Schoolkins // Helpful Homeschool Reads

Babiekins Magazine / Schoolkins - Helpful Books

Babiekins Magazine / Schoolkins - Helpful Books

For parents who are interested in homeschooling or are even already on the journey, the amount of resources surrounding education can feel large and overwhelming. Each style and method has its own roots and research. Depending on the parent’s learning background, one might find it difficult to begin at all. Of course, friends and local groups are the best resource for this, as you can interact, ask questions, and observe. Beyond your local resources, reading and researching online is the next resort. This is where the parent begins modeling (even for the youngest children), we never stop learning. Even as adults, we forge our own paths and research in decision-making. Although this is not a finite list, here are a few of the reads that have impacted me the most during our seven years of homeschooling.

The Homeschooling Option by Lisa Rivero

When people tell me they are considering homeschooling, I always suggest this book first. Rivero, a homeschooling mother and engineering professor, offers a broad look at homeschooling, from styles and methods to specific resources and common questions. Her writing is engaging and easy to follow and the layout is equally simple and neatly divided for reference or quick browsing. She offers a variety of content, covering more common concerns of socialization, sports, and prom to quieter conversations on homeschooling children with special needs or knowing your state’s laws. At the back, she includes a list of advocacy groups and websites divided by state.

The Well-Trained Mindby Susan Wise Bauer (co-authored with Jessie Wise)

Susan Wise Bauer is a strong voice in the classical niche of homeschooling. She is a mother/homeschooler of four, writer of several books and curriculum, and also a professor at the College of William and Mary. For parents looking for an academically rigorous education for their children, this book is for you. In it, Wise gives a background to classical education and then offers a guided outline to follow pre-K through 12th grade. She has divided the book into loose age groups based on classical learning–grammar, logic, and rhetoric–and offers several of her favorite curriculum choices with descriptions all along the way. Parents who prefer more structure and want educational thoroughness will adore this guide.

How Children Fail and/or How Children Learn by John Holt

John Holt is often considered a forerunner in the “unschooling” movement. Written in the 1960s, these complimentary books are separate and distinct in content. The titles are almost self-explanatory–one focused more on his observation of childhood learning, the other more focused on the situations that caused failure (think of failure more as disengagement, not grades). Although they are both slow at points, Holt’s writing is more intrinsic than practical HOW-TOs. I read these books at the very beginning of our homeschooling journey, and although I would not consider myself an unschooler, they have shaped how I observe my children and how we learn together.

Weapons of Mass-Instructionby John Taylor Gatto

Gatto is a former New York public school teacher, who resigned 30 years of teaching (the same year he received Teacher of the Year for the state) in the op-ed section of the Wall Street Journal. He currently travels and speaks, advocating for school reform. As one might guess from the title, his writing is witty and zealous. He writes from experience and research, detailing the history and purpose of public ed or “compulsory schooling”–a shocking revelation for me. His writing is at times a bit eccentric and rife with controversy, but you will never be bored with this read. It will stir you to think of education in a new manner, and most importantly, you’ll feel empowered as a parent, regardless of your educational choice.

Teaching Montessori in the Home: Preschool Years by Elizabeth Hainstock

While we have never solely followed the Montessori approach, I appreciate the use of manipulatives and the emphasis on independence, ingenuity, and connection to environment of her theses. Hainstock, certified in Montessori pedagogy, offers practical and accessible activities for little ones in this book. I used it often in my children’s early years, applying the activities to all areas of our learning. I also adapted what Montessori refers to as the “prepared environment” in our home: open shelves and containers and specific age-appropriate pots that were more accessible for independent learning. For families of older children, consider the book Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard.

Understanding Waldorf Education by Jack Petrash

I am currently reading this book, a telling sign that a homeschooling parent never stops learning and recreating their homeschool. I’ve always gravitated toward reading and writing in our curriculum, but over the years have noticed the gap of incorporating art and hand-work into the same subjects. I love the way Waldorf holistically approaches this, and this read is a simple and easy-to-follow introduction to this style of learning. I can already tell it will certainly impact our homeschool.

Featurekins // Dress Rags Playwear

Babiekins Magazine // Dress Rags Playwear

Babiekins Magazine // Dress Rags Playwear

Babiekins Magazine // Dress Rags Playwear

Babiekins Magazine // Dress Rags Playwear

Babiekins Magazine // Dress Rags Playwear

Babiekins Magazine // Dress Rags Playwear

Babiekins Magazine // Dress Rags Playwear

It was literally love at first sight when we were first introduced to Dress Rags. The playful lines and whimsical colors of the clothing in this line play off each other beautifully to form perfect summertime outfits.

Dress Rags believes domestic production, and is dedicated to continue working directly with local factories. Each batch of garments is produced in a small run, ensuring the handcrafted pieces are all unique and made with love. Dress Rags also personally sources all the fabrics, selectively choosing only the highest quality cottons for your littles.

We love how they’re pursuing authentic and imaginative styles, we love their dedication to local production — and we especially love how they stand for COLOR! We are so impressed with this brand, and can’t wait to see more from them in the future.

Dress Rags ::  Website  |   Instagram  |  Facebook  |  Pinterest

Photography/Direction :: Megan Dendinger 
Model :: Ava, Trinity (Paloma Model + Talent), Anya, Lily 

Featurekins // KNOT Hairbands + Party Ideas

Featurekins // Knot Hairbands

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We recently stayed at a home in Solana Beach in San Diego (thank you Kid and Coe!) and also put together an adorable party for Print issue 6 full of colorful accessories, games and of course piñas!

One of the most fun parts of putting together this little party was dressing the children which included the incredibly cute use of KNOT Hairbands!

Knot Hairbands is a new accessory brand that sells an array of hair accessories that are perfect for anything from a walk in the park to that birthday soiree that your kiddos won’t stop talking about! They are even offering FREE shipping on orders over $50!

We love their scarf bow clips, turban headbands and butterfly bands!

Want to create your own piña party bowling game?

You Need//
+ 6 Pineapples
+ Spray Paint
+ Watermelon
+ Paint
+ Paintbrush
+ Cardboard box or paper

Take your watermelon and have your kiddos color it up. We added quirky polka dots to each watermelon but feel free to use stickers or stencils to customize your own.

Next, take your pineapples and spray paint each. We used a flat cardboard box as our working area so the paint wouldn’t go all over the place.

Credits //
Girls Outfit: 01. Flower Fringe  Crown 02. Dress 03. Shoes and Socks

Boys Outfit: 01. Shirt and Shorts 

Photography : Angelina Lopez  |  Wardrobe and Prop Styling: Priscila Barros

 

Travelkins // Exploring Oahu

Living in such a small area as the island of Oahu in Hawaii (it’s just under 600 square miles!) you would think one would eventually run out of things to do. No matter how many times we circle around the island, though, there is just always something new to discover. Living here I’ve truly seen that the potential for exploring is tremendous, whether its a discovering new waterfalls, a hidden beach or a wandering trail — or even something more commercial, like hanging out at Disney’s Aulani. I find that there is always some sort of family-friendly activity happening, or a fun place to discover. And did I mention how fun it is to dress for the endless summer? I couldn’t help including some of my island getaway faves for littles in this post. With warm weather all year round, the sun and salty air of Oahu make it a great place to escape — it truly is the endless summer!

Travelkins // Exploring Oahu

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Credits // 01. Top | 02. Pants | 03. Swimsuit | 04. Head Wrap | 05. Hair Bows | 06. Brown Sandals | 07. Black Sandals

Momkins // Floral and Turquoise

A  floral shift dress and Turquoise jewelry (or anything Turqouise) is my favorite Summer uniform.  Turquoise reminds me of all the tropical vacations that I dream about daily, and a good floral frock is always a must.  Pick bold and oversized floral patterns with a dark background so the colors pop.  This will make your  dress have a more modern vibe, and be less “borrowed from my grandma’s closet”.   I love pairing shorter dresses with neutral suede or leather booties or sandals to keep it grounded and not too girly.   Or! Even better, forget the shoes and go barefoot and dance away with your babiekins on the sand at the beach!  Summer is here, horray!

Momkins // Florals and Turquoise

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

 

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

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Floral Dress from Free People
Suede Booties from Sam Edelman
Bar Necklaces from James Michelle

 

 

Lil’ Stylekins // Auckland Adventures

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In our home town of Auckland here in New Zealand, winter has arrived so it’s all about layering the children at the moment. It was also Queen’s Birthday weekend here and a long weekend so are some fun activities happening around the city to celebrate. We went and explored the big smoke today and the winter sunshine came out to play.

We found a festival down at the Wharfs and visited our Maritime Museum for the first time, it was fun finding new places that the children loved right here on our front door, we were venturing inside and out so they were losing and gaining layers all day, and guess who has to carry them.

We love supporting small New Zealand online shops that talented Mums with children of their own have set up to be able to stay at home with their children so most of the kids clothing are brought from these smart Mums.

Credits//Clothing from: Beau Loves, Bobo Choses, Gifted Lil’ Ones, Mini melissa, Minidressing, Carbon Soldier, Bella and Lace.
Online NZ Shops: sobeaubaby, beaumondebabe, carbonsoldierchildrenswear, littlewhimsynz, coandminii

Featurekins // Jacqueline & Jac

Babiekins Magazine // Featurekins: Jacqueline and Jac
Babiekins Magazine // Featurekins: Jacqueline and Jac

Babiekins Magazine // Featurekins: Jacqueline and Jac

Babiekins Magazine // Featurekins: Jacqueline and Jac

Babiekins Magazine // Featurekins: Jacqueline and Jac
Babiekins Magazine // Featurekins: Jacqueline and Jac

There is nothing more fun than a new accessory to go along with a new or even an old outfit! We love the cute options that Jacqueline & Jac offer. Their vintage-inspired contemporary collection is some of our favorites. Just look at the quirky suspenders! Also check out their collection of beanies, headbands  and for boys there are some fantastic bow ties, pocket squares, ties and more.

Check out Jacqueline & Jac on instagram here.

Photos by Zoe Berkovic

Featurekins // Loved By Sophia Claire

With all the rainbow of colors, faces of animals, and light up everything, it is nice when you can actually find baby gear that is simple and stylish.  I love anything for baby that has a nod to simplicity and good design, rather than in-your-face fussiness.  These pacifier/toy clips are perfect, because they are hand-braided and real leather.   These clips from Loved By Sophia Claire, have become an everyday necessity that I, and my baby, enjoy using on the regular. Oh! An added bonus, is that you can customize the clip shape and color of leather, so now you and your baby have something to smile about!

 

Babiekins Magazine | Pacifier Clip

Babiekins Magazine | Pacifier Clip

Babiekins Magazine | Pacifier Clip

Babiekins Magazine | Pacifier Clip

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Pacifier clip by Loved by Sophia Claire 

Featurekins // Amour Bows

Featurekins // Amour Bows

Featurekins // Amour BowsPhotography Leah Mermelstein

We are huge fans of Amour Bows’ sophisticated collection that continues to wow us with each collection. How fun is this Pop Up Bow Face headband? Just perfect for those summer outings or even for the first day of school! You can also top off the perfect outfit with an Amour Bows necklace!

Website: Amour Bows  | Instagram

Check out our giveaway on instagram to learn how you could win your own headband from Amour bows!

Fashionkins // Summer is HERE!

It’s here! Sweet summertime has finally arrived in New York City and with it, all of the amazing kid-approved SS15 pieces (Ella begged her mother for one of these Stella McCartney swimsuits for her birthday!) that we’ve been drooling over for months. Grab the beach ball, throw on your Natives and embrace the fun!

Styled and photographed by Elizabeth Pettey

Hair + Makeup by Michelle Cameau

Models: Jeremiyah, Ella and Seanna
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Look 1: Dress by Matilda Jane Shoes by Natives| Hair star by Hello Shiso |Rainbow Tshirt by Stella McCartney |Skirt by Everbloom |Denim by GAP |Shorts by GUESS | Nikes via CrewCuts

Look 2:  Hair pom by Hello Shiso |Top by Adidas| Skirt by Erika Rae |Shoes by MiniBoden |Top by Erika Rae |Jacket by Dimity Bourke |Shorts by Stella McCartney| Shoes by Golden Goose for Bonpoint | Tshirt by Molo |Shorts by GAP| Shoes by Natives

Look 3: Sunglasses by Milk & Soda| Swimsuits via Keetan

Fashionkins // Runs in the Family

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Like my little guys, I’m one of two kids in my family. Between my younger sister and I, there are six years that separate us. While that’s quite a big age difference, it never stopped my parents from dressing us exactly alike. There are countless coordinated outfits in our family photo album and somewhere through the years, that definitely imprinted on me. Parents always say, “you’ll understand when you have kids” and in this case, I certainly do! When I can get my little man and littler man in the same outfit, my heart just explodes.

Credits// Mini tee by Mini Willa from Minimodel Gallery | Pounce leggings by Sweet Luka Mo | Sandals in “Surfer” by Salt Water Sandals from Minimoche | Kawaii Ice Pop Tee and Je T’aime hat by Whistle & Flute Native shoes from Minimioche