Category Archives: School Fun

Kindergarten Registration…

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Kindergarten Registration…

While browsing through the mail last night, I came across a newsletter from our neighboring area highlighting that Kindergarten Registration would begin towards the end of February.  This grabbed my attention and heartstrings in a very BIG way because my little girl will be transitioning to the “Big School” this fall with the “Big Kids.”

It wasn’t as if this was news to me, we’ve been talking about starting kindergarten since last spring when some of her fellow classmates were graduating from the preschool she attends.  At the time it seemed like we had all the time in the world, another year to enjoy the comfort and routine of our current setting.

But now, that year has almost passed…

Kindergarten Registration?!?! Can it really be that time already?  It seems like only yesterday I was working through the initial sleep deprived days of being blessed with a newborn, endless feedings, diaper changes, hugs and kisses.  Before long she was toddling and babbling, baby proofing our environment went into overdrive, more hugs and kisses to follow as the bumps and scrapes started to add up.  Then it was on to researching preschools and finding activities to become involved in. Now, elementary school is knocking at our door.

As an educator, I know she’s more than ready.  We’ve done the prep and then some…reading aloud everyday, practicing basic skills, working on becoming more independent, fostering emotional and social growth, establishing routine,  the list goes on and on.

I guess where I continually fall short in this journey is preparing the mother in me.  No where in the “handbook of mothering” can I find lessons I need to complete in order to prepare myself for the monumental moments in my child’s life. They always seem to catch me off guard.

The one true blessing in it all is knowing that I am raising a very strong, independent daughter that holds a true joy for life and learning.  She’s not afraid of what’s ahead, in fact she’s running towards it full force.  She’s confident and relentless because she knows that no matter how great the journey ahead she has the unconditional love and support of her family behind her.  This of course and an endless supply of hugs and kisses to celebrate each step along the way.

Preparing a Kindergartner of your own?  Below are some helpful resources to get you and your little one ready for this important transition!

Let Them Play!

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Let Them Play!

What are some of your most memorable moments as a child?

Is it the time your family took a bike ride around the local metro park or is it the time you baked a blood red heart cake with Dad to celebrate your Mom’s birhtday?  Do you have memories of pillow fights and building forts?  Setting up lemonade stands on a hot summer day with your BFF or sewing new dresses and dolls with your Grandmother on a Saturday afternoon?

Why is it that some memories and lessons stick in our mind and others are lost forever?

Hippocrates famously said that “Men ought to know that from the brain and the brain alone arise our pleasures, joys, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrows, pain and griefs.”  Our brain is such a complex organ acting as the main hard drive for all of our thinking, feeling and functioning.

Mariah Bruehl, author of, Playful Learning: developing your child’s sense of joy and wonder, observes that children are natural scientists, artists, mathematicians, authors, and scholars. From the time they are born they seek out information about the world around them in an effort to construct meaning and further their development. While children have an inherent drive to make sense of their reality, parents have a unique opportunity to harness their children’s curiosity and channel it into a love of learning.

So, how do we help our children become lovers of learning? Through Play!

Bruehl defines playful learning as “the magic that takes place when we meld a child’s sense of joy and wonder with thoughtfully planned learning experiences.”  Stopping to think about what this says makes what we intuitively know to be so true.  Something all of us have known since the first time our hearts burst out with laughter!

I guess this only leaves one question, “How will you play today?”

What’s For Lunch?

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What’s For Lunch?

Packing my daughters lunch every morning for school was beginning to feel like such a tedious chore.   It seemed that my options for creating what I wanted to be a very healthy lunch were limited because, well frankly, my four year old wishes to only eat pasta.   Can you relate?

I finally began reading some of the parenting emails that flood my inbox regarding children’s eating habits and food preferences.  It occurred to me after viewing a few of the pictures tied into the proposed meals that it wasn’t so much about being extremely creative in what to make but more about how the dish is prepared and presented.

Cutting fruits and vegetables into bit size manageable pieces and shapes is fun for kids.  I’ve also found when I pack my daughters lunch in fun containers they are more likely to return home empty!

Here’s a few ideas to get you start!

Have any fun and creative ideas of your own for serving up a healthy lunch to your kiddos, please let me know!

I first saw these lunch containers on Amazon from Easy Lunchboxes, while researching healthy cookbooks for kids.  I love that they are divided into compartments.  The visual display entices the appetite while the ability to portion control makes me feel better about the foods I send.

I love the idea of this puzzle sandwich cutter!  Many other sandwich cutters that I’ve seen often waste much of the sandwich to obtain the cute little shapes they make.

Lunch Boxes and Snacks: Over 120 healthy recipes from delicious sandwiches and salads to hot soups and sweet treats,  filled with fun and quick ideas to jazz up your child’s lunch.  I am looking forward to trying the oat, raisin and sunflower seed cookies soon!