Monday, July 30, 2012

TROPICAL TRADITIONS GIVEAWAY WINNER!

THE RAFFLECOPTER HAS ANNOUNCED THE WINNER - IS IT YOU???

BLOG POST FOR TROPICAL TRADITIONS REVIEW/GIVEAWAY

THE WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED AND HAS 48 HOURS FROM THE TIME STAMP OF THIS POST TO RESPOND OR A NEW WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN. THANKS FOR ENTERING AND A BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO TROPICAL TRADITIONS FOR SPONSORING THIS EVENT!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hers or His Power Wheels Jeep Event

Check it out! Who wants to win one of these for their child(ren)? Super nice prize!


Hosted by: Mom Blog Society
Event Giveaway Dates: July 30 - August 13
Prize: Fisher Price Power Wheels Jeep- His or Hers
Open: Worldwide
If a winner is selected from outside of the US, they will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate
Hers:
Styled after the Jeep Wrangler, this 6V battery-powered single-seat Jeep ride-on features fun Barbie styling. This vehicle features a realistic Jeep design with a rollbar.
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Jeep Battery-Powered Ride-On:
  • Age Range: 3 years and up
  • Goes up to 2.5 mph in forward and reverse
  • Wheels: plastic
  • Brakes: Power Lock Brake System
  • Battery requires 18 hours to charge
  • Battery charge lasts up to 40 minutes
  • Dimensions: 38"L x 26.375"W x 17.125"H
  • Maximum weight capacity: 50 lbs
  • Adult assembly required
  • Assemble in 20 minutes or less
His:
Styled after the Jeep Wrangler, this 6V single-seat Jeep has the Hot Wheels license. This vehicle features realistic Jeep design with rollbar.
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Hot Wheels Jeep 6-Volt Battery-Powered Ride-on:
  • Age Range: 3 years and up
  • Goes up to 2.5 mph in forward and reverse
  • Wheels: plastic
  • Brakes: Power Lock Brake System
  • Battery requires 18 hours to charge
  • Battery charge lasts up to 40 minutes
  • Dimensions: 38"L x 26.375"W x 17.125"H
  • Maximum weight capacity: 50 lbs
  • Adult assembly required
  • Assemble in 20 minutes or less
One lucky winner will get to pick his or hers Power Wheels Jeep!
Enter on the Easy Rafflecopter below!
Remember, you can't win if you don't enter.
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Growing Up Naturally In Home Child Care is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.







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Friday, July 27, 2012

Baby Legs is having an INCREDIBLE sale! Ends 08/03/12

Buy 1 Get 3 FREE! No Limit. Ends 8/3/12!

Free Blogger Opp for a Juno Lucina Signature Pendant!



Baby Dickey is hosting a giveaway for a Juno Lucina Signature Pendant. It’s 14k white gold with 2 diamonds, valued at $499. Juno Lucina is the Roman goddess of childbirth and this pendant symbolizes her hands cradling and protecting the heads of mother and child. It’s the ultimate “push present!”


*To be included in this group promotion, you’ll be REQUIRED to blog about the giveaway and include the Rafflecopter form on your post. All text/html will be emailed to you before the giveaway begins. (Dates TBA).

*You can have ONE link included in the Rafflecopter form for free – your choice of twitter or facebook.

*A SECOND link can be added for $2, please send payment via paypal to erdickey@gmail.com

*Details: the entries on the RC form will not be mandatory, but bloggers will be grouped together and rotated to the top of the form throughout the giveaway to ensure everyone gets equal coverage!

*There is a BLOGGER REFERRAL PRIZE! It will be measured two ways: by how many bloggers you send to sign up here AND by how many people you refer to actually enter the giveaway once it’s live. THEWINNER? Gets their own $299 diamond pendant!


Make sure to let her know that Growing Up Naturally In Home Child Care sent you! Go here to sign up.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Product Review and Giveaway For TROPICAL TRADITIONS COCONUT OIL!!!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.



We regularly use coconut oil around here. We have tried several brands and Tropical Traditions is by far our favorite! For more information on this great company and their many products, please read more below and then enter the fantastic giveaway that Tropical Traditions is sponsoring for a QUART of coconut oil!


You can go here to purchase this same jar yourself! :)
***If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.***
Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label - 1 quart























Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?


Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.






  Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.





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Who Wants to Win a 10 Piece Michelle B Cookware Set???

Wowzers! Check out this super nice looking cookware set! Enter below to try to snag one for yourself! Several colors to choose from (pictured below).


Welcome to the Michelle B Cookware Event!

Michelle B. 10-Piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set produced by Fagor America.
Almost no other Miami chef has made as big a splash on the national culinary scene as Michelle Bernstein. A James Beard Award winner and author of Cuisine a Latina, diners are loving Bernstein's cuisine at her two successful South Florida restaurants: Michy's and Sra. Martinez, dubbed one of the Best New Restaurants in America of 2009 by Esquire Magazine. Michelle appeared on the Food Network to battle Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, from which the Miami chef emerged victorious. Michelle continues to appear on national television shows, ranging from Top Chef and The Today Show to the Martha Stewart Show. This 14-piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set includes: 1-1/2-inch-quart Sauce Pan with Tempered Glass Lid, 3-quart Sauce Pan with Tempered Glass Lid, 5-quart Stock Pot with Tempered Glass Lid, 11 4-quart Saute Pan with Tempered Glass Lid, 9-1/2-inch Fry Pan, 8-inch Fry Pan.
  • Available at Macy's.com and Amazon.com
  • Designed and hand selected by Michelle Bernstein herself
  • This 10-pc set includes:
    • 5qt Dutch Oven with Lid
    • 11” (4qt) Sauté Pan with Lid
    • 9.5” Open Skillet
    • 8” Open Skille
    • 1.5qt Sauce Pan with Lid
    • 3qt Sauce Pan with Lid
  • Made from Forged Aluminum with a double layer, high gloss color silicone polyester exterior
  • .4mm body with .5mm base and edges
  • Resistant to scratching, abrasions and wear
  • Whitford Interior non-stick coating is scratch resistant and ensures durability: no peeling, blistering or cracking making it easy to clean
  • QuanTanium PFOA Free
  • Metal utensil friendly
  • Stainless steel cast handles riveted to the pan
  • Silicone cool to touch handles
  • Every lid fits on a piece of cookware
  • The light color of cookware interior makes it easy to see what you are cooking
  • Perfect for use on all stovetops; gas, electric, radiant and induction
  • Includes a collection of full-color recipe cards containing some of Michelle Bernstein’s delicious recipes from both of her Miami restaurants
  • Available in Red, Black, Blue and Lemon-Lime

One lucky winner will receive a complete Michelle B. 10-Piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set.

Giveaway ends August 6th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!


Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Growing Up Naturally In Home Child Care is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Welcome to the 39dollarglasses Giveaway Event!


JUST IN TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING - WIN FREE DESIGNER GLASSES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY (A $500 VALUE! FROM 39dollarglasses!

Thanks to 39dollarglasses.com for sponsoring this great event, and to your 100 blogger hosts!!

Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below! :) 
Disclaimer: Growing Up Naturally In Home Child Care is not responsible for prize delivery. We are helping to host this event, but we are not the product sponsors. Thanks!



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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Is Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil FAKE?!?!

So you did your research and you KNOW that olive oil  (perfect for cooking in low heat) and coconut oil (perfect for cooking in high heat) are the healthiest oils out there. You know not to used hydrogenated fats like Crisco (you do know this, right?). You know that corn oil is 99.9% likely to be GMO, right? You know that canola oil and vegetable oil aren't that good for you, right? Right. So like I said, you know that olive oil and coconut oil are the best stuff out there...


But did you know that there is a really good chance that your extra virgin olive oil is FAKE? Here's one way to know for sure:
...extra-virgin olive oil ought to be comprised of mostly monounsaturated fat that solidifies when cold. If you put a real extra-virgin olive oil in the refrigerator, it ought to become thick and cloudy, if not entirely solid, as it cools completely. It should be noted, however, that this is not a fail-proof test. That’s because adulterated oils may also become thick and cloudy in the refrigerator. After all, some adulterated extra-virgin olive oils are cut with low-grade, refined olive oil. Those would still clump up. Other adulterated extra-virgin olive oils are cut with just enough of the cheaper oils that they’ll still be mostly olive oil, so they’ll have some clumping, too. If, however, the oil you put in the fridge fails to thicken at all (still appearing as clear and runny as it did at room temperature), then you know something certain: that it’s fake!

WOW! So....go get your extra virgin olive oil and stick it in the fridge and watch what happens! Then, while waiting, read this article for more information about this!


What brand of extra virgin olive oil do you use most often?

Common Objects That Can Hurt Young Children

DID YOU KNOW???
An average of 2,270 children under 3 are treated in emergency rooms every year due to injuries related to bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups. In all, more than 45,000 such injuries were reported from 1991 to 2010, which equates to about one child harmed every four hours. Most often (in 86 percent of cases), the injury occurred when a child fell while using the product, often leading to a laceration of the mouth. One-year-olds were injured most often, likely because they're still unsteady on their feet and are more prone to falling down. Bottles were the most common cause of injury, followed by pacifiers and then sippy cups.

There are so many objects in the world and little ones like to put them into their mouth - whether they belong there or not! Having a ten year old and a one year old myself, we have been extra cautious as Daniella has grown more and more mobile and more and more capable of getting into that that "just last week", she wasn't able to! :) My son has Legos, K'Nex, toys with small magnets and all kinds of other small toys that he knows are NOT to leave his room and that he must be very thorough when cleaning them up when he is finished playing if he wants his sister to be able to come in his room to play. These items must also be stored well out of her reach. Luckily he has a large armoire with a tons of drawers in it so it isn't an issue :)

Anyway, here is an article from Dr. Mercola that discusses dangerous objects for young children including magnets, sippy cups, pills, alcohols, pacifiers, nails, needles, bottles, and more! It also includes tips to keep children safe. Please read it to help keep your little ones safe!


Has your child ever been injured by any of these items?

Saturated Fats...how much is good for you?


A LOT! We should ALL have lots of saturated fats in our DAILY diet. "What?", you say? No, it's true! We use a TON of coconut oil, we drink a lot of coconut milk and almond milk and (when we drink it) whole fat cow's milk.Yes, even us adults. We use lots of butter (REAL butter, no hydrogenated fat filled margarine and spreads). Coconut oil is VERY healthy for your heart!! Here is an article that Dr. Mercola wrote about this same subject matter.

What healthy (saturated) fats do you incorporate into your diet?

Parents - Newsletter Week of July 9th



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 July 9th

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:

I Went to the Jungle One Day (Tune: "London Bridge)
I went to the jungle one day, jungle one day, jungle one day. 
I saw a lion on the way and this is what he said, "ROAR"!
Keep adding other jungle animals and their sounds!


Book of the Week: Elsie Elephant's Jungle Shower by Janet Allison Brown



What We Did On Monday:  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 Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills), electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), played with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), built with our waffle blocks (to learn how to interlock), drove our toy cars (to develop fine motor skills), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), and used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills).

Special Enrichment for Monday: We watched the movie Teletubbies: Favorite Things. We also made an "S is for Snake" project where we made a snake out of a letter "S" cutout! We added a forked tongue and a wiggly eye, then (after looking at pictures of real snakes and discussing them) we drew scales of various colors on our snake! We also discusses how some snakes are poisonous.

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 musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments) and working on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends.
 Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), we explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), and played with our schoolhouse toy (to learn about places and people).

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played in our water table using our safari water toys! We also watched the movie Potty Time With Bear.


What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by having fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect) and building with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends.Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), and played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves).

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We went to the movie theater and got popcorn and drinks and watched the amazing movie How to Train Your Dragon! What an incredible movie!

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 our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends.
Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), and played with our dinosaurs (to learn about their similarities and differences).
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Special Enrichment for Friday: We played with our dress-up farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals).


What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by using our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills) and playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination).Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend), using our dress up jewelry (to practice putting it on and taking it off), and built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills).


Special Enrichment for Saturday: We watched the movie Teletubbies: Nursery Rhymes.



Parents - Newsletter Week of July 1st


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 July 1st


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:


I'm a Little Zebra (Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little zebra white and black 
With a bushy mane running down my back 
I like to gallop and run and play 
Out on the African plains all day.

Book of the WeekMilia's Big Day by Thea Feldman

What We Did On Monday: 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 wooden blocks (to learn to stack). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on turning the pages of the books carefully so as to not rip them. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), built with our Lincoln Logs set (to learn how to stack and build), played with our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), built with our mini waffle blocks (to learn how to interconnect) and played with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts).


Special Enrichment for Monday: We created zebra masks and talked about how they have black and white stripes. We also played our "Find Sock Monkey" game which uses yes and no questions to give the children clues to find the monkey! Lots of fun!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts) and our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of the books carefully so as to not rip them. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), built with our Lincoln Logs set (to learn how to stack and build), used our shape sorters (to learn to match), built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack), and worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching).


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We chose jungle animal tattoos to wear all day long! Then we had Creative Art time where we used our art materials freely to make collages of our choice. We also made and ate zebra cakes! :) YUM!


What We Did On Wednesday:  Closed in observance of Independence Day




Special Enrichment for Wednesday: Closed in observance of Independence Day


What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by using our indoor slide (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 turning the pages of the books carefully so as to not rip them. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our dress up jewelry (to practice putting it on and taking it off), built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), played with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), and built with our Lincoln Logs set (to learn how to stack and build).

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We went to the movie theater and got popcorn and drinks and watched the movie Shark Tale! It was a very funny movie and the kids really enjoyed the theater experience!


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by building with our Lincoln Logs set (to learn how to stack and build) and our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of the books carefully so as to not rip them. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing 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), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect) and built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills).

Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Hop To It to teach us more about kangaroos!


What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by playing with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and dress up clothes (to learn to pretend). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages of the books carefully so as to not rip them. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our balls (to develop gross motor skills), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), and played on our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills).


Special Enrichment for Saturday: We practiced counting to the number five!




Friday, July 20, 2012

Bloggers Wanted ~ Michelle B. Cookware Event *free event ~ signup now*


The Michelle B. Cookware Event hosted by Mom to Bed by 8 is now open to bloggers!


Go HERE to sign up! :) Please let her know that Growing Up Naturally In Home Child Care sent you! :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

iCandy Stroller Giveaway

Megan, who blogs at Behavioral Child and Megan Blogs, was a guest of the CBS TV show The Talk when Dr. Gadget was on, and among other things, she was given the iCandy Cherry stroller, in the liquorice color. She is giving it away to one lucky, random winner. This British-made stroller is very popular in Europe and is sold only in exclusive stores here in the US. Its retail value is $400. {Disclaimer/Disclosure: I have not used this stroller so I can’t vouch for it. I have it in its original/new packaging and will ship it to the winner in the exact same condition. So essentially, I’m re-gifting it :) The Talk has no idea what I’m doing with it, nor would it probably care. By entering this giveaway, you agree to indemnify me, The Talk, and iCandy from any responsibilities of all issues arising from the receipt and use of this prize. Thanks for participating and good luck! - Megan Broutian} a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer:
This giveaway is not being held by Growing Up Naturally In Home Child Care. I am helping spread the word about this giveaway and would like to thank Megan for being generous enough to give this lovely item away!

Friday, July 13, 2012

FREE BLOGGER OPP! Hers or His Power Wheels Event

Her's or His Power Wheels Event

hosted by: Mom Blog Society

This is a free blog event! You will receive one link for your participation.
Event Giveaway Dates: July 30 - August 13
Prize: Disney Princess Girls' Convertible or Lil' Rider Sports Car
Open: Worldwide
If a winner is selected from outside of the US, they will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate

Thursday, July 12, 2012

AN ELEPHANT IN THE HOSPITAL YOU TUBE VIDEO

***WARNING: THIS IS VERY GRAPHIC AND DETAILED, BUT IT IS ALSO VERY INFORMATIVE!***


Baby Z needs some Mama Milk! Can you help?

I am involved in a breastfeeding support group on Facebook and a mommy on there needs our help for her precious baby boy.Sarah has recently adopted a preemie baby and she has been working on inducing lacation so she can nurse him herself (even though he's adopted!). During the process so far, they have been relying on donor milk and have now lost their two regular donors within a week of each other! This precious baby boy has a whole list of health problems related to his premature birth and he badly needs the health benefits of breastmilk! Commercial formula does horrible things to his little tiny gut. If any of you amazing breastfeeding moms out there are willing to donate to this precious little guy please let me know either thru private message on my FB page or right here on this post! Sarah is willing to come to you! She lives in the heel part of Missouri and is willing to pick up in the connecting parts of Kentucky and Tennessee. She cannot afford to pay for shipping at this time. Sarah has been in contact with Eats on Feets and Human Milk for Human Babies already.

Calling All Bloggers!! Free Blogger Opp!


FREE BLOGGER OPP!
5 super lucky ladies are going to win the handbag of their choice…


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Event Dates: August 6th – August 20th

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Free carseat canopies - Just pay S&H!


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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of June 25th

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 25th


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:

"Going to the Zoo!"

I'm going to the zoo, zoo, zoo
How about you-o-oo?
We're gonna see a monkey (insert any zoo animal here)
At the zoo-o-oo!
(Repeat using various jungle animals!)


Book of the Week: Hiccups for Elephant by James Preller


What We Did On Monday: We began our day 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 Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on trying to see if we recognize any of the letters of the alphabet in our books! After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), toy cars (to develop fine motor skills), and our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations).



Special Enrichment for Monday: We played "Barrels of Monkeys" to see who could form the longest chain!! We also watched a movie called Babar: King of the Elephants.



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 building with Legos (to learn how to interlock) and our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on trying to see if we recognize any of the letters of the alphabet in our books! Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing 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), and used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills).



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We went to the movie theater to watch the movie Hugo! It was a really cute movie!




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves) and building with Legos (to learn how to interlock). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on trying to see if we recognize any of the letters of the alphabet in our books! Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching).



Special Enrichment for Thursday: It was way too hot to go outside today to play in the water table (over 100*!) so we substituted some indoor activities. We watched the movie Potty Time With Bear. We also played our Jumpstart Toddler computer game! So much fun! (And nice and cool!)




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 our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on trying to see if we recognize any of the letters of the alphabet in our books! Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed building with Legos (to learn how to interlock), building with our wooden blocks (to learn to stack), plus we worked with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills) and drove our toy cars (to develop fine motor skills).


Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Lion King 2. We also discussed what is involved with going on a safari and we played Safari Animal Charades!



What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by building with our waffle blocks (to learn how to interlock) and playing with 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 trying to see if we recognize any of the letters of the alphabet in our books! Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), and played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters).



Special Enrichment for Saturday: We drew lovely pictures with markers on construction paper! :) We also worked on our jungle animal themed puzzles.






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Monday, July 2, 2012

Have you ever had to "duke it out" with your child's pediatrician over vaccines?

We are blessed to have found a pediatrician who respects our family's choices and know we have researched them thoroughly. But I know that there are others out there who have to fight for their right for their exemption to feel valid. Well, don't feel alone, if that is the case. I read a recent article by Dr. Mercola about how one mom fought to protect her children. Read it here.

Wondering about the side effects of various food additives?

Seven Things Your Babysitter Wishes You Knew

I found this to be a very interesting and enlightening article that I truly couldn't agree with more. Well, number 3 doesn't really apply in our case. But overall the others couldn't be more spot on! Parents, please take a few minutes to read through this article to get an idea how we feel :) Thanks! :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of June 18th




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 18th








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: 1 Zany Zoo by Lori Degman


What We Did On Monday: 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 Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on looking at/trying to read the words from left to right across the page. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), had fun with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), worked with our chain links (to improve our fine motor skills), and used our shape sorters (to learn to match).



Special Enrichment for Monday: We worked on our jungle puzzles, trying to identify the various animals on them. We played our Safari Adventures CD-ROM. We also did a fun Tiger Stripes art project where we glued strips of paper with tiger stripes on them in a pattern of our choosing on our paper.



What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on looking at/trying to read the words from left to right across the page. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), bounced and threw our balls (to develop gross motor skills), and built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock).


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We played a Jungle Animal Grid Game where we rolled dice, counted what number we rolled and filled that many spaces of jungle animal pictures with counters on our grid. The first one to cover all of their pictures won! We played several rounds. We also played out Safari Island CD-ROM.


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend) and our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on looking at/trying to read the words from left to right across the page. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), using our shape sorters (to learn to match), toy cars (to develop fine motor skills) and dressing up with our jungle animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about jungle animals).



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played an I Spy CD-ROM and had a fantastically fun field trip to bounce on the inflatables at Monkey Joe's!




What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our balls (to develop gross motor skills) and playing with our mini golf set in the backyard (to develop hand-eye coordination). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on looking at/trying to read the words from left to right across the page.Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our basketballs hoop in the backyard, built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), toy cars (to develop fine motor skills), our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), and electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters).



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We worked on differentiating between small, medium and large objects. We also played with our jungle animal toys!




What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills).Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on looking at/trying to read the words from left to right across the page. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), worked on our jungle animal puzzles and played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters).



Special Enrichment for Friday: We went to McDonald's to play in their PlayPlace! We climbed, went through tunnels, and down slides! So much fun! We also watched the movie Lion King.



What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by playing with our magnets (to learn how magnets stick to metals) and our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on looking at/trying to read the words from left to right across the page. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), and played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and kitchen toys (to develop our imagination).



Special Enrichment for Saturday: We enjoyed tasting some homemade strawberry ice cream!



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