Wood Paintings and Da Moff

toddler paint

I am a collector of odds and ends, always thinking that I will have a use for things, mostly to create into projects for M.  A month ago, one of the parents at the preschool approached me and asked if we would like small wood plank donations.  OF COURSE!!  This was such a generous donation, to think her work was going to throw them away.  My mind was already wandering into what we could do with them at the preschool, with four boxes and about 1000 pieces of wood donated to us, I was able to take a few home...

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Pinky Goes to Physio

Pinky the owl

Meet Pinky the Owl.  Two weeks ago, Maliya sat in bed and cradled Pinky in her arms, stroking her slowly and told me "I'm waiting for Auntie Jessie to come see Pinky."  (Jessie is my physiotherapist, also known to Maliya as a fixer of all ouchies.)  Our conversation went like this: Me: Oh, is Pinky ok? M: No Me: What happened? M: He hurt herself. Me: Oh no, where? M: On the head.  She's sleeping, don't wake her up. As the week went on, Maliya continued on about Pinky's ouchy.  Finally Maliya told me that Pinky "bonked his head on...

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“I Made a Wormy”

playdough stars

I first introduced playdough to Maliya back in the fall.  At that time, she would spend about 10-20 minutes with it and be done for the day.  She wouldn't ask for it, but it could occupy her for a while if I brought it out. Above is Maliya with her first batch of playdough.  As usual, she will turn almost anything into some sort of dramatic play.  She was likely singing happy birthday to herself. (Photo from last November) Sometimes I fall into the trap of wanting to introduce new things to Maliya all the time.  As parents we want our children...

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I Kissed a Girl

As a Hip Hop dance instructor (on hiatus due to injury,) I've had lots of friends and teachers ask me for age appropriate music.  What songs do I use to teach five year olds, or at elementary schools?  I used to get seven and eight year olds ask me for music where the content is sexually explicit or all about getting drunk in a club.  Some songs are catchy, have repetitive lyrics and soon we have a four year old singing "I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her cherry chapstick."  My issue isn't a girl...

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What That iPad is Doing to Your Kids


I read an article this morning titled "What That iPad is Doing to Your Kids is Kind of Shocking." It begins by describing a setting in a restaurant, where you look around and see that more children than not, have a screen in front of them.  This is a scene that I see quite often in public.  While waiting in line, we pull out our screens, waiting for food at a restaurant, we pull out our screens, waiting for a movie to start at the theatre, we pull out a screen while waiting for the screen!  I know I'm not always the...

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