This Works for Me!

Store small books in plastic napkin holders- it makes it easier for young children to get them out. When old parts of toys turn up, put them in a plastic bag- that way when you notice the toy with the missing part, you know where to look. To preserve posters, pictures, and other items cover them with contact paper- this is durable and easier for … Continue reading This Works for Me!

Picture Making Topics

There are times when your child comes up and asks you what they can draw/paint/color for you.  Below are a few suggestions: Family Where you live Your Neighborhood What Games they play Favorite activities Favorite animal Holiday Different Seasons Favorite story Favorite TV character Shapes Colors Love Happiness   Do you have any other suggestions for children to create?  Please share with us! Ashley Continue reading Picture Making Topics

Ways Children Learn

Each child is wired differently and learn differently.  There are many ways a child learns.  Here are a few: By doing Through Play Through their senses By imitation By making mistakes By communicating By repetition When they are ready When their basic needs are met Reference: How do you incorporate some of these different ways to teach children? Ashley Continue reading Ways Children Learn

“Working” through grief – 7 tips

Recently a dear friend of mine passed away.  It has thrown me for a loop because it was unexpected and she was so young.  So how to I process the grief? Many people throw themselves into their work. This only helps to keep the grief at bay.  It does not help to feel the grief and move through it. I found that I could focus … Continue reading “Working” through grief – 7 tips

Positive Parenting Tips

Instead of focusing on what you don’t want your child to do, focus on what you do want them to do.’ Instead of providing a model for an art projects, encourage them to create their own art. Instead of sending children to time out, redirect them with a new activity. Instead of memorization drills, create meaningful learning experiences. Instead of your children competing against each … Continue reading Positive Parenting Tips

Ways to Include your Toddler in the Kitchen

Toddlers can take an active role in preparing foods.  Based on your childs abilities you can get them involved by pouring, slicing, whisking, squeezing, and garnishing.  Here are some ideas: Preparing finger foods by stacking foods.  ex: stacking cheese on top of crackers, or cucumbers on top of toast Using a spatula to spread fruit or butter on crackers, toast or bread Stirring together ingredients … Continue reading Ways to Include your Toddler in the Kitchen

Children Learn by Doing

Children learn by doing. “Doing” is an active, senses-involved way of learning.  Most children are tactile and learn through their senses. So “watching” you do something is using one sense – seeing.  Most of us need to get to the “doing” part.  Allow children to follow along with you after instructing them.  Let them make mistakes.  In fact, there are no mistakes because they are … Continue reading Children Learn by Doing

Activities for Babies: 9-12 Months

Babies start learning from the minute they are born.  Over the course of their first year they learn so much, there are a lot of activities that you can do with infants to help with development. Below are a few activities for ages 9-12 months: A Bath Surprise: While your baby is in the bathtub, show him/her a floating toy.  Cover the toy up with the wash cloth and … Continue reading Activities for Babies: 9-12 Months

UnBirthday Party

Do you remember the Mad Hatter from Alice and Wonderland?  He was always singA very merry unbirthday to you, to me! A very merry unbirthday to you, to me!. What a wonderful idea to do.  Host a unbirthday party for you and all your friends. You can make your own unbirthday hats with construction paper rolled into a cone shape.  Draw a picture for pin-the-tail-on game. (ex: Draw … Continue reading UnBirthday Party

Activities for Babies: 6-9 Months

Babies start learning from the minute they are born.  Over the course of their first year they learn so much, there are a lot of activities that you can do with infants to help with development. Below are a few activities for ages 6-9 months: The Napkin Game: Place a dinner napkin partially covering your face.  Take the napkin off and say “Peek-a-boo”.  Do this several times before trying … Continue reading Activities for Babies: 6-9 Months