Potty Training Bootcamp

I think the hardest thing to do with your little one is potty training. My oldest is 4 and he still refuses to sit on the potty for long. Is it because he has two younger siblings (2) that are still in diapers? I think that regression has something to do with it but on the other hand it is also due to the precarious situation that we are in. In between homes, living on a shoestring all of these things can aggravate the situation and cause him to be insecure thus he reverts to diapers.

But he knows when he is supposed to sit on the potty.

We have tried everything, prizes, lollipops, putting him in big boy undies (and him peeing through it) and more. But now it is down to the wire. So this week we are working on potty training bootcamp.

How it works:

•He is not allowed to wear diapers-only undies

•If he pee’s through then he does -hopefully sooner or later he will realize that the potty is the place to be.

•We are trying to reinforce the he is the big kid, and will be teaching his brother and sister what big kids do…

I’m hoping this works because we have tried everything from the Potty Dance to prizes galore!

 

National Election Day

My little ones are not working to hard today, but we are going to be launching a few web based activities on national Election day. They are young so I am not pressing the workbooks on them too much. Plus, I am always striving to find that balance between homeschooling and working. Phew! It’s exhausting. Our plans are on a standstill until we can get packed up to go back to Kansas. Yahoo! I’m really excited and God Willing we will get there soon, because I’m not sure how much more wait time I can take. The kids are going to be in ballet, karate, and kindermusic.

Besides that I have been working on getting Usborne books, developing my manners course and more. It’s hit a snag but I planning on getting it completed soon.

To get you all thoroughly saturated with the Letter A here is the link to the printable pack A is for Apple.

Other ideas this week:

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I love this….

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Other ideas this week:

Apple Picking for breakfast make warm homemade Apple Fritters from allrecipes.com:

Thanks everyone looking forward to  getting the curriculum info up this week.

It’s A Good Day For The Park

Never underestimate the value of free time and play for toddlers and pre-k’s. Everything in their environment is teaching them something. Just playing in the yard is a sensory experience. All around them the world is buzzing. Think about it, the grass is green and they see a few monarchs passing by on their yearly migration. There they just learned more about nature then two books could have taught them. But only if you the parent picks up on these things and expounds on it.

Today, we went to the park for a ton of free time. No books, no worksheets just old fashioned fun. The kids love the socialization, and they really like getting all of their energy out. Check out your local park while the weather is still nice soon enough we may all be snowed in and that will be time enough for inside play.

With fall coming this weekend should offer you a ton of local spots to hit. Fairs are in full bloom with the harvest moon upon us, so Google those and take the kids to see what the local farms have worked on all summer long. We plan on hitting the local Belchertown Fall Festival tomorrow night. I love the chickens and my kids do too.

Still waiting on that farm…

 

LetterA: Toddler Time

This Week the Little Ones Learned  About The Letter A

Of course we begin with Apples

So we are going apple picking: Find your pick your own here.

Then we practiced creating the letter A with playdough

Worked on several letter A handouts here

Then we used our new ABCMOUSE.com account (LOVE IT)

The kids loved the day, and I did too.

Next Week In Blogs

Okay, just a quick post tonight to let you all know what to expect this coming week. First of all I will begin selling Usborne books-awesome line and we are opening up or eStore with bundled and creative prek-12 curriculums that will not cost you more than $125.00!!!!
Also every heard of Molly Manners? We are creating “Mommy May I?” A homeschool podcast and weekly handout teaching children proper manners and etiquette ages 3-17.
Brick and Stone: An introduction to architecture will be showcased here as well. I’m tired just thinking about it.
Have a great weekend!

Free Reading Resources

Hey everyone, how’s your week going? My kids have been going a little stir crazy but I’m dealing. Anyway you have to check out First 5 California. They offer FREE reading resources to kids ages Pre k-Kindergarten.

Remember to read to your child everyday, it is vital for language building and learning. Also make it fun, remember be hilarious. Play make believe later on and pretend you are the characters in the latest tale that you read together. Also draw the characters, cut them out or construction paper and staple them to popsicle sticks to make puppets. These puppets can be story leaders for each new book or simply a craft for a puppet show later on in the day.

The parents section of the site is where you are going to find a lot of resources to help you with your pre-k to kindergarten homeschooling.

Have a great week!

 

Mo Willems and Reading To Your Litte Ones

 

My kids love Mo Willems. His books like: “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs” have them reading on their own, even if they do not understand the words. He used to write for Sesame Street, so he knows creativity. We recently found out that if you YOUTUBE Mo, a plethora of videos come up. The best by far is his Knuffle Bunny Series. I encourage you to check it out.

Reading to your little ones should be done nightly. I do it, not only does it promote creativty, bonding time and interest you get a chance to settle in as well. I am guilty of loving kiddie tales, but then again I always have!

Some points to remember when reading to your kids:

1. Yell, Scream, Jump! Don’t roll your eyes, don’t be monotone, books were meant to be exciting. If you are jumping, screaming and acting your children will get curious and excited too. Just be ridiculous when you are doing it.

2.Try to say the wrong things on purpose, see if your little one picks up on it. For instance, ” The Three Little Kids” instead of you know.. Most kids will correct you.

3.Stop creating a cycle. If you go with your kids to the library or book store once a week encourage them to take out books that they would not otherwise look at. It breaks the cycle and opens them up to a whole other genre. Plus, kids can get stuck in a rut when it comes to choosing the same material over and over. You know sort of like that Sesame street DVD you have!

4. Read everything! My kids love reading textbooks, National Geographic, the newspaper, and more.

5.Pass it on! Have both parents help out, your husband should read to them as well.

6.Don’t talk down to kids. They have emotions as well and their lives are deep, and rich.

7. Don’t force them by telling them it is good for them this is not spinach! If they see you are happy when you read and you follow these tips they will be compelled to do it as well.

Have a great night!