Monthly Archives: April 2014

INVOLVING CHILDREN IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS-Arc March & Visit

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For our community project this March, we raised money (and a few of the kids walked in the walk as well) for the Annual Arc March. Since I like the kids to be able to be hands on in our projects, not only did we graph who raised money and how much, but we took a visit to one of the Arc locations and did an activity with the kids there so we could learn a little bit more about the Arc (https://www.arceci.org/).

Skills Learned During This Project:
-Talked about helping others
-Read about disabilities
-Talked about how the children learn even though they are disabled
-Got to see in person some of the equipment the kids use (wheel chairs, speaking devices, noise cancelling headphones)
-Learned more about how to graph
-Counting
-Counting by 10’s

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Graphing the results of the money we raised for the Arc March

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Visiting one of the Arc Sites and doing an activity with the kids

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Getting ready to walk in the Arc March

FUN ACTIVITIES – Peep’s Play Dough

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This was by far one of my favorite playdoughs/clays we have ever made! We definitely be doing it again. Super easy, had most items on hand and is pretty inexpensive (I spent $2 on Peep’s, already had coconut oil and powdered sugar in my cupboard) and felt so neat to work with. The kids agree’d and said it was their favorite too (had one say “I want to play with this everyday!”), they really liked how it was warm also (since you have to microwave the Peep’s).

Only con we found was it does toughen up rather than soften up the longer you play with it, I think you could probably microwave it for a few seconds and it might soften a bit, but we didn’t try that yet…

RECIPE:  http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/51416/candy-play-dough
Photos below of  the process and us playing with it.

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Ingredients we used…
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Tearing up the Peeps & putting in the bowl                   Adding in the Coconut Oil
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The Peeps all big & puffy after being microwaved        What it started looking like as we added the powdered sugar

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Some items we got out to use with the dough…         The kids having fun with the dough

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The kids having fun with the dough

 

REFLECTIONS ON EARLY CHILDHOOD: Defiant Young Children and Toddlers: 5 Things Not to Do

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I was reading “Defiant Young Children and Toddlers: 5 Things Not to Do” this morning and it wasn’t really new information to me, as I have children with ADHD, ODD, Sensory Integration Disorder and possible OCD, so I have taken many parenting classes to learn about behaviors, but this is good information to remind parents about, because I know many parents are always thinking “why is my child doing this…”

As the article states, it’s hard not to compare your child to other children that seem to be calm all the time. But things to keep in mind are that child have no control over their daily lives, almost all their decisions are made for them (what they are to wear, what they are to eat, what time they will do everything) think how crazy you would get if you have little to no say in your day…

Another things to think about is your child’s communication skills. Are they verbal yet, or can they use typical baby signs to relay what they need? If not then this could be a big reason why they are having meltdowns. Not being able to communicate or effectively can be very frustrating for them.

And what about your child’s temperament? Some children are just born more easy going than others. A temperament is different than a personality. A personality can and will change over the years as the children age and acquire new likes and interests, but a temperament is permanent. Think back to when your child was a infant, did they sleep well, eat well, did they need lots of soothing? If so then that may be why you are experiencing what you are now.

And then the article mentions “is it ODD?”. I believe most of us know our children best and should have that gut feeling when we know it’s beyond just toddler tantrums, think about how often, how severe and over what types of things does your child get defiant about. It may be time to get a referral and have them assessed. It may not be ODD, but maybe they have a hearing or vision problem, even things like that can frustrate a child to the point of acting out.

To see some tips of what to avoid when your child is being defiant, reference the article below:
http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/defiant_toddles_and_young_children.htm