Saturday, June 30, 2012

Winner of the Polka Dot Hair Bow from Little Leela's Boutique!

Check it out - the Rafflecopter declared a winner! http://www.growingupnaturallyinhomechildcare.blogspot.com/2012/06/review-and-giveaway-for-little-leelas.html
Melissa M. has already been contacted AND she has claimed her prize! Congratulations to Melissa and thank you ever so much to Rachel at Little Leela's Boutique for sponsoring this giveaway!

Friday, June 29, 2012

9/16-9/22: Celebrating Home Facebook Catalog Party


Go here to "Join" the party:  https://www.facebook.com/events/149583471832209/


Formerly known as Home Interiors, this party will delight you with its many items for your home - from candles, to wall art, to gourmet foods and more! http://www.celebratinghome.com/parties/beckyborgia313723/CATALOG.ASHX

8/19-8/25: Silpada Jewelry Facebook Catalog Party


Go here to "Join" the party: https://www.facebook.com/events/315468645214278/

Check out her website (http://mysilpada.com/sites/amy.lynch/private/content/home.jsf
) - there are so many beautiful pieces to choose from! And a wide range of prices so everyone can find something in their budget! You can book your own party with her too!

8/5-8/11: Mary Kay Facebook Catalog Party


Go here to "Join" the party: https://www.facebook.com/events/130215863784519/


Shop for Mary Kay for all of your beauty needs!! :) http://www.marykay.com/pierretteboutin


While on her website, check out eCatalogs, the MaryKay Virtual Makeover (where you can check out customized looks), or book a party with her as well!

Special Party Discount! New customer special - Purchase a full Timewise Miracle Set (including foundation) for $110 and get
25% off any other set (ie: satin hands org. $34, pay only $25.50)!

7/29-8/4: Tastefully Simple Facebook Catalog Party


Go here to "Join" the party: https://www.facebook.com/events/333383746739018/

Yummy, scrumptious, gourmet food is just a click away! Check out the catalog to see what you might enjoy! :)  http://media.tastefullysimple.com/Ecatalog/Ecatalog.html

7/22-7/28: Pampered Chef Facebook Catalog Party


Go here to "Join" the party: https://www.facebook.com/events/384483684946413/

Please check out April's website (http://www.pamperedchef.biz/aprilbushley
) and place an order for some amazing products!

7/15-7/21: Discovery Toys Facebook Catalog Party


Go here to "Join" us at the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/110976889044976/


Here is a quote from Michele's FB page - "Discovery Toys offers the most outstanding developmental products for families - products of the highest quality with extraordinary value. I truly believe that play is a child's work...children play to learn, to grow, and to experience the world around them. Through a high level of open-ended play, DISCOVERY TOYS® products encourage a child's positive growth and development. So, children love the toys because they are fun, and while they are playing, they are learning. For me, Discovery Toys provides a meaningful business opportunity. It's a career that allows me to build my work schedule around my family while earning an income that supports my lifestyle."

I personally love that they are BPA FREE!! These are great toys for teachers to use in a classroom and for our child care! :) A percentage of your purchases supports purchasing toys for our child care AND you can even purchase items from our wishlist!

Think about using these as gift for Christmas, birthdays, or just "because you want to"!


Here is her catalog link: www.discoverytoyslink.com/michelefreeman

7/8-7/14: Tender Tushies Cloth Diapers and Legwarmers Facebook Catalog Party


Go here to "Join" the party: https://www.facebook.com/events/326422047443584/

For this party, please check out the website http://www.tendertushies.ca/
. You can buy cloth diapers for $1 off the price listed on the website - a great discount offered through this party! :) You can start a post here on the Event Wall, then the owner of the company, Rachelle, can come on and view your order and invoice you via PayPal. Be sure to leave your PayPal email address when placing your order please :) If you don't have a PayPal account, let me know - I can figure something out with you, as I have one. S&H prices are listed for each item on the website :) Her website has really great items such as legwarmers too which are great for almost any age kid! :) Legwarmers are also $1 off through this party! I have NEVER seen legwarmers priced this low before! Please RSVP so we know how many guests to expect :) While some of you may be beyond the diaper phase of your life, leg warmers (which can also be used as arm warmers to give a layered look with a short sleeved shirt) can be used by kids for several years beyond diapers! :) Check out the awesome prices and adorable prints available! Legwarmers are super cute to replace tights under a dress or skirt.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Free Blogger Sign Up!

Calling all bloggers - please join us in a huge $500 Family Pack Giveaway sponsored by 39dollarglasses.com!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of June 11th




Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.








Summer Newsletter








Week of June 11th








Summer Thematic Unit – We're Going on a Safari!








Color of the Month – We don't have one during the summer time :)








Song of the Week:

The Animals at the Zoo (Tune: The Wheels on the Bus )
The snake at the zoo goes Hiss, Hiss, Hiss  Hiss, Hiss, Hiss 
The Snake at the zoo goes Hiss, Hiss, Hiss 
All day long 
The lion at the zoo goes Roar, Roar, Roar  Roar, Roar, Roar 
The lion at the zoo goes Roar, Roar, Roar 
All day long (Add other animals)




Book of the Week: Tarzan: Hanging Out by Eric Suben


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), dress up clothes (to learn to pretend), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), and had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect).



Special Enrichment for Monday: We tasted a Strawberries and Cream Jungle Juice smoothie.We played Barrels of Monkeys and tried to see who could make the longest chain of monkeys! We also discussed what we like about monkeys.



What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by building with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack) and our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect).Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time.Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Lincoln Logs set, toy cars (to develop fine motor skills), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), magnets (to learn how magnets stick to metals), our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), and our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations).


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We went to the movie theater and saw Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked which was a really funny movie. This kids really enjoyed it.


What We Did On Wednesday: No one came to play today.


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: No one came to play today.




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves), and discussed and practiced the various sounds made by jungle animals.



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We went swimming at a pool in a friend's neighborhood and had a playdate with her 3 year old boy and 15 month old girl. We also spent time with them at th playground in their neighborhood and climbed and went down slides and just had a blast together!




What We Did On Friday: We began our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) and working on our jungle themed puzzles (to work on matching and one-to-one correspondence.) Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), built with our wooden blocks (to learn to stack), built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack) and built with our mini waffle blocks (to learn how to interconnect). We really enjoyed building things today! We also played with our toy trains (to learn how simple machines work and how to intersect the train tracks), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others).




Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Tarzan 2!



What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by playing with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend) and our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), worked with our links (to learn to connect) and used our shape sorters (to learn to match).



Special Enrichment for Saturday: We watched the movie Elmo's World!









Sunday, June 24, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of June 4th


Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.








Summer Newsletter








Week of June 4th








Summer Thematic Unit – We're Going on a Safari!








Color of the Month – We don't have one during the summer time :)








Song of the Week:


Down In the Jungle
(chant)
Down in the jungle with the beat in your feet,
Think of an animal that you'd like to meet.
That you'd like to meet (have a child yell out an animal name)
A (Lion), A (Lion) She wants to see a (Lion)!
Note: continue the chant until everyone has had a chance to name an animal






Book of the Week: Tarzan by Disney


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our Build and Stack City pieces (to learn how pieces and be mixed and matched to build various things) and our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on putting our book back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations),
kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), dress-up with our jungle animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about jungle animals), toy cars (to develop fine motor skills) and balls (to develop gross motor skills).



Special Enrichment for Monday: We made a delicious Banana-Apple Slurp Jungle Juice smoothie! We also each got a Jungle Animal Tattoo. Later in the day we played our Safari Animal Adventures CD-ROM.



What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our Lincoln Logs set and building with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), worked with our links (to learn to connect).



Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We played our Find Sock Monkey Game! This is a blast to play. You have to ask Yes or No questions to determine where Sock Monkey is hiding! We made Elephant masks during art time. We worked on our jungle themed puzzles.


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing dress-up with our jungle animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about jungle animals) and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Franklin Goes to School Board Game (to learn about numbers, letters, shapes, counting, colors and taking turns!) and our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). We also took turns playing our Chutes and Ladders CD-ROM.



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We went to Catch Air Marietta! We had such a blast exploring this place! There are all kinds of inflatables, including a coconut tree you can swing on, teeter-totters, slides, tunnels, a light up dance floor that lights up where you move, merry-go-round and more! We brought kids from ages 1-10 and they ALL enjoyed themselves and had plenty to do!!!





What We Did On Thursday:  We started our day off by exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) and playing with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), jungle animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations), toy cars (to develop fine motor skills), balls (to develop gross motor skills), ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills), built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock) and worked with our busy beads (to learn to connect).



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We played in our Safari Water Table with jungle animal themed toys!




What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves) and built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills).



Special Enrichment for Friday: We had a great time dressing up with our jungle animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about jungle animals)! We spent a long time roaring and braying and scuffing our "feet" and making all kinds of fun animals noises and behaviors!



What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by building with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack) and our toy binoculars (to learn how to see things various ways). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading it. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our dinosaurs (to learn about their similarities and differences), had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect), Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts) and played with our toy trains (to learn how simple machines work and how to intersect the train tracks).



Special Enrichment for Saturday: We played our Toddler Jumpstart CD-ROM!!!


































REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY FOR LITTLE LEELA'S BOUTIQUE!

Rachel is the owner at Little Leela's Boutique. She is WONDERFUL to work with. She is very creative and you can bounce ideas back and forth with her until you come up with exactly what it is for your little darling. She makes a wide assortment of things such as diaper cakes, hair bows of various sizes on a clip, leg warmers, tutus, neckties, onesies with letters or numbers, ponytail bows, bowties, sunsuits, pillowcase dresses, headbands, ruffle twirl dresses, fabric banners, onesies with suspenders, onesies with a tutu for babies, plus other things that you may see in her photo section on her Facebook Page: Little Leela's Boutique. Rachel has excellent communication skills and emails back and forth VERY quickly! (You would never know she has 5 kids of her own with how fast she is to respond!) If you would like to place an order with her, simply mention my blog and she has generously offered a 10% off coupon! You can email her and see just how fast she is at responding - littleleelasboutique@yahoo.com.

She also has an etsy shop you can check out for more pictures of items she offers - http://www.etsy.com/shop/littleleelasboutique

Rachel ran a special on her Facebook page back in April for 3 large bows for $12 shipped. I placed an order with her for three bows and asked her how she would feel about a review/giveaway. She generously agreed to one and sent an additional polka dot ponytail bow for me to review.

I can't just post a review on the one bow though. I feel the need to talk about them all! :) I ordered 3 large bows with alligator clips. I purchased a pale blue bow, a pale yellow bow and a light purple bow. Lots of spring/summer colors to mix and match with Daniella's outfits. They are beautifully made and constructed well. Daniella goes through phases of yanking her bows out. Never once did this seem to loosen the bow from the clip.

The ponytail bow we only wore once or twice simply because Daniella's hair is still a bit fine to wear it all back in a ponytail. Whenever I try to pull it all back she cries like I am hurting her :( And then she was so upset, she wouldn't stand very still for pictures :) The little turkey :)
Here is a better front view of the bow:
And here is a picture of the back of it:
Isn't it adorable?? I can't wait until Daniella can wear it more often. I love the color variety and that it can be worn with many different outfits because of the mixture of colors it has! I also like that it isn't a standard2 or 4 loop bow. I like that the ends of the bow fill it out.

Now I will show you some of the pictures I took of Daniella modeling her other bows that Rachel made. As you can see by the various pictures, sometimes she loves the camera and other times, I think she is thinking, "Mama, let me go play!!!". :)


I promise this bow matched her outfit that day, Her skirt had blue in it :) I love the size of the large bow and the size it is in comparison to Daniella's face.


I absolutely LOVE this picture! Daniella looks so happy in it. She loves to sit on our porch swing.


This was one of those days where Daniella dd NOT want me to take her picture. The look on her face just screams, "Take the picture already!". Isn't this purple just beautiful?!?


Here is a little smile :) And a close up shot of the purple bow! See how big it is?!


I know this picture is a little blurry, but I wanted to show how the bow looked with a different outfit. This was when we were at Monkey Joe's. I doubt she even realized I took this picture :)


Gosh, this picture was taken about 2 months ago when I first received the bows. I can't believe how much she has grown since this picture was taken! She looks so young....





And now....Rachel has generously offered a polka dot bow like the one I received as a prize for the winner! You may choose which kind of bow you want it to be - a ponytail bow like I received, or on an alligator clip (with or without teeth) or on a french barrette.  Don't forget that if you place an order with Rachel and mention my blog, you receive 10% off your order!  And watch her Facebook page for deals, too!

This will be my first review/giveaway using a Rafflecopter form so if anyone notices ANY issues, please let me know ASAP! Thanks!










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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

BabyLegs Promo - Limited Time Offer!

I got an email from BabyLegs showing that BabyLegs currently has a sitewide sale!!! 75% off of $75+!!!! Flat Rate shipping of $5.99, no matter how much you spend! Even if you spend the bare minimum of $75, you will pay less than $30 INCLUDING S&H!!!! What a steal of a deal! Use coupon code: HEATWAVE
http://www.babylegs.com/

Monday, June 18, 2012

Modern Alternative Mama has written another book!

I was able to read this book before it was released and let me just tell you - it is AWESOME! The recipes are versatile and YUMMY! Here is a quote from Kate herself!





Today’s the day!
Simply Summer is here. If you’re looking for inspiration on what to cook this summer, this book is for you. I’m really excited about this book because I think that this one has recipes that everyone will like, and that everyone can eat (even with allergies!). If you’ve never bought one of my books before, start with this one. I honestly think it is the best, most versatile book yet. It is a definite must-have for those wanting to eat locally and seasonally!
It’s hot. (Today it’s about 90 here!) That leaves, often times, little motivation to cook, and even less motivation for fancy meals or those which require heating up your kitchen. But you don’t have to, with this book.
Focus on grilled meats, crisp salads, simple dips, beautiful fruit, and light desserts. That’s what Simply Summer has to offer. You’ll see recipes like Marinated Chicken, Bacon-Cheddar Dip, Grilled Shrimp Salad, Lemon Sherbet, Peach Upside Down Cake, and other wonderful freshness. You won’t need to heat up your kitchen (much) and you’ll be done quickly since many dishes don’t take a lot of prep or cook time.
Making use of the fresh, seasonal flavors that are available and oh-so-perfect in the summer is so important. There’s no time when tomatoes are so juicy, peaches are so sweet, or greens so crisp. If your family is striving to eat locally and seasonally, Simply Summer will help you to do that in new and delicious ways.If you have food allergies, this book will work for you! About half of the recipes are top 8-free as written (and many more could be with simple substitutions). All of the recipes are clearly marked with symbols to tell you what allergens they’re free of, so you know what’s safe for your family.
Simply Summer is just so versatile and the recipes so delicious — it’s a must-have. Testers and reviewers alikeloved the recipes and many said some became instant family favorites. These recipes are perfect to make for the ubiquitous family barbecues and parties, to take and share, and no one will even know they’re eating “real food!” At $7.95 for 32 delicious, seasonal recipes, this book is a steal.For more information or to buy the book, head over to the book page. You’ll see a full description (including a list of all the recipes), what all of the reviewers said, and more.
But don’t forget about the launch-day specials.
With code SUMMERFOOD50, you can get 50% off this book, which sells normally for $7.95 (making it just $3.48!). This is only on the first 50 copies, though, so get yours fast!
Anyone can get 35% off through Tuesday, 6/19, with code SUMMER35. If you miss that, you can get 20% off through Friday, 6/22 with code SIMPLY20.
You can also get Simply Summer for Kindle!
Which recipe are you going to make first?


Want your own copy?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Have you found us on Pinterest yet?

I scour Pinterest a lot to come up with theme related ideas for my lesson planning for activities with the children we provide care for. I have obsessively divided them into categories based on the month/theme and by activity/snack/worksheets. We only use worksheets with ages 3+, primarily just handwriting their name and scissor skills until they are 4, then we do more basic worksheets to prepare them for Kindergarten. I also have boards on Pinterest about circumcision, vaccines, extended rear facing, breastfeeding and more! Come, Follow me! http://pinterest.com/BeckyatGUNIHCC/

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Myths About Circumcision

What are some things that you believe (or used to believe) about circumcision? There is a lot of stuff floating "out there" about why circumcision is "healthy". Here is a great article articulating some myths about circumcision!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

What to do if you are ever "force" vaccinated...

Please Know What You Are Injecting Into Your Child(ren)!



School Choice



I know that this isn't 100% parallel with the scope of this blog, but I also realize that if you read this blog regularly, you probably think "outside the box" of mainstream living enough to possibly consider something other than a standard public school education for your child(ren).

Our son attends a local Special State public Charter School. We fought very hard to get this school in this area. Our region has a lot of homeschoolers as well. We also have several religious based private schools, some special needs private schools, as well as regular private schools.

We, as parents, need to ensure that our children get the education that is specific to them. Every child learns differently. They shouldn't all be a sardine in a can within a school of fish.

The Original 5 Food Groups

the original 5 food groups.

This has a lot in common with the Advanced Plan Healing Diet!

Vaccines Then VS. Now



Hmm....something seems wrong with that last column! (And for the record, *I* was born in 1980!)

A Breastfeeding Statue???

I can just imagine Daniella's face if she saw this!
Photo

Sh!t Crunchy Dads Say

Does your husband say any of this? :)


Sh!t Crunchy Dads Say on YouTube

Parents' Choice or Child's Choice?




We believe it is the child's choice.

Car Seats With Extra Weight Allotments For ERF

The other day, I posted about extended rear facing in car seats and why it is important. Well, I dug around to find out more about which car seats you can use to make this happen! :) Most of them are not any more expensive than your standard car seat. Here is the list! Daniella has The Graco65 one! We LOVE it! It is very easy to install and uninstall.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Extended Rear Facing Car Seats

I totally just swiped this from a Mommy group I am in on FB, but I really think it is important to share! Credit goes out to Asha!


JUST SHARING! :)
Many people think that once their child turns one and hits 20 lbs that they have to turn their car seats around and have them forward facing. Recommendations have changed and they are now finding that it is a lot safer to keep your toddler rear faced until at least 2 years old and 30lbs. It is commonly referred to as "Extended Rear Facing". The American Academy of Pediatrics has been recommending this for a couple years now and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just hopped on board.
Studies have shown that extended rear facing is five times safer in most types of automobile accidents (that’s 500%). The reason it’s safer is because when a child is rear facing the seat absorbs most of the crash forces in an accident. The seat helps to distribute the force of the crash over the entire body which helps protect the head, neck, and back of your child. When a child is forward faced and gets into an accident their head abruptly moves forward and this puts stress on their neck and spine.


 http://extendedrearfacing.org/

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

GladRags Promo! ends 6/8

Have you been thinking about trying GladRags' Mama Cloth? (Don't get too intimidated by their prices.There are various options available.)

Well, here is your chance to get some at a GREAT price!
kit

Coupon code expires Friday, June 8th.
gardenlattice 2 rosebutterfly 4 viridianbutterfly 2

CHECK OUT THEIR PRETTY NEW COLORS, TOO!

Small Plum Organics on sale now at Totsy!

Quite possibly the softest thing your baby will ever wear, Small Plum Organics always gives little ones a luxe and lovable look! Each Small Plum garment is made from silky soft fabric made from organic bamboo, and embellished with quirky designs using water-based inks. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources on the planet, so you can feel good about outfitting your baby in these bold bodysuits, tees, yoga pants and booties, or giving them as a gift! Fits newborn, infant and toddlers 2T-4T.

Sale ends in less than 3 days! 

 Bridge BodysuitHippo Bodysuit

Vitacost Promo! Ends 6/21 @ 9 AM EST

Buy one, get one 1/2 off - Over 300 Vitacost® products - No promo code required - Expires 06/21/2012 at 9 am EDT

Register with Vitacost through this link and receive $10 off your $10+ order! Can be combined with the above promo!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of May 28th

Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.








May Newsletter








Week of May 28th








Monthly Thematic Unit – Down on the Farm








Color of the Month – Yellow








Song of the Week:


“Mommy Says, Baby Says”
Mommy duck says quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
Baby duckling says quack, quack, quack, down on the farm.
Mommy cow says moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moo
Baby calf says moo, moo, moo, down on the farm.
Mommy horse says neigh, neigh, neigh, neigh, neigh, neigh
Baby colt says neigh, neigh, neigh, down on the farm.
Mommy sheep says baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa
Baby lamb says baa, baa, baa, down on the farm.
Mommy chicken says cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck
Baby chick says cluck, cluck, cluck, down on the farm.
Mommy cat says meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow
Baby kitten says meow, meow, meow, down on the farm.
Mommy dog says woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof
Baby puppy says woof, woof, woof, down on the farm.






Book of the Week: Oink! Moo! How Do You Do? by Grace Maccarone



What We Did On Monday: Closed in observance of Memorial Day



Special Enrichment for Monday: Closed in observance of Memorial Day



What We Did On Tuesday: No one came to play today.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: No one came to play today.


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on trying to figure out what the story is about by looking at the pictures. Then we introduced the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our toy trains (to learn how simple machines work and how to intersect the train tracks), balls (to develop gross motor skills), electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), our interactive farm book (to learn the sounds that farm animals make), used our shape sorters (to learn to match), and played with our magnets (to learn how magnets stick to metals).



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We went to the Bounce House for a field trip! We bounced on the inflatables, played basketball, went down slides, and played in their toddler area. SOOO much fun!




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations) and magnets (to learn how magnets stick to metals). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on trying to figure out what the story is about by looking at the pictures. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments), had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect),  and worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching).



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We played with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations) and worked on matching the farm animal mommies to the farm animal babies.




What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our magnets (to learn how magnets stick to metals) and building with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on trying to figure out what the story is about by looking at the pictures. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations),  toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations), we explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), and worked with our links (to learn to connect).



Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Elmo: Babies, Doggies and More where Elmo and his friends went to a petting zoo and saw lots of farm animals!



What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by playing our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments) and checking out our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations) - which we a favorite toy this week! Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on trying to figure out what the story is about by looking at the pictures. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching),



Special Enrichment for Saturday: We played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves).

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of May 21st


Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.








May Newsletter








Week of May 21st








Monthly Thematic Unit – Down on the Farm








Color of the Month – Yellow








Song of the Week:



This is the Way We Help at the Farm
(cow)
This is the way we milk the cows
Milk the cows, milk the cows 
This is the way we milk the cows so early in the morning
(horse)
This is the way we plow the fields
Plow the fields, plow the fields
This is the way we plow the fields so early in the morning
(chicken)
This is the way we gather the eggs
Gather the eggs, gather the eggs
This is the way we gather the eggs so early in the morning
(bumblebee)
This is the way we bottle the honey
Bottle the honey, bottle the honey
This is the way we bottle the honey so early in the morning
(sheep)
This is the way we shear the sheep
Shear the sheep, shear the sheep
This is the way we shear the sheep so early in the morning
(donkey)
This is the way we ride the donkey
Ride the donkey, ride the donkey
This is the way we ride the donkey so early in the morning
(dog)
This is the way we gather the sheep
Gather the sheep, gather the sheep
This is the way we gather the sheep so early in the morning









Book of the Week: Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments) and kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), used our shape sorters (to learn to match), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), used our interactive farm book (to learn the sounds that farm animals make), played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), and worked with our links (to learn to connect).

Special Enrichment for Monday: We made Cotton Sheep by taking a cutout of a sheep and adding cotton balls! We used this as an opportunity to talk about how we shear sheep for their wool and the many things we can make from wool. We also played our Dora Lost City computer game where we worked on identifying numbers and counting.



What We Did On Tuesday: No one came to play today.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: No one came to play today.



What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  reading one book at a time.
 Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), our interactive farm book (to learn the sounds that farm animals make), and building with Legos (to learn how to interlock).


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We danced to our "Get Up and Move" CD and drew with yellow crayons (to help us learn the color of the month).




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) and using our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect) and played with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination).



Special Enrichment for Thursday: To help reinforce the various sounds that can be heard on a farm (including a tractor!), we played with our interactive farm book (to learn the sounds that farm animals make).




What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and played dress-up with our farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  reading one book at a time. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our built with our Lincoln Logs set, played with our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), and played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters).




Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type . We also did a worksheet (ages 3+) where we had to color a cow and traced a capital "C" and a lowercase "c" and the word "cow".



What We Did On Saturday: No one came to play today.



Special Enrichment for Saturday: No one came to play today.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Winner for the Ruby's Red Wash Review/Giveaway

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Chevelle May 30, 2012 4:20 PM
I think we could ALL use this at some point or another! I hate ruining expensive/sexy panties when it comes early or at an inopportune time... *sigh* This is a brilliant idea!

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