Saturday, May 30, 2015

Preschool ebook : Teaching Mama

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Recently I came across an awesome  E-book called The Preschool Journey.
Blogger Teaching Mama has put this E-book together. It covers everything from  :
* what to expect in a preschool and what is covered topic wise
* How to teach preschool at home
26 weeks of lesson plans centered around alphabet letters. The plans include an alphabet letter craft, games, hands-on activities, and a list of books to read with each letter
*Curriculum for an entire preschool year (for ages 2.5-5)

For a preview of this E-Book click here: 

To purchase this E-Book for $6.99   Click here to visit Teaching Mama.

I quite like this book and will use it to  cover preschool years with my youngest son.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fussy Eater Part 1


Mr Almost 3 years old, is a character.  Up until recently, it seemed he survived on air.
Then I saw Reese Witherspoon sum up how toddlers eat (well refuse to eat)
Check it out here it is funny.

Lately, My midget Dictator has taken to screaming his meal orders, his orders appear to be in either another language or he is making up words as he goes.

 This scene plays out pretty much daily:

"Beybrade fast breybrade fast!" he screams  whilst sprinting around the house, naked. (where are his clothes? he had clothes on about 2 minutes ago?!)

I manage to stop him , in his tracks. It is  stand off between us. We do the  sideways shuffle to see who can make an escape. I quickly grab him  as he attempts to make a run for it.

"are you hungry? where are your clothes?" I ask.
"clothes gone. Pants gone. " he replies.
So eventually, I understand that he has decided he would like some cereal.  I prepare  him a bowl and then sit him down, to eat.

He stares at it. He stares long and hard at this  bowl of cereal.

Then, he  pushes it away.  "Me no like this" he announces.
So I ask him , if he would like toast or fruit or yoghurt.
"No not hungry" He replies.

I attempt to entice him to eat some yoghurt. He shakes his head, saying "no". I try to feed him, myself in an attempt to get him to eat something. This kid has the moves of a ninja, he moves at the speed of light and dodges the spoon.  Somehow I am wearing most of the yoghurt & he is naked again...

30 minutes later, I find him in the cupboard. Eating sultanas...

Then, it was lunchtime.   I give him a sandwich, he sniffs it. Then licks it.  "me no like this sammich" He announces then throws it across the room.

While he naps, I plot to somehow  get food into him.  I imagine a slingshot and think, of how I can aim some food into him as he sprints by.  I think about how I could make pictures with his food, maybe that will work.

Did I mention, I am meant to hide his iron supplements in his food? Yes Somehow his pediatrician thinks, this task will be an easy task. I have concluded I need to hide his supplements inside some chocolate balls. I mean, who doesn't like chocolate? This kid could work for customs the way he can detect chocolate that I hide. 
My plan for today is to make some Milo Balls (recipe here).  He normally has his supplements after dinner. I will Post about if he eats them later tonight (or earlier in the morning).

*To Be Continued*

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sleep? What's that?

Ask any parent, when was the last time they had a great night's sleep and many will look at you like you are either crazy or just plain stupid.  For me, I think the last time I got a great night's sleep was 10 years ago...

Fast forward to present day, where the older 3 boys go off to bed around the same time. (High 5 mum for that one!)  Which leaves me to contend with the stubborn  almost 3 year old who seems to leave all his energy to be expelled during the hours of 10pm and 1am...
The best way to describe is he is like Hammy from Over the Hedge...



So last night, after having all my energy sucked out of me by the energy sucking almost 3 year old. I am convinced he is like a death eater from Harry Potter.  I decided to attempt, getting  this hyperactive dictator into his bed at 9:30pm.

By 10pm, I had put him in to his bed 100+ times.
"It's night time, Time for sleep now" I pleaded.
"No! me play! *insert yawn*" announced the dictator as he jumped on his bed...

I read him, his favourite story 10 times, as he yawns.
Awesome, he will be asleep soon, I think.
I was wrong.

I attempt to get him back into bed after he escapes the room 8 times. Where does this little Death eater get his energy from?  Has he been in to the coffee?

Then, he announces he is tired.  It is 12pm.

I crawl into my bed with him, I am too tired to keep trying to chase him around the house.  Within 15 minutes, he is snoring, smack bang in the middle of my bed, spread out like a star fish.

Do I dare move him and risk waking up this angelic looking Death Eater?

I decide not to move him, out of fear I will end up falling asleep on the floor of his bedroom, whilst he jumps on me.

You win, this round, Mr almost 3 year old.