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Hello and welcome! This is smartE partE! (pronounced “smarty party”) This party includes me (Kristin), my husband (sometimes called D or simply Dad here) and our son E.

D and I were together for 13 years (6 married) before our child, so we have had plenty of time to think and talk about being parents. One thing we knew – we would homeschool, for at least the early years. We were both really ‘held back’ by our public schools – doing pointless ‘extra credit’ work, tutoring other students, and waiting around – when we finished the mediocre work that was assigned. No matter how our son was we knew that learning at home and supplementing outside the home was the way to go.

Soon we had a huge, smart 3 year old. True then as it is now, he sure loves to learn!

I have taken a couple other approaches to ‘tot school’ before, focusing too much on lists (and lists) and what I need to buy rather than actually doing activities. Plus, and a good plus, summer and fall got in the way. So the coldest day we have had all winter sounds like a perfect place to start.

It is a distant memory of when I thought I’d be a homeschooling, blogging, stay-at-home-mom. I now work full-time but still use this blog as a connection to fellow homeschoolers and bloggers, though Dad is the one in charge of school 90% of the time.

As it was at first with tot school, and now with preschool, my goal is to provide six or so fun learning activities for him to choose to do when he wants to, or perhaps with a little encouragement when he is bored. He takes so well to any sort of activity we do so I think this will go well! I enjoy visiting Pinterest for new ideas, making use of all the stuff we have, and finding ways to tailor activities to what’s going on in our everyday lives.

I have a strong computer background, whether I like it or not. Plus I love crafts, and my husband is a chef! And we are both packrats. So really, we have so much of what we need for great tot school activities. A couple trips to the dollar store and a few Oriental Trading and Lakeshore Learning orders will even things out.

Also, I am proud of my trusty B&W laser printer, high-tech Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, and Scotch Thermal Laminator; all three will be featured often.

I mostly link out to the wonderful blogs out there that are doing the same sort of thing, as well as other random sources for inspiration. But, I hope that I am contributing some new ideas as well. My main goal is to share what we do to help others make fun and exciting (while efficient and inexpensive) tot school themes!

Again, thanks for visiting and enjoy exploring with E!

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