St. Patrick’s Day Activities For Wee Ones And Older Lads And Lasses.

One of my favorite holidays is coming, St. Patrick’s Day.  Unfortunately, I’m not Irish even though I had an Irish wedding and have been obsessed with Ireland for years. There are all kinds of fun stories and interesting symbols from the Emerald Isle. Today I thought I would share some St. Patrick’s Day Activities you can do with your own lads and lasses.

St. Patrick’s Day Activities For Wee Ones And Older Lads And Lasses.

Activities for Toddlers and twos.

*Let them paint with green paint to make their own shamrocks.

*Let them paint with multiple colors to make a rainbow.

*Give them Lucky Charms cereal at snack time.

*Play with green play dough

*Let them dance to uptempo Irish music

*Play quiet, melodic Irish music at nap time.

St. Patrick's Day Activities For Wee Ones And Lads And Lasses.

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Activities for older lads and lasses.

*Add green food coloring to the milk at breakfast and lunch. (Take the gallon of milk down to the kitchen and add food coloring to keep the leprechaun mystery.) 🙂

* Decorate shamrock cookies with icing and sprinkles.

*Buy shiny cold coins from the dollar store and use them in your pot o’ gold crafts.

*Look up the story and meaning behind the claddagh ring. In a nutshell, a goldsmith was kidnapped by pirates for seven years and during that time he fashioned a ring for his beloved back home. The ring consisted of a heart for love, hands for friendship and a crown for loyalty.  The goldsmith was eventually released and returned home to his beloved where he presented her with the ring after seven years.  For a craft project, cut out hearts and a crown and then trace your students hands. On a piece of construction paper, place the heart in the middle, the crown on top of the heart and the hands on either side of the heart. You could add this caption for the parents, “Thank you for your love, friendship and loyalty to me.”

St. Patrick's Day Activities For Wee Ones and Lads And Lasses.

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*With parents permission, paint the kids faces with rainbows, pots of gold, and shamrocks.

*Read a book about St. Patrick’s Day. Some suggestions include The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Winger, St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons, and That’s What Leprechauns Do by Emily Arnold McCully.

*At Halloween time, buy a plastic bucket that looks like a cauldron. At St. Patrick’s Day, fill it with at least two prizes for each child in your class and hide it somewhere in your classroom. Or even better, somewhere in your school or day care. From there, make up some simple clues for a scavenger hunt. Once they find the pot, take it back to your classroom and pass out the goodies.

These St. Patrick’s Day Activities For Wee Ones And Lads And Lasses will make your students feel very lucky to have you as their teacher.

 

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How Long Should I Stay At Drop Off Time?

A lot of new day care parents wonder, how long should I stay at drop off time? Mornings can be very hectic as you round up all your children for school. Chances are, you may either drop off your older children first, they get picked up from home, or they get picked up at day care.  Although it seems like you’re always in a hurry, sometimes you just want to pause and hang out in your little one’s classroom for a few minutes.  As a former teacher, I get it. They are only little for so long and time goes by so fast. You feel like you miss out on the important stuff and you just want to observe for a few minutes. In my experience, staying a few minutes is okay but staying for an excessive amount of time can be a problem.

How Long Should I Stay At Drop Off Time?

From what I have observed, the best way is to drop them off in their room, talk briefly to their teacher if need be,  and then head right on to work. As hard as this can be, this is the easiest way to handle drop off time.  Although your child may be crying or upset, they usually calm down within a matter of minutes. Some will cuddle with their teachers while others will go play with their friends. It is also easier for you as a parent when you are in a hurry and have to get to work.

How Long Should I Stay At Drop Off Time?

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The Effects Of A Longer Drop Off.

When you extend your drop off it not only affects your child, it affects the entire classroom.

*The morning is a time of transition and it’s the teacher’s job to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.

*Some children may get upset because their parent isn’t there.

*The children can distracted from doing what they are supposed to be doing, like picking up toys.

*Your child may suddenly feel like they don’t have to listen because you are there.

*It is harder for you to leave because your child will want to go with you.

 

In answer to your question, how long should I stay at drop off time? Most parents stay long enough to greet their child’s teacher, give their child a hug and kiss, and watch them run off to play with their classmates or be close to their teachers. Staying longer at drop off time truly throws everyone’s day off-teacher, child and parent. It’s not personal, teachers  just have a lot to handle in the morning. Dropping off and heading onto work is the easiest solution for everyone.

 

 

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Parents: Why It’s Important To Be Present At Pick Up Time

Recently on social media there was a post going around about parents being told not to be on their cell phones when they pick their kids up at day care. A center had posted this sign telling their parents to get off their phones and there has been an uproar on both sides of the issue. Some parents may think it is an invasion of their privacy.  Some people may feel like their parenting is being judged. Other people may feel like it’s no ones business why they are on the phone or distracted when getting their children. Overall, it really doesn’t matter what society thinks. What does matter is what your child thinks. Here are some reasons why it’s important to be present at pick up time.

Why It’s Important To Be Present At Pick Up Time.

The Day Got Off To  A Bad Start-Maybe you had a rough morning and you yelled at your children. Maybe you were running late and couldn’t say goodbye at drop off time. Maybe your spouse brought your child instead of you. Regardless of the situation, your child has missed you all day. They probably can’t wait to get a hug and kiss from you and have you ask how their day was.

Your Child Is Trying To Tell You Something- Your child could have had a really great day. He or she could have gone on a field trip, had a special guest come to speak to the class or even shared in a birthday treat.  They also may want to talk to you about something that went wrong that day.

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Your Child’s Teacher Wants To Talk To You-It is important to check in with your child’s teacher at the end of the day to find out how their day was.  You need to know if they are struggling or doing exceptional. It’s always good to check in to make sure everyone is on the same page. We appreciate your presence too. 🙂

Being Present vs. Having Presence.

To Show Your Child They Are Important-There is too much negativity in the world. Your child could have had the worst day ever. Being able to give them five minutes of your uninterrupted time after school is very important. It gives you a chance to relax, breathe, and reconnect for a minute before the your evening moves into the hectic chaos of dinner, bath time and homework (if you have older children).

Another Parent Wants To Talk To You-Another parent may want to talk to you about setting up a play date or inviting your child to a birthday party.

The next time  you’re driving to day care to pick up your children, pause and reflect how it was when you were a child. If you had a Mom that stayed at home, didn’t it feel good to be able to sit down with a snack and talk to her about your day? If you were with a single Dad, didn’t it feel good to crawl on his lap at a young age and talk about your day? Or to sit around at the dinner table with your family and get caught up? We live in a fast paced world where time flies and moments pass way too quickly. Moments that cannot be recaptured.Parents, make a habit of being present at pick up time  so your absence during the day won’t  be so hard. It is important to be present not only at pick up time but all the time.

 

 

 

 

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Ideas For Your Classroom Bulletin Board (Winter Edition)

Are you struggling with ideas for your classroom bulletin board? With the holidays over and the bleak winter months ahead, it’s hard to come up with new, fresh ideas. Let the suggestions below jump start your creativity.

Snowball Fight-Cut out white circles out of card stock and write the names of your students in the middle. Then glue cotton balls all around it. Make a snow scene of blue sky on the top and white construction paper on the bottom. Staple snowballs in various places all around the board. Place the caption, ” Snowball Fight: Ready…set…go!”

Ideas For Your Classroom Bulletin Board.

Hibernation Station-Have your kids color a picture of a bear. Make a cave scene on your bulletin board and add your bears to the cave.  Place the caption, “Hibernation Station” at the top.

Penguin Plunge- Let your students color a picture of a penguin and make an arctic water scene on your bulletin board. Add the caption “Penguin Plunge”.

Ideas For Your Classroom Bulletin Board (Winter Edition)

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More Ideas.

Cozy Fire-If you used a fireplace hearth for you holiday display, make it do double duty by adding marshmallows above the flames in your fireplace. Cut out a marshmallow pattern, let the kids decorate them and add googly eyes and a smile. Add the caption, “Roastin’ and Toastin’ Over The Fire.”

Rollin’ In The Snow-Give each of your kids a snowman to decorate. Line them up on the bulletin board and add the caption, “Rollin’ In The Snow.”

Other Ideas For Your Board:

*Snow Angels

*Icicles

*Sledding

*Scarves, Hats and Mittens (Winter Warm Up)

*Winter Wonderland

*Alphabet Soup (Cover your board with red construction paper. Cut out the letters of the alphabet on yellow or cream construction paper, correlate the students in your class with a letter of the alphabet (Ex: Cole/Cassie=C  Devin/Darcy=D, etc) and add the caption “ABC…Count With Me!” You may want to add some white construction paper in the upper middle so it resembles a soup bowl.)

These are just a few ideas for your classroom bulletin board.

 

 

 

 

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