Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 10, 2011

Memories: Puppet Theater

This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.

Some parents feel that their children may be too young or too old for plays-I am here to assure you they aren’t! Dramatic play is an important skill to master at any age! By using their imagination or a story to role play, your child is able to connect to others, build language skills, think abstractly, problem solve, discover leadership skills, and so much more!

A couple of months ago my son and I made a puppet theater from a cereal box and this month we are making some more puppets that are holiday themed. He has moved on from the cereal box theater and onto using a bigger “stage” as you can see above. We put on shows at least once a week and I have seen him take these skills and apply them to independent playing. Spending role playing time with Will allows me to act silly and release some steam also! In fact, we sometimes use these plays as learning experiences so that I can teach an important life skill such as sharing or showing manners. By using “characters” to portray correct actions has a much deeper effect on him as opposed to me just stating a rule. I also absolutely adore seeing how his imagination works when he creates his own story lines! Below are some items you may find helpful in creating your own plays with your family!
GuideCraft Royal Tabletop Puppet Theater
1 Dozen Velour Animal Hand Puppets Kids TOY Preschool Kindergarten
24 Safari Zoo Theme Finger Puppets

November 10, 2011

What to Stockpile During the Holidays

In order to maintain an adequate grocery stockpile, you need to know when you will find the best prices on certain grocery items.  At the beginning of the summer, prices on condiments are at their lowest.  The time between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is best to assess your need for mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, and salad dressings.  Most of these items have a shelf life of around six months.  When these items go on sale and you can buy them for less than $1, plan to stock up for the next six months.

The same principle applies during November and December when items such as canned vegetables, soup, broth, gravy, hot chocolate, stuffing, and baking goods are typically on sale.  Take some time to figure out what you will need for holiday dinners and baking and buy enough to cover these events.  Additionally, be sure to purchase enough to carry you through another few months.

Our family enjoys soup and sandwiches on a regular basis during the winter months.  We also like to have some soup on hand throughout the year.  We have a shelf in the basement dedicated to soups, broths and tomatoes.  By the end of October, this shelf tends to be just about empty.  My goal is to fill this shelf with what we will need for the next 6-9 months so I am not faced with having to pay full price in the middle of the summer.

By budgeting for and knowing when you’ll find the best prices for stockpile items, you can avoid ever having to pay full price.



November 8, 2011

Chutzpah: Saying NO

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment.

We wait for years for our children to talk. Then they find the word “NO”. We then begin to wish they never learned how to speak. We are going through the “No” phase. I am comforted by the fact that my children say “NO Thank You.” The trick is to teach then when they have a choice and when they do not. I am working on balancing their independence with their responsibilities. My daughter was asked to take a bath. She replied “No Thanks mom” I explain this was something that was required. That resulted in a series of “No.” I said, “No” and that means “NO” responses from her. I tried not to last since she was merely repeating my directives.

I had to switch my tactics and explain that life is full of choices and this isn’t one of those time. She said, she can’t tell time. I just gave up and offered to get out the bubble bath. I think sometimes in life you just need to speak their language.




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November 8, 2011

Crafting with Kids: Let Your Child Call the Shots

Meet Stephanie! She’s a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!!

Let Your Child Call the Shots

Children tend to show more of their creativity if they are in control and able to call the shots. “WOAH, STOP! Did you just say LET MY CHILD CONTROL THE SITUATION?!?! YOU’RE NUTS!!” I know that is exactly what you are thinking. Try to follow me the next couple minutes.

The trick is making sure your child feels like they are in control. Just like in many other situations with parenting you give your child choices that you would approve of giving them ‘control’. Same goes for art projects. I always start ours by saying “Would you like to get messy today?” Not only does her answering this question make her feel in control of the situation but, also gets her excited about the upcoming project! Before asking I am sure to have a couple choices for messy and non-messy projects. Once I know if she wants to get messy or not I offer up my project ideas and I let her pick the project she desires. This gives her the feeling of being in control while Mom and Dad are comfortable and happy with the choice that was made as well .

November 7, 2011

Karla's Korner: Slow Down

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Slow Down!

As I began to think about my topic for this week, the words patience and slow down kept rolling through my mind. Thinking about the idea of patience and waiting for something, I thought about my preschool students and the excitement they have for the arrival of Christmas. Sometime shortly after Halloween, someone will bust in my classroom and say “Ms. Karla, Ms. Karla, I saw Santa Claus at the mall!” Now it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and Santa has already made his way to the mall. From that time until the last day of school before our Christmas break, everyone is making lists, talking about what they want for Christmas, making countdown calendars, Advent chains and impatiently waiting for the big day. I remember one student telling me a few years ago..”Santa needs to hurry up”. When that particular student returned to preschool in January, I asked him, “Hey, what did Santa bring you?” The answer “well ummmm he brought, uh, he brought…I don’t remember.” How many times do we think we want something, we hurry up and get it and then once it’s here, we’ve lost interest? We realize it’s just not what we thought we wanted. Continue reading