Wednesday, July 31, 2013

joseph and coat of many colors {Bible preschool activity}

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one of the Bible lessons that we covered in preschool Sunday school was the well known story of Joseph and his coat of colors. 
 
preschoolers are hands-on learners, so i figured what better way to further explore the coat of colors than to create our own.  below you can see my example and the one created by one of the preschoolers.
 
You can find two other Joseph activities here:
 
  
 
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

heartbreak and joy... a day to remember

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this is a day that i both look forward to and dread at the same time.  it gets harder every year
 
today is the day I married my love.
 
it's also the day my gigi went to Heaven.
 
so today, i just enjoy my life with him that was made possible by her.
 
 
 
 
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Kids Spell It Out: where babies come from

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welcome to the Kids Spell It Out series! every monday will be a post filled with funny and adorable answers that kidlets give to questions. this week's question is:
 
Where do babies come from?

They don't come from the sky.  Babies come from mommies' tummies, not boys' tummies, unless they're pretending to have babies in their tummies.
Bear {4.5} Crayon Freckles
 
God.
Chrysanna {6}

Mommies!
Beck {8} Enchanted Homeschooling

Babies come from your tummy because tummies are where they come from.  I don't know when they come out, maybe in six minutes.
Cakes {3} Learning to Play and Playing to Learn

Moms' tummies.
Lily {3} Mama Smiles
 

From mommies.
Monkey {3.5} All Done Monkey

The sky.
Johnny {5} Mama Smiles

Mommies.
Dominic {5}

I am not going to tell you.
Big Brother {4} Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails {FSPDT}

God sends them to your tummy.
Lucy {5} Buggy and Buddy

Tummies.
Aiden {5} True Aim Education
 
God and Jesus and the angels.
Savannah {8}

Mommies or our mommy.
Elizabeth {6} Enchanted Homeschooling

Babies lie down on the chairs.
Kallista {3}

From God through the moms.
Micah {8}
 
Mommy's tummy.  Daddy says I was in his tummy first.
Tristan {5}

That one's easy... from mamas' tummies.
Emma {7} Mama Smiles
God and Jesus.
Carter {7}

From Mommy's tummy.
Tessa {4.5}

From moms.
Linden {4.5}

 
 
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

opening the door for strangers: rules for parents

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as parents, we teach our children "stranger danger".  to be watchful, alert, and non-trusting of people that we don't know, especially those that approach us in public.  but how often do we follow those same precautions ourselves when we're at home.  i try to...mostly due to my overly paranoid and cautious mindset that comes from working several years in the state prison system. 

it's not uncommon for peddlers to come to our door selling something or another; whether it be magazine subscriptions, windows, cleaning products, etc.  i'm always really wary of their true intentions.  is it to check out who lives in the house, the hours we keep, or the items we own?

heard something on one of my local swap sites today regarding young women selling educational books door-to-door.  the ones in our area are quite inquisitive re: the children in the house, their ages and genders, and whatnot. they are also pushy about entering the home.  they have also asked about other children in the neighborhood.  there's some speculation as to their intent, who they are reporting back to, and whether or not the company is legit or a cover for a trafficking ring. 
 

tips for parents on dealing with stranger danger
  1. when a stranger knocks on your door, take a look out the window and see who it is.
  2. answer the door cautiously, leaving your storm door locked or chain on the door if possible.
  3. do not relay any personal information to the person.
  4. be wary of purchases that require you to share identifying and/or personal info or a credit card number.
  5. call your local police department with the person's physical or car description to let them know that a person like that is in the area.
according to unglobalcompact.org:
there are approx. 210,000 people in "forced labor" in developed countries...
1.2 million children are trafficked every year
in the forced $exu@l explotation realm, 56% are women and children

though the chances might be low, you never can be too careful.  there are human trafficking rings in the United States, Canada, and many more countries... it's just not something that the public is aware of due to limited media coverage. (due to there ridiculous amounts of coverage about which celebrity is doing what)
 
 
 
don't forget to also check out these tips on
teaching children stranger danger.
 

 
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Kids Spell It Out: when i grow up, i want to be....

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welcome to the Kids Spell It Out series! every monday will be a post filled with funny and adorable answers that kidlets give to questions. this week's question is:
 
What do you want to be when you grow up? Why? 

A big rig tow truck driver.
Bear {4.5} Crayon Freckles
 
I would say either an astronaut or a scientist.  I really like science a lot!  And I like space, too!
Beck {8} Enchanted Homeschooling
 
A giraffe.
Monkey {3.5} All Done Monkey

A pizza maker!
Royal {4} Royal Baloo

A missionary.
Chrysanna {6}

I want to be everything!
Big Brother {4} Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails {FSPDT}

I want to be a doctor and fix Tristan's tooth.
Kalista {3}
 
A mechanic in the military.  After the Air Force, I want to be an undercover police officer.
Micah {8}

Either a doctor or a dancer.  Maybe I could become a dancing doctor?!
Elizabeth {6} Enchanted Homeschooling

A dad.
Dominic {5}
    
Person who believes in animals that other people don't believe in  and then makes people believe in them.  Like dragons.
Baloo {7} Royal Baloo
 
A policeman with a dog.
M {4} Pennies of Time


A firefighter.
Linden {4.5}

An eye doctor because there's fun eye experiments you can do with kids.
Lucy {5} Buggy and Buddy
 
A babysitter because I can get paid after it and it is a lot of fun to play.
E {6} Pennies of Time
 
Superman, cuz I wish I could fly.
Tristan {5}

I just want to be a mom because I really like babies.
Lily {3} Mama Smiles
I'll be just a big girl.
Tessa (4.5) Creative World of Varya
 
 
 
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Friday, July 12, 2013

five little monkeys: math activity

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the five little monkeys rhyme is one that i think just about every child knows.  there are several books that chronicle their mischievous adventures.  these books make for a great basic 5 little monkeys math activity.
 
to prep for the activity, i pulled out some monkey head erasers that we used here.  we also used the foam tree from our Otis the Tractor book activities.
 
 
using wooden puzzle pieces and plus/minus/equals paper squares, Bear {4.5} practiced simple math where the sums and differences were no greater than five {to incorporate the 5 little monkeys}.  

after i had set up the problem, Bear was able to find the answer using the erasers as a math manipulative.

i hope you have fun monkeying around with this activity as much as we did!  {you didn't think you were gonna get away without a bad joke, did you?}

 
 
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Monday, July 8, 2013

Kids Spell It Out: what 2 animals would you combine?

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welcome to the Kids Spell It Out series! every monday will be a post filled with funny and adorable answers that kidlets give to questions. this week's question is:
 
If you could combine 2 animals,
which would they be and why?

It would be a rhino and a monkey, which would make a rhunkey.
Bear {4.5} Crayon Freckles
 
Well, my two favorite animals are birds and dogs so I would probably combine those because those are my favorite animals and I really like dogs but I also think birds are cool.  So like a super dog that could fly would be cool!  And just like parrots can repeat what you say, then a dog could repeat what you say.
 
A zebra and an octopus.  It's called a zee-bee-octopus.  It would never get eaten because the zebra part would scare the other animals in the water.
Lucy {5} Buggy and Buddy
 
A dolphin and a shark, because they both live underwater.
Carter {7}

A zebra and a giraffe.
Monkey {3.5} All Done Monkey

A bear and an eagle, because I would want to make bear sauce.
Linden {4.5}

Tiger and giraffe, because it would be like a tiger with a long neck.  It could eat lots of animals.
Carter {4.5}

An elephant and a kangaroo.
Johnny {5} Mama Smiles

A giraffe and a dolphin because I like both animals because I couldn't pick one.  So it would have a dolphin body so that it could go underwater and then it would have a giraffe head so that it could reach high.  It would have a dolphin flipper.  Its legs and arms would be giraffe legs. 
Elizabeth {6} Enchanted Homeschooling
 
A giraffe and a tiger because they could get birds easier.  It could see things far away if a predator was coming to take its babies.
Chrysanna {6}
 
Mom says: after giving me about a dozen half responses, she decided she couldn't answer this one.  there are just too many possibilities.  I'd love to visit her zoo!
Savannah {8}

Elephant and T-Rex.  T-Rex is my favorite.
Tristan {5}

A Westie and a Yorkie.  My two dogs are so cute, I want to know how cute they would be if they were the same dog.
Micah {8}

A lion and an elephant, because they can be friends.
Tessa {4.5} Creative World of Varya

A sheep and a deer because deer sheep eat sheep.
Dominic {5}
 
 
 
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

He's Gonna Be G@y: On Boys Playing with Dolls

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A while back, I was talking with someone very close to me as we watched Bear play.  He was in the driveway pushing a baby doll in our stroller.  That's when the words came out of the person's mouth:
 
Them: You know, if he keeps doing stuff like this, he's gonna be... y'know...
 
Me: Stuff like what?
 
Them: Playing with dolls, dressing up, y'know.  He's gonna be...
 
Me: No.... gonna be what?
 
Them: Y'know... He's gonna be g@y.
 
 
Before I continue, I need to note... I'm spelling the word g@y that way to avoid searches from pervs finding this post.  Not because I consider it an obscene or offending word.
 
Back to the incident.... I have never been more offended in my life.  My entire 33 years.  Seriously.  I can venture to say that I had a little bit of momma bear mixed with rage bubble up. 
 
And thus began the conversation...
 
I explained that gender bias surrounding what little girls should do and how little boys should act were antiquated notions that not only pigeonhole children, but can also create shame in their creative play ideas. 

Playing with dolls allows boys to explore the roles played by the caregivers in their lives.  By taking care of their baby dolls, they are practicing and learning how to nurture and exhibit emotions.  In this post from Picklebums, Kate puts these sentiments into words better than I.  In reference to her son playing with dolls, she says "He plays with dolls so that one day he may be a confident, loving and nurturing father, uncle, big brother, friend or partner." Doll play can also help boys and girls prepare to become big brothers and sisters, as pointed out in this post at Dirt and Boogers.  This idea is properly illustrated in a children's book William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow.  I had no idea this book even existed until I read this post from Small Potatoes.

The ridiculous classification system that some use to categorize g@y vs. straight has become tiresome for me over the years. What in the world does hairstyle, clothing style, or  recreation activities have to do with $exu@l preference. {note: again anti-perv coding}

These stereotypes are even more asinine when they are applied to children's appearances and play choices through the categories of "sissy boys" and "tomboy girls", i.e. children who don't follow the gender behaviors prescribed by society.  Granted there are some children that at a very early age, are aware of their orientation, but discussing the $exu@l!ty of children is just absurd to me.

But, I mean, seriously?  Does it matter? It's not even a learned behavior anyway.  God made my son exactly how he wanted him.  Toys that he plays with and dress up clothes that he wears isn't going to "teach" him to be drawn to his own gender romantically when he's older.  It saddens me that this theory is still in play in 2013.  But, no matter what orientation he is drawn towards when he's older, what does it matter?  What does that have to do with his 4.5 year old life?  It shouldn't even be an issue.  And that's just what I told them.

The bottom line is this:  No matter what he grows up to be, whether it be g@y or straight, law-abiding or criminal, Christian or atheist, polka-dotted or striped....
He will always be my son. 

And nothing, nothing he does will ever change my love for him.
For more info on how playing with dolls helps girls and boys develop, check out this post from Mama OT that was written by  Katie Yeh, pediatric speech-language pathologist and writer at Playing With Words 365 and Laura Hutchinson, a clinical psychologist at PlayDrMom.







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Monday, July 1, 2013

Kids Spell It Out: who is your hero?

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welcome to the Kids Spell It Out series! every monday will be a post filled with funny and adorable answers that kidlets give to questions. this week's question is:
 
Who is your hero?

Larry Boy cuz he's so cool and he has ear suction cups.
Bear {4.5} Crayon Freckles
 
Thor because he has super strength, he has an indestructible hammer, and he can fly.
 
Iron Man.
Monkey {3.5} All Done Monkey

Jesus and My Father.
Chrysanna {6}

My hero is probably... Dad, because he is cool, he is nice, and he likes Legos.
Elizabeth {6} Enchanted Homeschooling

God.
Dominic {5}
 
Me!  Actually, I'm Daddy's!  Daddy because he does the garden work.  You {to mom} because you do crafts.
Tristan {5}

Superman because he can lift a car over his head.
Micah {8}

Batman because he fights the nasty Joker.
Linden {4.5}


{to her brothers Micah and Linden above}
Both of you are wrong. My hero is Jesus because he rose from the grave.  He's the first superhero!
Joc {17}

My daddy.

A chocolate maker would be my hero.
Lucy {4} Buggy and Buddy
 
 
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