Seems my choice for this post was fairly timely seeing as we had a little snowfall. I love yesterday’s latest tweet I read from Lawrence, Ks PD. Here’s a screenshot/pic……
We had more than a little light snow here in Mid-Missouri. The schools closed due to icy roads …or most of them closed. Some may be in denial on the road conditions. I need to install a live video feed of my neighborhood of the drive-by’s for the schools out there. hehe
For now though I’m going to share some of the Wonder of Winter through the eyes of a child. Hope your Tuesday isn’t a washout.
I don’t know if my grandmother ever contributed any stories of her own to newspapers while teaching back during her teaching days, but I definitely know from my own personal experience that kids can and will say things that make you smile on a daily basis. It’s probably why she was drawn to cutting out the ‘funnies’ from the newspapers.
Before I share Grandma’s clipping for this week, I wanted to share a bit about our week during storytime. As a regular activity, we talk about stuff related to the story of the day and I have kept track of several of these over time. This past couple weeks, we had an Insect Theme goin’ on and the question I posed to them went like this….
“If you found a beehive on the ground, what would you do? Why?”
Owen(age4) “Put it back up–Because the bees will be sooo happy”
Hunter(age 4) “Go in the house–Because they will sting you.”
Owen yes we have 2 Owens (age 4) “Don’t be around it–Because they will sting you”
Bella (age 2) “Be afraid! –I don’t know & my daddy afraid & my mommy afraid!”
Jonathan (age 2) “Run away to my house, no a different house–Because I don’t like bees!”
Miles (age 5) “Scare it away — Cause I don’t like bees.”
Hudson (age 5) ” I would pick it up and put it back and wait for more bees to come back — I don’t know why”
Ben (age 7) “Leave it alone & walk around it — So I don’t get stung.”
Sawyer (age 7) ” Leave it alone so I don’t get stung and walk off”
So to reassure everyone out there, we had further discussion of how to handle this situation and also about the benefits bees provide to our environment. In addition, I just want to say that the next generation is going to be OK. They have empathy, caring hearts and are wonderful little people! So, if this didn’t make you smile, maybe the funnies coming up will…..Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!!
The April A to Z Challenge is in its tenth year, I’ve now participated for 6 of those years, and this year will be my 3rd quilt theme. It’s my first quilt using only patterns from the Kansas City Star newspaper archives. Welcome to my blog!
This 1932 block took a lot of piecing and for me personally it took 3 sewing sessions. My quilt time is usually in small stretches though. Still, it was pretty intense for a single block.
Let’s just say you had better have a lot of desire to finish a whole quilt of this block. I only had desire to make one at this time 😉 The following gallery of photos are just the quilt during the sewin process. Not going to describe everything in a paragraph. If you happen to have any questions, just leave them in the comments.
I truly love the end result of this block. The measurement ended right, the piecing instructions weren’t bad and it’s visually interesting. Sometime in the future, a whole quilt would not be out of the question.
Did You Know?
With this block I’ll celebrate an outstanding female Missourian, Susan Elizabeth Blow. In my circle of life, there are children. Many children. So her achievement is close to my heart.
Susan founded the first public Kindergarten in St. Louis, Missouri and ran it 11 years without being payed. Of course she was priviledged, being the daughter of a wealthy family. Nonetheless, she believed in the importance of this early childhood introduction to school. Kindergarten readiness is how I spend my days with infants and children–guiding them with developmentally appropriate practices. Thanks to Susan for this wonderful contribution to our children!
Come back here tomorrow for another quilt block for the A to Z Challenge! Also be sure to visit the home of the A to Z here and see other entrants challenge posts. There are excellent writers participating every year with topics in whatever you’re interested in
This Thursday Doors I’m celebrating the first day of baseball for the Kansas City Royals. One door closed (winter we hope) and another one –Spring– has opened here in central Missouri.
So with the arrival of my first little baseball fan and a gorgeous 63 degree morning with no wind to speak of, it was defintely going to be a day to break out the bat and ball.
I have no other special door to offer this Thursday Doors post and I’ll be taking a break to partake in the April A to Z Challenge in April, my 6th year. If you have time to stop in, I’ll be creating a quilt for the Challenge this year.
Credit for this blog post goes out to my youngest daughter who had a coworker uninformed of what I’m about to share. So here goes…….
Well with little hungry children (or big ones) around, there’s no such thing as too many.
But what to do with all those extras? If you make them from scratch, there’s all that effort and the box mixes don’t come cheap. Feeding them to the dog is a possiblility but I have a better idea.
First you’ll need some:
XBrand Freezer Paper
Scissors, Gallon Freezer bag & Cut squares of freezer paper.
freezer paper, wax paper or aluminum foil. —I prefer freezer paper but I’ve used all 3 in a pinch.
freezer bags (do you see where this is going?)
Cut the paper into 5 or 6 inch squares but dont get too worried about them being perfect. Their use is mainly to allow you peel-ability.
And by now you know we’re about to stack the extra pancakes on top of each other with a freezerpaper square between. They’ll freeze for up to 2 months although they won’t last that long here
You could place them on a metal cookie sheet and freeze them individually for baggin’ later like Pioneer Woman. But who has time for that? One and done is my motto.
4 slice toasters are the only way to go.
Our topping of choice. Butter and maple syrup with No High Fructose Corn Syrup added.
Pop them in the toaster to reheat and you have a snack/meal ready in just minutes. I love this simple method that allows the little ones to help with meals too. Just don’t let them touch that toaster, please!
Thanks to everyone for your visit! Hope you’ll leave a preferred pancake topping in the comments below. I’m always interested in other ways to get these kids to eat here 🙂
Whether you agree or not on immunizing your child, it’s a law in most areas to have your child immunized before their first day of school.
For this Free Tip Friday, I’m sharing a little gift from my mother-in-law on her recent excursion to the Missouri State Fair. She knows about the yearly report I’m obligated to make each year to our state licensing agency on the number of children in my care who are up-to-date on shots. Lots of red tape when you have a license to keep up with. Anyway, just wanted to give a shout out to thank her for thinking of me and to the Dept. of Health and Senior Services for the freebie offered this year.
It’s hard to take a picture of this totally unscrolled with one hand. But you get the general idea of why it’s a cool little item. It’s easy to reference something like this when a parent has questions.
For this week, I’m taking Free Tip Friday to a new realm. This advice donation is about helping parents with potty training tips from a 25-year veteran childcare provider. I’ve held onto this draft for a few years, waiting for the correct moment. I currently care for ‘potty-trainee’s’ who are blessed with parents who are doing a wonderful job in this child-rearing arena. I could not ask for better cooperation and so in no way is this article for them 🙂 But I can tell you we all have made mistakes in raising our children so take my wisdom at face value. I have no ulterior motive in sharing these tidbits. I hope you enjoy!
Please don’t leave your child alone during pottying. They can give you some of the most insightful moments of your child’s life. There’s something about bathrooms and conversations. Girls, just ask your sister. Besides, they shouldn’t be left alone anyway. What if the dreaded worst happened??
Do not give your child Polyethylene Glycol (petroleum based laxative) if you want them to have success ‘holding it’ til they can tell you they need to go. Click here (or look it up yourself) on the risks of using these from pretty reputable sources. I can testify first hand that there is a link to behavior and the use of these products. Before I go on and on, just do your homework. Your children are worth it! NONE of them can be replaced.
Children don’t Have to have a bm every day. Ask your health professional if you don’t believe me.
It certainly helps if they will tell you they need to go. Language skills or even hand signals are a good sign they are ready to work on potty training.
Its not mandatory tho. Just try actually watching them. Novel idea for certain parents with attachment to gadgets
Incentives help. Sometimes whatever works in desperation. Just wash hands before rewarding treats, please. Yours And Theirs.
Rushing can backfire. Once you commit to trying to potty train, don’t back down. Be patient and celebrates small victories
It takes everyone involved to work on it. Not just during the day at the child’s daycare even tho they are often there 10 hours of the day.
Alert!!They are onto you if you’re not really trying
Keep it light hearted and not too serious. In the words of mothers and grandmothers everywhere,You get further with sugar than with vinegar.
Just a few points to ponder for one of the most frustrating times for young parents.
We like Dramatic Play in my childcare environment. And when you need something to fill the time, you make something the children can take home. But first, we do a ‘Test Run’. After all, it’s more fun to play with friends! Right?!
So showing you how we turned a simple color page into a way to extend our theme of Fire Safety into the Dramatic Play Center. This color page is from about 19 years back so sorry no link for making a copy.
Here is a view of supplies needed including a color page. We printed ours on cardstock for more longevity.
The color and cut stage
Connect the long tubes on each end ONLY.
Masking tape works best.
For the “People”, firefighters in this instance, use tape loops and attach to the smaller tubes.
Finally, slide the fire truck in-between the longer tubes. It should be a snug fit. Trim the ends if it’s a little long. And there you have it! Individual play sets for your theme to enhance Dramatic Play.
Skills Learned from Dramatic Play:
Learning to cooperate, to control impulses (like tearing it up by ‘crashing’, leads to less aggressive tendencies.
Eye/hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills
Developing literacy skills with use of new language, role-playing and problem solving
Learning to ask and answer questions. This introduces a larger view of the world they are living in. Some of them will relate the events of the evening news they see at home to their play. Great opportunity to ‘be there’ to discuss our times.
Talk with your caregiver about the importance of Dramatic Play.
This post is being updated and reblogged from my personal daycare blog from Oct. 17, 2015.
And they get stored in these extra large ice cream containers. When it gets about half full, I turn to ways to upcycle them.
Watching & waiting
The hubby is pretty good at discovering bargains on ebay and found this Crayola Melt & Mold Factory at a decent price. It comes with a couple mold styles and looked like it would be a good way to occupy school-agers this summer.
Here is where I insert the facts. If you have only a few broken crayons, this is the way to go because this is how many (I’m being Very generous)you can melt in one sitting. And in one sitting I mean 45 minutes from beginning to end. I wasn’t very impressed with the results as there were air gaps in the molds in the end so you ended up with half-baked crayons. Not very sturdy for those with a firm grip.
Time to move on obviously.
My tried and true method that I have had a lot of success with are these little silicone bakers. They are great for practicing color sorting or color mixing that All ages greatly enjoy. I’m sure you can find many shapes in silicone bakeware or candy molds, but I just use the ones I already have.
My round crayons give new shape, color, and variety to the crayon bin.
Did I mention they are stackable? Quite the item to take outdoors as well. It’s pretty hard to lose these bright round disks, and even harder for them to get choked on. They make great paper weights when the wind is blowing (so you can never have too many).I have a few other ideas I’m planning with these gems for the future. I’ll have to let you know how they work out.
Hope this “Free Tip Friday” brightens the start to your weekend!