Today we welcome Kristen from Epic Childhood. In addition to being a mum to 5 children including twins, she is busy blogging about everyday fun and educational activities. Plus she has a wonderful curated Pinterest account sharing heaps of education ideas and inspirations in light play.
Why did you start your blog?
I wanted to showcase all of my twins unique toys and eclectic way of play, especially light table play and light play.
Plus, my twins have been homeschooled since preschool and I blog about that too. I consider myself an expert in light tables, play and learning on light tables, and different types of light play. I also have studied Montessori and Reggio Emilia over the past 5 years. Our homeschooling is both Reggio Emilia and Montessori inspired. I am a firm believer in play based learning, I have singletons age 19, 16, and 15. I did not homeschool them.
The new ways of how children are subjected to the common core standards in school have made me decide to educate myself in alternative learning methods. This is what also drove me to want to homeschool.
I enjoy helping other mothers through my blog to learn new ways for their children to play and learn. My twins have no lost parts to toys, no broken toys, the toys are not all over the room, and they are kept very tidy.I thank both the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches to play and learning for this. When they were two, I made huge changes to their toys and how their room is set up. It has made an enormous difference.
I only wish I had all of this knowledge when my older children were little. I would have brought them up with Montessori and Reggio Emilia influence. I moved out the more common toys, anything blinky or noisy, and started bringing in open ended toys that promote creativity and intelligence. It’s all history from there, and documented on my blog! I am happy to take any emailed question from other Moms. 🙂