Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Mommy Needs A Blanket

How often do we push the need for pacifiers, blankets, loveys, and special toys for our children? I don't aim to be insulting with this.. I know that sometimes children DO need to security but I tend to believe that at a certain point we are the ones who are pushing and encouraging those frantic needs to have those "special things" in our children's lives.

It may start as a need for our child but when does it become a way to quiet them? When do they become too old for it? Do we still continue to push it when sometimes they don't actually NEED it anymore??

I'd say that probably happens a lot. This isn't meant to be judgmental but I think this is a fair point to make :) My point is simply that we shouldn't push things that aren't needed. It's part of letting our kid grow up into the adults they will one day be.

It's similar to this article I found not too long ago based upon the need to let children discover, make mistakes, and struggle in order to learn.

Read the article here... Please Don't Help My Kids

And.. to further state that point.. I give you this poem.. written by me.. 'My Mommy Needs A Blanket'.. written from the child's perspective..a child who can't seem to figure out why his Mother feels the need to have him carry around his blanket at all times. :)

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Praise For Llama Llama

If you haven't enjoyed the Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney with you children, you should! :)

I've already been known to recommend these books.. but I'm dedicating this post to telling you WHY I so highly recommend them.

The Llama Llama books all teach great lessons and not just lessons for children. As a parent, as a teacher, as a child... as anyone really you could benefit from the things taught in these books.

In 'Llama Llama Red Pajama' Anna tells us a story about a Llama who can't seem to get to sleep. He struggles as his Mama has to leave the room and can't always quickly come to answer his calls for her. "Baby Llama... what a tizzy! Sometimes Mama's very busy. Please stop all this Llama drama and be patient with your Mama" The soothing words of this book and the encouragement from Mama Llama when she does make it upstairs is sweet and comforting for little ones struggling with the same problem.

The same applies to her book "Llama Llama Misses Mama" in which little Llama experiences his first scary day of school. As a preschool teacher.. this one really get to me! The story is so point on to how my daily routine plays out and I love the message from Llama's teacher when he hits his limit and starts to cry... "Don't be sad new little Llama! It's okay to miss your Mama... but don't forget when day is through she will come right back to you! Llama llama, please don't fuss! Have some fun and play with us."


The stories are easy to relate to.. for both parent and child... They speak of moments all parents (& teachers face!) An impatient baby in the grocery store (Llama Llama Mad at Mama) and at Christmas time (Llama Llama Holiday Drama) and a little Llama who "DOES NOT like to share...") Llama Llama Time to Share)

Anna's books tell these stories in a way that children can understand and I've seen her books aid in helping kids who are coping with these problems faced in growing up. I'm a proud owner of all of these books & I highly recommend you check them out for yourself! :) I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

SCARE-ing Away Summer



This is my new classroom door for the start of Fall! :)

Scare-ing away summer!

The scarecrow is actually an old decoration that a friend gave to me, but the crows are hand made.. (see directions below!)

Eventually the crows will be labeled with student names.

Bring on the crisp fall tempratures, changing leaves, and pumpkins! HAPPY FALL everyone!!


Decorations for crows: 
  1. I used the inside circle of a roll of masking tape to make the circle for the crows body. (Cut double the circles you need!)
  2. Trim half of the circles about a half inch smaller for heads. 
  3. Attach the heads to bodies. 
  4. Cut small yellow triangles and small white circles. 
  5. Finish eyes by making pupils with a black sharpie on your white circles. 
  6. Make a foot pattern and cut two for each crow. 
  7. Attach the feet and faces in various ways onto the crow bodies. Plan for some to be staring straight ahead, some looking sideways, some flying, etc. 
  8. Paint hand prints for each child in the classroom and cut them out. 
  9. Attach the black hand prints to the crow bodies as wings, again allowing for the birds to be in different positions.. (Some birds may only need one wing!)

School Is DINOmite!

Check out this Dinosaur/ Back to School door idea!

Other teachers will appreciate the fact the fact that the dinos are in fact in circle time! ;)

I used the kids names and my name creatively, turning them into fake dinosaur names for the door.

The kids loved this theme! :) Feel free to reproduce it in your own classroom! :)