Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
- teddy bear tea party- can be parten or make lunch into a tea praty
- clean house
- jump rope
- roll down a hill
- write a play
- act out a play
- watch birds
- play dress up- don't have dress up clothing? use your clothing
- play house
- catch butterflies
- make sock puppet
- feed birds- use old bread
- play hide and seek
- paint the sidewalk with water
- kick a can
- plan/take an imaginary trip
- make mud pies
- visit elderly person
- tell jokes
- trust walk
- tell story three words at a time
- play I spy
- lunadery basket ride-until they can't fit in the basket kids love to be puled/pushed in a basket
- play momory
Friday, November 7, 2008
- sticks-tell how many or how big
- flowers-name a color
- toys you have
- water hose
- bird-tell the kind
- leafs-tell how many or what kind
- animals-your pet or something that you see off ten in your backyard like a cat or bunny
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
- Go to play area at mall
- go to book store or toy store with a play area
- watch parade
- make paper airplane
- cut a pictures of wants from ads
- roller skate
- go to museum free day
- rake leaves then jump in pile
- camp in back yard
- go for a drive in the county or hills
- get big free box make it to something fun
- snow ball fight
- play baseball
- play football
- play kickball
- make up stories
- watch fire works
- Butterflield open gym-this year starts Jan on Tuesdays-Thursday 12-2
- do yoga
- learn new language
- back yard/living room scavenger hunt
- bear hunt
- back yard relay
Monday, November 3, 2008
- Go to the Library
- Read books
- Rent movie-free from library
- go to park
- go on walk
- make tent with blankets and table better eat lunch in it
- ride bikes
- Cosley Zoo
- Lay in grass and talk nothing to say or kids to young look for pictures in the clouds
- cook together-try to do it with stuff you have at home
- play game
- write letters/make picture for daddy
- build snowman
- run in sprinkler-hopefully not same day you build a snowman
- call a friend to come over for play date
- trade toys with a friend
- play tag
- do each others hair
- play in the rain
- play ball with the dog
- snuggle on couch
- fill bag with toys to give away
- story time
- picnic at park
- teach them something new
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
- dolls-we got most as gifts. A great way to get doll clothing that will last is to buy Preemie or newborn baby clothing.
- dress up-we have lots again some where gifts but I did buy most of them. We go to garage sales all summer great place to get old clothing and really dress up clothing for cheep.
- painting-not that cheep and I have not found a good get paint. Girlgirl loves to paint and we do it weekly.
- trains-I got a wood track for Ikea. They are great and work with Tomas the trains but way cheaper.
- cook-She has lots of play food and plates she loves to make food for everyone here. She also likes to help in the kitchen.
- ride one toys-she has lots i think 5 for outside and 2 in. All the outside ones where found on trash day. The 2 inside where gifts.
- books-we also asking for them as gifts. I so look for good deals every where we go. You never know where you will find a good book at a great deal.
- color-She likes makers best but when I say no she will use crayons. We got ours at the back to school sales and at the Dollar Tree. We use both paper and coloring books.
- bags-not sure why but having a bag full of stuff brings Girlgirl great joy.
- going to park-free and great fun.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
- As I have done from the beginning I keep stickers and a sticker book in the bath room. She doesn't even have to go to get it. If she sits on the potty then she can play with it while she tries to go.
- I often go in the bathroom with her and read books with her.
- I have notice that she doesn't want to miss her morning TV. So if after trying to get her to come to the potty she doesn't come I bring her little potty out in front of the TV. I know it maybe bad but it works for us.
- I give her a choice of using the big potty or little potty.
- Sometimes I need her to try and she doesn't want to go and crys but that is okay and most the time she still goes and is happy in the end.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
- a used sprinkle jar
- a sand bucket
- cups the more the better
- bath crayons
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
- Start by just letting the get use to the potty. (I do this at 9-12 months) Nothing big just sit on the potty when you do or before the bath. Do this until you ready to train.
- I like to go right to underwear when out. Use rubber pants and bring extra clothing. It is life go with it. I don't like Training Pants because kids know they are diapers. There are time you may want to use them
- I can't stay home all the time so we do go on like normal. Like I said i just bring a change of clothing for when we are out. Make sure to go potty at every stop and more than one time for long stops.
- If you are like me you will forget to bring your child potty when you are home. I use the kitchen timer. We don't always use the the same time. In the morning Girlygirl can go for over 30 min. but after nap it may be every 10 min. Just go with what you think your child needs.
- Find something that makes your child like it. For Girlygirl most the time I can just sing the potty song. "Pee pee in the potty. Pee pee in the potty. Who went pee pee in the potty? Girlygirl went pee pee in the potty. Yepee!!!"
- When she doesn't want to sit we read, sing or she plays with stickers.
- Remember to make it your own. You know your child best and you too. Do what works best for both of you.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
imagination and creativity self-confidence by allowing a child to be in control and having a feeling of accomplishment provide opportunities for dramatic play, sharing and cooperative efforts responsibility for block care and clean-up involves math and science pre-number skills ie. size, shape, matching and classification, problem solving is inherent in block play visual discrimination, a pre-reading skill insight into concepts of inside/outside, open/closed development of language and vocabulary through discussion and description mapping skills color recognition, patterning develop gross motor skills through lifting, carrying and stacking develop fine motor skills with smaller blocks refine eye/hand coordinationRemember the next your child picks up a block to play that they learning. So you can say you are homeschooling. Your child is learning a lot.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
- Bag things up-it doesn't have to be a bag Girlygirl likes a her toy shopping cart and rolling bag best.
- Ride in the Laundry Basket-just put them in push or pule them around. Be a bus, a car, or a train to make it even more fun.
- A big box-to hide in, color, make a house or whatever they can do.
- Glue-now this one is messy but they love it. You just need per-cut paper and glue. To help Girlygirl but paper in the right place I tell her to hide the glue.
- Bubbles-no more needs to be said
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
- fake followers
- old caps
- foam letters
- clothes pins
- paper clips
- an few old game pieces
- army men
- baby spoons
- small meal toys
- broken wand top
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
- tv-In the morning right after we get to work all the kids can watch tv. They do not always do it but they know for that hour I get a break.
- quite time-most my kids are too big for a nap. We all do quite time in the afternoon. For an hour and half after lunch. The first 30 min I am getting Girlygirl down for a nap and cleaning up lunch.
- early bed time-When Mr. Man and Tomboy first got here I thought it would be good to let them stay up until 9 or 10. I soon saw I need that time for me.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
- bean & rice bucket-I just got a small plastic bin from the Dollar Store and filled it half way dried beans and rice. I put a few little cups, old caps (like from the milk) and a few brushes. Some times I do add small toys in it too.
- letter and number magnets- Again I got a small cookie sheet from the Dollar Store. I got a hug bag of letter and number magnets from a garage sale. With this one I often ask a big kid to sit with her and tell Girlygirl the letter and the sound. (this has helped Five learn her letter sounds)
- other magnets- when at a toy store on our last vacation I found some old ball magnets Grilygirl loved them. I have add more to them now. I give her the container (a small cream cheese container) and the cookie sheet and let her play.
- puzzles- We have gotten them as gifts, and passed down to us from friends with older kids. Girlygirl loves them. I give her one at a time and try to change them before she gets bored with it. When we do puzzles it is for the whole 30 min. but she gets about 5 different puzzles. (if you need to just go between a few it works good too.)
- the jar-I will do a post about what the jar is soon. But is a cookie jar filled with stuff I found around my house. No toys.
- color-I sometimes just give her one pen and one paper and let her fill it up. Other times I give her a coloring book and her box of crayons. When she is really lucky I give her makers. (be ready for a mess with them)
- books-I just give her two or three books to look at and play with. Hey maybe she will teach herself to read. (lol)
- play dough-I use a place mate and try to get her to keep it on the mate.
- stickers-I don't do this much because of the cost buy Grilygirl loves it. I give her a few sheets of stickers and let her put them in her note book. Girlygirl is still young and can't get the stickers off if the background paper is still on. I take the background paper off all but one sheet. That way I can see when she doesn't need me to do this any more.
- cards-I use a few different Sesame Street cards we have as well as a real deck of cards. It is fun for her. I am not sure why. We keep cards in her pack back too for when we are out.
- beads-I bought a some big beads (made for kids) she can string them. Girlygirl is not really ready for this. If she does something for a long time I will bring them out for a few min (5 max). She gets mad because she can't do it.
- lacing cards-we have truck ones that where given to us. I have not used them yet. I will let you know how it goes when we do.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
- Buried Your Cows-You slept the care in the midle long ways. Esch side counts all the cows one their side. However if the other side see a cemetery on their side they call "Bury your cows", then you lose all your cows. The team with the most cows when you get home wins.
- Copy Me-Each player takes turns making a gesture. You must repeat all the gestures that have been made and then add your own. Eg. player one squeezes their nose. Then player two squeeze their nose and pats their head. The third player squeeze their nose, pat their head and add something new. Keep going until a person messes up.
- Find 100-everyone needs to look for 100 of pick anything. Trees, trucks, cows, buses, ect. Work as a team to find 100 of whatever you pick.
- The Queen's Cat- This sounds like a great game. Each person takes turn descripeing the Queen's Cat. It must go in alpabetical order.
- Three Words only- tell a story with each person only saying three words at a time. For instance, person one word say "I knew a" person two would add "tiger that could" person three could say "only walk like" and then go on until all are done with the story
- Related words-take turns saying a work that is related to the last word said. For example words could be hot, cold, ice, tea, sweet, girl, ect going on until all are ready to stop.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
- books on tape (if your car is new than my cds)- We just have picture books and each child has a turn holding the book. So we listen to each book up to 5 times. Most the time it works out good if they know when their turn will come. They have all enjoyed listening to the book even when they don't hold it. I do give Girlygirl a book to hold all the time.
- puppets- They do shows for each other or have them talk to each other. It can get loud at times but they do stay happy.
- play "I spy"- by saying "I spy with my little eye something..." then say a color, letter, number, shape ect. The bonus to this game is the little one will work on what the need to.
- play punch bug- We changed it and we all play together that way fights don't break out. On who saw it first. For those of you don't know it is a game that counts how many VW Beatles you see.
- I keep a bag of fast food toys under my sit. Then when I need something for the kids to do it is handy. For some reason kids love these and are small and good for the car.
- flash cards- Right now Mr. Man and Tomboy are working on multiplication so we do flash cards well in the card. They take turns keeping the cards they get right. At the end who ever has the most gets a "Friday Buck" (more about them tomorrow.)
- Bingo- (We have not done this yet because my printer is not working.) Make pictures/words of things find while driving red car, school bus, trees, cow, walking people, ect. on a bingo like board then give one to each kid and a pen. As a child see something on their list they call it our and mark it off.
- kids camera- (again I don't do this my old boss did. If i had them I would.) They are great you can DL pictures to your computer if you want or just delete them and let the kids go again. It will keep the busy for a long time.
- magnify glass-you will be amazed at how fun they are. Keep one for each child or be ready for its not fair. Let the kids look at the world with them.
- coloring & activity books/pages- you can get them cheep at most stores the Dollar Tree has hundreds. With them you will need pencils, crayons, ect.
- Talk to them- If they are older talking to them about something you know they like. If you have kids in the car join in the talking. For little ones talk about what you see around you use colors of thing , reading signs whatever you can think of.
- King's Silence- You just have to teach them when you say 1...2....3...king silence that it is time to be quite. Remember it is good to talk to your kids in the car so don't over use this one.
Monday, July 21, 2008
- have a clear plan each day
- keep him near me most the time
- have him look at me when I talk
- have him say what I said back
- break up big task into smaller ones
- each morning have him write a to do list
- in same book have him write 5 good things he did each day
- allow him to do something as I talk *
- put up blockers when need: he doesn't need to hear or see what others are doing
- remember the good
- find was he doesn't have to write+
- break up the sitting time 15 min working 15 min playing
- keep work with one thing at time writing spelling math are not one thing and try not to make them.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I have been reading a lot about notebooking. I believe it is what ever you want it to be. Notebooking is a great way to keep track of what you are learning without it feeling too much like work. You and your child can pick what you want it to be.
- To get started you will need a few basic things:
- Binder-the kind with a clear pocket front will let you make your own cover page
- Paper-there are lot of kinds out there use what you like best any paper can be used. A great idea is to use tracing paper to copy maps or others things hard to copy by site
- Scissors- decorative and straight edged
- Page protectors or three hole punch-you need a way to put all the pages you make into your notebook
- Something to write with-crayons, makers, color pencil, pens (any kind gel, ball point etc..), oil pastels, and whatever else you think may get you child to want to write/draw in the notebook
- Glue/tape- whatever you want to add the stuff to your pages
- To add some flair:
- old magazines/newspapers-use picture and/or articles
- clip art
- hole punches-they have many driftnets shapes and sizes
- pictures-of trips and/or projects
- pressed flowers
- bible verse-those which match what you are notebooking
- booklets-about the topic and/or from where you went
- Things to notebook:
- Field trips
- Writing-copy work, essays, short stories, etc.
- Work book pages
- Alphabet-for the little ones
- The world of learning is your limit. No matter what you are learning I am sure you can find a way to notebook it.
Keep coming back to see how notebooking works for me this summer. I will be caring for a 12 year-old and 9 year-old who are coming to stay with me. I will also have my Girlygirl as well as the two girls I nanny Five and Big Sis. I am look forward to it. I hope to have time to blog it all.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
- 2 binders
- a lot of alphabet sticker
- 2 packs of sheet protectors 60 in each
- and some stuff for the letters. I will blog about them as we do each letter
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
The other day I was baby sitting for a friend and they had some good game to help their 3 year old learn her abc's. Here is their games and other ways to help them too.
Abc's in a Bag
what you need: a brown lunch bag, index card, maker. To Make: They let the girl color the bag while mom put one letter on each index card. How to play: have you child dump all the cards on the ground. Then they need to look for the letters the know and came tell you. If they are right the card goes in to the bag if not you tell them the name and put it in the pill to find again. (side note for their older daughter they but words on the card for her to find)
Alphabet I Spy
nothing is needed for this game but the world around you. How to play: look around and find something ie: a fan then say I spy something that starts with "f ". If the child does not say fan first but four say "good that starts with f but I found something esle that also starts with f". Don't say wrong if it the letter is right. I spy can be played with colors and letter sounds too.
Letter of the Day
What you need: pen and paper. How to play: pick a letter then whenever someone see something that starts with the choicen letter you write the letter on the paper. (ie: if the letter is f when someone see the fan you write one f on the paper.) At the end of the day/game see how many words you found that start with that letter. If you play everyday you can keep track of how many of each letter you find. Then see what was the most and the least making it also a math leason.
What you need: Metal juice can lids, alphabet stickers (can be upper and/or lower case.) Before you play: put sticker on lids make sure there is two of each letter. How to play: mix the lids up. Then lay then face down having the kids find the matching letters. You can do this with other stickers too.
Now for a list of toys I think that may be wroth buying with the alphabet to help the learning: magnets, puzzels, coloring books, books and movies.
Great place to find games and more is at this web site:
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The other day I was reading a book and it list all kind of things to do with the kids when they are at home with you. I am going to copy the list so you and I have it when we are looking for things to do.
- Fire Station-we just did this with our play group although girlygirl is too young. Five (one girl I baby sit). Had tons of fun so did the other preschooler.
- Artist Studio
- big building down town
- auto body shop
- bridal shop
- hospital-see the babies
- Library-I let each kid pick out two books and I get one to read Five when are waiting to pick Big Sis (other girl I baby sit) from school. Would be great to do before bed with older preschoolers. Five loves it.
- movies-find the cheep ones near you
- museum-find the children one. we have one not too far from here and all three girls love it.
- nursing home- bring gifts, go more than once get to know the people
- park- have a picnic, go weekly or daily
- pet store-one with pets are fun ask if you can pet the dog or cat
- plays-I see many for young ones but haven't tried it yet
- police station
- restaurant-try to set up seeing the back in a less busy time
- work-visit daddy's or a friend's