Hidden Pictures Are Puzzles, Too!

Puzzles for Young Learners

If I were to ask you all to think back (waaay back for some of us!) and tell me one thing that you remember about your childhood doctor's visits, I'm sure many of you would call out Highlights Magazines. Highlights for Children magazines have been around for nearly 70 years. My mother used to read them, I read them as a child, and now Ayva's a Highlights fan! In honor of National Puzzle Day, my friends at Highlights sent samples from their Puzzle Club collection for Ayva to test out. … [Read more...]

Chocolate Valentine’s Day Lollipops

Chocolate Valentine's Day Lollipops - Mama Knows It All

So, y'all know how I practically live in Target, right? Well, for the past couple of weeks, every time we'd go in, I'd see the cutest heart sprinkles in the Dollar Spot section and I had been trying to figure out how to make use of them. As we were strolling through the aisles, making our normal rounds, we ended up in the baking aisle where a spotlight seemed to be shining on lollipop sticks. A lightbulb went off, and I knew right away what I'd do with those adorable sprinkles. Chocolate. … [Read more...]

Rock Necklace and Children’s Church Activity

Rock Necklace

Once a month, Terrence and I serve our church by leading the K-3rd Children's Church group. Our Youth Ministry Leader, Sugar, sets us up by giving us the lesson that we're going to teach in enough time for us to study the text that the lesson is based on, and come up with activities to engage the children. It was just a couple of years ago that I was writing curriculum for these very grade levels, so you'd think that I have a ton of ideas up my sleeve to pull out when it's our time to teach. … [Read more...]

Preschool Style: Tough Little Valentine

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In our house, we wear pink. No matter how I try to encourage Ayva to try other colors, she can't help herself. She's just drawn to rosy, bubblegum colors! This Christmas, however, my Mother-In-Law bought Ayva a beautiful red dress, and she fell in love with it right away. The chic cable of the dress mixed with the sweet little bit of tulle sticking out from underneath the hem melted my heart a little, and I couldn't wait to see Ayva wearing it. I usually let Ayva pick out her own outfits … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King, Jr. – I Have A Dream Pillow

I Have A Dream Pillow cover

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  is just around the corner, and if you're the parent or teacher of a preschooler or other early learner, I'm sure you're looking for activities to teach your little one more about Dr. King and his legacy.  "I Have A Dream" speech is Dr. King's most famous speech, and is typically the way that young children are introduced to the Civil Rights leader. … [Read more...]

Books To Teach Children About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Books for Little Kids About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you're looking for a way to teach your young child about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., there's no shortage of literature that will introduce your early learner to the Civil Rights leader. From stories about Dr. King as a young boy, to the history of his fight for equal rights, and even a beautifully illustrated book featuring his famous, "I Have A Dream" speech, there's sure to be something interesting for every stage of learning. The following books are a great resource for parents or … [Read more...]

Preschool Style: Tips for Shopping For Little Girls

Clothes for Preschoolers -Tea Collection

I had no idea, until I had Ayva, that buying clothes for a little girl would turn into one of my most favorite hobbies. In fact, shortly after Ayva turned a year old, I had to put myself on a shopping restriction for a month. I was out of control! Between my family and friends buying Ayva stuff, and my obsession with itty bitty jumpers, the girl could have probably gone a year without wearing the same thing twice. Now that she's in preschool, I'm not quite as bad. But I'm still pretty bad. What … [Read more...]

DIY Fishing For Good Works Game

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Not only are Terrence and I newly married, but we've also joined a new ministry at church together. We have been so fortunate to have a lot of great couples lead the kids in our church in worship, and serve in Children's Church on Sundays while we were in service. This year, we asked to be a part of the rotation of Ministry Leaders, and today was our official first day! Both Terrence and I have years of experience with working with young people, but teaching them about salvation is definitely … [Read more...]

How To Pack Cool Lunches

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Starting next week, Ayva will be joining the ranks of legions of preschoolers before her. In addition to moving up to the afternoon class at her school, she'll also be eligible to participate in Lunch Bunch! She had a sneak peek during summer camp, where she was able to stay for an extra hour at the camp and eat lunch with her friends. During the school year, she'll have lunch before class starts, twice per week. As I discovered during our Lunch Bunch trial run, coming up with lunches day after … [Read more...]

Y Ayva Got A Rag Doll Backpack

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I knew exactly what I was getting into when I did it. It was a conscious decision, and one that I made all on my own. I have no one to blame but myself. When I decided to take the uber popular girl's name  Ava, add a Y to it for flavor, and call my child "Ayva", I sealed her fate for the rest of her life. She'll never be able to walk into a gift shop at an amusement park and purchase a ready made personalized item. It's just not going to happen. Since I don't believe Ayva should have to pay for … [Read more...]