This year has thrown many curveballs, especially for parents with children who go to school. I’m fortunate to have been able to be a preschool teacher for seven years and become a stay at home mom. Now that my son has turned two, I began rearranging my room to incorporate a play space/homeschool area. Below are five tips I recommend to any mama who wants to homeschool as well:
1. Have a Designated Area For Learning
This allows children to learn what areas are meant for eating, learning, relaxing, playing, etcetera. It’s the same concept as distinguishing the kitchen is for cooking and eating, the bedroom is for sleeping, and so forth. Consider having separate learning areas, such as a “cozy corner” for reading, a shelf for science toys, a bin full of vehicles, a basket for dolls. Even though Auggie’s “homeschool” is in our room, he knows that it’s learning time when I bring out my DIY Circle Time board and have a basket of art utensils on his Creator Table. When I take the table away, I take it as “free play” for him and let him play with any of his toys.
2. Set A Routine
It helps your child expect what will happen next and will make your day flow easier. It’s okay to also be flexible, like if a project takes longer to finish or if you don’t start your day until later because your child slept in longer. Make sure to incorporate 15-30 minutes of educational activities throughout the day, and 30-60 minutes of outdoor time. Keeping your routine simple is perfectly fine. For example, a meal routine can include eating, taking the dishes to a sink or the trash to a trash can, and washing your hands.
3. Explore Based On Their Interests
It’s easy to plan educational activities based on what your children are interested in. You know them best, so you can get creative when you want to introduce new concepts. Dramatic Play is a great type of play where children can act out roles and expand their imagination.
4. Use What You Have
You don’t have to buy a bunch of new, expensive toys and gadgets to have an educational activity. Get crafty with the materials you have around the house, and buy simple art materials you may need (I.e. crayons and markers). One of my favorite activities is filling up a bin with soap + water to encourage my son to wash his toys. You’d be surprised at what you can also do with a brown toilet paper roll, craft sticks, or even paper bags!
Instead of buying a pretend kitchen, you can have your children help you bake a treat. Let them taste the ingredients, stir, scoop, pour. Cooking is always fun for children since they can learn about measuring, the name of foods, and so forth. I let my son help me cook every day, whether it’s mixing scrambled eggs or putting sliced fruit onto his plate.
5. Be Present
Unplug from your phone and be present with your children. Ask them open-ended questions (if they’re older) or describe everything you are doing with your children. If Auggie reaches for a toy, I name the toy repeatedly so that he learns what the toy is (example: car, book, cup, crayon). Time flies by so fast, soak in all of these moments you have with your littles.
There is so much pressure as a mom to have everything together, but be easy on yourself. Whether you decide on homeschooling, virtual learning, or distance learning, there is no right or wrong decision. You do what’s best for you and your family. xx Krystalyn
Thank you Krystalyn for taking the time to share your tips with us. Best of luck to every mom embracing homeschool this year. You've got this!
Finding your perfect hat starts with finding the perfect fit. Let's answer some common questions to help you find a Gigi Pip that will give you the best look and feel.
Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) and most often measured in centimeters. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women's hats to be sized based on average women's head sizes and then adjusted down to fit.
For example - Since the average women's head size measures 57cm, a small to medium hat would be made to fit 57cm and then can be adjusted down to 55cm. Larger head sizes measure up to 59cm, so a medium to large size hat would be made to fit a 59cm head size and then can be adjusted down to 57cm. Children ages 7 and below are typically 53cm, and those ages 7+ tend to be 55cm. Because of this, Gigi Pip hats sizes are as followed:
Kids (53cm to 55cm)
S/M (57cm to 59cm)
M/L (59cm to 61cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Small - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Medium - 58cm (22.83 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 61cm (24.01 Inches)
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size and are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) and then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide on the style you'd like to size your hat to and adjust your hat accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table and measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Method 1: The Traditional Style
This is the traditional style of wearing a hat. The front tip of the hat is low on the forehead, just above your eye brows, causing the hat to sit nearly level with the ground. To measure your head using the traditional style method, measure the distance around your head from the center of the back of the head to the forehead just above the eyebrow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape (or string) to measure the distance around your head crossing through the center part of the back of your head and the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Hat sizing is in cm. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
This is the halo style way of wearing a hat. The front of your hat is raised up and the hat sits on the back of your head. To measure your head size using the halo method, measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above your neck, and the front of you head up on your brow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, and the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Wearing a hat Halo style is usually a smaller hat size than wearing a hat traditionally however we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
All Gigi Pip hats are made to adjust to the perfect fit. Before making any adjustments, check the inner band type and follow the directions below.
1. My hat has draw strings - If your inner band has draw strings located behind the tag on the rear side of the hat, simply pull them tight to adjust your hat size down a size or two. Pull gently to avoid a tare.
2. My hat DOES NOT have draw strings - Many types of inner bands do not allow for a draw strings such as leather, elastic or cotton with a foam lining. Hats without a draw string are adjusted by using Gigi Pip's Hat Sizing Tape (sold separately). Hat sizing tape has long been the preferred method of adjusting hats because it allows you to keep the inner band in its natural form and the foam molds comfortably to the head.
Directions to use Hat Sizing Tape: Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that you know what your hat size is, let's find The Best Hat for your Face Shape!