25 Fun Year End Interview Questions For Kids

25 Fun Year End Interview Questions For Kids

Help By Age & Stage, Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
Children love to talk about themselves, especially with a parent who is willing to listen.  When our children notice that we care about them they feel a strong sense of belonging and significance. These are two important components for feeling well and growing well. A fun way to boost your child's self esteem A fun interview to finish the year can be a great way to offer your child a chance to talk about themselves. As a bonus, that time together is a great booster to your parent-child connection. Beyond just being fun, asking children questions that focus on what is special to them can actively boost their self-esteem.  And a child with a healthy dose of self-esteem has the best defense against life's challenges. So here are 25 questions you can ask your…
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6 Fun Ways to Encourage Reading & Writing

6 Fun Ways to Encourage Reading & Writing

Parenting, Play and Learning
Once children begin reading and writing on their own, it can seem like a whole new world opens up to them. Signs posted along the road, magazine headlines, signs at the grocery all become sources of information. While there are many  "academic" focused ways to encourage reading and writing in those early days of stumbling over new words and figuring out how to spell there are many simple and fun ways children can practice through play and truly learn so very much. 1. Picture postcards:  Drawing  a picture and then writing out a few simple sentences or words to describe the drawing can be a fun way for children to share their interests with friends. The extra step of taking it to the post office and receiving a picture in…
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Love Books Summer Exchange: Transforming Trash into Toys we Treasure

Love Books Summer Exchange: Transforming Trash into Toys we Treasure

Play and Learning
Simple fun is often the best kind of fun! My children and I were so excited just a week ago when we received a box full of trash in the mail from Krissy of B-Inspired Mama.   Why? Well, this summer I signed up to participate in the Love Books Summer Exchange hosted by The Educators Spin on It.  The idea is that bloggers send each other's families one book along with some kind of activity through the mail. We love books and book based activities so this seemed like a great idea! While Krissy sent me a message excusing the simplicity of the activity, I assured her that my children were beyond excited about the box and book we received. We love simple, open ended play and this box…
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Sharing Sunday

Parenting
Happy Sunday! We had a wonderful time the past two days, we went hiking on saturday, and today we spent the day at the local lake. The children had a chance to see a swan family and swim,  play frisbee, try out a pirate ship playground and we had a picnic. Today I am sharing some inspiring and helpful articles from around the web that I read in the last week: From Gina, The Twin Coach 9 Essential Gifts For New Parents she shares: By far, the greatest gifts I've gotten over the years turned out not to be material things, but rather wisdom gained and lessons learned.  The post also has links to other really wonderful posts from Teacher Tom, Dr. Laura Markham, Lisa Sunbury and more. From Julia over at…
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Stimulating Summer Activities for Your Kids

Stimulating Summer Activities for Your Kids

Play and Learning
***Today I am sharing a guest post from Heather. She is sharing her ideas for creating stimulating summer activities for children.*** Despite the fact that kids count down until school lets out of the summer starting in January, once summer actually hits parents are often flooded with the constant cries of, “I’M BORED!” To counteract those complaints and get them away from the TV, here are four summer activities that will keep your kids stimulated without seeming like a school lesson… even if it really is one in disguise: 1. Have them create a nature journal – Get a journal where they can keep interesting leafs, take pictures of animals, and write down various rocks that they’ve found at the park and in the backyard. They’ll have a blast collecting…
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3 quick projects for Father’s Day!

3 quick projects for Father’s Day!

Play and Learning
Father's Day is coming up soon... here are three easy projects to whip up in 30 minutes, 15 minutes and 5 minutes or less! Spoiler alert...to my favorite subscriber (aka hubby - stop reading now!) The 30 min Photo Mobile: All you will need is some card stock or construction paper, a few pictures, glue, scissors, fishing line or string, hole punch or pin and some glitter and stickers for decor.  Decide how many pictures too hang, these instructions are for three but you can always add more. Cut out a card stock rectangle as the mobile top, punch one hole at the top and three holes  on the opposite end for hanging the pictures. Add a message like Happy Father's Day!" or "We love hanging with you DAD!" Cut…
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One Box, Three Games, Loads of Fun & Learning

Play and Learning
Ever notice how children of all ages seem to just love playing with a cardboard box? Play is serious business for toddlers and preschoolers, it gives them a chance to understand, explore and learn! All three of my kiddos just absolutely love when we play with a cardboard box, they play together and usually come up with really fun games. Bonus: They are figuring out how to share, take turns, be patient and using their creativity. Here are three engaging, simple and easy games for toddlers and preschoolers to play with a cardboard box: Ramp it Up [caption id="attachment_771" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Let's try to share!"][/caption] Using giant foam blocks we propped up a large cardboard box to create a ramp. Using a sofa or another box could work too. With a container…
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Roughhousing & Preschoolers: Why it’s Great and How To Keep it Safe.

Roughhousing & Preschoolers: Why it’s Great and How To Keep it Safe.

Parenting, Play and Learning, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
I walked into the pre-school yard the other day and saw a pile of boys rolling in the muddy grass.   I recognized some shoes that belonged to my four year old and the bright red t-shirt of my five year old.  This ball of boys just kept on rolling and tumbling and then all the boys sort of jumped up, crashed onto the ground looking at each other and started laughing up a storm.  It was rough-play at its muddiest, finest moment! When done safely, roughhousing is awesome for preschoolers, and here are just three of the many reasons: Play-wrestling and rolling games can help build strong bonds of friendship. Preschoolers will happily tackle down their best friend, roll around and have a great laugh. This is the non-verbal equivalent…
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Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
Making time in our busy lives for daily or weekly special time with our children is invaluable. Special time can be any activity where parent and child actively engage in play and conversation to build connection. Honoring this time together by putting away cellphones, turning off the tv and focusing on each other is what makes this time special. In part one of the Special Time Series there are 40 activity ideas for infants and toddles. Here are 60 Activitiy ideas for special time with Preschoolers and School Aged children. Pre-schoolers: 3-5 yrs A sure fire way to have successful special time with pre-schoolersis letting them choose the activity and lead the way. Telling mom or dad how to walk across a silly obstacle course or watching a parent get…
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Creating (Im)perfectly Together

Play and Learning
Welcome to the August Carnival of Natural Parenting: Creating With Kids This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how they make messes and masterpieces with children. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. This summer the boys, Bella and I sat down and made a huge list of all the things we wanted to do together. We had just moved to a new home in a new country and with no friends close by we thought this would be a great way to fill our time.  What I didn’t know is that it would also end up being a great excercise…
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