Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Activity 3: Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt I love to take walks through the neighborhood, especially on cool mornings.  If you don’t have the luxury of taking morning walks, afternoon and evening walks are great too. When the kids are in the mood to tag along for the exercise, they are usually playing and running around not noticing the beautiful things in our neighborhood.  With my younger ones I like to challenge them to show me things in the neighborhood, there could be hidden gems in front yards and in trees. For activity three I thought a neighborhood scavenger hunt would be…

Weekend with the family

The Weekend is a precious time. It is time for family and making moments. Weekends are sacred, so I was hoping you would share some of your family moments with me on the weekend.  I am always looking for great day trips or weekend fun for the family. I will leave the fun learning activities to the week and save the weekends for adventure.  From time to time I may share some of the fun places or things we do as a family this summer, but I am not making any promises.  It is easier for me to snap a photo…

Sand Play

Activity 2: Sand Play Everyone loves sand play, the young and the old.  Well, the young may like it a bit more than the older, because the older has to clean it up and out of everything once playtime is over. Besides all of that sand play can be as big or as small as your child or the person who has to clean it, desires. This can be a part of a beach day or some afternoon fun in the backyard. The activity I have for today is hiding magnet letters and numbers in the sand and having the…

Outdoor Chalk Writing

Day One: Chalk Writing Outdoor chalk is one of the greatest tools invented (in my opinion).  The thick chalk is great for beginner writers, it helps build fine motor skills. Now with outdoor chalk, you can encourage your child to write their name and any sight words they may know. The greatest gift to a  Kindergarten teacher is for your child to write, identify, and spell their first and last name. I don’t expect your child to write out their full name outside on the sidewalk, for all the people we may not trust to see, but writing their first…

From Preschool to Kindergarten

It is time for SUMMER BREAK and I know parents, as much as children are ready for SUMMER FUN. Well, although summer means taking a break from the daily routine of school work and school-related things, I am a true believer in mixing learning with fun. Yes, you can have fun and learn at the same time, and it is my goal to make transitioning your child from Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten into Kindergarten painless.  This is an exciting time.  Your child entering Kindergarten and gaining independence along the way is a great reward. I have some tips and activities that will help you…

Keeping Our Children Safe

We drill in our children’s heads the tools to be safe. We tell them to avoid strangers and report bad people on the internet and still, sometimes that is not enough. Criminals or those who prey on the innocence of little kids and some older kids are just that, criminals. They know how to manipulate and convince our children that they are friendly and non-threatening.  Sometimes I wonder if the constant lectures and news reports about your children being hurt is enough to convince my children that strangers and some that are not, are bad people.