Mondrian Sidewalk Chalk Art

Creative Wednesdays Known for his Modernism abstract paintings, Piet Mondrian used the simplest combination of straight lines and right angles, creating geometric shapes of bold primary colors. After showing the kids paintings by Mondrian and reading “Coppernickel Goes Mondrian” go outside to make similar art using sidewalk chalk. Of course on a rainy day you […]

Summer Reading Reward Coupons

Good Behavior Reward Coupons Summer is here and the perfect time to create a reading program for your charges. You should create a specific reading chart and a reward system to encourage each individual child to enjoy reading while off from school. I simply googled reading charts online to find a reading chart each of […]

Summer Learning with Toad and Frog

Review of Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel What’s better than inspiring 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 […]

Fun for Nannies and Au Pairs: Teaching with Clifford’s Big Idea

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs When children are given opportunities to try new things, they gain confidence and belief in themselves. Learning about one’s own potential early in life can help motivate and inspire young children to become the best they can be! Read Clifford’s Family (Clifford’s Big Ideas)and Clifford […]

123 to the Zoo by Eric Carle

Make Going to the Zoo a Learning Experience for the Kids The summer is approaching (even started for some) and time for nannies and au pairs to prepare fun and safe activities to do with kids. At the same time, we need to keep the kids’ brains form turning into mush in what is often […]

A Week of Children’s Book Activities for Nannies and Au Pairs

Alexander and the Terrible , Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst This week’s children’s book is Alexander and the Terrible , Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. After the book review are activities meant to supplement the story. There is one activity for each day of the work week. […]

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 […]

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 […]