How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 3

what to look for when choosing a preschool

Now you have the phone numbers, you've asked the over the phone questions, and even set up the appointment. . .what else do you need to know? The first couple of steps into the door can tell you a lot about a preschool. Here is a list of the things that I think are really important, the things that pull me in or have me running the other way. How to Choose a Preschool: What to Look For at the Visit Noise. A room full of 3-5 year olds should not be quiet!  If you listen for a minute, you should be able to hear happy chatter. Children talking with one another as they paint, build and read. Teacher/Child interactions. While you are Continue Reading

How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 2

what to ask when searching preschools over the phone

For part one of the How to Choose Preschool Series we covered collecting preschool phone numbers. Now that you have a list of numbers you may be wondering how to narrow that list down. Obviously you are not going to waste your time visiting 20 preschools. You can find out a lot about a preschool over the phone, and chances are you can eliminate half the list with a few good questions. Here is the list I used. How to Choose a Preschool: Calling Around (what to ask) As I told you before, I kept the list of preschool numbers in the same place. As I wrote them out, I recorded their name and number, leaving a space for my notes. Make sure you Continue Reading

How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 1

How to find numbers and choose a preschool

Looking for a preschool for my M and M was overwhelming, stressful and quite frankly a bit frustrated. When I left one preschool disappointed that it was just not right, even though I was certain it would be, I had a thought. I have taught in both a center and a home family child care. I am educated in early childhood. I know what to look for! If knowing how to choose a preschool is hard for me, it must be unbelievably difficult for someone who has never so much as walked into a preschool. I have divided this post into three parts.  Part 1 How to Choose a Preschool: Finding Preschool Phone Numbers.  Part 2 Calling Around (what to ask). Part Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 5: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Family Book Club - week 5

Today's post wraps up our 3rd Family Book Club. I'm taking a brief break and plan to come back with a new book selection in the spring. I have some ideas for how to tweak/ improve on the Family Book Club and I would love to get your input. If you have been reading along and would be interested in giving me a little feedback please email me at [email protected] Thanks and happy reading! Reading Goal This week read chapters 17-20. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Discussion Questions & Activities On page 146 of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Classic Starts version, you will find more discussion questions. (That's one of the Continue Reading

Kitchen Chores for Kids of All Ages

Kitchen chores for kids - chores listed by age. Love this list!

We spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen. Doesn't everyone? It really is the heart of our home. It can be a bit overwhelming if only one person is in charge of all that goes into keeping this important area well stocked, clean and churning out nutritious meals. Luckily the kitchen is a great place to find chores for kids of all ages. Not only do these chores help the family, they are also teaching the kids important life skills. Spending time together in the kitchen is also a great way to connect as a family. I recently joined the Bounty team. Over the next few months I will be sharing ideas for creative ways to use Bounty as well as Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 4: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Family Book Club - week 4

Here we are in week 4 of our Family Book Club: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. One week left to go. How are the conversations going at your house? Have you been able to expand on some of these great topics of friendship, exploration and even death? Reading Goal This week read chapters 13-16. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Discussion Questions & Activities I love what asking questions does for connecting through the story... I also love that it allows me to check the level of interest in my bouncy kids. They are often building or dancing while I read. Questions help me know they actually are paying attention (and that I'm not wasting Continue Reading

A Morning Routine for Moms that will Change Your Day

Morning routine for moms... great list of ways to start the day right

At our house even the kids are morning people. That means I have to get up REALLY early to start my morning routine before they get up. I used to get up an hour before they are allowed to get out of bed (yes they get up that early). Over the past few months I've fallen out of the habit and started waking up with them. An hour more of sleep should be great right? The thing is that it's not. I wake up feeling behind, I wake up with little people who need things... right away. After struggling to find balance in our morning routine I've realized what's missing. It's the much needed Mom time I used to get every single morning. Today's post Continue Reading