Preschool Board

Done Board

I enrolled our little lady in preschool this week. Why is it that since we have had our kids, time can’t just slow down a little bit? It seems like yesterday we found out we were having our first baby and now she will be getting ready to start her many years of school life. I’m in a little bit of disbelief and not really ready for this step. However, time goes on and it’s our job as parents to let our littles grow up and become the people they are destined to be. She will do fantastic and even though it will be hard, I’m excited at the same time to watch what she does.

Anyway, now that I have gotten my sentimental rambling out of the way, this week I have been making a board for us to get ready for this next adventure. At first I was going to use foam board as the backing, although I didn’t really think that the Velcro was a good option to get the pieces that we would be using on and off of it. Then I remembered that automotive stores have those really large metal drip pans for changing oil and I thought it would be fun to make this board with magnetic pieces. However, I was not in love with the metal look the drip pan had, so I decided to spray paint it black to match the rest of the Mickey Mouse type décor that we have in the kids’ playroom.Board

Next, I had to decide what sort of things we should work on that would be age appropriate. I finally decided on date, time, weather, and season and proceeded to cut out colorful labels for each are using my Cricut and Xyron sticker maker. For the date area of the board, I found some school type practice writing sheets at the dollar store and wrote out each day of the week, each month, and the year on them. For the actual day of the month, I thought a postage note would work well and she could easily change that out on a daily basis. For the rest of the areas that we will work on, I decided to find clip art images and laminate them. Since she is only two at the moment I am using images of morning, afternoon, and night for the time area of the board. However, I did purchase a small open and close sign and cut the clock out and will use that with her when she is old enough to start telling time. I then attached magnets to all of my items and our board was ready to go! I attached it to the wall in the playroom using command strips and put all of our pieces in a basket that I found in the dollar section at Target. I am thrilled with the way it turned out and am happy to report that she loves playing with it and learning as she goes!Pieces

Thanks for reading and as always have a happy day!

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The Chore Store

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In my last post, I shared my daughter’s new chore chart that we started using to introduce tasks that she needs to help with on a daily basis. Today, I am going to share the fun way my husband and I decided to reward her and teach her a little bit about money management.

A long time ago I saw a post on Pinterest about a basket that a parent had put together in which their children could “shop” from, and my husband and I fell in love with the idea and stored it in the back of our brains till the time came that our daughter would start earning some money. When I told him I was going to start making the chore chart, we started discussing items that would go into our chore store and how we would reward her for the chores that she completed.

The terms of her monetary reward are pretty simple. For every task she completes, she earns ten cents. She has nine tasks each day and if she has a dot on each item at the end of the day she gets a ten cent “bonus”. Therefore, she has the potential for $1 a day. At the end of the week we are going to take out her “store” and let her spend whatever money she has whichever way she wants.

The basket of items are pretty much all things that we have found at the dollar store, dollar section of target, “gift certificates” I have made for her for things that she loves, and some treats that she really enjoys. All the items are priced from $.50 to $15 with the higher items being things that we know she will REALLY want, such as a Starbucks “coffee”. The purpose here is to show her that sometimes you need to save for items that you really want and work hard for it.Items

On top of this we want her to really earn money to put in her savings account. Therefore, I thought that since all of the items in the basket are priced above what they actually cost, I would use the extra money that she gives us for “buying” her items and put that in a special piggy bank that will eventually go into her account.

Hope you enjoy this idea and have a happy day!

Names and Faces Book

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I have wanted to do a names and faces book ever since my daughter’s first Christmas, but never got around to it. Therefore, this Christmas when we were struggling with gift ideas for my son, I decided to finally make it happen. I had seen the one that could be ordered from Shutterfly and loved it, but I did not love the fact that when it was done, I couldn’t add to it. Our extended family has changed a lot in the past year and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down in the foreseeable future. So, I decided to make my own by taking pictures I had and adding the people’s names to them using Picmonkey and then printing them out. After this step my original plan was to simply put them in a photo album and call it a day. However, inspiration struck again while I was at Hobby Lobby and I decided to make a really quick and simple scrapbook out of it using an 8×8 album. I love the way it turned out and look forward to adding new pages for him soon!

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Have a Happy Day!