Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top 10 Crayon Freckles Posts of 2016

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This year has brought some amazing blessings to our family and to this little blog.  Readers are back up. There are more than 2.4k following us on Facebook. We are almost 11k strong on Pinterest. It's been a good year in regards to on Pinterest. It's been a good year in regards to the number of people my messages have been able to reach. But I want more. Specifically more engagement.  While performers thrive on the applause of the audience, I want to interact with people. I'm curious about what types of activities you'd like to see more of or what parenting topics you'd like explored.
 
All that being said, here are the ten posts that people responded to most during 2016...











So there you have it. Looking for common threads among these posts, it seems that printable posts and honest parenting posts are what are best received. So what topics would YOU like to see in these in 2017? Drop me a line here and let me know.
 



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Friday, December 30, 2016

Toddler Playschool: P is for Pets {free printable}

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We are back at learning with the letter P. Sunny currently loves Doc McStuffins, who has lots of pet vet stuff out. So we are exploring all things pet related. Pets are something very simple and fun that can lend a lot to the classroom or home learning environment. I'm so exited to share all of these early learning pet activities with you!

 
If you missed the first few weeks, you can find them here:
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. We'll be exploring a different theme each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides us with a framework of activity ideas we can use and expand on.  Very soon, I will be providing links to activities on these posts... There's just not enough time for me! 
 
 
 
 
 
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I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Year in Review for Kids {free printable}

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We're closing in on the end of 2016. I love looking back on the year with my kiddos. We haven't done a Year in Review in a couple of years, but I'm hoping to revive the tradition. So I created this cute, little free printable that can be used to document our kiddos' year as they saw it. These are super cute to collect year after year and compile into a book for when they're older!
 
 
 
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Toddler Playschool: Winter Fun for Kids {free printable}

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We're taking a little break from exploring the alphabet in our Toddler Playschool. This week, we are focusing on winter-themed fun.  All of the activities that we're doing are suitable for toddlers through early elementary students.  I planned them because I've got both kiddos home and want to keep them busy.  There are so many fun books about winter that can be used for inspiration for this time of year!

If you missed the first few weeks, you can find them here:
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. We'll be exploring a different theme each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides us with a framework of activity ideas we can use and expand on.  Very soon, I will be providing links to activities on these posts... There's just not enough time for me! 
 
 
 
 
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I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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Sunday, December 18, 2016

How to Help Children Handle Grief During the Holidays

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I'm sitting here... in a quiet house. Staring at the Christmas tree glowing in the dark living room.  December always seems like the hardest month to get through.  It's a tough time of year when loved ones who aren't with us, either spiritually or physically, are missed.  Our family has dealt with both... The absence of a loved one who had passed and making it through the holidays with the kids' dad being deployed. These empty seats at our Christmas tables are hard enough for us as adults. But how do they affect our children? Here are some different ways you can help children deal with the absence of a loved one during Christmas time.

Read some books about death and grieving written just for kids.

Write letters as a family for that special someone.

Create a new tradition in honor of your loved one.

Do a random act of kindness or make a donation to a cause your loved one supported.

Purchase an item your loved one would have appreciated and donate it to a local charity.

Donate altar flowers to your church in your loved one's name.

Dealing with a deployment? Use these tips to make it through the holidays.

Light a candle or display a photo of your loved one during holiday get-togethers. 

Have a moment of silence before eating in your loved one's honor.

Talk with your children about how they're feeling.  Let them know that it's okay to be sad. Share each other's happy memories of your loved one.

Turn your loved one's belongings into gifts for family. They can be teddy bears made from old clothing, shadowboxes, or even jewelry made with their signature.

Make a memorial ornament in honor of your loved one to hang on the tree each year. It doesn't have to be serious, either.  Did Grandma have a penchant for feeding the neighborhood squirrels? Hang a silly squirrel ornament in her memory every year.

Leave an empty chair at the dinner table in their honor.



My thoughts and prayers are with all of your families during this holiday season. It's not easy, but you will make it through. You have the strength for this... 
 



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Friday, December 16, 2016

Toddler Playschool: Christmas Fun for Kids {free printable}

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We're taking a little break from exploring the alphabet in our Toddler Playschool. Next week, we are going to do Christmas activities.  The week after will be winter themed fun.  We'll pick back up with the letter P after the first of the year.  The Christmas activity calendar is a little different than ones in the past. The literacy category has been removed so that I could add two different types of books.  I like to be able to focus on the Reason for the Season, as well as the more secular holiday traditions.

If you missed the first few weeks, you can find them here:
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. We'll be exploring a different theme each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides us with a framework of activity ideas we can use and expand on.  Very soon, I will be providing links to activities on these posts... There's just not enough time for me! 
 
 
 
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I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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Friday, December 9, 2016

Toddler Playschool: O is for Ocean friends {free printable}

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There are so very few topics that come to mind when I think of the letter O.  Fish and ocean creatures are so very fascinating to little ones, so I thought it would be entertaining to use them as our theme for this week. 

If you missed the first few weeks, you can find them here:
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. We'll be exploring a different theme each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides us with a framework of activity ideas we can use and expand on.  Very soon, I will be providing links to activities on these posts... There's just not enough time for me!
   
 
 
 
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I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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Friday, December 2, 2016

Toddler Playschool: N is for Nighttime {free printable}

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This is an odd time of year for us.  The tree is up, but it doesn't always feel quit so Christmas-y yet. So instead, we're focusing on another topic that is a favorite with toddlers and preschoolers... Bedtime.  Haha.. right? I know so many of us struggle with this time of the day.  But maybe some of these activities can help make bedtime more appealing to your little one.

If you missed the first few weeks, you can find them here:
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. We'll be exploring a different theme each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides us with a framework of activity ideas we can use and expand on.  Very soon, I will be providing links to activities on these posts... There's just not enough time for me!
   
 
 
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I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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