Thursday, April 26, 2012

For the Kids Fridays #60

Welcome to another great link party!!!


Some of my favorite posts from last week....

If you've been featured below
grab my A++ and brag about it to your friends :)
Your post has been pinned to the SunScholars THE BEST OF... For the Kids Fridays on Pinterest!
A++





Make a Jump Rope from Marker Caps
at Mama's Little Muse


Earth Day Snack
At Bobbi's Bentos


Toddler Pudding Finger Paint
at Homespun With Love


Giant Teacher Pencil Filled With Goodies
at Making Memories With Your Kids

Zoo Printables
Free Zoo Pack
from 3 Dinosaurs





I can't wait to see what you have this week!
For the Kids Friday



1)  I would LOVE for you to first be a follower of my blog.  (And why wouldn't you want to be?!)

2)  Grab my For the Kids Fridays Button and place it somewhere on your blog.  Be sure to link back to me!

3)  Link up as many KID-RELATED activities, games, recipes, parties, gifts, clothing you've created, crafts, traditions, lessons, and so on... that you would like to share.  Please add a different link each week.  They can be old or new... this is just a place to share ideas for our kids to enjoy.  Bonus points to those that serve some educational purpose too!  Link must be to the specific post, and not your general blog page.  Please don't link to your store.

4)  Share the love and comment on at least one other link.  Everyone loves to get feedback.


That's it!  Have fun, and thanks so much for participating!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Nurturing Passion

I've been trying to gather my thoughts for a post of ideas for this Mother's Day.  It has left me reflecting quite a bit these last couple of days.  Today I was thinking about my role as a mother, and how I want my children to always feel loved and supported by me.

Today my sister shared this video montage of my amazing little niece, Bridgette.  Bridgette just turned 7 years old.  From the time she was little bitty, it was obvious this child had a passion for gymnastics.  I remember telling my sister three years ago, knowing Bridgette's natural talent, that she needed to do whatever it took to provide the opportunities she needed to pursue this passion.  

And here she is... still loving it!


I have so much respect for my sister for offering her children a chance to do what they love.  Bridgette is a gymnast, McKenzie is an amazing artist, Sydney loves to dance... and Scarlet is still just a baby... so we're waiting for her to shine in her own unique way.  Those are my sister's children.  My children have their own passions.  Charlotte loves nature, animals, science and creation.  Tatum loves role-playing and fashion.  Wesley is constantly trying to figure out how he can build a robot, a time machine, or create invisibility potion.  No two kids will be the same in your home.  I can almost guarantee it!

The amazing thing about passion is that it is internally driven.  There is a desire to learn, understand, practice, perfect, and experience!  It is the difference between the child that teaches themselves to play the piano, and the child that is forced to sit in lessons each week.  The child that craves the opportunities versus the child that is made to practice.

Charlotte, on one of the best days of her life, as she describes it.
A Dolphin Encounter program where she was actually in the water with a dolphin.

Sometimes it is hard for us to recognize passion.  Sometimes passions are sparked through experiences or encounters.  Some children may appear to have several (as some adults), and other children may seem not to have any.  When we notice our child is naturally good at something, or thirsty for opportunities, it is our role as parents to make sure those doors open for them.  We can nurture their learning and understandings, or we can hold them back.  Even I admit that in my crazy schedule it isn't always easy to say, "Yes, let's go outside on a nature hunt!  The chores can wait until later."  I am encouraging you (ok... myself too) to make room in your lives for your child's passions.

Wesley made sure to get a turn at each of the interactive energy tables at the science museum.

So how do you open those doors?  When you have recognized passions within your child, you might need to start out by learning more about it yourself.  My sister isn't a gymnast, so she started looking into schools and what they offered.  You may search the internet, talk to others who might be able to provide information, find books at the library, and so on.  Talk to your child!  They will let you know where they want to start.  What are they most curious about?  What do they enjoy the most?  Learn from them, and you will know how to guide them along.

Tatum has been swimming like a mermaid since she was 3.  She loves to swim!

Why is this important?  I feel a life lived through passion is a life lived on purpose.  We all have wonderful gifts to share, and the natural desire to learn and create is an amazing energy to ride.  I can guarantee that any person who nurtures their passions in life will be a happy individual, living a fulfilling life.

And who wouldn't want that for their children?!

So... If you have spent the time to read me rambling on, which I don't do too often here at Sun Scholars, I would LOVE to hear what your passions are, and how your parents helped nurture them as you were growing!  How do you nurture passion in your own children?  Please share!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

For the Kids Friday #59

Happy Earth Day!
I've been trying to find time (and inspiration) for my blog these last couple of weeks, but my energy has been pulled in other directions.  I hope to have some great ideas to share with you soon.  In the mean time, I am LOVING what you are all sharing.  Thank you so much for linking up each week!

And don't miss my new Pinterest board!
THE BEST OF... For the Kids Fridays
Where you will find pins of all of this week's features, as well as those from past parties (as I'm finding time to add them).


Loving these links from last week's party...

If you've been featured below
grab my A++ and brag about it to your friends :)
Your post has been pinned to the SunScholars THE BEST OF... For the Kids Fridays on Pinterest!
A++




10 Earth Day Activities for Kids
at East Coast Mommy


Plastic Bottle Guitar
at Jellyfish Jelly

Breathing - lets make a lung, Science Sparks
Make a Fake Lung
at Science Sparks


10 Restaurant Waiting Games for Kids
at Repeat Crafter Me


Chores: Tic-Tac-Toe Style
at School Time Snippits

RioButton Rio Pre K Pack
Rio Pre-K Pack (free printable)
at Over the Big Moon




I can't wait to see what you have this week!
For the Kids Friday



1)  I would LOVE for you to first be a follower of my blog.  (And why wouldn't you want to be?!)

2)  Grab my For the Kids Fridays Button and place it somewhere on your blog.  Be sure to link back to me!

3)  Link up as many KID-RELATED activities, games, recipes, parties, gifts, clothing you've created, crafts, traditions, lessons, and so on... that you would like to share.  Please add a different link each week.  They can be old or new... this is just a place to share ideas for our kids to enjoy.  Bonus points to those that serve some educational purpose too!  Link must be to the specific post, and not your general blog page.  Please don't link to your store.

4)  Share the love and comment on at least one other link.  Everyone loves to get feedback.


That's it!  Have fun, and thanks so much for participating!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

For the Kids Friday #58

Welcome to the For the Kids Fridays Party!
I am so happy to have you here!  It has been so crazy at our home.  That, and after a week in Hong Kong, my blog and I haven't seen much of each other.  Hong Kong was a great time!  I feel like I should be sharing about our experiences here in China... since we have now lived here more than 8 months!  I'm just not quite sure how best to do that... hmmm..  I'll keep thinking on that!

In the mean time... I have something I want to share!
Rather than featuring the awesome posts each week on a separate tab on my blog, I've decided to create a board on Pinterest!  I'm hoping that this not only will become a great resource for you and others, but help gain exposure to those of you sharing awesome ideas here at Sun Scholars!  You can find the new board HERE.  And... as I have time over the next couple of weeks, I'll be going back to pin each of the featured posts in the previous 55 link parties!

So be sure to check out
THE BEST OF... For the Kids Fridays
(and FOLLOW) on Pinterest!

Here are some awesome ideas shared in the last two parties!

If you've been featured below
grab my A++ and brag about it to your friends :)
Your post has been pinned to the SunScholars THE BEST OF... For the Kids Fridays on Pinterest!
A++


March 2012 599 copy
Egg-Celent Lunch
at Dixie Delights


Coconut Chick Balls
at Hungry Happenings


Magic Mirror
at Come Together Kids


Edible Books
at Red Ted Art


Play-Doh Letters
at Rub Some Dirt On It


DIY Rainbowsaurus Rex Hoodies
at My Raina Sunshine


Math Fact Family Roll & Write (with free printables)
at Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational


Over the Table Playhouse
at Beautiful Somehow

Crystal Eggs 3
Crystal Egg Geodes
at Homeschool Mo



I can't wait to see what you have this week!
For the Kids Friday



1)  I would LOVE for you to first be a follower of my blog.  (And why wouldn't you want to be?!)

2)  Grab my For the Kids Fridays Button and place it somewhere on your blog.  Be sure to link back to me!

3)  Link up as many KID-RELATED activities, games, recipes, parties, gifts, clothing you've created, crafts, traditions, lessons, and so on... that you would like to share.  Please add a different link each week.  They can be old or new... this is just a place to share ideas for our kids to enjoy.  Bonus points to those that serve some educational purpose too!  Link must be to the specific post, and not your general blog page.  Please don't link to your store.

4)  Share the love and comment on at least one other link.  Everyone loves to get feedback.


That's it!  Have fun, and thanks so much for participating!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

For the Kids Friday #57

Welcome to For the Kids Friday!
I'm so happy to have you here!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks for sharing!

Stop by next week for a double-load of features.
My family is enjoying a week in Hong Kong... YIPPEE!!!!

For the Kids Friday



1)  I would LOVE for you to first be a follower of my blog.  (And why wouldn't you want to be?!)

2)  Grab my For the Kids Fridays Button and place it somewhere on your blog.  Be sure to link back to me!

3)  Link up as many KID-RELATED activities, games, recipes, parties, gifts, clothing you've created, crafts, traditions, lessons, and so on... that you would like to share.  Please add a different link each week.  They can be old or new... this is just a place to share ideas for our kids to enjoy.  Bonus points to those that serve some educational purpose too!  Link must be to the specific post, and not your general blog page.  Please don't link to your store.

4)  Share the love and comment on at least one other link.  Everyone loves to get feedback.


That's it!  Have fun, and thanks so much for participating!