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birth to age 3: Nov 2009 - Jun 2013

Liana born Nov 2009 / coen born Oct 2010

Birth to age three was time for growth, development, exploration, playtime, bonding and socialization. We enjoyed many play dates and spent lots of time with people of all ages. We also traveled with our kids whenever we had the opportunity to do so. I used this time to start preparing for preschool and kindergarten homeschooling.

Favorite Parenting/Education Books

  • Einstein Never Used Flashcards by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
  • The Gift of Good Manners by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
  • The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp
  • NutureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • What's Going On In There? by Lise Eliot

Language Arts

  • Adult talk all the time
  • Provide plenty of board books
  • Read aloud
  • Point at the words while reading books
  • Play audiobooks
  • Read poems
  • Sing the alphabet while changing diapers
  • Teach the sounds of the alphabet
  • Teach the alphabet
  • LeapFrog: Letter Factory DVD
  • Draw lots of circles and loops in a counterclockwise direction
  • Provide pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils and lots of paper for drawing
  • Teach basic dot-to-dot skills
  • My First Book of Tracing (Ages 2-3-4) by Kumon Publishing
  • My First Book of Amazing Tracing (2-3-4) by Kumon Publishing


  • Count everything
  • Learn to recognize numbers

Critical Thinking

  • My First Questions (Ages 2-3) by Brain Quest
  • My Book of Easy Mazes (Ages 2-3-4) by Kumon Publishing


  • Science Play! by Jill Frankel Hauser

visual & performing arts

  • My Book of Coloring (Ages 2-3-4) by Kumon Publishing
  • The Little Hands Art Book by Judy Press

world languages

  • We loved watching the Baby Signing Time DVDs by Two Little Hands Productions!
  • We did not introduce a second spoken language during this time since we wanted to wait until the elementary years to start a formal formal language program.

life skills

  • Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five by Valorie Fisher
  • Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready by June Oberlander

Extracurricular Activities

  • Mommy & Me Swim (Liana & Coen)
  • The Little Gym (Liana)
  • Parent groups and play dates (Liana & Coen)


  • 2009-2011 Multiple road trips within California
  • 5/2012 (17 days) Crystal Cruises Panama Canal cruise: Los Angeles - Cabo San Lucas - Caldera, Costa Rica - Panama Canal - Cartagena, Colombia - Grand Cayman Island - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Charleston, SC - New York, NY
  • 5/2012 (7 days) Road trip: New York, NY - Montreal - Quebec City - Boston, MA
  • 10/2012 (6 weeks) Trip to Irvine, CA
  • 12/2012 (14 days) Road trip: San Francisco, CA - Portland, OR - Seattle, WA - Vancouver
  • 1/2013 (6 days) Trip to Denver, CO
  • 2/2013 (5 days) Road trip to Los Angeles, CA
  • 6/2013 (4 days) Road trip to Las Vegas, NV