This is a really cool tip. Trace your child’s foot on paper and cut it out. Place the cutout in your purse. When you are shopping for shoes, you can take out the tracing and measure it against the shoe. This will work out well when JDaniel doesn’t feel like trying on shoes.
I am so excited that the Greenville Public Library programs are starting up again this week after taking August off. JDaniel has looked into the conference room door where we attend Mother Goose on the Loose every time we go to the library to see if Miss Donna is there. He really misses her. Mother Goose couldn’t start fast enough for him. We are also going to look into Musical Jamboree in a few weeks. Mother Goose is for 0-24 month olds and Musical Jamboree is for 18 month olds until age four.
If you are not attending a library program, you should look at what is available in your area. Here is link to the library programs in Greenville County, South Carolina.
I found a great article called 10 Parenting Tips To Help Teach Your Child To Share located on the More 4 Kids website. Here are there tips:
•Tell your toddler that not sharing may mean his friends will not want to share with him either.
•If your toddler doesn’t want to share, explain why it’s important to share.
•Take the toys in question away; if your toddler doesn’t want to share – then no one will play with the toys.
•Never yell at the toddler, but be firm in your reprimands. Yelling rarely gets you anywhere and does not set a good example.
•If your toddler screams and carries on; give the toddler a time out, or what I like to do is a time in and sit down with your child, talk to him or her and make sure there is not really some other issue that is causing the problem.
•Thank your child for sharing his toys with others.
•Teach your toddler to think of others and how happy it makes them when they share their toys.
•If other toddlers are invited over, ask your toddler to pick out some toys to put away. But also remind him the toys left out can be shared with everyone.
•Teach by example; show your child how you are willing to share something you own.
•Finally, start very young. When my youngest was just a few months old and could sit up we would start playing a game. I would give him a toy and whenever he gave it back I would smile profusely, say ‘thankyou’ and give it back to him. Now when we are playing together he routinely shares his toys with me and his big brother.
These tips are just guidelines. I found them very helpful read over and think about how I am teaching JDaiel to share.
I have had the opportunity to watch two of JDaniel’s playgroup buddies share food with him. Jake brought over gold fish to JDaniel a few weeks ago. He actually walked over and handed him a gold fish without trying to take it back. He is such a sweetie! Morgyn is another sweetie. She has learned the way to JDaniel’s heart. Morgyn placed two noodles and part of a meatball in his mouth recently at playgroup. He will be her friend for life!
JDaniel is great at sharing the food off his high chair tray that he no longer wants or may not have wanted in the first place. He gathers it up and hands it to me. Maybe that is not really sharing. Maybe it is really clearing the way for food that he would rather have, but it is better than when he throws it on the floor.
Dear Fellow Bloggers, Blog Followers, Subscribers, and Visitors,
I woke up this morning running through in my mind what I needed to do today. Two of the things that I need to do are gather together food items for the Goodwill food drive at church and put together a bag of items to have out for Miracle Hill Ministries when they come by to collect things tomorrow. (Miracle places a yellow bag in the mailboxes in my community every month. I put things in the bag for their charity, and they come by to collect it.) Then I started thinking about the blog and how great it is that I have all my entries done for the week. I’m heading the wrong direction this week was the second thought I had about the blog. I need to focus on giving. That means giving to my family, my neighborhood, my community, and beyond. The blog entries I’ve completed will be used next week. This week the entries will be about giving.
Please join me in looking for ways to give to others this week. Don’t let them just be random acts of kindness. Think, pray, and act on ways you can reach out to others.
Droplet and the Watercycle
This is a cool interactive activity on the water cycle for school age children. My student loved to work on it when they finished their other tasks.
US EPA- Thirsten Water Cycle:
This is a wonderful interactive picture of how the water cycle works.
Water Cycle in Action
This would be a great tool for teacher at school or at home. Students could tell the class what they see happening in different parts of the flash picture.
We took JDaniel to the YMCA this summer to participate in the infant-parent class. It was only four classes, but he had a lot of fun. We learned activities we can do in the water with him. The instructor was a wonderful lady who reviewed what we learned during previous classes and taught us new activities too. We worked on blowing bubbles, floating, kicking, exiting the pool and more. (He wasn’t eager to exit the pool.) JDaniel seemed to like riding the water noodle and having us sing “Yankee Doodle Rode a Noodle” as we moved around the pool the best.
JDaniel is doing what we do and saying what we say more and more each day. Earlier in the summer I got him a watering can at Target in the dollar area. He loves to water the plants along with me. My husband planted a small tree for his 6 month birthday. JDaniel loves to toddle across the yard and take care of his tree. We are trying to let him help and do big people things when he is interested.
That is the tip. Let your little ones help vacuum if they want to help push the vacuum. (Yes, it takes a lot longer.) Let them help fold clothes. JDaniel now snaps the towels to straighten them before folding them. Let them help clean the tub. I do the cleaning and he dumps water into it with a giant plastic glass to clear out the cleanser. He just started dusting yesterday. I had a dust rag out and he wanted to do it too. There are now low areas in the house that have been dusted that I probably would have missed.
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