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First day of school survey – Printable and Editable!

Published September 17, 2016 by MisMandie

 

This is a repost of an earlier blog entry since it is that time of the year again. ¬†And I am updating with my little one’s first day of 1st Grade Photo just for the fun! ūüôā

You can change the wording, colors, and anything else you like very simply in either Open Office¬†(click to download for free) or Microsoft Word. ¬†Once you get it the way you want it, you can simply print on your home printer, or you can use¬†Zamzar¬†to convert it to a high resolution photo and have it printed at your local drug store. ¬†I chose to have mine printed in 8×10 size and also got a copy for each set of grandparents.

Now that you have a copy you love, you can get a cute frame and have your child pose with it for their first day of school photos and after that get a binder with sheet protectors or photo album and place it inside….then next year, just pull up your handy editable file and repeat. ¬†When they

graduate you will have a wonderful memory book to look back on and see how your child has changed from 1 year to the next! ūüôā

Emily’s first day of preschool

 

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Counting by 2’s Practice Sheet – Kindergarten Prep – FREE PRINTABLE

Published April 18, 2015 by MisMandie

So Em and I have been working on her counting by 2’s and she was doing well but would get stuck after 20…. She just wasn’t seeing the pattern.¬† So I made up a chart to help her see the way the numbers change.¬† It was a hit she had that great AhHa! moment.¬† So I took it a step further and made this sheet to see if she could fill in the blanks and, just like that, she got it all filled in and started to recite them all the way to 100.¬† First while looking at the page then again with it flipped over.

We spent weeks trying orally to explain it to no avail.  Now, after only about 30 min seeing it in this format she has it down.

I couldn’t be more proud of my big girl! ‚̧

Give it a try with your little ones and comment here to let me know if not helps!!

Next up 5’s!!

count by 2

Counting By 2’s – PreK Learning Practice Sheet

First day of school survey – Printable and Editable!

Published August 31, 2014 by MisMandie

In honor of Em’s first day of preschool, I decided to whip up another little freebie printable for you all! ¬†You can change the wording, colors, and anything else you like very simply in either Open Office¬†(click to download for free) or Microsoft Word. ¬†Once you get it the way you want it, you can simply print on your home printer, or you can use¬†Zamzar¬†to convert it to a high resolution photo and have it printed at your local drug store. ¬†I chose to have mine printed in 8×10 size and also got a copy for each set of grandparents.

Now that you have a copy you love, you can get a cute frame and have your child pose with it for their first day of school photos and after that get a binder with sheet protectors or photo album and place it inside….then next year, just pull up your handy editable file and repeat. ¬†When they graduate you will have a wonderful memory book to look back on and see how your child has changed from 1 year to the next! ūüôā

Emily’s first day of preschool

Emily's first day of preschool

Are you simply changing the words without addressing the feelings behind them?

Published June 29, 2014 by MisMandie

Nothing is a more telling window into a woman’s mind and soul¬†than the words and actions that come out of her¬†children.

I have been so enamored by the way that my friends children and my own speak to each other lately that I can’t help but smile just thinking about it.

They range from the¬†amazing and sweet moments where they say things like ¬†“I love you, pumpkin!” or “Honey, we can’t do that right now…I’m sorry. and “Isn’t she so precious?” ¬† “What a Cutie Patutie!” ¬†¬†As a mama I swell with pride knowing they truly love and care for one another and want to make sure they show it…….

Then there are the slightly less sweet moments that make you step back a bit. ¬†Such as¬†¬†the day we were at Walmart in the kid’s craft aisle and my own little one looks over at one of the kits that revolved around a fire truck¬†and comes out withThat would be a great one for me and daddy to do together…..If he ever gets his a**¬†out of bed!!” ¬†Standing there surrounded by 3 other mothers and their kids and getting a lot of judgmental looks I didn’t know if I should laugh or correct her…. I simply reminded her that those were “at home words”. ¬† But she said it in such a cute and sweet way and was simply¬†joking and picking on daddy never¬†intending it to be taken in a mean or nasty way.

You see, in our house, we don’t shelter her from the real world and we even allow her to use such words so long as she uses them correctly and politely. ¬†(she can say “You need to sit on your a**” but she cannot say “You are an a**”) ¬†After all, it is the sentiment behind the words that is offensive not the word itself. ¬†That said, I know that not everyone agrees with this thought, and so we make sure that she knows that in public we need to avoid those words so that we do not offend anyone who feels differently.

I find so often that the focus is put on making sure kids are not using the “bad words” rather than not using the “bad emotions”. ¬† Can you really tell me there is a difference between a child using the word “butt” instead of “a**” or the word “crap” instead of “sh**” ¬†if you have anger or resentment in your tone, then the word is not the issue.

Just a little something to thing about the next time you catch yourself or your child substituting the words but still keeping the nastiness of the feelings¬†behind them….

 

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