5 Cool Ideas to help you Ring in the New Year with Small Children! | New Year’s Eve Plans

Cool Ideas to Help You Ring In the New Year with Small Children

So you are staying in with your little ones on New Year’s Eve but you still want to have a Blast? Here are 5 cool suggestions that will keep everyone in the family enthused and involved.

Have a Dance Off.
With all of the new crazy dances out there, as parents you all need to partner up and show the little ones how it was done back in your day. Get your game face on and throw down the gauntlet. Challenge!

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#getdownmom #showemhowitsdone

#familydanceoff #love


Get Dressed Up.
Who says you can only get dressed up and act silly on Halloween? Get dressed up in your fanciest duds and pretend you are at a regal costume party. Or just put on your wackiest looks, but make sure once you place those costumes on that you remain in character for the entire night! Make sure to take a picture to document how you rang in the New Year! What a great keepsake.

family playing dress up


 

Learn How to Say Happy New Year in different languages.
This is an all-day activity but a fun way to start the countdown to your midnight. Learn how to say Happy New Year in different Languages and then when that time zone has its moment shout it out with glee. Maybe even pulling up images of different cultures celebrating on the internet would be fun as well. Go for it and get involved with Celebrating New Year as a Global citizen.

around the world new year


 

Put on a family talent show
Everyone has a unique talent or gift, why not pick New Year’s Eve to showcase it! Get your Shine on!

talent show


Build a Family Fort

family fort
Make finger foods, play board games and ring in the New Year together breaking up your old routine.
Get Creative and Have Fun!

Malaika@loftandlearn.com

Perk Up Your Living Room with A Reupholster Makeover! | DIY

Perk Up Your Living Room with A Reupholster Makeover!

Here’s a great DIY project submitted by Cheryl our DIY Mamma. Just a Quick makeover solution that can transform the entire feel of your living room. Pick one item of furniture and reupholster it to make it pop and stand out from the rest. Quick, simple, cool and refreshing.

Nice Look Cheryl!

#RSdesign #DIY #makeover

How to Make Sure Your Gifted Child is Challenged At School! | Education

How to Make Sure Your Gifted Child is Challenged At School!

#giftedchild #giftedchildchecklist #earlychildhoodeducation #realsimple #education
#giftedchild #giftedchildchecklist #earlychildhoodeducation #realsimple #education

The debate of early childhood education is a hot button topic nowadays. The issue of home schooling vs. Traditional school or Public vs. Private school can be a daunting and deeply personal decision for every family. No matter how each family decides to best educate their child I firmly believe that the key to any of those solutions is working with your child at home thoroughly and aggressively. If deciding to trust your child’s development and education to others as we are you have to make sure that you are also doing the most you can to enhance their efforts and hold the instructors accountable as well by including them in your child’s true capabilities. Only you the parent can truly asses where your toddler or young child’s level of learning is because you work and observe them every day on a much more personal level. If your child is advanced or gifted there can be a whole different set of issues that need to be addressed in their development or lesson plans.

There are many challenges that face gifted children at school. Some of them being that the sheer volume of students make it harder for the teacher to really know that your child is advanced. So they may not be as eager to enhance a child’s capabilities, while you at home know the more challenging level of difficulty your youngster may be tackling. Another challenge is that sometimes kids, though bright don’t have the where with all to showcase their skills like we do as adults. For some, they may try to read or (dumb down if you will) to seem apart of the crowd. Or get nervous when the reading teacher comes into the class and takes the child individually to read certain words to test for ability.

An example of this happened with our 5 year old Ace. There are a set of reading words that they are expected to know in class by the end of the kindergarten school year. By week two of the year he was tested along with the other children to see how many of the 60 words he knew. Well he not only knew all of the required words for kindergarten but most of the required words for 1st grade as well when tested in the comforts of home. But at school there were about 8 words that he told the instructor that he did not know for kindergarten and around 10 for 1st grade comprehension (words that he can recite in his sleep).

We know that there are so many things that kindergarten and all teachers must focus on everyday so we made it a point to schedule time out to speak with the teacher individually to discuss Ace and his education. Now because of this there will be special teacher that will come and work with Ace going over 1st grade material that cater to his intellect while keeping him in kindergarten working on socialization with his peers. Our interaction with his teacher was so wonderful because she was able to get a little better understanding of Ace as a person and we were able to hear firsthand of some things that we could do at home that would enhance her lesson plans. It was a true team effort and proves that it most definitely takes a village!

Below I have included an amazing checklist and website from the National Association for Gifted Children so that you can determine if your child has a higher potential of learning http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/my-child-gifted

#smartkid #earlychildhoodeducation #giftedchild #decemberstrong
#smartkid #earlychildhoodeducation #giftedchild #decemberstrong

Happy Learning,

Malaika@loftandlearn

Great Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season This Year! | Holiday Tips

Great Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season This Year!

Take Care of your Mind, Body & Soul.

Calm yourself for at least 15 minutes of the day(more if you can, but I know how hard that can be). Treat yourself to quality time being alone and present with your innermost thoughts and happiness. If you can’t find the time to actually go to a spa or take a quick weekend vacation then you can do what I do and take time out to truly visualize doing those things or being those places in your mind. Trust me it really works! Put on your favorite cd, light your candles, close everything out and just be at peace for just 15 minutes thinking of nothing but whimsical dreams and happy thoughts.


 

Identify your priorities and establish boundaries.

Consider what is most important and valuable to you during the holidays and keep those as priority. This will require you to set boundaries around your priorities. Say no to “lesser” priorities, and ask for help when needed. For example, if exercising regularly is a priority, set boundaries around your time to ensure you’re able to get to the gym on a consistent basis. Similarly, if you want to spend quality time with loved ones you don’t see often, then you may have to say no to other responsibilities. This will keep you from feeling like you’re being pulled in all directions. It may also help reduce the risk of feeling resentment or disappointment once the holidays are over.


 

Have Gratitude

Don’t focus on all of the things that you don’t have this holiday season or what you can or can’t buy. I know this is very hard to do especially this time of year but it is so important and helpful to constantly write down all of the many things that you are grateful for instead. You will find that you are in a constant state of thanks and joy that you have no room in your heart or day to covet what you don’t have or cannot buy.


 

Below I have included a good article from Real Simple on 7 money-saving, stress-less holiday shopping tips. http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/christmas/money-saving-holiday-shopping-tips

 

Wishing you Holiday Joy,

Malaika@loftandlearn.com