Saturday, September 26, 2009

Halloween Books and Art Project

Great Books for October:

"The Ankle Grabber" by Rose Impey, illustrated by Moira Kemp, published by Gingham Dog Press, Columbus, Ohio. A great spooky story for kids who have trouble falling asleep at night for fear of what's under the bed. Here is a sample..." Every night when I go to sleep I try to stay far away from the Ankle Grabber beneath my bed. Its hand could reach up at any second and pull me down by my ankles into its invisible swamp." It's one of the stories designated as "Creepies" and if you enjoy it here are some other titles: "The Flat Man", "Scare Yourself To Sleep", and "Jumble Joan".

Anno's Faces by Mitsumasa Anno, published by Philomel Books, New York. This incredible book provides kids with see through plastic cards that they can place over 47 different fruits and vegetables to make them smile or frown. It is especially fun to try all the faces on the pumpkins.

Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, published by Harper Collins, New York. The story from this collection that is perfect for October is
"Shivers" because it is a perfect scary/funny story about getting lost in the woods and fearing a monster or ghost is stalking you. The kids will certainly enjoy it, especially if you read it using a scary voice at the appropriate times.

Stuffed Owl Art Project
Materials needed: small paper bag, construction paper, tape or glue, old newspaper

1. Stuff a small paper bag with crumpled up newspaper (about half to three fourths full). Close the top of the bag and fold the outside corners toward the middle forming a point and tape or glue to secure.

2. Fold the top (now a point) down to the front of the bag leaving room at the bottom and secure with tape or glue.

3. Using yellow or orange construction paper or card stock, have the kids cut out a beak to tape or glue onto the point of the bag, and two brown feet to tape or glue to the bottom. Cut ovals out of white or yellow paper to make eyes. (I used self- adhesive reinforement rings in the center of each eye and then punched a hole in the center).

Display on a windowsill or table. Additions might include hand drawn feathers (or wings), glitter on the eyes, or a "nest" of fall colored leaves glued to construction paper for the owl to sit on.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Do Your Children Use Tylenol?

Use this link to the Tylenol site to read about the product recalls.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Teach Your Kids About Fire Safety

Follow this link to the Safe Kids site to learn what lessons your children need to know about fire safety.

September Cards Part Two

Have a "Mice" Halloween


Trick or Treat

Autumn Greetings

Pool Party

Fall Bouquet

Acorn Card

A Harvest Hello

Monday, September 14, 2009

First week of September cards

Rainy Day

Tiny Gift Tag


Giddy Girls on a Shoppping Spree

Old Fashioned Girl

Friday, September 4, 2009

Five Mistakes Parents Can Avoid

Go to the Safe Kids USA site and see what these mistakes are. All caregivers of young children should check this out! It can be a matter of life or death!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

August Safety Recalls of Children's products.

Go to the Safe Kids USA site here and check your purchases for recalls.

Beginings Matter

As a new school year begins, I am very happy to offer ten tips for parents and caregivers. In order to begin the school year on a positive note, there are a few things you can do, or avoid, in order to take the first steps to helping your child have a wonderful school experience.

First, make sure you make an effort to touch base with your child's teacher. Send a quick note assuring him/her that you are looking forward to meeting them and seeing what's in store for the year. Many parents will be invited to an Open House night. Attend! It is vitally important that you get there to hear the information, routines, requirements and see the classroom environment. Your child will see that his/her education is of primary importance to you. Remember, they will value what you value. If school is not important to you, it won't be for them either. By opening up the lines of communication, you will be able to help your child succeed and immediately tackle any problems your child might encounter.

Second, empty the backpack/schoolbag immediately and READ all the papers and notices. It is so unfortunate that parents, and consequently, children miss out on so much just because they didn't read important notices and letters.

Third, keep expensive things home! Many times children will want to bring important things to school to show to friends. Toys, mementos, jewelry, unnecessary money, and other items that have special value should not be sent to school since the teacher cannot keep those items from getting broken, lost or stolen.

Fourth, let your child wear comfortable clothes to school. Unless it is "picture day," play clothes are the best. Comfortable shoes, not flip flops or heels, are the way to go. You need safe shoes with rubber soles for play. Also, items that need lots of buttons, or a belt, or have difficult snaps are a big problem, especially for the little ones. Unless they already know how to tie, shoes with hook and loop closure are the best.

Fifth, send a lunch and snack to school that your child will eat! It sounds silly, but many, many times kids will not eat the lunch that was provided. This is not the time to try out new foods or add things that your child has not tried before.

Sixth, if they are sick, complaining about not feeling well, coughing a lot or throwing up, KEEP THEM HOME! Sick children don't learn and keep other from learning too, and can infect everyone else. If you think your child is complaining because they don't want to go to school, find out why and let the teacher know immediately. It might be problems with another child, recess or lunch issues, or bus troubles, just to name a few.

Seventh, provide a quiet place for them to do their homework. Check it before they put it away and let the teacher know if they had a problem getting it done correctly or in a timely fashion. Make sure all books and papers are returned to the backpack so that items are not forgotten the next day.

Eighth, don't compare your child with others in the class. Children need to be compared to themselves, noting growth for each year. Each state has grade level norms that show parents and teachers what benchmarks children should be reaching, and this is what teachers will use to prepare lessons and also to show parents what skills have been mastered or those that need to be learned. Progress for each child is confidential, so sharing information about other students is not permitted.

Ninth, if you any concerns, contact the teacher immediately. Don't wait until report card time. Make sure you get the teacher's input and all the facts, before drawing any conclusions. If your problems cannot be addressed after conferencing with the teachers involved with your child's education, make an appointment with the school principal.

Tenth, keep a scrapbook to celebrate all the wonderful things your child does this year. They will love looking at it, and so will you!

Last Cards of August.

Darling Pup!

Asian Inspired

Yummy Cupcake

Required Reading

Bug Hugs!

Cutie With Bouquet

Sunbathing Bunny with Bling!