It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

Feb 26

I have to start off by saying that my cousin, Tyler, recently wrote a blog about his and his brother’s hysterical experiences with pets when they were children.  It got me thinking about pets myself.  Read his blog here. Early last month, I got a kitten.  His name is Berlioz (thanks to a former student of mine who named him via a suggestion on FaceBook through his mom), and he’s...

Activities: Nature Walks

Activities: Nature Walks

Feb 22

How: Take a walk to your neighborhood park, or just walk around the block.  Pick up leaves, sticks, rocks, and anything else your child finds interesting.  Talk about the things you find, where they come from, and what you can do with them.  When you get back home, put the natural, found materials out in a basket or on a table with some paints, glue, and paper and let your child go at it! ...

Are You Sick of Highly Paid Teachers?

Are You Sick of Highly Paid Teachers?

Feb 21

Disclaimer: I found this on Facebook, and reposted it there.  It was too perfect to not copy to my blog.  This was first posted, as far as I can tell, by Meredith Menden as a “note” on her Facebook page.  You can read the original post here. Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective...

A Surprising Question…”Big Kid Beds”

A Surprising Question…”Big Kid Beds”

Feb 21

For those of you who haven’t read the “about me” section, I’ve been working with children for about a decade, which clearly means that I’ve been working with parents for about a decade as well.  I get questions every day about anything and everything you can imagine regarding parenting, child rearing, child development, and more.  At this point, I’d like to...

Play Dough!

Play Dough!

Feb 20

How: Here’s are two great easy play dough recipes that you can make with ingredients that almost everyone has at home: Cooked Recipe No Cook Recipe Your little one(s) will love cooking it with you, and then they can play.  Add any food coloring to make it colorful, or make a few batches with different colors.  The dough will stay good for a few weeks if kept in a Tupperware container or...

Flubber!

Flubber!

Feb 20

How: Here is a great easy recipe for a sensory activity, like play dough, called flubber.  It’s sticky, oozy, and cold.  Add food coloring while your making it, or let your child draw on it with markers afterward.  Either way, they’ll love it. Flubber Recipe Why: It’s a great sensory experience.  Sometimes working with doughs and other similar materials can help calm a restless...

Cooking with your Children

Cooking with your Children

Feb 20

How: There are 2 easy ways to involve your child in cooking. First, you can tell them what your making (or let them choose what they want to make) for dinner, lunch, or just a treat at school.  Involve them in getting the ingredients.  Ask them if they know what they need and help them figure out what ingredients they might need to make that meal.  Help them measure, pour and mix, as the...

Have You Ever Seen A Child Play With A Box?

Have You Ever Seen A Child Play With A Box?

Feb 20

How: Give your child a box, any box, and let them play!  Check out this amazing children’s book called Not A Box and read it to your child (Not A Stick is another great book in the same series).  See what they turn the box into.  If they get bored with just playing with it, try adding some art materials like paint, glue, markers, or crayons and see what happens, or try adding other...