Friday, June 7, 2013

No Child Left Inside Week

Better vision is one of the rewards of kids’ playing outside. (
June 10-15, 2013 
This is the time to get outside.  I think it's kind of ironic because usually in June this is not a problem to get outside because it's such nice weather.  It would be awesome to have this week during a time when it's harder to get outside and you have to be creative to do things outside.  Anyways, get up and move outside.  The movement is to emphasis how important it is for children to learn and grow while in their outside environment.  I just love to go up in the mountains and breathe the fresh air, hear a musical river run, and feel the dirt and the sand in your hand.  If you live in Cache Valley there are events everyday of this week.  It is especially for elementary aged children. Click here: For a list of these activities 
Here are some simple ideas you can do with your kids to get outside:
Have a scavenger hunt at a park
Have a picnic at a local park or just in your own back yard
Go camping
Play Frizbee
Play catch
Go insect hunting
Take a walk to visit someone who is ill or elderly
Play catch with your dog
Play follow leader with your whole family and have each person choose a way to walk
Mother May I
Red Rover
Duck Duck Goose
Go weed your garden or a neighbors
Invite a friend and their kids to the park and have a playdate in the park
Grab a coin and take a walk-when you get to a corner flip a coin to see if you turn left or right see where you end up.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Drops of Awesome


I just read a blog post by Kathryn Thompson whose blog is entitled "The Daring Mom" that was truly inspiring to me (Thank you Tracy for sharing it with me).  I would encourage you all to read this to really get a feel for her thoughts on Drops of Awesome.   Basically her idea (inspiration) in a nutshell is that as we do things in our life that are good we should acknowledge it and let it encourage us to continue the good and not let thoughts of doubt and discouragement fill our lives.  She give some real life examples of things that she does and the thoughts that creep in.  It was so real for me because I do it all the time.
For me this is a real life example of something I did today that I tried "Drops of Awesome" on.  My daughter, Pumpkin, got sick a few nights ago and threw up on her floor.  It was yucky.  In my half daze, because it was 1:00 am I cleaned it up the best I could and put both of us back in bed.  Well today as I went into their room I could still smell that it wasn't quite clean enough.  So I got out the Kirby and Wet cleaned the carpet.  It felt so good and now it smells again lovely in their room.  Because I just read this article I really wanted to focus on the good I did.  I have to admit their was a few thoughts in my mind of, "look how much junk came out of this carpet, I can't believe you haven't cleaned this carpet once since you have moved in this house.  But I quickly remembered her thoughts of "Drops of Awesome" and said self, you have done a great thing in getting this room clean.  I want to keep this up and do another room next week.  It didn't take all that much time and it really felt good to get a deep clean in that room.
Do you find yourself being critical of yourself and letting thoughts of negativism come into your life even when you are doing something good and trying to be a good Mom?  Then this post is just for you.  Just as it was for me!
Just from me to you, You are an amazing Mom!  You do so many things that are Awesome!  Keep it up!  Keep smiling and being a great example of awesome to your kids.  Remember that you are not perfect and are not expected to be.  Christ will make up the difference for you!  Keep him close to your heart and he will fill up the rest of the cup when you are filling empty!  I know he will because he does for me so often.
Keep the Faith!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Free At-home Preschool Program

Free Preschool in Utah

Do you have a child who will be starting Kindergarten in the Fall of 2014?  Listen up!
The Upstart Program is now recruiting for preschool students for the next year.  Upstart is a Utah state-funded, computer-based preschool program that will prepare your four-year-old for kindergarten with a fun start in reading, math, and science in just 15 minutes a day.
The program is Free and it provides COMPLETE lessons in beginning reading, math, and science.
Your child will love the Easy-to-use books, songs, and activities.
The quality of the program is topnotch.
There is limited openings so Go Online or Call Now (1-800-669-4533)to register for your child who will be starting Kindergarten in Fall 2014.
You may also qualify for the use of a free computer and internet service.
I have had two children do this preschool program and have loved it.  I'm planning on buying the software so I can continue using it with my children and my preschool students.  I do believe that it will academically prepare your child for kindergarten but the social aspect and listening to another adult in a class room setting is just as essential as the academic part.  So if you can I would do both, the upstart program and preschool.

My other posts about Upstart Program for more information (I must really like this program!):
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