Did you know that December and January are big months for starting to homeschool? Of course, the biggest surge of new homeschoolers usually falls in August or September. This is a natural time for beginning because it aligns with the traditional start of the school year, and gives parents an opportunity to feel as though they are keeping in line with public or private school students.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays are here. For many of us the frenzy has begun- decorating, shopping, wrapping, holiday parties, school parties, baking, and overly excited children. It can make for a stressful time of year. I love the holidays and everything that comes with it- the Christmas music, decorations, holiday treats, family time, and special memories.
Healthy Bean and Vegetable Whole Wheat Wrap Do you need an idea for a quick, easy meal that does not require cooking? Well these wraps are super nutritious and easy as 1-2-3 to put together and get on the table. My kids love wraps and this one is definitely healthy and filling.
Now more than ever is a perfect time to teach your kids about saving money. Make this great Monkey bank with your preschooler or prek student.
Money Matters- Lessons to Teach your Kids about Money- Saving, Spending and Donating
This is a great article to help parents teach kids about saving money, donating to charity, and allocating money for spending.
Fun Kids Game
Hide and Seek Kids Game
Let your kids have fun while learning their numbers-let your kids play hide and seek with Zoomer.
I dread dinner time. Mostly because I'm never prepared. Dinner time sneaks up on me and I'm left with hungry, cranky children and a blank mind as to what to fix for dinner. Avivia Goldfarb's Six O'clock Scramble to the rescue!
Kids get so excited when they lose that first tooth. And let's admit it ... we get sort of excited too when the ToothFairy comes to visit the first time. It's fun to make a memorable event out of losing a "baby" tooth and if you haven't thought about what you will do, here are some suggestions.
One of the most important things you can do to help your child develop into a well-rounded individual is to nurture their awareness of self and how they interact with their peers and siblings. Children should learn, at an early age, how to make simple choices and solve simple problems. They need to learn that everything isn't about only them and that they need to be respectful of others.
Need a great new soup recipe? Well this one is perfect for Fall and Winter. The best time to try it out is after Thanksgiving when you are left with a little turkey, a little cranberry sauce, and other odds and ends. This Soup is easy, takes less than 30 minutes to make and cook.
(Chicago) The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added Web sites this fall to Great Web Sites for Kids (www.ala.org/greatsites), its online resource containing hundreds of links to commendable Web sites for children.
Although Congress passed new laws that go into effect February 10, 2009, that make selling toys with chemicals called phthalates illegal, manufacturers are rushing to dispose of their current inventories. So, unfortunately, buyers will have to be especially careful this holiday season when choosing toys for their children. These toys are expected to be well discounted, making them even more attractive to unsuspecting buyers.
We will focus on providing ideas for play, games and worksheets that help your kids grow (by having fun of course) through observation and experiments, and games that improve listening skills and some ideas that are about having fun and family time. And ideas for healthy living and getting your kids up and moving which is so important for kids to do.
Today's Activity- a Great Activity for Every Day of the Week
At Ziggity Zoom we have lots of activities, games, coloring pages, fitness and searching games and educational worksheets. We also have great ideas for easy dinners and snacks.
Come check out our daily tips, ideas and activity every day for a new idea to inspire you to have fun and teach your kids new things!
I am one of the co-creators of ZiggityZoom, LLC and I was featured as a Hybrid Mom of the week at www.hybridmom.com It read the article go to: Click for Story about Kristin Pierce Fitch on www.hybridmom.com HybridMom.com is a great site for moms. It has a good mix of inspiration, helpful articles and insight for moms. It is fresh and interesting-check it out when you have a chance.
Ask a bunch of preschoolers what themes they like best and the majority will name Princess, for girls, and Pirate, for boys. Two of the next favorite themes are Mermaids and Robots. So, if you happen to be planning a party or event to include young kids, these themes are definite winners!
It's not too early to start thinking about decorating for the 4th of July. Are you planning a backyard picnic or barbeque to celebrate the 4th? Well, here at Ziggity Zoom, we've cooked up two great crafts to do with your kids. Kids love to be involved with parties and celebrations, so check these out.
It is that time of year again. Time to celebrate Fatherhood and and make dads feel special on Father's Day. We have an easy, affordable gift you can make with your kids for dad that he will appreciate and use again and again. It is an original t-shirt recognizing dad or what dad loves to do.
We have created several different t-shirt designs for dad and grandad so you can give dad a special shirt he can wear throughout the year to remember how much you appreciate him.
They’ve worked together continuously for ten years now, the mother working on her art and design, the daughter on her licensing business, promoting the mother. They’ve pitched toy & game companies, tv production studios, manufacturers, anyone who seemed to have interest in art, character or game design. They’ve had some successes, a children’s book series, a boardgame and lots of product. But everything was always in someone else’s control. Last year they changed all that.
Green makes the world go round. It seems more than ever before, many kids today do not understand how parents make money, how they decide to spend, save, donate and invest their money or how they have to allocate the household income. To many kids money is just a means to an end. They want something and they need money to get what they want. With the prevalence of television, computers, radio and peer-pressure present in a majority of kids daily lives, children are bombarded by more and more commercials and messages to consume more and more material possessions than ever before. And many parents give in and buy their kids many of the possessions their kids beg them for. I believe the perfect time to teach your kids about money begins when they are very small. Start when they are as young as 2 to 3 years old. Of course for a very little child, they can only comprehend a little bit about money, but it is your actions that are important at this age. Decide what messages you want to teach your child when they are older, such as, you have to make smart choices about how you spend your money; you have to budget so you have enough money for rent, food, a car, gas, utilities, savings, and spending money. Although your kids may be very young and you might think you do not have to think about money talks yet, this is when to start the foundation that you will build upon for when they get to be pre-teen and teens.
Parents often say, “I hope when my child goes off to college or moves out they make the right decisions.” Or “I hope they can take care of themselves.”What I would say to those parents is- it is the early lessons they learn from us that allow them to succeed in life. This is not an article coming from an academic but rather a parent that wants the best for her own children and who was a child and has grown into an adult and observed hundreds of others move through these stages with varying degrees of success. First of all, the truth is that the earlier we start teaching our children important lessons and give them responsibility, the easier it will be to continue those lessons as our children reache their teenage years and approach their twenties. If we want to raise a child that will be a responsible, productive adult, who can take care of themself, we need to start paying attention to the messages we are giving our children even when they are very young. Of course, we should put having fun and allowing kids to explore their worlds first, but we should be slowly introducing money management, teamwork, household responsibility, ownership and social cooperation to our children. Start Teaching Lessons Early By the time your child is 3 you can already have them help you with easy tasks around the house. When you are doing laundry, allow your child to help you. Let them help carry the clothes or put them in the dryer or help you pour the detergent in the washer. It is fun to help mom at that age and without even saying anything you are starting to lay the foundation for teamwork, cooperation and household responsibility.
Today there are so many kids with food allergies and we want to help those families that have that additional challenge to consider when preparing food, buying food, looking for food allergy resources, and keeping their child safe.
You can be a great example to your kids and show them what recycling is really all about on a personal level that they can help implement. Start saving items that you might normally discard that can be used for some of the fun projects here on Ziggity Zoom.
As longtime lovers of children's picture books, we at Ziggity Zoom have to confess to having a favorite author/illustrator from way back in the early 80's. One of us was only in early grade school at the time, but you see how even small children can form attachments, early on, to their favorite books and their authors.
Go Baby Go: Kickin' Bobbin' Gym
Birth to 3 years by Fisher Price
Activity Gym that will provide hours of fun..., lights, music and action
We think this gym has great colors, a fun design and great new features your baby or toddler will love.
It is no secret that the world is facing a food epidemic. There are more overweight and obese children and adults than ever before. But beyond that, there are so many other concerns that are tied into the food epidemic that need to be addressed and every one of us is responsible to ourselves and our families to understand better what we are putting into our mouths and work on putting the right foods into our bodies.
I have 3 boys. 2 of them are in elementary school. I am a member of the PTA and a chairperson for our school. I have lots of teacher appreciate ideas I will post this week but here are a few notes and drawings my son gave to his teacher I thought you might like.
Does your family go through a ton of paper towels and napkins?
Here is an easy way to save money and help out the environment at the same time. Buy 1-3 packs of brightly colored, cotton cloth napkins, bar towels or wash clothes and a few dish towels. Use the small cloth napkins or towels for your family at breakfast, lunch and dinner instead of using paper towels or paper napkins and use a dish towel to dry hands after washing them. Just remember to switch out the hand towel daily for a clean one and let air dry between uses. The cloth napkins are great because you can let kids pick their own color or assign a favorite color to everyone in the family. Just make sure to have enough to get through several meals before you have to wash them. At my house some of the cloth napkins need to be washed after 1 use and others can be used again before being washed.
The cost breakdown- the average family goes through several rolls of paper towels a month. My family was using at least 1 roll of paper towels every week and some weeks we were going through them even faster. In an average year, we spend $60.00-80.00 on paper towels and create several trash cans full of trash from those paper towels. By using cloth napkins and dish towels, in place of paper towels most of the time, you can cut down on your trash, your monthly cost for paper products and help to reduce our use of paper goods that come from forests.
I am always trying to fit in more fruits and vegetables to my kids diet. In their lunches I often put the fruit cups that do not have added sugar or apple sauce cups (the natural ones without corn syrup or sugar or anything else added).