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Aloha, I’m Brigette, and these two kinder are Aurora and Grayson. I blog over at Life Lesson Plans where I share some of the art, science and sensory play projects we do together.

We're a bit of a culturally blended family, we have roots in the US Midwest, our kids toddled in the Hawaiian surf, and we now live in the German countryside. With three distinct cultures in four years, it has been quite an adventure. I'm always surprised to hear my two year old babble in multiple languages, and my four year old reminisce about catching starfish!

My husband, Jon, and I met during high school in Nebraska. While not quite sweethearts at the time, we were sweet on each other. Eventually in college, we fell head over heels and were married. Two years later we were expecting our first baby, and he was enlisted in the Air Force. Humbly, our journey began.

As a teacher by trade, it has always been important to me to be involved in my kids' educations. I love teaching and mothering during the toddler and preschool years because everything is so NEW for them! Every fact my daughter learns about her ever-changing favorite animal is like the moment I learned that Pluto wasn't a planet, it's unreal! Earlier this week, she was amazed to learn that a chameleon can change colors, the very idea is magic to her, and I adore being the one who gets to help her discover this fascinating world we live in!

From early on, I knew that I wanted to stay home with our kids until they started school. So far, that has worked for our family, but it's not for everyone. A few of my closest friends work outside the home while raising their families, and no matter which situation you're in, there are so many demands on a parent's time. It can be a struggle to find even 15 minutes to put together an engaging activity.

Thankfully, we live in a connected age where we can pool our creative resources and encourage one another in the arduous and exciting of journey of parenting. Each month I'll be sharing a craft or activity for preschoolers and parents to do together. Crafting is about so much more than the finished product, it's the one on one (or two, or three, or...) time spent with your kids and the skills learned along the way.

We don't spend much time on flash cards around here, instead I like to work learning objectives in to more stimulating activities. For example, making cards for their grandparents is one way our international family stays connected. The kids learn about the postal system, letter recognition and penmanship. They practice their scissor skills and let their imaginations run wild with paint, all while having fun and spending quality time with me. Crafts don't have to be complicated, all it takes is 15 minutes to put together a memory.

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Brigette

from Life Lesson Plans and The Gossamer Girl

Brigette was born and raised in Nebraska, but ever since her husband joined the Air Force, she has traveled around the world with him and their two young kids. First living in Hawaii, and then in Germany, their family has soaked up all sorts of cultural experiences that she loves to weave in to her writing. She and the kids are now back home and are rediscovering their roots. Recently, Brigette started writing a personal blog called The Gossamer Girl where she shares lifestyle stories about h ...

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