Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mom's are Teachers Too Annie Moffatt

Before I get to the feature, let me point out our new CLOUD. I've added you ladies to multiple topics.  Have a look at how I have tagged you, if you would like to be tagged another way, drop me an email. Just a little delighted. 

 I am so excited about the many teachers coming on board with us here. Blogging is such an asset to mothers and teachers around the world. Perhaps it will bridge the gap sometimes found between the two. I wish I had known about blogging when I was at home with my own kids. Oh the crafts and projects we have missed. This online community of mothers and teachers is a wealth of information and ideas.  If you have been listening to Parenting/Teaching by the fruits of the spirit, you have been getting to know Annie. Ladies, meet another amazing woman Annie Moffatt.   -Kasse

Hi Everyone!
My name is Annie Moffatt from The Moffatt Girls blog.  I am so excited to be guest posting for Rural Women!  As both a mother and former elementary school teacher, there are two things that I am extremely passionate about: My Toddler and My Preschooler.


The Toddler  (2-3 years old)
As mothers, we all know that time goes by way too quickly!  Our precious little babies are growing up right before our eyes and before we know it, they are out of diapers and then off to college!  As parents, we have a unique opportunity to help with their education.  As a teacher, I wish more parents invested in their children academically, but the truth is, most parents don't know where or how to start.


For the toddler/preschooler there are a lot of various tasks you can do to help develop different skills.  This age group is so eager to learn and as parents we can easily facilitate those needs.  I have recently created a weekly post called Toddler Tasks.  Toddler Tasks will document activities that we can do with our children to help develop fine motor skills, lengthen attention spans, increase confidence and enjoy the learning journey.  This is such a great way to bond with our children as we watch them grow and discover new things!


Here are just a few of the activities that you will see in our Toddler Tasks posts...


Play Doh helps to build find motor skills.  There is so much learning you can do with Play-Doh and it is SO easy to make.  {HERE} is a link to a basic recipe!
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We are in L*O*V*E with our $10 oil pan, some magnets and our ABC Caterpillar.  You can get this printable FREE {HERE}.  Scroll down until you see it:)
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The Preschooler (3-5 years old)
Preschoolers are amazing little people!  They can change and grow so much in just one week.   Preschoolers are so academically diverse and it is important that we are sensitive to their needs.  As much as I don't believe in pushing a child, I also don't think we should hold a child back.  For example, Audrey (my 4 1/2 year old) showed signs of reading readiness at an early age.  I knew that I needed to facilitate her academic desires, but I also knew that she wasn't ready to sit down and work on a rigorous curriculum filled with a bunch workbook pages.


Thus, the Ready2Read Curriculum was created!  This program is truly a labor of love since it was designed for my little Audrey.  However, as a teacher, I am so happy to know that other teachers, homeschoolers and parents are finding success in the Ready2Read program!  This program is filled with a lot hands-on learning and a variety activities that meet different learning styles.  The best part about it is that it is Ready2Go!  All you need to is print, cut a few things, laminate a few pages and read the lesson plans:)  I wanted to make it as simple as possible!


 I have included some pictures below...


Using cake decorations to learn our sight words!!  How fun is that?
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Here we are playing one of our Ready2Read games...I think she is winning;)


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As mothers, we need to be ready to give our children what they need, but first we need to be filled up, too!  Tamara from Teaching with TLC and I have just launched a radio program called Teaching and Parenting with the Fruits of the Spirit.  It is my hope that you will join us as we strive to be the best Moms and "Teachers" we have been designed to be!  You can listen to the radio show which is posted on our sidebar.


Thank you so much for your time and allowing me to share my greatest passions!


And remember....Moms are teachers too!  The BEST teachers:)


4 comments:

  1. Wonderful post Annie! You are a blessing to so many! And you are correct, parents are the best teachers. :)

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  2. Your words are always too kind, Tamara:)

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  3. Thanks Annie. I loved the post! Such an inspiration to both mothers and teachers.

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  4. Aww...thank you for that kind comment:)

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