This morning we headed to out to Giant Eagle for a behind-the-scenes grocery store tour.  It was great fun, and OF COURSE the kids enjoyed it–I mean, food was involved, right!?!? The Eagle’s Nest director, Linda, was our tour guide, and the first thing she did was give each of my kids their grocer hats to wear for the tour.  She talked to us about the “My Plate” nutrition guide, and she continued to use the My Plate diagram as… Read more »

My kindergartner loves to read.  That is, she loves hearing books read aloud to her, and then “re-reading” them herself through the pictures.  She loves telling stories and does her best to write and illustrate them too. She was obsessed with books from the time she was 9 months old.  I can remember her sitting in her crib for long periods of time before and after her daily nap, using her chubby little fingers to carefully turn the pages of her… Read more »

Today we began a unit I have been SO EXCITED about doing with my kids for a long time now.  It’s a “My Community” Unit,  and it is appropriate for both Preschool and Kindergarten aged kids (and beyond!).  Since it is Fire Awareness Week, we kicked things off with a visit to our local Fire Station here in North Strabane Township, PA.  We had a great day, and Fireman Chris, and Fire Chief Mark showed us around. It was an awesome morning of learning and exploring, and I… Read more »

Sun’s up! Cock-a-doodle-doo!Get out of bed, there’s much to do Put on your boots and head to the barn It’s another busy day here on the farm! Milk the cows andPut out the sheep Throw the slop to the pigs and  The hay to the horsies Check on the eggs, and the little chicks tooThen pick some sunflowers when you’re through Head to the garden with a basket on your arm There’s so much to do each day on the farm! Want… Read more »

Oh, how I wish I would have found this idea a few years ago when I first started introducing letters to my daughter, who is now in Kindergarten. Nevertheless, it has been a WILD SUCCESS so far, and is still totally reinforcing everything she is learning right now. This idea, in its entirety, was borrowed from Pink and Green Mama, and can be found here, as well as several other places on the internet. But good ideas are for copying, tweaking and re-sharing, don’t ‘cha think?  =]… Read more »

A few nights ago, I re-read one of my daughter’s favorite books to her at bedtime, called Little Mommy. This time, as we snuggled up to read, I told her why I chose this particular book: “Hunny, this book reminds me so much of YOU, because everyday, you’re learning how to be a little mommy too, aren’t you?” And this time, I watched her face as I read each page, and in her sparkling eyes, I could almost see her entering the storybook and becoming… Read more »

Totally stole this awesome idea from http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/. Originally, I needed help keeping my 1 1/2 and 3 year old boys busy for a bit in the morning while I worked with my big kindergartener. My teacher friend, Jennie, suggested I try making one of these sensory boxes for them…  BEST IDEA EVER. Here’s our Construction Site Box: I used one of our small bins, put in a few cups of fish tank pebbles (I’m with pinkandgreenmama, no sand in the house).  Then I added some… Read more »