Before I had kids I never really thought of the importance of a pre-school curriculum now that we have 2 toddlers one who can navigate our I-Pad beter than me and figure out a matching game in seconds, I find myself obsessing over it frequently. We have been overall pretty happy for the past year at a faith based school which is small and offers an age appropriate curriculum as well as VPK when the time comes. However I'd be lying if along the way I haven't questioned things, I question them all of the time because I tend to compare too other programs. A friend recently put her kids in a unique program at a local high school for future educators to earn childcare hours and create a lesson plan etc. Ever since I heard of this program I have been comparing and contrasting our's to their's, oh they get to go on a school bus, we don't yet, oh they get 1:1 attention being as there is 1 student assigned to each child, our's is 1:8 but then I remembered our's are certified pre-school teachers. I also asked my daughter what she likes about her school" I like playing with my friends, lining up to go outside, doing crafts and my teachers." There you have it she's happy! Now when will I stop second guessing myself? In speaking with others it doesn't sound like it will be happening anytime soon:) So I picked a knowledgeable person in education who used to screen programs to see if they met state requirements. She said do they have early learning centers that promote creative play? Yes, Do they have a set curriculum, letter of the day, crafts etc. yes, Are the teachers loving? Yes, Do they have a playground-Yes then whY do I keep worrying, well in part because it's who I am and the other part is I want to set our kids up for excellence but also allow them to be kids:)
Today we made these adorable wreaths, we bought the wreaths at Target 2 for a $1 at the $1 bins up front. We went on a scavenger hunt walking down our street and neighborhood looking for acorns, leafs and berries. They turned out sooo cute and we decided they make great decor around candlesticks.
Today I had one big task to accomplish, buy a present for my MIL, she'd asked for some skincare items and so that seemed simple enough. I was at the mall with my two daughters and letting them play before making the purchase was probably a rookie mistake but I am a seasoned veteran and thought it made more sense to wear them out. After having to chase down my 2 year old 3 times and get her strapped in the stroller I thought time to get the gift. The friend I was with suggested Macy's or Dillard's. So I went to Dillard's, I wasn't greeted and actually think I saw some eye rolls and smug comments like" Look at her with the out of control toddlers."
click above to read article
In the years pre-kids I used to love cooking fancy meals for friends and my husband. I would relish the idea of finding difficult ingredients or challenging myself to make something I never had. Fast forward to now and I have two young children ages 2 and 3. As you can imagine most of our meals need to be prepared at lightning speed so, there is usually some bantering between my husband and I unless I have actually had one of those rare weeks where I make a meal plan and stick to it:) Usually what happens is 4pm rolls around and I start getting hungry and either call him on his way home from work or start seeing what ingredients we have. Thank god for the sites where you can type the ingredients you have and pow you have a dish!
click above to read entire article