Links for you as we all take a break


I’m taking a break this Holy Week. My kids and I will continue learning about this holy season through Amanda White’s awesome ebook “Sense of the Resurrection”  (affiliate link).

Here’s a picture of my kids playing the scene of Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem. We took turns being Jesus, the donkey, and the crowd. Though it’s not in Amanda White’s ebook, I can say that we were definitely inspired by it!


So, as we all slow down and take a break this week, let me leave you with some links that you might enjoy.


I’ll catch you again next week! I’ll be releasing the sign up form for our next seminars, Teacher Yaya and You Are Your Child’s First and Best Teacher. I’m also delaying the announcement of our Raising Readers Giveaway until then… sorry for the suspense!


Make magic!

Mariel Uyquiengco

5 Parenting Books that Keep Me Sane


With information literally at the tip of our fingertips, soon-to-be and new parents can get overwhelmed by the “shoulds” and “should-nots” when it comes to parenting. Before giving birth, I perused all the materials that I can get that from friends and family. I was armed and ready! Until my daughter came and I realized that every baby is unique and what worked for my niece was not necessarily true for my daughter. There are books, however, that kept me sane during those early days and books that I regularly go back to now that my daughter is in preschool. Here are some of them.


 1. Bright Start: Understand and Stimulate your Child’s Development from Birth to 5 Years by Dr. Richard C. Woolfson


Mariel gave me this book when I was a new mom navigating through this scary and exciting world of motherhood and it is definitely my go-to book until now. It gives parents a peak into what is happening to our children at certain stages and ages. It also gives practical suggestions on stimulating various aspects of development in our children. The book also addresses issues such as discipline, sleep, potty training, and separation anxiety. I love how it presents everything that is not intimidating and overwhelming to parents.


 2. Child’s Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler


I got this book before I labeled and realized that we were actually homeschooling the Energizer Bunny. Having grown up in a Montessori environment, I was attracted to everything Montessori. This book has tons of ideas and activities, arranged by age, that you can do with your 1-3 year old child. Activities are simple enough for parents (yes, very minimal preparation for busy moms and dads!) yet still fun and engaging for the little ones. We particularly enjoyed the parachute activity, guessing sounds games, nature scavenger hunt, and the painting activities.


 3. Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life by Gladys Hunt


This book I read again and again whenever I need encouragement and inspiration. It talks about the importance of reading to our children and introducing only beautiful literature to our little ones from a parent’s point of view. The author shares family reading traditions that I hope I can impart to my daughter as well. It also gives a list of books that she personally recommends for children of various ages.


 4. Montessori at Home! by John Bowman 


Because Montessori schools are so expensive, I always had the impression that Montessori materials are pricey too. Imagine my delight when I chanced upon this ebook! It starts out with an introduction to the Montessori approach to teaching and learning. This definitely gave perspective to our attempts to incorporate Montessori activities into our daily homeschool routine.

I regularly refer to the ebook whenever I do yearly and weekly lesson plans. It has an extensive and exhaustive list of activities that you can actually do at home categorized by subject – Math, Science, Language, Arts and Music, Sensorial and Practical Life. The key to a successful Montessori activity is the prepared environment and the author gives suggestions in setting up Montessori “corners” in your home. The activities are best suited 3-6 years old.


 5. Lighting Their Fires by Rafe Esquith


I just finished reading this book, a gem that I discovered in one of the big sales of a local bookstore. It was selling for P50 so I grabbed it without checking out the reviews. Am I glad I did!

The story within the book actually happens during a baseball game, and while I am not a fan of baseball, I found myself nodding my head in agreement or wanting to highlight parenting and teaching ideas found in this book.

From time management, to selflessness, and even self-control in screen and media time, the point that Esquith seems to get across is this: children do not become inspired adults without proper guidance and modeling. I like how the author gives readers “things to put in their backpacks” as practical suggestions in instilling values that will build their character and essentially lead them to become “extraordinary.”

While the children mentioned in the book and some recommendations are for older children, this book inspired me to identify teaching moments when it came to character training and building. This book I will definitely read again!


What parenting books helped you the most, dear readers? Would love to know!



Currently reading: Mary Poppins  by P.L. Travers
Currently reading-aloud: Boxcar Children  series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Read All About It is Sanne’s bi-weekly column. Read her welcome post here.

Raising Readers: A Giveaway


Sanne and I are avid readers.  We both love a good romance, a heart-stopping thriller, and anything that catches our fancy. We read until our eyes hurt. It’s one of the things that formed our bond so many years ago.

When we became parents, we naturally wanted to introduce our own children to the world of books and reading. When we see how beautiful books are opening our children’s hearts and minds, we are reminded time and again of the power of the written word to make us see, hear, feel, and understand. That’s why we hold seminars on reading, like the one we will have on April 12.

For the love of reading

So, friends, for the love of reading, we are having a giveaway! Three winners will receive one of the following:

  • One set of Child’s Play board books – perfect for babies and toddlers


  • Winner’s choice of three I Wonder Why books like the one pictured below – preschoolers love this series of fact books!


  • One Alpabetong Filipinoa Filipino alphabet book with beautiful images you would want to frame!


Click here for the simplest giveaway mechanics ever!

Three winners will be chosen at the end of the giveaway period.  Winners must PM, email, or text us their preference. First come, first served. Isn’t that exciting?!

Make magic!

Mariel Uyquiengco