Parent’s Corner : Car Seat Safety

Drive Safe!


I am off on a field trip today and thought this would be a great time to share something I think all parents are concerned about- our children’s safety.

Below you will find links that will hopefully provide you all with information to keep your precious little ones safe and sound !

  • All about infant car seats, why they should ONLY be used rear facing and why you might want to think twice before using an old seat.
  • 1 year old and 20 pounds is the earliest you can turn your child around in a toddler seat but click here to find out why it is safer to keep your toddler rear facing as long as possible.
  • Click here to check to see if any seat your child may be using has been recalled.
  • A Parent’s Guide to Booster Seats!
  • This video is not easy to watch BUT will have you considering keeping your child in a 5 point harness as long as possible.
  • Click Here to find a car seat technician near you to check your seat- research suggests that as many as 90% of all car seats are incorrectly installed!
I hope these links are helpful !


Reader’s Corner! Look what they made!

Weekend Repost!

T
his is my favorite post ever! It always makes my day to see children with their projects, feel free to send your pictures in and I will gladly post them in another “Look What We Made!”


Here are Morgan and Zachary showing off their Paper Plate Suns

Morgan liked it so much she decided to make Saturn too!! Great job , I love Saturn’s ring!
This is Nathan making a Rainy Day Rainbow, and Cotton Ball clouds!
Wow! The rainbow is beautiful, and he even made a sun too! Great work!


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Parent’s Corner : Displaying Kiddie Art

Make Your Own

Art Gallery

I love this idea for displaying art work , it’s simple and avoids cluttering up your house or classroom.

  1. Gather your materials. All you need is an inexpensive picture frame and your art work of choice. If you have more than one child you can either get multiple frames or display each child’s art for a week and rotate. That is what I did my classroom and my students were so proud to see their art in the frame!
  2. Pop the art in !
  3. Display it somewhere for the whole world to see!

Raising Readers – Reading Resources

Early literacy isn’t a unit of study during Kindergarten, early literacy starts when your child is born and you use language to say hello to that tiny little face looking back at you. Sometimes parenting can feel overwhelming so I have brought what I think are some of the very best resources available on the topic of early literacy . It’s never too late to enrich your child and not nearly as hard as it sounds!

This is a fantastic resource, there is all sorts of information about development not just literacy related information. There is a lot on this site so do not try to read it all in one nap time or while watching tv before bed ( I know that’s the only time I have to read! ) , bookmark this one for sure! I love this checklist about everyday learning for babies and toddlers.



Reading is Fundamental

This is a HUGE site with a plethora of information so go slow. There are activities, articles , author Q&A and so much more. I love some of their activities too- they have many that include sensory experiences, and all types of learning! This is exciting to me as an educator because often times learning to read has been stuck in a work sheets and flash card abyss, it’s nice to see we have broken out of that mold for good!

Get Read To Read

This is a good page, but not as easy to find things or read tidbits at a time. They have a fantastic checklist for parents about providing a home environment that will help foster a reader though. Most of this page seems more geared towards the PreK- School age crowd but it is still very useful for parents of toddlers. They have a great resources page too.

Raising Readers

This is a state of Maine initiative but I have posted it because it’s very to the point and reader friendly, which really means it’s short enough that you may be able to read it while your child is awake an ]playing quietly for 4 minutes! There are basic checklists and good lists of what parents can expect their children to be doing at various stages from birth to 5.

Scholastic Parents – Reading Help

Scholastic’s tag line is about making life better by reading everyday. Well they make it easier for parents to find out how to help their kids with the information on this page. There is way more info on Scholastic about reading than this section and I urge you to read through and use their search but I particularly like this section because you can browse by age starting at 0 .

Your Local Library

Please do not forget to go to your local library, I can not stress how fantastic a resource a children’s librarian is!

I hope these sites can be useful for you if not today in the near future, remember kindergarten teachers are magicians, kids start learning how to read the day they are born. We don’t have to push them , we just need to be there to support them!


Parent’s Corner: Product Review

Watercolor Crayons!

Pleasantly Surprised!

When I found these watercolor crayons at the local art supply store’s kids corner I thought, these will be fun when my little guy is older, but I will try them out and write a review. When my little guy was refusing a nap this weekend I pulled them out and here is our review.

What I liked :

I liked that the set comes with lots of colors, a paint brush, are non toxic and it was under 5 dollars. The mess level is also very low compared with even traditional water colors.

What I didn’t like:

It takes some strength for the crayons to leave good thick marks that will create lots of color when painted over. The crayons were small so it wasn’t easy for my little guy to hold them, although it wasn’t impossible either. In the picture below you can see a flower I drew worried that he’d get no reaction when the water was brushed over his coloring. He did get some but the saturation is much better when you can press hard with the crayon.

What my son liked:

All of it, he liked coloring with the crayons but he loved getting the paintbrush and dipping it in the water and brushing over the crayons. It only took me showing him once for him to catch on. We sat and did water colors for 20 minutes, I was shocked and elated! Also he loved putting the paintbrush in his mouth and unlike with liquid paint these left NO trace of paint on him.

What he didn’t like :

That mommy wouldn’t let him put his whole hand in the water .


I give this product a great big seal of approval, even though young children will need help to make the crayon marks dark enough to get good color saturation when they paint the water on. This would be a great product to take with you when you are camping or traveling because it really isn’t very messy, it packs up easily and won’t leak in your luggage!

Stay tuned , later this week we will be using these crayons and paintbrush to make a hand painted Thank You note for someone special!