Straw and Pipe Cleaner Geometry

Creative Wednesday Teaching shapes is fun. Using simple materials, my 8-year-old charge created squares, triangles, diamonds, quadrangles, and more. Older kids can be more creative and make 3-D shapes such as cubes. Build them, take them apart, and start all over again. You Will Need: Pipe Cleaners Straws Safety Scissors What to Do: Show the […]

11 Children’s Books for Earth Day

Weekly Trip to the Library It is Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Here are some great children’s […]

Do You Correct Your Nanny Kid’s Homework?

Reading the book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey has been life-changing for the way I support my youngest nanny kid during homework. I admit I used to hover, tried to help when they moaned or cried, and would double check […]

“Mossy” by Jan Brett and Activities

Weekly Trip to the Library Mossy is an eastern box turtle who loves the pond so much that she spends all of her time there. Moss, plants, and flowers begin to take root on her shell. Dr. Carolina and her niece Tory are thrilled to find Mossy in the reeds, and they take her up […]

Corn Casserole

Cooking With Kids I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love corn. This is a simple and basic corn casserole recipe found on nearly every recipe web site. Children are more apt to try new foods they are allowed to help make. So be sure to have them help gather the ingredients, measure, […]

10 Ways for Parents to Respect Nanny Professional Boundaries

If parents are reasonable and conscientious about respecting job boundaries of their caregivers, they will get better job performance from their nannies. 10 Ways for Parents to Respect Nanny Professional Boundaries: 1. Sign a work agreement.  Detail the job responsibilities, house rules, emergency procedures, work schedule, vacation and sick time procedures, compensation, pay frequency, communication […]

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs

Creative Wednesdays I thought I had tried making all kinds of eggs working as a nanny for the past 25-years until I heard about melting crayons on hot boiled eggs. First, I let the kids sprinkle crayons shavings onto eggs. Then they used crayons to draw on hot eggs. Drawing on hot eggs works much […]

Games and Toys for Passover

Products Nannies Love What I love most about Passover is that it is a wonderful Seder that uses symbolism and a story to teach children about their religious history. Children also learn through play. Here are our favorite games and toys to help teach children about Passover. Here are some children books about Passover to […]

10 Great Saint Patrick’s Day Children’s Books

Weekly Trip to the Library Saint Patrick’s Day is today in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a […]

St. Patrick’s Day Counting Fun

Creative Wednesdays Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up making it the perfect time to make this easy counting game. A common symbol of the Irish holiday is the pot of gold protected by leprechauns at the end of rainbows. So we made this simple counting game of putting paper coins on a paper pot. You […]