Category Archives: Education and Learning

Don’t Shame Me For Teaching My 3-Year-Old to Read: Why Education is Important to Me as a Black Mother

Here on Baby and Blog, our section on education is one of the most popular. Whether it’s articles about supplemental homeschooling, or teaching 3-year-olds to read, moms are seeking this information out and incorporating it into their parenting routines. Recently I went out for coffee with a mommy acquaintance who I wanted to get to…

Leila

About Leila

Leila is the founding editor of Baby and Blog. She splits her time between editing hair and culture site, Black Girl with Long Hair, whipping up butters at BGLH Marketplace, and writing here. She adores her husband and two kids, her parents and her friends. But she hates Chicago weather although she is slowly coming to peace with it...

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7 Fun Toddler Activities that Develop Fine Motor Skills

Writing, tying shoes and using scissors; these are all skills that require fine motor skills — movements that make use of small muscles in the body, like those in the fingers, thumbs and wrists.  Children already exercise these muscles in their every day activities but you can give them some extra practice with these fun and…

Angele

About Angele

Angele is a wife to a wonderful creative husband, mother to two beautiful intelligent daughters and lover of art, education and laughter. She is the creator and author of ABC remix

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5 Education Apps That Develop Reading and Math Skills in Toddlers

Often when people see my kids with an iPod or Android tablet they comment, “they use that thing better than me.”  Touch screen devices are so simple to use that there is now a market of apps directed at babies, toddlers and children.   Since I allow my kids to use a tablet, and my oldest…

Angele

About Angele

Angele is a wife to a wonderful creative husband, mother to two beautiful intelligent daughters and lover of art, education and laughter. She is the creator and author of ABC remix

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8 Ways to Learn a Second Language Along With Your Child

We live in a diverse and multilingual society. So what does that mean for our children? I can’t even remember how many job ads I looked through after college that read, “Bilingual required” or “strongly preferred.” Add to that the rapid globalization of the world, and our children may even need to be flexible enough…

Angele

About Angele

Angele is a wife to a wonderful creative husband, mother to two beautiful intelligent daughters and lover of art, education and laughter. She is the creator and author of ABC remix

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How I Taught My 3-Year-Old to Read

  It took a while for me to accept the “homeschooler” title. Most people have a certain perception of what a homeschooling parent is and when people started ascribing this label to me my oldest daughter was just a toddler. ‘Homeschooling?’, I thought, ‘You can’t really claim that title until your child is 5-6 years…

Angele

About Angele

Angele is a wife to a wonderful creative husband, mother to two beautiful intelligent daughters and lover of art, education and laughter. She is the creator and author of ABC remix

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5 Ways I Encouraged My Daughter’s STEM Education from Infancy

She likes to explore the gadgets her father and I use, and we willingly hand them over, to feed her curiosity. My digital camera was the latest device to be examined eagerly. I watched as she flipped it, turned it an shook it, before raising it above her head, pointing it towards the air conditioning…

Didan Ashanta

About Didan Ashanta

Didan Ashanta is the author of "Jamaican Green Smoothies" and a LifeDesigner who blogs about eating your way to vibrant health at DidanAshanta.com. A native of Jamaica, she currently lives in the Tokyo, Japan with her husband and 3-yr-old daughter.

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My Life as a Black Mom Unschooler

Unschooling is an educational method and philosophy that rejects compulsory school as a primary means for learning. Unschoolers learn through their natural life experiences including play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity, internships and work experience, travel, books, elective classes, family, mentors, and social interaction. Unschooling encourages exploration of activities initiated by the children themselves….

Darcel

About Darcel

Darcel is a single Mama to Three. She writes about her Motherhood journey, their Unschooling lifestyle, and raising a child with Autism at The Mahogany Way. You can follow along with her behind the scenes at MahoganyWayMama on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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How (and Why) I Got My Baby to Love Books

by Alicia Barnes of liciabobesha.com My baby is a book monster, a connoisseur, an addict. His first word in the morning is often “book” and normally followed by his first fit of the day when I only read one book instead of the 27 he wants before school. At school he can be barely bothered to…

About Alicia B

Alicia lives and took a semester of photography in a small college town that often challenges her resolve to live as simply and as stress-free as possible. When she’s not working, rereading the same children’s books, cooking, or wondering how crunchy she’s become, she’s busy updating her site, liciabobesha.com. You can follow her on facebook.

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Why Black Moms Should Consider Supplemental Homeschooling

By Didan Ashanta Let’s begin this little heart-to-heart with a confession. I’ll go first ? I dropped out of school. To be more specific: I dropped out of kindergarten! No, I’m not joking. I started going to school when I was 2½ years old (after being taught basic early childhood literacy skills at home) – but,…

Didan Ashanta

About Didan Ashanta

Didan Ashanta is the author of "Jamaican Green Smoothies" and a LifeDesigner who blogs about eating your way to vibrant health at DidanAshanta.com. A native of Jamaica, she currently lives in the Tokyo, Japan with her husband and 3-yr-old daughter.

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