As I said before, it’s not a horrendous thing to give your kids screen time. Especially if the videos they watch are educational, or get them moving. Below, you’ll find my top picks for videos on YouTube that do the latter!
Author: TravelRebel Rae
Round Up: Books About Dancing
Who doesn’t love a good dance party? I know I do! Here, you’ll find a list of books to do with dancing in all it’s forms! There ARE affiliate links, but my recommendations stand.
Fun Sensory Bins to Go With Your Favorite Books!
It’s no secret that kids LOVE sensory play! While you have some extra time with your child(ren), you can read them book that goes along with some of their favorite sensory activities! here are some of my recommendations for literary sensory play!
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Review: Roxaboxen by: Alice McLerran
Marian and her friends discover a hill filled with rocks and wooden boxes, and there they establish Roxaboxen. Find out about all their adventures in the book Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran.
The Calm Down Space, and Managing Feelings.
One thing that has really helped in my classroom and in my home in regards to meltdowns and tantrums (for both my 10year old and my 3 year old) is being able to hold space for my children’s feelings. Whether it’s having a specific “Calm Down Area” with calming toys, or changing my dialogue to acknowledge and help understand emotions, I find that my kids (and I, by extension,) are much more capable of navigating their feelings and their reactions when things are uncertain or don’t go their way. Here are some of my tips and tricks to starting that process in your own home or classroom.
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Independent Activities for Young Kids
Whether you’re working from home, or home is your work, sometimes you just need a couple of minutes to yourself. While your young child may not usually be willing to play nicely in the next room so you can have a moment of peace, you may be able to convince them by providing some fun quiet activities that don’t require you to play along side of them.
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My Favorite Netflix Shows for Kids! (Toddler/Preschool Years)
Well, quarantine is upon us, which is nerve wracking for many potential reasons. Not the least of which is the idea that our children will get a HEAVY dose of cabin fever mixed with “too much TV time.” At the very least, we can point them in the direction of shows that teach them things, right?
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Review: Red:A, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
Red is the story of a blue crayon that’s been mislabeled as “Red.” Whenever he tries to do something red (like draw an orange with Yellow, or color some strawberries) it comes out all wrong. He is miserable! When Magenta comes around with a simple request, his whole world is turned upside down…or maybe, it’s just finally right side up!
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How To Read To Your Kids
It may sound easy as a concept, but there’s a difference between reading the words on a page, and engaging your child in a story read aloud. Below you’ll find my tips and tricks for a fun and interactive story time that both you and your child will enjoy at any time of the day!
Review: Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
A young girl of color wonders why her skin is so dark in comparison to her family and friends. She tries everything to make her skin lighter, but will a visit from a shooting star and a story from long ago show her how beauty can be found in the brightest day and the darkest night, and all shades in between?
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