Finding Mommy....a quest to find myself
I thrive in a creative environment. When I stayed home I was always making projects with the kids and things for my home, when I was in the classroom full time I was always coming up with creative new ways to make learning fun and ways to enhance our school. This year I am mostly an administrator and with that comes a lot of rules, regulations, policies, procedures and RED TAPE!!! Although I know these things are a necessary evil in business and life but I miss the days when I got to create and play all day.
I am happy to say that I am in a good place in my life. I have a job that I love, I work with my best friends, my kids are happy and healthy and we are at a place where we can save some money for the future.
How to teach preschoolers to be thankful.
What does it mean to be thankful? That is a big word for preschoolers. How do we teach them to say thank you, show thankfulness and mean it? From the time that children can speak we teach them to say thank you. It becomes expected and automatic but does it mean anything?
I think that in order to teach children to be grateful we have to model it. Just like everything else in their world they have to see it to believe it.
generic but as the month goes on it becomes much more specific and thoughtful. We also have love letters in February. Each of my children has a mailbox by their door. Through out the month we write love letters to each other and put it in their boxes. The letters start out with I love you because.... It is a fun way to show why we appreciate each other.
I hope these simple steps to gratitude will help you focus on what is important this year and maybe remember it for years to come. Have a blessed holiday with your families and friends!
I am sorry it has been awhile! To make my blogging quest more fun and interesting I decided to do a series on kid's parties. I have done so many that I am going to start showcasing one a week. I am also going to use this as a platform for guest bloggers...fun right?! This week I am going to kick off my new series with a Star Wars Party. I hope you can use some of these ideas for your kid's parties, I also used this same theme as one of our summer camp themes so double duty!
For the Birthday party I wanted to make the setting in the dark to have black light activities. We bought our black light from amazon.com and our lava lamp also. I got a lot of my black light ideas from http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/ and my sister from Appleby Party Designs. This part of the party was super fun to plan with my kids. We did experiments to see what did and didn't glow before the party to make sure it was all going to work. We made glow bottles, I will list what was in each bottle.
1. Tonic Water, snakes and marbles
2. yellow Glow water (see below for instructions)
3. Orange glow water with Marbles and pom poms
To make glow water you just take the inside ink compartment out of a highlighter and soak it in water. Seriously it is that easy! After you make glow water you can use it for all sorts of things!
We had a table set up for the kids to choose a Jedi Name and write it with a highlighter on white paper. We tried black paper and that did not work.
We sprayed a HUGE bowl of mini marshmallows with glow paint and hid glow in the dark stars in it for a sensory box. I found florescent play dough that also glowed in the dark. We made a water table with glow water, glow in the dark stars, marbles and glow in the dark beads from oriental trading.
The kids were all asked to come dressed as a star wars character and we made each kid a light saber out of pool noodles, those things are so resourceful! We cut them in thirds and added black and silver duct tape stripes and a red square for the button. As soon as everyone arrived my husband was upstairs getting ready for the big surprise!! My two girls and their cousins began Jedi training with the kids which is similar to the one they do at Disneyland. They had it all choreographed. When Jedi Training was just about done the music turned to the dark side and Darth Maul entered through fog (my awesome husband).