Sunday, April 26, 2009


We're off to VA to visit my family!

I'll be sure to post when I return in two weeks.

Anyone have some SMMART travel tips for me while I'm juggling two small children and a big, preggie belly on the plane? (Snacks, CHECK! Toys, CHECK!)

Friday, April 24, 2009



Set a large bowl on the floor and then set a smaller bowl inside. Stand behind a marked spot or piece of masking tape on the floor. Let your child toss coins towards the bowl target. After she has thrown all of her coins, let her take each coin out of the middle bowl and identify the name and value of each coin. Older children can add up all of the values that land into the middle bowl. Then, they can add up the value from the larger bowl and subtract or add the two values.


Playing store will strengthen your child’s awareness of money values. Place a few coins into your child’s purse or wallet. Put price tags onto a few of your child’s toys and encourage your child to collect a few items in a shopping bag. Have your child check-out and pay for each item. Help your child count out the correct value needed to purchase each item. This activity can accommodate young learners by only using pennies, to more the more advanced by using different types of coins and bills.

Sunday, April 19, 2009



Use duct tape to create a tape belt around your child’s waist, but make sure the duct tape is sticky side out. Lay down a tarp on the ground and spread coins all over it. Let your child roll around on the tarp and try to pick up coins on her tape belt. When she stands up, have your child pull off the coins and tell you the name of the coin and how much it is worth. Older children can add up the total value of the coins they collected on their belt.


Gather several types of coins and let your child sort the coins into bowls, muffin tins, or an icecube tray. Older children can use different coin combinations that add up to 50cents, 75 cents or one dollar and place the combinations into the separate sections of the trays.

Monday, April 13, 2009

SOOOOO NICE!!!! It sure is nice to feel appreciated!

Jessica from awarded me with the "WONDERFUL BLOG AWARD".

“This award acknowledges the efforts that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day.”

Awarded bloggers should post the award to their sites and choose 15 bloggers that they find deserving of the award.

Jedda from has so kindly bestowed me with the "I LOVE YOUR BLOG" award.
Awarded blogs should:
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs!

I am awarding these few blogs that I follow (I don't blog hop too much, but really enjoy these blogs). Be sure to check these blogs out:


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!


I was waiting for a prenatal check-up and happened upon an article in American Baby Magazine by Heather Swain entitled:
“Separation Anxiety: What should your child do if she gets lost?…5 Simple Things…”

1- Teach your child to stay put!
“Preschoolers think of a stranger as someone who’s ‘scary’ or ‘bad’, so a friendly or nice person may not be seen as a threat by a young child…teach kids never to go anywhere with anyone without asking their parents’ permission first.”

2- Teach your child to call your name-your real name.
“…preschoolers should learn the first and last names of their parents or any other of their caregivers. You have to repeat this information to children over and over again to help them remember it. Then if they ever become lost, they can tell someone who their parents are…Predators are looking for the kid who is not drawing attention. The kid yelling for her mom is too much trouble.”

3- Teach your child to ask another mom for help.
After your child calls your name, but you don’t return, “the next step is to ask for help…Children this age should ask another mother with children for help. (Older children can learn to ask police officers or store clerks, but preschoolers can’t yet distinguish uniforms from other types of dark clothing.) …Women will generally commit more time to helping your child because men are afraid that if they help they’ll be targeted as a predator.”

4- Talk about safety in your daily life.
“We have to keep our fears in perspective and talk to our kids calmly about how to keep safe…We don’t say to a kid, ‘See that truck? It’s trying to run you down!’ Instead, we give kids positive, empowering rules for safe behavior.

5-Role-play with your child.
“Talking about safety is key, but … a better approach is to practice through role-playing…Focus on positive things a kid can do to find a parent rather than how they can stop a bad adult from taking them away.”

Hope you find some of these tips useful.


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