels out on cardstock for durability. You may also choose to laminate them for extra durability.
  2. Read the letter in the center to the child, go over the sound that letter makes. Tell child what each picture is. You may need to emphasize the sounds more depending on the exposure that child has had with letter sounds.
  3. Students will use the clothespins (I prefer the smaller clothespins) to clip the corresponding pictures that go with the designated letter sound on each wheel. 

You can find my Beginning Letter Sound Clip Wheels here.

I will be posting all of my teaching resources on both my Teachers Pay Teachers shop, Taylored to Teach Store and my Etsy Shop, Keepin It Coastal Creations.

Subscribe to my newsletter and you will receive any freebies via email! 

Done is Better than Perfect

I am a perfectionist. Being a perfectionist has helped me, but it also has hurt me over the years. How could being a perfectionist possibly be bad you may ask? In the past, I have kept things to myself, or put things off because I simply wanted it to be THE BEST! This blog is a prime example.

I kept repeating the following thoughts in my head over and over…eventually I will create a blog, one day I will create a blog, I’ll learn how to do that someday. I wanted my blog to be perfect. I wanted to have perfect posts and photos to compliment them planned out. I wanted my blog to be aesthetically pleasing with an amazing color scheme and have all the buttons, bells and whistles of well known blogs. The reality is… if I waited to be ready and have all these things done… would I really ever be ready?

This weekend, I said to myself, why wait? I put the fear of it not being PERFECT behind me. This blog is FAR from perfect and I am still learning how to even use this website, but I DID IT!

Done is better than perfect. That is my quote for 2020! I will be posting blog posts for my past Instagram posts along with new content weekly. If you are unfamiliar with my Instagram, I will be sharing teaching ideas for school age kids, toddlers, babies, and more! I am really excited to begin this journey! Be sure to subscribe and follow Taylored to Teach to receive FREEBIES and new content from me!

Welcome to Taylored to Teach!

Hey everyone! My name is Jenn and I would like to welcome you to my new blog, Taylored to Teach! I am a wife to my amazing husband, a mama to two littles who are two and under, and a teacher. I have been an educator for over 10 years now. I have a Bachelors in Elementary Education as well as a Bachelors in General Science and my Masters in Interdisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). I LOVE science and hands on learning! I have taught all ages ranging from PreK to 5th Grade and I am certified K-8. I will be sharing engaging hands on teaching strategies, project and craft ideas, and so much more with you.

This blog is not only for classroom teachers, but for moms, dads, tutors, homeschoolers, grandparents, you name it! I will be sharing teaching ideas and activities for babies, toddlers, and school aged kiddos.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my blog and that it serves as a great resource to help make educating your little ones FUN! Remember… teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning!

Please remember to always supervise your child while they are completing learning activities or crafts, especially ones that involve small objects or scissors!