Stone Soup – A Lesson through the Ages “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou Today, I was reminded of a lesson from years ago. It was a story told in my oldest son’s kindergarten class. Even now, after having heard the story many times, it always takes my mind on a gentle journey pausing momentarily to remember with great fondness the times in my life when large groups of family, friends, co-workers, came together to do something grand… help someone in need. Once, I’ve returned from the trip down memory lane, I think about
Painting with Infants and Toddlers Have you ever been painting with your older children and look up to see your infant sitting in the bouncer or high chair just staring in amazement and wanting to join in? Well, don’t leave baby out of the fun! But wait a minute, you think it’s not safe… baby will get the paint in their mouths as they try to eat it. No worries!! There are many ways to make safe paint with the food we eat for painting with infants and toddlers! Now, baby can join in and make it even more fun… for
Halloween Safety Tips The internet is filled with Halloween Safety Tips, but have you ever Googled Halloween statistics? The results definitely make you pause for the cause! Every parent is concerned about the safety of their child on Halloween. And, there is every reason to be concerned! Take a look at some of these statistics. Statistics Children are twice as likely to be injured in a traffic accident on Halloween. Logic tells you that makes 100% sense as it is this night that more children are near the roads/streets. It, however, doesn’t make the fact any less scary! Do you
Photo courtesy of Pixabay Make Your Home Safe for You and Your Baby By Guest Writer: Ashley Taylor (Disabledparents.org) Most people would agree that raising children is the most rewarding activity of their lives, and disabled parents are no exception. Bringing home a new baby represents a challenge. But, new technologies have made raising a child much easier for someone with mobility issues. So. let’s talk about how to make your home safe for you and your baby. Even parents confined to a wheelchair can do all the day-to-day care for a new baby with careful planning and some specialized
Pic courtesy of: http://www.urgenthomework.com/blog/parents-children-help-with-homework/ My Preschooler Has Homework My preschooler brought home, homework! How can that be? He is still my little baby. He’s not old enough for homework. He’s not ready for this… I’M not ready for this! *Sigh* Does that sound familiar? We are several weeks into the school year and some preschoolers’ parents had those exact things to say. Preschooler homework shock syndrome… PHSS. Ridiculous right? Well… not really. Today, we will discuss why preschool homework is really a good thing. “Do your homework. Find your voice. Be authentic. And then dive in with purpose.” Julie Foudy
Self-portrait work with a 3-year-old What’s art got to do with it, got to do with it? “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw. I can think of nothing more descriptive of art than those words. Oh, how true they are. A child creating a work of art is the equivalent of a songwriter pouring emotion from the depths of their soul into lyrics that will touch the world. The only difference is the song will last throughout the ages and be hummed in a moment
Situations to Stimulate Curiosity and Learning Have you ever read something that just stuck with you? You know, no matter what else you read or saw your brain kept coming back to that same thought? That happened to me today as I was doing some research. I ran across this question, “How do teachers create situations and opportunities that guide children to act on their natural powers of observation and curiosity and seemingly direct their own learning?”  A well-educated teacher with a passion for teaching children would certainly know how to do this, but what about parents, caregivers, and students
Home and School Partnerships It’s a new school year and what better time to talk about home and school partnerships. For the purposes of this article, the term “school” includes childcare centers, preschools, public and private school systems. To build that relationship and make the partnership work, that requires effort, patience, and determination by the school and the home. Teachers, management, parents, grandparents… etc. must work together for the benefit of the child. Today, we will discuss some of the ways those partnerships are built and maintained. Communication Schools communicate through many forms of medium. 1.      Letters 2.      Calendars 3.