Ways to Involve Your Kids This Thanksgivng

Ways to Involve Your Kids This Thanksgiving. The countdown until Thanksgiving is on. Chances are, you have lots of things to do to get ready. Many of these tasks are things that your older children can help you with. But what about your little ones. Here are some ideas to involve your kids this turkey day.

Ways to Involve Your Kids This Thanksgiving.

There are many ways to involve your kids this Thanksgiving, like…

Color the Tablecloth-We all know that coloring books for adults are the rage, but what about letting the kids color the tablecloth to display Thanksgiving dinner on? You can buy one on Amazon here. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Tablecothe+you+can+color

Thankful Place Cards-Have your kids write three things they are thankful for in each person that is coming to dinner. It could be Grandma’s cookies, a siblings hug, or running errands with Dad.

Read a Thanksgiving themed book-Another way to involve your kids this Thanksgiving, sit down with your child and help them read a book about Thanksgiving to family and friends. Look for books featuring your child’s favorite characters or about the first Thanksgiving.

Ways to Involve Your Kids This Thanksgiving.

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Other Ways to Get The Kids Involved.

Have them help make a kids only treat-Buy pre-cut fruits or veggies and have your kids help you assemble a cup of each for each young guests. You could also serve club soda with a splash of cranberry juice or cups of Jell-o, garnished with fruit or whipped cream.

Set the table-Let your kids set the table with help.

Make a centerpiece-Get crafty with your kids and help them make a centerpiece for the table.

More Ways To Involve Your Kids This Thanksgiving.

Bake a real pumpkin pie-Buy a pumpkin and let your kids dig out all the pulp to make a yummy, fresh, pumpkin pie.

Make real whipped cream-With assistance, let them help you beat heavy whipping cream to go on top of your pie.

Decorate cookies-Make cut out cookies shaped like turkeys and let your kids decorate them a day ahead of time.

Make and Send Cards-Ways to involve your kids this can also include making cards for faraway family and friends this Thanksgiving.

Ways to involve your kids this Thanksgiving include setting the table, gathering real pumpkin, and decorating.  By enlisting older family members in ways to get your kids involved this Thanksgiving, you are bound to have a happy and bonded holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

Down With The Sickness: Common Illnesses to Watch Out For This Winter

I know I have been talking a lot about preparing your child for illnesses at school and preparing you for easier sick days at home. Cold and flu season is on it’s way after all. However, there are other illnesses that are common in day cares. Today I’m going to talk about these common sicknesses so that you will know what to look for when your child is down with the sickness: common illnesses to watch out for this winter.

Down With The Sickness: Common Illnesses To Watch Out For This Winter.

Common Cold- Some signs of a cold are runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, mild fever, and loss of appetite.

Respiratory Syncytial  Virus (RSV)-This virus can mask as a cold, pay attention to wheezing and grunting with each breath.

Flu-Fever, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea or vomiting, and aching body or muscles are all signs of the flu.

Ear aches-Trouble with sleeping or balancing, fluid drainage from the ear, earache.

Down With The Sickness: Common Illnesses to Watch Out For This Winter

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More Common Sicknesses.

Gastroenteritis(Stomach Flu)-Stomach or abdominal pain, vomiting, watery diarrhea.

Croup(Whooping Cough)-Deep, barking cough that usually worsens at night.

Strep Throat-Pain while swallowing, red spots on the roof of the mouth or white spots on the tonsils, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite.

Rotovirus-Causes high fever and prolonged diarrhea.

Keep a close eye on your child and monitor their symptoms. Please don’t take your child to day care when they are vomiting or have diarrhea. This list, Down With The Sickness: Common Illnesses To Watch Out For This Winter should be helpful in initially diagnosing what is going on.

Sick Day Ninja: How to Prepare For Your Child’s Sick Days Like A Pro.

Sick Day Ninja: How to Prepare for Your Child’s Sick Days Like A Pro. As we all know, we are going into the most stressful time of the year. Not only that, colds, flu, and viruses are running rampant. The days where your child falls ill can be some of the most stressful, but with a little planning ahead, you can navigate them like a pro.

Sick Day Ninja: How to Prepare for Your Child’s Sick Days Like A Pro.

Caregiving– Who can you line up to go pick up your child if they are sick in case you can’t leave for some reason?  We all think of grandparents or aunts and uncles, but do you have a few friends that may work from home that might be able to help you out? Someone from your Bible group at church or from a Mom’s group you may be in? Is one of your children college age, close to home and between classes? You may be surprised at your resources.

Medical Care-If you can’t get an appointment at the doctor, where else can you take your child for care? Do you have any walk in clinics? (Either associated with a hospital or an independent clinic.) If you live in a larger city, you may want to look into apps like Pager or Medicast where you can request a doctor with the push of a button. You may also be able to do a virtual consultation with your doctor through your hospital as well.

Medicine(Prescription)-Sure you get your prescriptions from the pharmacy that is closest to your home or at least on your way home from work, but have you checked to see if they deliver? It may be worth it if you are stuck at work and your child is with a friend/family member or you are at home with all your kids and can’t/don’t want to go out.

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More Ways to Prepare for Your Child’s Sick Days.

Here are a few other tips to be a Sick Day Ninja: How to Prepare Your for Your Child’s Sick Days Like A Pro.

Medicine(In Cabinet)-Every year in the fall, take stock of your medicine cabinet. Check and make sure you have children’s medicine for the following, upset stomach, diarrhea, cough, cold, flu, cough drops, congestion (Vicks Vapor Rub), stool softeners, etc. Take stock for the adults in the house too.

Household Staples– Let’s face it, someone gets sick and we never have the household staples we need. Pick up some saltines, chicken noodle soup, chicken broth, Pedialyte, and a 12-24 pack of Ginger Ale or 7Up. You may even want to pick up some Popsicle’s to soothe sore throats.  This is a great way to be a Sick Day Ninja: How to Prepare for Your Child’s Sick Days Like a Pro.

Fast Meals-Having a sick child can be stressful and more likely than not, you may not want to cook. Instead of picking up the phone or logging on for expensive take out, keep one or two family size frozen meals in your freezer or if you have a lot of leftovers that week, heat those up.

By using the tips above and a little planning, you will be way less stressed on the days when your kids come down sick. Imagine the peace of mind you will have knowing you have people you can count on if you can’t leave work,  you know where you can take your child if they can’t get into the doctor, and other than a prescription, you have all the essentials at home that you will need. No need to stop at the store, especially if you are lucky enough to have a pharmacy that delivers to your house.  If you sit down this weekend and devise a plan, you will have no trouble being a Sick Day Ninja: How to Prepare for Your Child’s Sick Days Like A Pro when your children fall ill.

Preventing Winter Woes: Daycare Checklist

We have already made it through fall and winter is coming up fast. It’s time to make sure you have everything you will need for day care this winter.  I have come up with a list called Preventing Winter Woes: Daycare Checklist.

Preventing Winter Woes: Daycare Checklist.

1. Hat-As we all know, we lose most of our body heat through our heads. Make sure your child has a snug, warm hat that fits.

2. Coat-Take a look at your child’s winter coat to make sure the zipper is in good shape and buttons are not missing.

3. Gloves/Mittens-Make sure your kids mittens or gloves don’t have any holes in them.

4. Medium Weight Blanket-Please make sure your child has a medium weight blanket so that they don’t get cold at nap time.

5. Extra diapers-This is pretty much a normal thing but it can be crucial in the winter time with sickness going around. It can be easy to go through diapers if your child has continuous diarrhea.

Preventing Winter Woes: Daycare Checklist

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6. Extra wipes-These also go quickly during the winter months.

7. Extra change of clothes-Please keep at least two changes of clothes in your child’s cubbie hole.

8. Extra underwear-If your child is either potty training or is older, please keep at least 3-4 pairs of underwear in their cubbie hole.

Note: Not all day cares have an adequate amount of extra clothes for all seasons. It is frustrating when you need to find a pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt and all you come up with is tank tops, short sleeve shirts, and shorts. This also goes for when you need underwear for a boy or girl and only find the opposite. I know this from experience. Please consider donating your child’s outgrown winter clothes to their day care for ‘extra clothes’. You may also want to pick up a few packs of brand new boys and girls underwear to donate as well.

9. Children’s Medicine-Keeping medicine for your child in their cubbie hole is a good idea for if they start to not feel good and are waiting for you to come and get them. It can make for a lousy day or a good day for them.

10. Chapstick-There is nothing worse than seeing a kid in tears because his or her lips hurt and they have nothing to put on them.  Remember, their tender skin is more delicate than ours so please make sure your child has chap stick.

By taking a minute to look at this Preventing Winter Woes: Daycare Checklist, you can start gathering your items ahead and be guaranteed a less stressed winter in regards to your children and school.

Spooky, Fun, Games for Your Daycare Halloween Party.

Are you looking for some spooky, fun, games for your Daycare Halloween party? After the costume parade is over, the candy is gathered, and the treats have been devoured, why not play some games? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Spooky, Fun, Games For Your Daycare Halloween Party.

Pin the face on the pumpkin- Cut out a large felt pumpkin and eyes, nose and face to go with it. Blindfold each child and see who can put the whole face on the pumpkin.

Cup stacking game-Little do people know, this “sport” has become very popular in recent years. Look for some plastic cups that have ghost, pumpkin, or vampire faces on them. I would look specifically at the dollar store.  Buy enough to set up at least three stations so your students can take turns stacking.

Mummy Wrap-Divide your class into two different teams and let them wrap their teachers in cheap toilet paper to make a mummy. The first team to wrap their teacher wins. Have the director or co-director come down to watch and choose a winning team.

Creepy bags-Fill paper lunch sacks with cold spaghetti for brains, peeled grapes for eyeballs, and jello-o for guts. Have each child close their eyes (or blindfold them) and have them see if they can tell you what is in each bag. This is a creepy, crawling option for fun, spooky games for your daycare Halloween Party.

Spooky, Fun, Games for your Daycare Halloween Party

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More Games For Your Halloween Party.

Broom Race-Let your students have a race across the room while riding a broom.

Zombie Crawl-Let your students zombie crawl in a race across the room.

Halloween Freeze Dance-Bring in the classics like Monster Mash, One-Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater or the themes to the Addams Family or The Munsters and let them dance away. If you are feeling really into it, see if you can find a kids version of Thriller and teach them the classic dance.

Weather you are looking online or have a creative mind, there are lots of spooky, fun games for your daycare Halloween party.

 

 

Easy To Make Halloween Costumes Your Child Will Love.

Easy To Make Halloween Costumes Your Children Will Love. Are your kids still undecided about what they want to be for Halloween? Are you afraid that by the time they decide all the Moana, Trolls, and Superhero costumes will be gone? Don’t stress, you can still make an awesome costume.

Easy To Make Halloween Costumes Your Child Will Love.

Deviled Egg-Paint a large yellow oval in the middle of a white tee shirt and wear a pair of black leggings underneath. Purchase a headband of red devil’s horns. Put it all together and you have a deviled egg. This is just one example of easy to make Halloween costumes your child will love.

Rag Doll, Tinker Bell Fairy, Cinderella-https://www.babble.com/style/25-best-diy-halloween-costumes-for-girls/

Unicornhttp://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/diy-unicorn-costume-tutorial

Costumes for Babieshttps://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/37-of-best-diy-homemade-halloween/

Easy To Make Halloween Costumes Your Child Will Love

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More Easy To Make Costumes.

Bunch of grapes, glow in the dark skeleton, bag of jellybeans, etc.http://blog.al.com/frugalmom/2008/10/cute_and_cheap_halloween_costu.html

Bucket of Popcorn, Superheros, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, etc.https://www.15ofthebest.com/15-of-the-best-diy-halloween-costumes-for-kids/

Harry Potter, Mermaid, Minecraft, Lego,etchttp://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g1360/halloween-costumes-for-kids/?slide=1

As you can see, there are plenty of ideas to choose from. So take a look through this list of Easy To Make Halloween Costumes Your Child Will Love. You are bound to find something just as special and unique as they are.

Looking To Grow The Brains In Your Classroom In A Fun and Unique Way?

Looking to grow the brains in your classroom in a fun and unique way? Are you tired of doing the same old worksheets all the time? Are your kids tired of the same ole, same ole? Introducing the Ha-Ha Color Me Joke Book!

Looking to Grow the Brains in Your Classroom In a Fun and Unique Way?

What is the Ha-Ha Color Me Joke Book?

The Ha-Ha Color Me Joke Book is the world’s first social joke coloring book. It combines telling jokes and coloring. Why is this important? It’s a great way to help the kids in your classroom have fun and grow their brains. What are the benefits children will get from this book?

  • Brain growth through hand-eye coordination
  • Growth in fine motor skills
  • Growth in reading skills
  • Growth of social interaction skills and self-confidence
  • The ability for shy kids to break the ice by telling a joke

Looking To Grow The Brains In Your Classroom In A Fun and Unique Way?

What Are the Benefits For Teachers?

  • Having a new and fun way to teach children.
  • Knowing that they are putting some good back into the world with each copy they buy. For every copy you buy, a child in need receives a copy also.

Putting Some Love Back Into The World.

Author Neesha Mirchandani has a passion for foster children.  Her ultimate goal is for every foster child who ages out of the system to learn a skill that will help them pay the bills. This way, they won’t wind up out on the streets. For every copy you buy, a child in need receives a copy of this awesome book. Looking to grow the brains in your classroom in a fun and unique way?  Pick up a copy of the Ha-Ha Color Me Joke Book and help your students and a child in need today.

 

 

 

Easy, Fun Fall Activities For Your Preschoolers

Not sure what to do for lessons next week? Easy, fun, fall activities for your preschoolers. Autumn is a great time to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of the season. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Easy, Fun Fall Activities For Your Preschoolers.

Color Collage-Cut out pieces of construction paper in fall colors and let your kids make a collage.

Fall Finger painting-Get a roll of paper and tape it to the table. Have each child make a masterpiece with orange, red, yellow, brown paints and then write their name beside it. Once it dries, hang it on the wall in your classroom.

Cookie Decorating-Buy store-bought sugar cookies and let them decorate with fall colored icing and deco sprinkles.

What’s in the pumpkin game?-Buy candy buckets that look like jack-o-lanterns and fill them with different things. Then blindfold each child and have them tell you what they think they chose strictly by feel.

Easy, Fun Fall Activities For Your Preschoolers

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More Fun Fall Activities.

Autumn Bowling-Check out this bowling set.

Macaroni Necklaces-Buy pasta in shapes of leaves, squirrels, acorns or dye large pasta like rigatoni, ziti, in fall colors and then string onto yarn.

Homemade Playdough-Find a homemade playdough recipe and add some fall spices to it to make it smell fantastic.

Apple Tasting-Bring in slices of different apples or different kinds of ciders (traditional, gala) and let them taste for a healthy snack.

Glitter Leaves-Print out leaf templates on cardstock and let your kids color them. Then trace the veins of the leaves with glue and sprinkle on the coordinating color of glitter. Shake off excess and let dry. Hang on your door or place on/under a tree on your bulletin board.

There are all kinds of things you can do with your class this time of year. These easy, fun, fall activities for your preschoolers are guaranteed for a day of fun in your classroom.

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The Importance Of Self Care For Teachers

The importance of self care for teachers. Being a day care teacher is a very rewarding, yet very exhausting job. You never know what each day will hold, some days can be very stressful while others go fabulously well.  Even though you love your kids in your class, they can get wearing sometimes. Does this mean you  love them any less? Absolutely not. Feeling burnt out and exhausted is often a sign that you need to focus more on your own self care. Here are some ideas for you to go from stressed and frazzled from a hard day to blissful and relaxed, ready for another day of fun.

The Importance Of Self Care For Teachers.

First thing’s first. As with anything, it is proven that when we write things down they are more likely to become reality.  This goes for anything-weight loss, accomplishing a certain goal, reading so many books a year, etc. Sit down and write out a self-care contract for yourself. Write out what you’re going to do to help yourself feel better (exercise, bubble bath, massage, etc), how many times a week you are going to do said thing or things, and how you are going to accomplish it. For example, you may want to go for a massage after work twice a week. Make things easier on you and/or your spouse and make meals in the crock pot on those nights so you don’t have to come home and cook. Write out all the specifics, sign it and date it. Then make a few copies and put them where you will see them everyday, so you don’t forget the commitment you made to yourself.

Ideas For The Importance Of Self Care For Teachers.

Start a private FB group-Set up a private group online where you and your co-workers can vent, share ideas and hold each other to your self-care contract. Be sure to make ground rules so everyone knows how to conduct themselves and what will/will not be tolerated.

Exercise-If you have the time to go to the gym, go! If not, take a quick 15 minute stroll on your lunch break with a coworker.

Take a bubble bath-Soaking in a hot tub is a great way to ease tension.

Schedule a massage-A lot of us hold our stress in our shoulders and neck, go get that massage to ease the tension.

Eat healthier-When you eat better, you feel better. Add lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains to your diet.

Drink up-It’s easy to down coffee and soda in the morning when you’re dragging and you are surrounded by energetic children. By mid-morning, switch over to bottled water for the rest of the day.

The Importance Of Self Care For Teachers

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Get plenty of rest-Make sure you are getting 8+ hours of sleep every night.

Have a treat-Some days you just have to, so dig in to that pint of Ben & Jerry’s or that big piece of cake from the bakery.

Go somewhere peaceful-Go to the most peaceful place you know where you either won’t be disturbed or have very little distraction, sit down, and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Journal-Keep a journal and write down both the stresses and the good points of your day.

Pray-If you are a religious person, take some time to connect and pray everyday. It doesn’t have to be long, even 5 minutes will work wonders.

As you can see, the importance of self care for teachers makes a huge difference. I encourage you to go home and write out a self care contract for yourself over the next few days. Do you have any other ideas for your self care plan? What is the ideal self care plan for you? I would love to know in the comments. All of these ideas for the importance of self care for teachers are bound to lead to more peaceful evenings and more productive days ahead.

 

 

Sensory Sensations: Different Ways To Fill Your Sensory Table.

Sensory Sensations: Different Ways To Fill Your Sensory Table. Here are some ideas to start filling your sensory center.

Sensory Sensations: Different Ways To Fill Your Sensory Table.

One of the hardest things about working in day care is coming up with new ideas. Here are a few for your table to get you started.

  1. Peeled grapes
  2. Cold spaghetti
  3. Sunflower seeds
  4. Shaving cream or whipped cream
  5. Cotton balls
  6. Dried beans
  7. Kid safe slime (See Recipe: http://www.survivingateacherssalary.com/diy-worry-free-slime-recipe-kids-elmers-recipe/)
  8. Uncooked pasta
  9. Soapy water
  10. Pom Poms
Sensory Sensations: Different Ways To Fill Your Sensory Table.

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More Ways To Fill The Table.

11. Ice

12. Pieces of bubble wrap

13. Finger jello

14. Sandpaper

15. Pudding

There are many ideas to help your students make the most of their sense of touch.