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PROFILE OVERVIEW OF INVITATIONTOPLAY
75.7% of invitationtoplay's followers are female and 24.3% are male. Average engagement rate on the posts is around 0.30%. The average number of likes per post is 217 and the average number of comments is 13.
Invitationtoplay loves posting about Events, Shopping, Children, Accessories.
Check invitationtoplay's audience demography. This analytics report shows invitationtoplay's audience demographic percentage for key statistic like number of followers, average engagement rate, topic of interests, top-5 countries, core gender and so forth.
GENDER OF ENGAGERS FOR INVITATIONTOPLAY
AUDIENCE INTERESTS OF INVITATIONTOPLAY
- Children & Family 89.32 %
- Clothes, Shoes, Handbags & Accessories 87.38 %
- Art & Design 79.80 %
- Fitness & Yoga 55.60 %
- Restaurants, Food & Grocery 54.07 %
- Home & Garden 47.28 %
- Entertainment 43.42 %
- Healthy Lifestyle 42.04 %
- Travel & Tourism 35.24 %
- Beauty & Fashion 34.43 %
- Music 30.93 %
- Business & Careers 29.76 %
I could’ve cried. Right there in the doorway, in my baby spew soaked shirt, in the face of a stranger. A new postman had just knocked on the door. A man, roughly in his early 50’s I would assume, jovial and warm - remarked at the beautiful baby I was toting - “oooh she’s a fresh one.” “8 weeks” I said “Ahhh” he responded. “Hardest job in the world.” Immediately - a lump in my throat. Validation. “Yes, but arguably the most rewarding” I replied. Because isn’t that what you’re supposed to say? “Oh absolutely” he said “but despite its rewards, I know how hard it is - particularly for you mums. So well done” I could’ve cried. I SHOULD’VE thanked him more profusely than I did. But I was so taken aback. So completely enveloped in gratitude for the acknowledgment that yes, this is hard. As I closed the door and put my parcel on the table, the tears fell. You see, no one questions themselves more than a new mother (and I certainly consider each new baby as a relaunch into ‘new motherhood’ for indeed no baby is a clone of their predecessors) And despite being overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness for our beautiful babies, and knowing that we wouldn’t forgo the hard if it meant forgoing them, it’s so reassuring to have the space held to acknowledge the hard. Verbalising difficulty does not mean you’re not grateful for what you have. Acknowledging that this precious blessing comes with no manual and sleepless nights, leaving you with a mind and a body that barely resembles its former self is helpful. Necessary even. I drowned in guilt at times during my pregnancy as I walked the tightrope of thankfulness for carrying a healthy, living baby and misery caused by the extreme pain and sickness that accompanied it. I’d lost a baby - I should just be grateful. But then i had to accept the reality that I WAS grateful. So grateful. But I was grateful AND struggling. And isn’t parenthood the same at times - in all its seasons? I live for this role. Being a mama sets my soul alight. I truly relish it. But my postie gave me such a gift yesterday by acknowledging this truth - joy, gratitude and hardship can co-exist. And they can exist guilt and shame free. ✨
Spelling practice this morning made fun with this amaaazing play and learn tray from @sawdustandchalk - this is a truly versatile resource and I can’t wait to try it out in our maths exploration tomorrow!
The world would be a far better place if everyone were as kind as you. Your tender heart is truly a blessing in my life and your ability to consistently display compassion and empathy is a gift that will change lives. You are such a treasure - so lovely and so delightful. You are relishing your role as big sister, taking pride in the fact that you are the only one in the house to be both a big and a little one. You are creative, imaginative and playful. It is both a pleasure and a privilege to be your mama. You are 5 and while I can scarcely believe it - each one of those years has brought us all incredible joy. Happy birthday sweet girl. Xx
Will there be gaps in my children’s learning? Sure. There’s no way to teach someone everything about everything. I wasn’t able to do it as a classroom teacher and I won’t be able to do it as a homeschool mum. But the gift of homeschooling is the opportunity to pay close attention to my girl’s interests, curiosities and ways of thinking and to journey with them through those - and I kind of think that makes me the perfect person to educate my kids. If you have been made to feel like you’re not the right person for that job, take heart. No-one knows your children better than you do, mama. Allow yourself the chance to do things differently and have courage when faced with opposition. You are your family’s greatest advocate and you can be a confident homeschooling mum - even with the knowledge that there will be gaps. Giving your children the gift of learning how to learn will move mountains. And after all, a ‘gap’ is just another opportunity to learn. ✨
Little houses everywhere. Little things, stuffed into little bags and little nooks and little crannies. Little people, with not so little imaginations. Little pockets of whimsy captured in little remnants of play. I live for these days. ✨
Playing with light, reflection and refraction allows children to explore the awe and wonder of our world. By providing opportunities for children to engage their curiosity, we set them up for lifelong learning. We used our @connetix_tiles and a giant connect 4 frame to explore light, colour, shape, form, opacity and colour mixing and had a great time doing it!!
Miss 4’s current interest in numbers is almost as strong as her love for loose parts. Grateful for a way to combine them all! We love using our reversible tens frame from @ellecollective_kids in our numeracy explorations - it has come in so handy when investigating and displaying number concepts. This was a simple invitation that kept Miss 4 engaged for ages! She rolled a ten sided dice, displayed the number on the tens frame and then used our @crayon_rocks_australia crayons to have a go at writing the numeral. These crayons are formed to promote correct pencil grip and we love them!
I remember how much my daughter hated to write. How, at 5, she was much more interested in being outside and playing and moving than she was in sitting and focusing on all the fine motor work required to hold a pencil and form letters that held very little meaning to her at that point. The school timeframe for teaching children to master these tasks is quite a different timeframe to what many child development experts will tell you is required. It can be a brutal and disheartening process for many parents, children and teachers. So when we decided to homeschool, we also ditched the pencil. And as she grew more interested in letters and their relevance to her, we chose other ways of learning to form them before we ever put a pencil back into her hand. Consequently, I don’t have a child who hates to write anymore. It’s still not her preferred way of communicating, but it has meaning and relevance to her now and there are no aversions to having a go because there was no force or pressure in her coming to learn how to do it. This same girl, now 8, can be found sitting and writing in her diary at night, jotting down stories on our whiteboard or penning thoughtful cards and letters for friends and family. I wonder how many children grow up believing that they ‘can’t do’ certain things simply because the window of opportunity to master it was presented at a time they weren’t developmentally ready for it? Or because the window of opportunity was too short or too fast or offered materials not best suited to that child? I wonder when our system will develop to a point where we realise that children are not clones who are programmed to complete given tasks in a given timeframe? But we can do it differently. We can lean into our children and reframe the idea that things they aren’t ready for are ‘deficits’ and celebrate the stage they ARE in, instead of lamenting the one they’re not. Imagine the possibilities in that! ✨
"Bless you, my darling, and remember you are always in the heart - oh tucked so close there is no chance of escape - of your sister." - Katherine Mansfield This. This is what I love more than anything about our lifestyle. The togetherness. The opportunities to connect deeply through that togetherness. There’s so much that we’d miss if we spent our days separated. These are irreplaceable moments - unhurried, soaked in. And I wouldn’t change it for the world. ✨
I am often asked to recommend my favourite homeschooling resources, of which I have many. But the thing is, I sometimes feel icky about recommending products because truthfully, I believe that homeschooling can be done beautifully without an array of specific resources. In an age where stunningly crafted images abound, it’s easy to subscribe to the notion that learning can’t happen effectively without a multitude of ‘stuff’. That’s simply not true. While I happily (and authentically) endorse many small businesses and have loved their products as wonderful additions to our learning, I’d be lying if I said my girls wouldn’t learn without them. You see, I am aware that everyone has limited space and limited finances to work with. And as most homeschoolers are operating as a single income family, all purchases are often carefully considered. So while I do indeed have a selection of resources that I love, and brands that I am blessed to rep for and support, you will never hear me refer to anything as ‘must haves’. I don’t want to contribute to a culture where parents already feel inadequate or less than if they can’t provide their child with every lovely item out there. Homeschooling can be done effectively as inexpensively or expensively as you like, with as many or as few resources as you like. You will hear me recommending thrifting as much as you will hear me share my love of a purchased product. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Your ability to homeschool should never come down to what products you own. Learning happens in spite of them.
At the beginning of the year I was fortunate enough to begin a 2 day a week teaching position in a brand new, lovely, Reggio inspired ELC. I have loved transitioning into a role so closely aligned with my passion for children and play. But people are often surprised when they find out that I work and homeschool. I am regularly asked ‘how we fit it all in’ if the girls aren’t ‘schooling’ while I’m at work. Firstly, I acknowledge how fortunate I am that on Mondays while I work, my husband has the girls (his work week is Tues-Sat) and on Tuesdays my beautiful dad has the girls. Secondly, I gently remind people that the absence of ‘schooling’ doesn’t mean the absence of learning. For example on Mondays (the girls call it ‘Daddy Day’ and they adore it) - Jordan will take the girls to their swimming lessons and to their homeschool art class. They will often go for a play at the park or play some board/card games together. Through all those things - the girls are learning. As for Tuesdays, my dad has always offered for me to send any projects the girls are working on etc his way if required. He will often listen to Miss 8 read a chapter of whatever novel she’s reading. But mostly I let them create their own projects with Pop. And once again, there’s learning there. Take these succulents - sourced by Pop but then planted by Miss 8, and together they filmed a short series of ‘episodes’ about the potting process. I didn’t plan that. In fact, they didn’t plan that! It was a spontaneous, authentic project that ended so proudly for Miss 8 who not only had lovely succulents to decorate Granny and Pop’s place with, but who also had episodes that they proudly played on the TV for me that night after I finished work. My dad is a pastor - not an educator. My husband works in a distribution centre - also not an educator. But make no mistake - my girls learn in their time with both of them. That’s the beauty of authentic, real life learning - it’s happening all the time and with many different people. So how do we fit it in? We live and we learn. Some days are more relaxed, some days have more rhythm, but the learning? Well that’s ongoing. 🌱
The sweetest delivery graced our doorstep this week. The amazing Sandie from @purelyfeltcraft created some stunning Spring dolls and I just had to purchase one each for my own little fairies. Everything Sandie creates is with love and her detailed work is incredible, bringing joy to our home for a few years now. Support small. Support the makers. ✨
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