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Easter Fun

Easter Fun

Tomorrow, March 24, at Tater Tots we begin to travel on The Road to Resurrection. We will continue the journey through Friday, March 25. Together we will get to walk with Jesus through the events surrounding HIs death and resurrection. See you there!

For Easter we always have fun dying and decorating hard-boiled eggs, as well as hiding little plastic eggs with goodies inside for the children. For more Easter fun with the family, I also love exploring new and different ideas on Pinterest. One of the ideas I found awesome was creating a plastic egg garland. This is definitely something the little ones will enjoy! Not only is it cute and fun to do, but your children will get to work on their fine motor skills in the process. What are some fun Easter activities you and your family enjoy?  

12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid

12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid

This strong title definitely caught my attention when I was searching for a devotional in the YouVersion app. It is a twelve day devotional for parents/guardians. Today is only day one for me, so I do not have too much to elaborate on. Each day Dr. Tim Elmore covers one mistake up to twelve, and today's mistake we can avoid as parents is not allowing our children to fail. That's a biggie because who wants their child to fail? We are usually striving only for the best for our little minions. This devotional has little video along with some Bible verses that coincide with the content. 

Beginning today, YouVersion has a 21 day Challenge. If you'd like to join me with this challenge, download the app (if you haven't already) and let me know which devotionals you chose for these next 21 days. I look forward to learning about these 12 HUGE Mistakes Parents Can Avoid, with you if you choose this devotional with me. You can even join this plan by clicking the hyperlink with the title and you will be directed to bible.com. 

Happy Monday & God bless!

A Toolbox to Help with Yelling

A Toolbox to Help with Yelling

I love researching different ways to improve as a parent. There are so many people out there with great tips and tricks to help, especially with parenting. I realize that I cannot take what everyone says and apply it to my life, however I can use what I believe will work for me and my family, and you can as well! 

I really enjoyed reading this blog post from Amanda, from dirtandboogers.com, called "Stop Yelling Toolbox". She created a slide show, or 'toolbox' with tips for parents to look at to help when we get angry with our children. (This could work with any relationship though) This first tip mentioned and that stuck with me is "Pretend You're On Camera". Wow! Really thinking about it, and then picturing myself angry on a video for the world to see can be scary. Would you want the world to see that? This thought in it self made me really examine how I am reacting to people or things that bother me, annoy me, even make me angry. I usually react, then think, "Maybe that was unnecessary." I take a step back and really see the whole picture, and make changes and improvements where it is needed. I also think, "Do I want my babies acting like this?" and if I wouldn't except it from them, why would I except it for myself?

Of course there are many more tools in this toolbox, but this is just the biggest one the stuck out for me. Would this toolbox be helpful in your life? What are some things you do already? 

Multicultural Potluck Friday, January 29

Multicultural Potluck Friday, January 29

Help us celebrate culture at the first ever Multicultural Potluck! Friday, January 29, 2016 at 3 pm

Tater Tots is hosting a Multicultural Children’s Book Week scheduled for January 25th - 29th. The event’s mission is to not only raise awareness for the children’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these books into OUR classrooms. We hope to inspire families to purchase quality multicultural literature and gift them to your child’s classroom. 

Also this week each class will be taking time to look at the different cultures all around us - learning about clothing, music, art, and food that makes each culture special. Please take time to work on the country posters with your child - due back to school by 1/27. 

To complete this exciting week of culture we’d like to celebrate with the families by having a Multicultural Potluck - experiencing first hand the different types of food in our world. We need your help! Please sign up to bring an authentic family dish. Sign up sheets are near roster binders. 

Thank you! 

Day After Christmas

Day After Christmas

Now that it is the day after one of the biggest holidays, what is there to do? Is there still prepping going on for New Year Eve? Are Christmas decorations slowing getting taken down? Are there plans for New Year resolutions? Is there plans to visit family? Shopping? Did you get to stay in your pjs all day? Whatever your plan was, It's nice that Christmas was on Friday this year so there was time for a little breather and relaxation over the weekend. We hope your Christmas day was blessed with lots of love and good times, and it lingers into this weekend.

'Twas the Light Before Christmas

'Twas the Light Before Christmas

Can you believe how fast these last few weeks of 2015 are going? It is almost December 12, when we will have our Christmas celebration with our families here at Tater Tots Preschool. 'Twas the Light Before Christmas and refreshments takes place this Saturday, December 12 from 6pm to 8:30 pm. 

For more information please visit this link 'Twas the Light Before Christmas or you may also call Ms. Chelsea at 707-422-3414

Something we've added to this evening's play, is an Art Gallery Fundraiser. We will be showcasing our children's artwork. Each original piece will have a suggested donation price on the tag and you will be able to purchase art after the play. The art gallery will be on display beginning December 12 through December 18.

Time Change

Time Change

It's officially Fall when Daylight Savings ends. Time to "fall back" an hour. We hope everyone gets to enjoy an extra hour of sleep. I don't know if, as parents, we really get that extra hour since our children usually wake up at the same time everyday. Are you a lucky parent whose children actually like to sleep in?

The time will need to be set back by one hour on many devices in your home, however cell phones will change by 2:00 am on November 1, 2015 automatically. (Thank you for the reminder Promiseland)   

We hope you have an amazing weekend & maybe we will get to see you at the Harvest Fest at Tater Tots Preschool later today (12pm-4pm)

National Color Day

National Color Day

Happy National Color Day! It is a day that spotlights the different ways colors can affect the way we feel and act every day. I have heard it said before that what you wear can help change the way you feel or even the way someone else feels about you. For example, red is a color of strength and confidence so if you want to be more relaxed and calm don't wear red! Wear Green! If you'd like to see more about what each color represents you can visit www.nationaldaycalendar.com or google it. (It is National Nut Day as well so you may need to scroll a little to find National Color Day). 

Allow yourself to be more colorful and experience the fun and excitement with color filled activities with your children today. Color rainbows, play "I spy" using colors, and learn together. Even the store Michaels is celebrating this day with a FREE Coloring Time Event on Sunday, 10/25/2015 from 1pm-4pm. They provide the materials and you experience the fun! (Please call your local Michaels to confirm this event. This information is on their website, but events change from location to location. Thank you!)

Love to cook?

Love to cook?

Do you enjoy cooking? Does your child or children enjoy cooking as well? Have you heard of Kidstir? I was introduced to Kidstir by my cousin. She, along with her three children, absolutely loves it. Custom Kidstir kits are mailed to your house for you and your children to enjoy. The CEO states on the website, "We are moms who want to raise children who have a healthy and happy connection to food. We believe good food can be fun for kids-" You receive easy recipes, kid-size cooking equipment, and more. Kidstir have subscription options or on time purchase options. If you do not have children, these kits would be great gifts also! (Especially with Christmas right around the corner)

I am not getting endorsed to promote Kidstir, I just love this idea! I remember cooking in the kitchen with my mom as a child, and I really enjoy cooking with my eldest daughter. She has fun with it too. I like how easy Kidstir makes it. Everything is planned out and ready to go! I could write  more about Kidstir but you can go to their website for more detailed information: www.kidstir.com

Talk, Sing & Read

Talk, Sing & Read

It has been said that reading is important, especially in the first three years of a child's life. I was reading a quick, little article about the importance of reading with children and learned some interesting things. The statistics of how much children read (or are being read to) are surprisingly low. We have the opportunity to grow our children's literacy just by talking with them, singing a song to them (no matter how good or not so good you think you sound...hehe) & reading to them. We don't have to read long extravagant novels that could barely hold our attention, just simple little books that have a few sentence or so with some pictures. We can sing their favorite songs or ours, and just talk to them about the day.

The children love it! Eventually they'll even want to read to you, if they don't already. If you and your child/children do this already...AWESOME! You are "growing a reader". If not, you have the opportunity to begin now. Tater Tots Preschool is even having a Scholastic Book Sale currently. What a wonderful shot to take at growing and developing with your child/children. 

Did you get a chance to read the quick, little article? What do you think?

**Here is another small article from First5**

Learning with Play Dough

Learning with Play Dough

Who loves play dough? Most people, right? The children love to play with it and us parents...well...we like playing too, but dread the cleaning up part. Let's forget about the cleaning part for now and talk about learning with play dough. An awesome lady, Kim, has created a fun way of learn with play dough and cute mats. There are a few mat designs of the different seasons, but I am really drawn to the tree mat. She's created counting mats up to the number 10. You and your child can create the shape of each number together, as well as, make that many fruits (out of dough) to go on to the trees. Another awesome thing about this project is that these mats are available to download for free! Isn't that awesome!! Thank you, Kim! 

If you're super crafty, or not, you can even make your own dough. There are several recipes out there, but one I've used was here, and you don't even have to cook it. I didn't use the glycerin also.

Hope you enjoy learning and playing! 

(In case you missed where the links were to Kim's website: click "play dough and cute mats" and the recipe for the no cook play dough is linked under the word "here")

Back To School

Back To School

Back to school tax break!

Sounds great right!? Have you been hearing about this all over social media and the radio like I have? I was so disappointed when I found out that this is a No-Go for us Californians...boo! My first thought was, "aww man..this stinks" but then again there are some super awesome deals out there still. Even if we don't get a tax break, we can catch sales all over and not pay full retail! 
 

For example, H&M is offering 20% off your online or in-store purchase through 8/9 (You can get more info at their web page (HM.com). JC Penny, Target, Walmart, Staples, Old Navy and the Disney Store all have pretty awesome sales this week also. We went to Walmart just the other day and bought a few notebooks for only 17¢! Honestly, my top two stores are Target and Walmart. These store are like one stop shops with super good deals everywhere! Clothes...school supplies...groceries and more! At Target, along with sales everywhere, they have a bunch of clearance! What's cool is you can grab some brand new clearance shoes with an additional 20% off using Target's Cartwheel app. I 'heart' Target (hehe)!

We hope your are able to get out this week/weekend and get what you and your children need for school before all the good stuff is gone. More importantly before school begins.

Have a happy weekend & enjoy shopping!

Open House

Open House

This weekend we are hosting an Open House for new families interested in our school. The Open House will have fun activities, yummy snack to enjoy and the best teachers in town ready to play and interact with your children.

When? Friday 7/17 & Saturday 7/18

What Time? (Fri) from 6-8 pm. (Sat) from 12-4 pm.

WE can't wait to meet you!

RSVP at our event page on Facebook 

Spiritual Growth at Home

Spiritual Growth at Home

It's been said, seen, and even known that our children are great imitators. Especially at the preschool age and school-age of our children. Children are absorbing everything in their environment; physically, emotionally, and mentally. That is why it is so important that our children are not only  learning who God is from teachers at school, volunteers in Sunday school, and pastor at church, but at home for us, parents and guardians. It is so important for our children to have a rock solid foundation of who they are and what God's Truth is.

Where should we start? In the book, the Bible, God's word. Just like children memorize the lines in their favorite movies or the words to their favorite song, they can memorize the Word of the Lord. How? REPETITION! I think the whole world may know the words the Disney's Frozen song "Let it Go" just because of how much it was heard and played and repeated. Let's do this for our children with God's word (but not "play it out"...lol). As parents and guardians, we have so many resources at our disposal: Google, Pinterest, Tater Tots Preschool, (& of course) the Bible.  When googling "memory verses for children", I was brought to a link "10 Easy Bible Verses for Children to Memorize" from a website Ministry-to-Children. It's a perfect start for us and our children!

Another thing children love love love, is story time. Bed time is a perfect place to get our children settled down and begin learning the Bible stories God wrote in His word. There are so many different children Bibles to choose from. Even the Dollar Tree has little cardboard story books from the Bible. Find what works for you and your family and run with it. You will find that YOU, as well as, your children are growing in God's word and growing even closer to Him.