Thanks to my wonderful mother in law, my kids have their very own Elf On The Shelf that has visited them every Winter for the past three years.  From Black Friday until Christmas Eve, Juliet finds her way into our home.  (Juliet, the elf.  Not my mother in law.)  I have to say, I like the name Juliet much better than Duck, which is what my daughter originally named her.  She was three years old and obsessed with ducks at the time. Sometimes, Juliet gets into mischief and sometimes she doesn’t, but one thing is for sure....

I did this activity at my daycare after I read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” by Dr. Seuss.  I really like it, because it doubles as a craft and an activity. Materials: 4 White Index Cards Construction Paper (Green, Yellow, Red, and Blue) Markers Scissors Glue Directions: With the scissors and construction paper, have your child cut out one green fish, two yellow fish, one red fish, and one blue fish. Using a green marker, write “1 Fish” on one index card. Using a yellow marker, have your child write...

This is a great craft to do with children for Cinco de Mayo and to celebrate Mexican heritage. Materials: Red Plastic Cup Red Paper Plate White Green Pompom Scissors Glue White String Tape Directions: Put glue on the rim of the cup. Turn the cup upside down and place it in the center of the plate.  Push hard to secure it in place. Cut out small circles from the white piece of paper. Glue the circles on the outer part of the plate, leaving space in between for the pompoms. Glue the pompoms on the outer part of the plate, in between...

Remember in grade school when the mean girls would pick on other girls? I found out there is a girl like that in my daughter’s  Kindergarten class who has been picking on her all year long. Nobody ever wants their child to be bullied, but luckily when children are this age, it is fairly easy to correct the situation by having a parent-teacher conference. Well, not in this case. You see, my daughter is the mean girl. She bullies herself. Every day, my daughter finds a way to put herself down. It’s not uncommon to hear her say things...

Every child needs a Calm Down Jar.  I used it multiple times for children with different temperaments at my daycare and it worked every single time.  They loved shaking it and then watching all of the glitter fall slowly to the bottom.  It truly calms children down.  They are called Calm Down Jars, because most people use glass jars for them, but with young children, it’s best to use a plastic baby bottle in my opinion.   Materials: Plastic Baby Bottle 1 Cup of...

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