Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mama May I Read Usborne

I have been intrigued by Usborne books for awhile now ... Actually, longer than awhile. I have purchased numerous "homeschool" helper books at thrift shops with this company far before realizing it was Usborne. Last year I bought several titles for my little ones for Christmas and the Holidays from a friend who happens to sell these books. I wanted to support her and I was curious to flip through the modernized versions of the "homeschool helper" books I've collected. These books have been FAVORITES of ours for over a year now. And I've been back for severrrrrrral other titles. (I have always been a bit of a children's book collector). Not sure how these books fit in with Mama May I, I've continued to buy but never signed up to represent them. Until now. We use these books. Often. In our own home. 

Just as our Mama May I toys have received my children's play of approval, these books have received their read-of-approval. They love them. Look for them on the shelf. Interact with them. Play with them. And script stories with them using Mama May I handmade learning toys as props. Literacy and open-ended play go so seamlessly together in the world of imaginative, inventive, story-tellers. And this is yet another avenue for their open minds to touch, feel, and explore. 

More than a year of loving the Usborne book collection, I have decided to incorporate it with the Mama May I culture and vision of learning-through-play. I'm excited to branch out more through literacy (maybe because some day I hope to write a children's book of my very own! 😉) 

I'm not going to push books (just like I don't push our handmade learning toys) but I would be happy to open a conversation with you about reading, my recommendations, and buildable theme-packs for your own home, gifts to share, or your classroom.

Because I am new to this, anyone who wants to host a party will get EXTRA BONUS book points when hosting a party so if you are interested in testing it out this would be a great time to start!

On top of selling books, Mama May I is going to be offering discounts and bonuses for similar type Mama May I parties, clubs, groups, or co-ops.

Please feel free to direct message me or write an email if you are interested in hosting a Usborne Book Party or a Mama May I Handmade Learning Toy Party .... Or BOTH ! 

If you need a recommendation or help figuring out the perfect gift for different ages and stages feel free to reach out! I have degrees in Psychology and Art that help fuel this creative passion and I am so willing to share what I know to inspire you and your curious little ones!

Click here to peruse this wonderful collection of books.

Here is an example of how seamlessly Mama May I and Usborne go together. This is our March Subscription Box (going out soon!!) This is a collection of Usborne Books to go along with our March Sensory Bin of the Month Club theme : Growing.

Every month, along with our sensory bin I include a list of Books to Read to Explore the Theme. Ways to continue to cultivate play through learning with your little one.

I already make suggestions for books we love....I am so excited! Because, well, I guess 

I ❤️ Literacy

Monday, March 7, 2016

Fairy Friends

#Spring is coming ! I can FEEL it in the #sunshine ! These little Fairy Friends by @mamamayishop are some of our #favoritethings for Spring. My little ones each have their favorite color. We take a walk when the weather warms and they find a suitable #home to set up their vignettes. Kind of like #pixie hollow but the real, pretend kind. Their storylines are incredible intricate and beautiful. And then they add pieces of #nature to their tales. I love when they walk me through the vignettes of their big #imagination . It's whimsical. And wonderful. And magical. And brings me back to a time when life seemed so much less complex and filled with the little tiny beautiful details. The shadows of the leaves; the smell of the Earth; the magnificence of finding hints of beauty in nature coming to life. These little cuties would love to play and explore with your little storyteller. They make wonderful friends. What Fairy Friend Color are you??? They are a perfect addition to #Easter #baskets! No sweet, just a treat! Enjoy! 💗 The whole colorful series can be found here:     Or on our #ETSY page @MamaMayi #handmade #handmadetoys #handmadegifts #handmadeholiday #etsy #etsyshop #etsyseller #kids #play #learn #waldorf #colors #color #rainbow #fairy #fairies #makebelieve #friends #pretend #preschool #playschool #playlearning #grandparents #parents #homeschool #unschool #unplugged #childhoodunplugged #montessori #montessori101

Friday, March 4, 2016

Glue. Messes. And letting go.

Lincoln loves glue. #loves . Like, love loves. He likes to squeeze it. To touch it. Smoosh it. Smear it. Sometimes taste it. Squeezing the glue bottle is such a great fine motor skill builder - he is building up the strength in his hands. I cut a square of cardboard and let him make a sculpture out of little wooden odds and end bits I had around. He loved it. His favorite part was deconstructing the sculpture, however. I even set up a mat under him but was still paranoid about glue everywhere - which is silly because it will wash off. But I recognized it in the moment and, even then, looked at Layla and said "why do I care so much? It's his project to do with what he wants... I just need to let him do it." And I walked away for a few seconds to make tea ... And breathe. Because it's so easy NOT to do these types of projects with my kids. You know, the "messy" ones - glitter, slime, playdough, glue .... But there are SO many skills and cognitive processing involved in the make, explore, make a mess, and take of them that it's totally worth telling my rigid, orderly self to let loose and mess-make. I have my midlife years to have an orderly, clean house. Until then, our floors will looks like science experiments blew up on them.... Our table top will show the marks of kids learning to eat with utensils and leftover glue/glitter from our art-strewn afternoons. This is the process. This is art. And art is good. 

And this is what the 8-year-old sat down to create.

"It's a table and a bookcase and another table with butter beer and a chair and ... It's a dollhouse!" And there is her Harry Potter book in the background as she was multitasking while creating this miniature set. 

#kidsart #mamamayi #mamamayimake #mamamayishop #art #play #parents #parenting #parenthood #mindful #mindfulkids #mindfulness #mindfulparenting #montessori #unschool #unplugged #unschooling #childhoodunplugged #homemade #homeschool #homeschooling #waldorf