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Teacher Appreciation Day!

Just a little history: Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only. The NEA and affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation week in the first full week of May.

This year the calendar says that Teacher Appreciation Day is May 9th, but many celebrated last week as it was the first full week in May! Whenever it is celebrated, it is a nice idea.

Tip #33 in our book is titled, “A Good Word Will Do” and it has to do with the fact that if you are happy with the care your child is getting then please let the teacher know! A kind word is truly appreciated and can inspire and lift the spirit! This is true ANY day of the year. A teacher also enjoys hearing that your child talked about a project or activity. Or enjoyed a particular song or book. It brings such light to what we do everyday! My day was made last week when a little boy came up to me and said, ” I’m glad you’re here!” Does it get any better than that?

On our website, we are selling Sunshine cards. They are small notes of appreciation that you can give to your child’s teacher to boost their day and say thanks! Check them out!

I will end by saying that I like to compliment parents too! You guys do some pretty great things that should also be recognized. We should ALL try to appreciate the people we encounter day to day.

Parent”s Beware

In January, a father, Ricky Shoff, posted to social media a nanny video of his 2 ½ year-old son rescuing his twin brother when an unsecure dresser fell over on him.  The father said, “At first he was hesitant to post the video, but after a while he felt it was more important to bring awareness to other parents of the dangers of not securing the furniture to the wall.”

Soon after that post, they appeared on other new networks, (CNN, ABC, NBC, and even YouTube to name a few) to show the nanny cam video of their young son being pinned down by the dresser.  It was their hope, that by going onto the different news networks, they could reach more parents and express the importance of bolting down and safely securing their child’s furniture.  After watching that story, it reminded me of a time in my own family.

My 3-year-old nephew was in the kitchen playing with his toy car.  He was zipping it across the floor and crashing into everything.  So, my sister and I moved into the dining area just 2 feet away to chat, while he played.  Most of the kitchen was visible, except a small portion that was just around the corner.  Luckily, he was easily detectable by the crashing sounds he was making.  Then, he got quiet, so my sister and I walked into the kitchen.  We saw that he had opened all four drawers to the cabinet and used them as a stepping ladder.  He had climbed up and was sitting on the countertop eating cookies.  Luckily that cabinet was bolted into the wall, but I know firsthand how those parents felt.  Because even for us, it was scary seeing him up there, so close to the stove.

Jackie and I thought we would let a few months go by, and then repost Kayli and Ricky Shoff’s important message on our blog, so they can reach as many parents as possible with their story.

No, David!

Sometimes a parent will ask if there is a certain book their child really enjoys. Well, just about everyday I will hear, “Can you read No, David!?” Kids just love this book and so do I! I have to keep buying new copies because they get so worn out.

Author and artist David Shannon (website) has written several children’s books with” No, David” being an absolute favorite. Mr. Shannon says when he was five he wrote a semi autobiographical story of a little kid who broke all his mother’s rules. As a result, all David ever heard his mother say was, “No David!”  The children also take delight in hearing, “David Goes to School”, “David Gets in Trouble”, and “It’s Christmas David”. Yes, he is told he will receive a lump of coal if he doesn’t behave. Ha!!

I really think children enjoy these books because they recognize a bit of themselves in David. They love to laugh at David’s antics. As a lesson, we talk about what David did wrong and what he could have done differently.

These books are great for kids 2 and up. The illustrations are wonderful and very appealing. Children love David and ask to hear the stories over and over again!

 

PEEP SLIME

 

Children love to play with slime!  But, you must make sure they don’t put it in their mouths since it is typically made with glue.

I came across this recipe using PEEPS that I want to share.  You may have some of these marshmallow colored candy chicks left over from Easter, and it is on sale right now!  Using PEEPS, you can make a fun and safe slime for the kids to play with.  However, since it’s made of candy, it will only last a day before breaking down.  Have fun!

PEEP SLIME

You Will Need:

PEEPS (sleeve of 5 – for each color you want to make)

Cornstarch

Vegetable Oil

Tablespoon

Bowl

Steps:

  1. Choose one color of PEEPS at a time, then break apart 5 chicks and put them in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil to the bowl of PEEPS.
  3. Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove the bowl from the microwave. The PEEPS will vary in temperature from warm to hot, so an adult must do the next step.
  5. Add a Tablespoon of Cornstarch, at a time, and then knead it into the softened PEEPS.
  6. For each colored batch of PEEP Slime, you will need approximately (3 Tablespoons) of Cornstarch. But, remember to knead each Tablespoon of Cornstarch into the mixture well before adding any more cornstarch.

 

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