Untapped Resource

tapped out

  Early in our marriage, my husband would frequently say that without children (not including the 20 6-year olds I was currently teaching), I was like an ‘untapped resource’…there was so much within in me that I could offer to our children.  After all, he claims one of the reasons he married me was because he knew I would be a wonderful mother.   Seven years and two amazing and … [ Keep reading… ]

Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up!

balloon tennis

There were several awesome ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few...   Toddler Approved shares a great way to have fun inside this winter...balloon tennis! I love this idea from Crayon Freckles for using milk caps for alphabet matching! Joyfully Weary shares a great idea for ice fishing for letters. Have an idea or activity to share??? Link up below! Next … [ Keep reading… ]

Teaching your child to put on his/her own coat!

Putting on a coat is tricky for even a preschooler to do by him/herself.  But this technique makes it a cinch! It's been a while since I've included a self-help/adaptive activity in our thematic units, so I thought our snow unit would offer the perfect opportunity to share with you something my mom taught Big Brother...     Can't see the video?  Go here. I'm so glad … [ Keep reading… ]

Winners of the ‘Boz the Bear’ Prize Packs


  Out of the 479 entries, the five winners of the 'Boz the Bear' prize packs are (via random.org) are: Comment #326:  Kaylee who said, "You are “liked” on Facebook!" Comment #227:  Kay who said, "I tweeted about the giveaway @deetlareet" Comment #439:  Wendy who said, "I would love to win this for my son! Thanks for sharing the info!" Comment #235:  Tiffany who said, "Crossing my … [ Keep reading… ]

Beaded Snowflakes

Beaded Snowflake

    Big Brother is a bit under the weather, so making this beaded snowflake was the perfect activity to do to take a break from all the TV watching!  This is the fine motor activity for our snow thematic unit. Here's what you'll need:  Fuzzy sticks (aka pipe cleaners) and pony beads...both of which were sent to me free from our wonderful sponsor, CraftProjectIdeas.com.   1.  Arrange … [ Keep reading… ]

Snowy Shape Hunt


I've been working with Little Brother on identifying some basic shapes and I thought this would be a good opportunity to use up the bag of fake snow that I used with our snowy sight words.  Instead of cutting out shapes, I used the pieces from our Melissa & Doug Shape Puzzle. Here's what you'll need:  fake snow (or the real stuff, if you have it) and some pre-cut shapes (or puzzle pieces). … [ Keep reading… ]