Turn Reading a Children’s Book into a Lesson Plan

Review of Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel What’s better than inspirng children’s curiosity? One way to do that is to read a children’s book to your charge then continue doing activities inspired by the book. Today, we hope our Weekly Trip to the Library for nannies and au pairs will inspire child […]

More Fun Summer Reading Learning for Nannies and Au Pairs

Make an Alphabet Book You will need photos of the child and their family and friends, a photo album or scrap book, and some paper and markers. In the scrapbook or photo album assign each page as a letter in the alphabet, and make sure the pages are in alphabetical order. Then, have the child […]

Summer Counting and Number Activities for Nannies and Au Pairs to Do With Children

Illustrate a Counting Book In this activity the child will combine counting with reading and writing. Read and compare a variety of counting books together. Discuss what goes into a good counting book. Are accurate illustrations important? Does a story make the counting book more interesting? Plan to make a counting book. You may choose […]

Alphabet Activity to do With Children

Eating the Alphabet Children who are read to at home actually do better in reading at school. In addition, the child is exposed to new vocabulary words and how they sound. The child also gains familiarity with books and learns that print is read from left to right. This activity may require a trip to […]

Nap Nanny Baby Recliners Recalled After Reports of Suffocation, Entrapment, Falls

Nannies, Do You Use the Nap Nanny? According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission about 30,000 Nap Nannys were recalled. Only the first generation Nap Nanny Infant recliners are included. Consumers will be given an $80 voucher towards the purchase of a newer Nap Nanny. A 4-month-old baby died while using a Nap Nanny […]

Summer Learning Activities for Nannies and Au Pairs

Playing Matching Activities to Help Children Read Matching games help children develop good memory skills needed to read. Below are some fun matching games to encourage memory skills in young children. A, B, See it! Write a letter of the alphabet on the top of a piece of paper in a notebook. Give the notebook […]

Having Fun with the School’s Summer Reading List

Summer Reading Reading to your charges is important. It gives you time to bond. It tells the children that reading is important. It lets you share your knowledge and ideas with children. Reading calms children down when transitioning to nap time or bedtime. If you care for children attending school this Autumn we hope you […]

Have You Ever Been Mistaken As Your Charge’s Mother?

Mother Mistaken for the Nanny of Her Mixed-Race Daughter by Colleen EganWe posted this link to parentdish web site on our Be the Best Nanny Newsletter Facebook Page and asked if nannies have ever been mistaken as their charge’s mother and got some cute responses. So, we want to know if our blog readers have […]

Your Backyard Herb Garden by Miranda Smith

Weekly Trip to the Library This week we discussed the dangers of pesticides and the need to use bug spray and how to use insect repellent safely. Here is another option. You can make insect repellent out of herbs. Herbal insect repellents work. They can help keep flies away from the dinner table, fleas off […]

Using Bug Spray for Nannies and Au Pairs

Yesterday we discussed the link between pesticides and ADHD. Despite the dangers of pesticides, there are also plenty of dangers caused by being bitten by bugs. We summarize an article by CBS News on proper use of bug spray below. The Centers for Disease Control warns about the dangers of the West Nile virus, which […]