Friday, August 26, 2016

Sneak Preview of What's Coming in September

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The Back to School season has always been refreshing for me.  It's a great time quasi-mid year to start new routines and get back to how I *wish* we were living.  With Bear back in school and the craziness of summer behind us, I'm focusing on what I can be doing at home with Sunny {27 months} to make sure that our days at home have a routine and that I'm parenting the way I'd like to be.  She was quite sad when her Bear got to start school without her.  So I told her that we'd do school at home.  She was quite excited about the idea.  I wanted to share what's coming with all of you in hopes that it might help some of you fill your days as well!

We are starting what I call "Playschool"... Not quite all day free play and not quite Preschool (just yet).  Our Toddler Playschool will center around reinforcing the knowledge of colors, learning shapes, letters, and numbers, and exploring themes that are interesting and relevant to a 2 year old.  I asked Sunny what she wanted to learn about and then expanded on what I already know her interests are.  After that, I just filled in the blanks with topics that offer a lot of expansion and learning opportunities.
 
I'm so excited to share these toddler lesson plans with you... starting on September 2md. The wait is tough for me, but I'm tweaking the books, songs, and activities that I'm suggesting. Each week will have activities that are centered around a theme, letter, and color. I'll post on Fridays so that if you want to follow along with us in our playschool journey, you have the weekend to gather things.  Here is a little sneak peek of the blank lesson plan template...
 
 
 
I'll be sharing on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #toddlerplayschool. Make sure you're following me so you can join in the fun!
 



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

First Day of School Interview for Kids {free printable}

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I'm soooo trying to get better about documenting things. It's like I blinked and my sweet little Bear went from being this tiny little preschooler to a second grader overnight. The other day, I shared some fun Back to School traditions. This year, we are starting a new one of our own. I'm going to have him fill out this little questionnaire in his little boy handwriting. Not only will we be able to watch how his interests change, but we'll also be able to see his handwriting progress.
 
 
 
 



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Friday, August 12, 2016

Cheap Easy DIY Children's Art Display

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Gearing up for the start of the new school year? Set up an area for your child to display their schoolwork for just $4. Yeah... You read that right. All you need to create a fun, interchangeable art display is a hammer, a yardstick, 4 nails, and $4. Here's how I did it:
 
Our local Dollar Tree had these plain clipboards. The second I saw them, I knew what I was going to do with them. Now, if you wanted to, you could paint them. Or use stickers or vinyl to label them for each child. For simplicity's sake, I opted to just leave them plain.
 
Using a yard stick, I laid the clipboards out at even intervals. I marked my nail locations in pencil on the yardstick.

After placing the yardstick up against the wall, I used a level to ensure it was straight. Using my pencil marks from the previous step, I put the 4 nails in the wall.

The end result is a cute, functional display that can be switched out whenever the mood strikes you.  Bear loves it because he can add things himself or take down pictures he no longer wants up there.
Like the green transportation book holder? See how we made it here.
 
I'd love to hear how you display your kiddo's art! Leave a link or comment below!



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