International Red Panda Day

Red Panda Activities My youngest Nanny Kid loves visiting the red panda at the local zoo. Since today is International Red Panda Day she made a red panda out of paper plates, pastels, and paper. Click here to print a work sheet about red pandas, print out a bunch of free red panda coloring pages by clicking […]

Penguin Fun: Crafts and Books

Trip to the Library What child doesn’t like penguins? And now that’s it is cold outside we are reading and doing more indoor crafts. So, this week I borrowed books from the library about penguins and we made some penguins from different shapes cut out from colored construction paper. Read the books to the kids […]

Thanksgiving Day Parade Book and Activities

Balloons Over Broadwayby Melissa Sweet The kids I care for are going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on November 26 (Thanksgiving morning) so I borrowed Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet from the library to prepare them for the fun and festivities. But if your charges aren’t goingto the parade they will still love watching the […]

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Weekly Trip to the Library Prepare kids for fall nature walks with this bright, informative celebration of leaves by Ken Robbins. Acclaimed photographer Ken Robbins lets the blazing colors of 13 North American deciduous trees shine without technical assistance. Robbins provides life-sized reproductions of leaves, shown clearly against a white background, making it easy to […]

15 Best Rhyming Books for Beginning Readers

 Rhyming Improves Reading, Spelling and Writing There is a reason that children’s books rhyme. When teaching reading and spelling, patterns using rhyming words really helps. For example, if a child can read the word cat, they can figure out how to spell bat, fat, hat, mat, and sat just by replacing the beginning letter. Research […]

Gus Gets Scared and Activities

Weekly Trip to the Library Have the kids you cared for ever been scared? Of course they have. That’s why Gus Gets Scared is a great book to read with your charges. Gus is an adventurous little rhino who has just gotten a new tent. Will he be brave enough to sleep outside all night? Gus Gets […]

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon and Projects

Weekly Trip to the Library A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon is a great book for teaching individuality. This teaches kids that it is okay to be yourself, to like things that other people may not like, to be good at something that other people may think is strange or different and to not […]

Learn About Birds and Make a Bird Feeder

Weekly Trip to the Library It’s Spring and the kids I care for are waking to the friendly chirps of birds migrating back to their neighborhood again. I am having so much fun with the five-year-old pointing out red robins, cardinals, chickadees, blue jays, and even woodpeckers during our local travels because we are learning […]

Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman

Positive Message of Different Families – But Check With Parents Before Reading it to Your Charges If you work for a nontraditional family or would like to help sensitize the children you care for to different types of families we recommend reading Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman. But, you should discuss the book with the […]

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and Grow a Seed Project

Weekly Trip to the Library The Tiny Seed By Eric Carle is the perfect book to read in the Spring. The short board book follows the life of a seed. This mini-book includes a piece of detachable seed-embedded paper housed on the inside front cover. Readers can plant the entire piece of paper and watch as their very […]