I’ve written about hosting a playdate at your home or helping your child go on a playdate at someone else’s home before, but I haven’t written about how a playdate goes at my own home. Here’s a play by play of what setting up and having a playdate looks like at my house.
Sometimes I come up with what I think are great plans for an activity I think the kids will love. I set it all up, then it goes in a completely different direction. My kids LOVE Mo Willems books. They laugh so hard and so loudly at the characters. The books are hilarious! We started with Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus and then we got Today I Will Fly. We’ve gone to the library and checked out all the Mo Willems books we could find. One of the things the kids love to do is to read along with me, acting out each part. Since we made an awesome puppet theatre a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a good idea to use some of the Mo Willems characters in a puppet show.Read More
I’m a fan of Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking. I recently started writing about the Unthinkables, starting with Rock Brain. Another Unthinkable that takes over kids brains frequently is Glassman. Glassman makes kids have huge upset reactions.
A great way to teach kids to manage Glassman is to review the size of problems and the size of reactions. If you are having a small problem, you should have a small reaction. When I talk about Unthinkables, I like to use visuals to help explain the lesson and give examples. Here are some books, videos and even a cool experiment you can use to talk about Glassman.Read More
Welcome to Week 71 of the Blogger Brags Pinterest Party!Read More
When we traveled to Toronto this past summer, we found a wonderful babysitter. She’s an educator, and during the interview, she and I talked about how much the kids loved the library, but we wouldn’t be in town long enough to qualify for a card. The first night she babysat for us, she showed up with a bunch of books from the library that she took out on her own card. It was such a kind gesture, and the kids read and re-read all those books for the two weeks we had them.Read More
About a year ago, I saw these awesome jet-pack rockets for kids, perfect for pretend play. I loved watching kids play with these, and I thought of another version that would be great for pretend play. I wanted to make them miniature and use them with our stuffed animals. I have been wanting to do this for about a year, but I finally took the time to do it this past weekend.Read More
Welcome to week 70 of Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I've been enjoying visiting all sorts of people's blogs, making connections and finding new projects for myself. Let's get this party started!!Read More
Very early in my career, a colleague shared a resource with me that I have found incredibly helpful. It’s called a Solution Wheel. When kids are having a conflict, sometimes they don’t always know what to do. In the moment, they can’t remember things that they can do to help work through a problem. Using a solution wheel is a great resource to help them figure out different ways to solve a problem.Read More