Happy Birthday Doc

1 Mar

March 2nd (TOMORROW) is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!  This is one of my favorite days to celebrate BOTH at school and at home!  Here are some fun things we’ve done in the past along with a few new ideas at the bottom, including a Montessori inspired activity!


What’s a party without some fun snacks!  Here are a few quick and easy treats to make for the big birthday bash :).  DR. SEUSS SNACKS LINK


This Thing One and Thing Two craft is still hanging up in our play room, it’s one of my favorites!  Here is the link to the directions:  THING 1 & THING 2 CRAFT


We love to make Green Eggs and Ham for one of our meals on March 2nd!  My boys are already talking about it!  Here’s How we’ve done this in the past…   GREEN EGGS AND HAM LINK


This One Fish Two Fish craft was made easily using paper plates and paint…  Here is the link…  ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH


This craft is so pretty and also very simple.  It reminds me a little bit of my Sorority Days (go ISU DZ :)) because it uses puffy paint!  Puffy paint and straws make this simple craft a favorite around here!  Plus, who doesn’t love truffula trees???


This idea comes from http://www.livingmotessorinow.com. It’s pretty self explanatory!  I think you could adjust this work, a well, by making 6 hats and writing one number on each hat from 0-5.  The students then have to place that amount of red poms on the hat!

So cute, I could celebrate Dr. Seuss all month, and I might :).





4 Nov


Kindergarten Halloween -at Word Lesson

1 Nov


This week I had the opportunity to teach a lesson to my son’s Kindergarten class.  His teacher requested a lesson on The -AT Word Family and since I happened to be teaching on Halloween I figured there was no better time to bring in a black cat :).  The lesson was pretty easy to prepare.  I pre-made a construction paper cat for each child.  The front of the cat was black and the back was white.   I let the children cut the stenciled cat out and also gave them white paper for the whiskers, pink paper for the nose, a black circle for the curly tail, and of course google eyes!!!  I really love the way they each made their cat a little bit different… You can see a couple examples in these pictures!  I really think these sweet black cats look a little bit like their creators :).  The curly tails were a little tricky, but the kiddos did an amazing job.  I taught them how to cut a circle into a spiral and then attach it to their cat!  They are hard to see in the pics, but were absolutely adorable!


On the white side of the kitty we wrote down all of the -at family words we could think of. CAT, SAT, FAT, MAT, RAT, PAT, BAT, HAT, VAT, and even CHAT!   Some children were able to do this quickly on their own, while others needed some guided instruction.  It was an easily differentiated lesson in this way!  You could definitely extend this lesson by having them read their words out loud to the class, individually to an adult, or even to a partner!

Have I mentioned that I LOVE KINDERGARTEN???  CUZ I DO :)!



Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

12 Nov

2950177772_4e9fc2f2e3In the spirit of the season, I brought out an old favorite for the cooking class I teach at Montessori.  It’s called “PUMPKIN PIE PLAY DOUGH” and it’s awesome!  It smells and looks like pumpkin pie, but it’s play dough… I highly suggest making it, it was so much fun! I tripled this recipe to make enough for 12 children to take home. The recipe below is originally from Family Fun Magazine…

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 teaspoons cream of tarter

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon veg oil

1 cup water

6 drops red food coloring

15 drops of yellow food coloring

Combine dry ingredients in a non-stick pan

Add oil, water, food coloring and whisk until smooth

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a ball

Turn onto counter, let cool slightly, knead until smooth


15 Oct


The words “Soccer Mom”  crack a bit of a giggle in society today…  There’s a bit of a negative connotation that goes along with being a “soccer mom”…  I’m not really sure how that started and I actually don’t know how it became so laughable?  Is it because soccer mom’s drive big SUV’s that haul multiple children, gear, and various snacks; not to mention smashed goldfish, wet homework papers and stinky socks?  Is it because soccer mom’s sit on the sidelines and chitchat about the community, school and neighborhood happenings?  Is it because soccer mom’s show up with enough chairs, blankets, hats, mittens, coats, scarves, and snacks to share with the entire sidelines?  Maybe it’s because soccer mom’s come straight from work, the market, the post office, or the urgent care clinic and arrive EXACTLY as the ball is dropping for kick off?  Better yet, it must be because soccer mom’s have volunteered to help coach the team along with organizing the snack schedule, picture day paperwork, volunteering at the school and making sure the crock pot meal will be ready in time for some hungry players immediately following tonight’s game.   I’m sure at some point or another I’ve participated in giggling about this mommy stereotype, but I have something to tell you… Being a SOCCER MOM is actually really enjoyable- as my boys would say, “it’s super fun”.   It’s beyond exciting to watch your young one out on the field vying for the ball while you simultaneously hold a conversation with several other parents about which program you should enroll your child in the next season.  It’s exhilarating to watch your child score a goal and act like an airplane while running towards his teammates for a big group hug!  It melts your heart when the coach hugs your little player after the winning goal gets past him in the net and tells him it’s all part of the game.  And it’s simply amazing to witness the pride on your child’s face when he realizes that his part of the team is important and valuable.   The stereotypes are right, my SUV is packed, my schedule is tight, and my voice is loud (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E)!  Being a soccer mom is a gift and a blessing that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.   Thank you S Brothers for giving this girl the gift of being a soccer mom!  GO BULLDOGS!

P.S.  I can’t wait for Baseball Season!!!  🙂

Easy Halloween Crafts

8 Oct

Here are just a couple Halloween Crafts we’ve done in the past… ENJOY

BDP_3436The boys and I made spiders for decoration…  I used black construction paper cut into a circle for the body… Fan folded strips of black paper for the legs and used a white crayon to draw the faces… I certainly wouldn’t want to find one of these guys in the corner of my living room!

BDP_3440I made these “mummy cups” by wrapping a paper cup in gauze and sticking some google eyes to the front of the cup… I filled the cups with glow sticks, pencils, erasers, noise makers and a sucker and gave one to each of the kids…

BDP_3560What is a special holiday without cut out cookies!  My kids love rolling, cutting and even decorating cookies!


31 Jul

Over spring break this year the fam and I traveled to Jackson Hole to see our Aunt Hannie and Uncle Tom.  We were tooling around town and I snapped this pic of the boys in their favorite Stio hats… Stio is a store that started in JH specializing in outdoor clothing and adventure gear 😉…  They currently have retail stores in Jackson Hole and Chicago, as well as their online business!  

 We posted the pic to Instagram and the people from Stio contacted us…  One thing led to another and before we knew it Ben and the boys had earned a fun gig…  This week Stio began to launch their fall and winter lines and we found our sweet boys had made their website!  If you are looking for cute outdoor clothing for you or your little ones, check out www.stio.com 

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