SENSORY PROCESSING 101: OUR NEW BOOK IS ON THE WAY!

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Hello friends!  We have exciting news to share!  Our new book, Sensory Processing 101, is on its way and will be available on September 15th!  We’ve been working hard over the past year and a half with our friend, Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures, to create an awesome guide to sensory processing that addresses the topic from the perspectives of a parent and educator and pediatric therapists. Whether you are a parent, educator, caregiver, or therapist, this easy-to-read guide is your starting point [Continue Reading]

ACTIVE LEARNING: GIANT ALPHABET ACTIVITIES

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Today, as part of our Brain Boosters: Active Learning Games for Kids series, we’re bringing you a great idea from Laura over at Lalymom! These awesome giant alphabet activities are perfect for home, the classroom, or a therapy session – easy set-up, easy clean-up…what more could you ask for?  Kids will get awesome practice with letter formation, midline crossing, and they’ll get the benefits of working on a vertical surface! And while you’re over at Lalymom, check out her other brilliant ideas for kids!  Laura [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: FUN MOVEMENT IDEAS FOR KIDS!

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How did the first few weeks of school go at your house?  Or are you one of the lucky bunch that doesn’t head back until after Labor Day here in the States?  We have had a pretty successful start.  My little guy is tired (Kindergarten is an adjustment) and so am I (back to work is a bigger adjustment!). We’ve been plugging away here at The Inspired Treehouse.  We are just about ready to launch our book!  What?!?!  Yep, Sensory Processing [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: U IS FOR UNDERSTANDING (COGNITIVE SKILLS)

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Cognitive skills are the way we understand and make sense of the world around us.  Kids have a whole arsenal of cognitive skills they use to tackle the demands of the day: from getting ready for school in the morning to completing their homework in the evening and everything in between. They need to be able to analyze thousands of large and small tasks almost constantly from the minute their eyes open in the morning.  They have to plan, organize, [Continue Reading]

CREATING A SENSORY MOTOR STUDY SPACE FOR KIDS!

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To us, creating a study space for kids means more than just setting up a desk and a chair.  We know that kids are better able to “show what they know” when they can move, when they are exposed to hands-on learning activities, and when all of their senses are engaged!   *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. So, when we received a message from a reader asking for recommendations on how to create an awesome study space for [Continue Reading]

BRAIN-BUILDING ANIMAL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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We’re back again with another awesome active learning activity as part of our Brain Boosters: Active Learning Games for Kids series.  Today, we’re featuring some brain-building animal activities! Today’s post comes from Alene from Integrated Learning Strategies.  These fun Animal Yoga Poses for kids are a great way to get little ones moving and ready to learn!  Yoga for kids can support attention, focus, emotional regulation, motor skill development, and more!   Integrated Learning Strategies is a Utah-based center founded [Continue Reading]

LEARNING THE ALPHABET: ALPHABET RESCUE!

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Welcome back to the Brain Boosters: Active Learning Games for Kids series!  Today, we’re featuring a great active learning idea to help kids with learning the alphabet!! This awesome active learning game comes from Emma at P is for Preschooler!  Emma believes that kids learn best through play, not worksheets or flashcards. At P is for Preschooler you will find simple ways to play with your toddler or preschooler (or to keep them busy while you take a few minutes to yourself!).  Stop [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT

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It has been a few weeks since we last brought you a fun-filled post of ideas to promote gross motor development from our blogging friends around the web.  Last Monday, we posted a fantastic brain-boosting, active learning idea from Chanda at Pink Oatmeal as part of our Brain Boosters: Active Learning Games for Kids. Today, we have two awesome ideas that were shared on our Facebook Page last week as part of Movement Monday.  Looking for other activities to work on gross motor skills like jumping [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: TALKING

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We are so happy to be continuing our ABCs of Development series today with a guest post for the letter T – for Talking – from our friend Alison, Speech Language Pathologist and creator of an awesome website called Chirpy Chatterbox.   Alison provides quick and effective tips on how to promote early language development through music, laughter, and play.  She is also the author of a series of ebooks, downloads and freebies filled with fun activities and information related [Continue Reading]