Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Flowering Baby Review: TOS Crew


Have you ever wished you could get your hands on a collection of developmentally appropriate songs, craft ideas, and other fun early education tid bits just to make sure you weren't forgetting anything while your children were little? Finally you can!

Flowering Baby, LLC is a fun and interactive for your child from birth through age five. Each curriculum is a separate year and each year is broken down by months. Furthermore, each month has over 20 activities that are fun and engaging for both you and your child.

Being that I have three little ones in my family, I had the wonderful opportunity of using and reviewing two different yearly curriculums. For my youngest who just turned 1 year, I used the birth to one year program and my my twins who just turned 2, I used the one to two year program.

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How we used these programs:
As a large family Mom in a busy homeschool household I often worry about missing out on or forgetting those fun early childhood activities that are critical for development and learning. Of course I do the basics but I sometimes feel like I am not teaching my little ones those fun songs that I grew up with one because I simply can't remember them and also because I don't make it a point to incorporate those things into our day. For example, pat-a-cake and itsy bitsy spider are about thee extent of my early childhood hand motion sings. Enter Flowering Baby, LLC.

Now I don't have to wonder if I am remembering those fun songs or age appropriate crafts, everything is planned out for me year by year and month by month. This curriculum is also so flexible that you don't have to follow each day to the letter, rather use it as a guide for the month and fit in the suggested activities whenever and where ever you can.

One activity that my youngest and I really enjoyed from the birth to one year program was the discovery bottles. Using various water bottles we had laying around the house I filled them as suggested with water and small floating objects. After securing the lids my little guy and I set about discovering what was in each of the bottles. With lots of oohs and aahs and his trademark fish lips when he is excited we talked about each of the items floating and sloshing around in the bottles. Also recommended for this particular day was to have classical music playing in the background and reintroduce small blocks. Another activity on other days in this program is to read a particular book to your child. Now we read a lot of books in our house, but I appreciated the reminder to introduce other titles that I may have forgotten about or never heard of. I typically stick to my old favorites but this program helped remind me about others that my son might enjoy and I just needed to pick up at the library or find in our bookshelves.

My twins were nearly 2 when I started reviewing this product so I focused on the last few months in the one to two year program. One suggested activity that we particularly enjoyed was "where is it at". This game involved hiding something under a cup and then rearranging it with other similar looking cups. My girls and I giggled so much with this one, they thought it was such a fun game and little did they know the problem solving skills they were learning in the process. I enjoyed just watching their little brains work as they followed the hidden cup around. This activity is an example of one of those things I just wouldn't have thought to do on my own, I love having these programs at my finger tips to remind me of all of these fun, developmentally appropriate, and educational activities that I can do with my young children.

While I am not a big advocate for early education curriculum I thoroughly enjoyed Flowering Baby, LLC. I appreciated the hands on approach and suggestions as well as the wide variety of activities. This program did a wonderful job of incorporating hands on activities for speech, fine motor and gross motor skills, developmentally appropriate books, and songs into each day's activities.

Interested in seeing examples of the Flowering Baby, LLC programs?

Birth to one year sample
One to two year sample
Two to three year sample
Four to five year sample
Four to five year sample

Product Details:
Birth to 1 year program $30
One to two year program $30
Two to three year program $30
Three to four year program $38
Four to five year program $38
Buy all 5 programs for $132

As a special offer to my blog readers, Flowering Baby, LLC is offering 10% off all of their products. Use the code "Blog10" when ordering.


Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. No other form of payment or reimbursement was received.

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  1. This looks so cool, Alexis - and the price is definitely right! I have been wondering how to find time to "teach" the soon-to-be-two-year-old I babysit without getting all "school-ish" on her or having to spend hours (of non-existent time). This might be just what I'm looking for!

    1. I hope you enjoy it Tina, please let me know what you think. And thank you for letting me know about the code, I'm happy to hear it got resolved.

  2. Alexis,

    This is lovely review. Thanks so much!




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