I am partial to coordinating a group present and buying one big ticket item for expectant parents. It’s not easy to pull off but I remember how daunting and expensive it was to get ready for a new baby. This is not to say that I am not buying cute outfits with matching socks and hats — this is my only chance to buy those these days and it’s so much fun to pick it out! But if I think back on what I really needed; items that are impactful, special, unusual, and thoughtful, this would be my secret fantasy list of what I would want.
How about you? What gifts do you particularly treasure?
I grew up in Southern California and experienced many a earthquake including the Northridge earthquake which was memorable. Though many in many area felt the recent East Coast earthquake, it went unnoticed at my house. I think it was because we were all in the basement so we did not feel our house move at all. Still, this is a teachable moment for any child who might have anxiety or curiosity about earthquakes between this one and the huge one in Japan. I found these links from a variety of articles and hope you find them useful!
The following products are subject to recall:
12-ounce cans of “Libby Corned Beef” bearing a production code “100315U,” “100316U,” “100322U,” or “100326U.” These products were sent to distribution centers in Florida, and Pennsylvania for retail sales.
7-ounce pouches “Brushy Creek Shredded Beef” bearing a production code “100121,” “100128,” “100129,” “100308,”or “100322.” These products were sent to distribution centers in Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio, for retail sales.
10-ounce “Brushy Creek Roast Beef” bearing a production code “100226,” “100309,” or “100311.” These products were sent to distribution centers in California, Missouri, New Jersey, and Texas for retail sales.
12-ounce cans of “Kroger Corned Beef” bearing a production code “100224U.” These products were sent to distribution centers in Indiana for retail sales.
When you ask your child what he or she did at school, do you ever get a blank stare and the answer, “Nothing.” Is the answer the same when you ask what he or she learned today? Or who he or she played with? Frustrating? I got these tidbits from my kindergarten teacher and added some more tidbits of my own to sleuth out what my child is doing at school.
All in all, this math game is fun for kids and for $.99, it’s well worth the money. To examine the game or purchase it at iTunes, just click on top small icon.
NPR has a feature on why preschool is the best job training program. Nobel prize winning economist James Heckman found that the soft skills necessary for success in the workplace — things like “being able to pay attention and focus, being curious and open to new experiences, and being able to control your temper and not get frustrated” — were skills that were learned, not in high school or college, but during preschool! It seems when it comes to job training, all preschools can do the job, though there does seem to be a bias for Montessori to develop future billionaires. Imagine Bill Gates, had he not gone to preschool, would be just another college drop out! Preschool, it seems, made all the difference!
Near Fort Myers and yet so far away is North Captiva Island, a barrier reef island that is only accessible by ferry. You might have heard of Captiva but this is a different place altogether. North Captiva doesn’t allow cars so it’s just golf carts, bikes, boats and walking for transportation on the island. And did I mention that it’s also a bird sanctuary? Be prepared to see an abundance of wild creatures from egrets to dolphins to manatees.
My middle daughter who is now 9-years-old is Roald Dahl’s biggest fan and it turns out her classmates love him too. They weren’t able to do a class celebration (his birthday does not time well) but these are the books that they would recommend to celebrate!
I think Fuse #8 Productions is one of the best children’s lit blogs around. Her predictions for Caldecott and Newbery Winners is usually dead on and I use her list to buy Christmas and birthday books for my kids because the timing of the actual awards comes in early January which is not perfect timing for the holiday season gift buying. Last year based on her list, I bought my oldest a stack from her list.