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KinderCare’s Back-to-School Giveaway #FIRSTDAYADVENTURES

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The summer might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the adventure ends here. Now that we’re switching gears for school, there are a million ways for you to help your kids with the transition. Getting them used to an earlier wake-up time, talking about all of the friends they’ll make—and, yes, buying school supplies are all part of the annual back-to-school ritual.

See details for the #FirstDayAdventures Giveaway from KinderCare @thatbaldchick
This year, three lucky families are going to start the new school season off with a something a little extra! KinderCare is sponsoring a back to school giveaway with cash prizes up to $1,200! That’s all the school supplies you’ll need, plus a closet full of clothes for your kid this year…and a few more to come.

To enter, all you need to do is snap a picture of your child’s first day of school – waiting for the bus, at the drop off point, right after she gets home, anything – and submit it on KinderCare’s #FIRSTDAYADVENTURES giveaway page. After all, you were going to take a million pictures anyway, right?

Here’s Mister and Sister in their back-to-school photos!Mister 2nd GradeSister First Grade

Little Miss wouldn’t hold the sign OR hold still, but I’ll add it later if I can get a clean shot!

Be sure to check out the rest of KinderCare’s Adventure Ahead page for simple and clever crafts ideas, engaging activities, and tips for transitioning back to school!

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New School, New Nap Time

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Help everyone sleep well during the first few weeks back at school! Is your child starting school at KinderCare or attending other childcare?

New School, New Nap Routine

As he adjusts to a new naptime environment and new naptime routine, you are likely to see some changes to his sleep patterns. That can be an adjustment for parents as well as children.

During those first few weeks, he may stay awake later in the evening, or conk out on the car ride home! Here are a few tips to help you handle his sleep transitions…

New School, New Nap Routine @thatbaldchick
Give it a week or two.
• In her 21 years with KinderCare, Millie Boychuk has helped a lot of children get a good sleep at school, and helped many parents adjust their sleep patterns at home, too. Boychuk says that for most children, getting the hang of napping at school takes one to two weeks. So the first rule of transitions is to have patience!

Take note of her tired cues at home
• During those early weeks at a new school, it’s especially important to watch for your child’s individual indications of tiredness, rather than relying solely on the clock. She may be tired earlier (or later) than her usual bedtime—if she rubs her eyes, leans against your legs, or succumbs to a fit of over-tired giggles—follow her cues to bedtime.
• She should be back to a more typical napping and sleeping pattern within a few weeks.

Talk to teachers about the sleep routine
• In our infant rooms, naps are not scheduled: Each child naps according to her individual cues and need for rest. Talk to your child’s classroom teachers about what her sleep schedule looks like at school and how she likes to be soothed at rest time.
• Sharing what works at home, and learning what works at school, can help your baby find a good sleep rhythm in both places more quickly.
Adopt the class schedule
• In our toddler, preschool, and prekindergarten classrooms, nap or rest time typically begins around noon. At least initially, it might be helpful to stick to that same rest schedule when your child is at home.

New School, New Nap Routine @thatbaldchick

Don’t have a napper? Try resting quietly
• If your child does not take naps, but is in a classroom with children who do, try taking 30-45 minutes midday to rest quietly. You could lie down together and talk calmly, read a book, cuddle, color, or do another relaxing activity.
Stock up on special blankies
• You are always welcome to bring your child’s special bunny to school, but Boychuk recommends helping her to learn to sleep without it, in case bunny is forgotten one busy morning (it happens).
• If your child sleeps with one careworn blanket or beloved stuffed animal, consider expanding her range. At home, try introducing other blankets or lovies at bedtime or naptime. You might also consider buying a second (or third) of her loved object that can live in her classroom cubby.

Slowly change bed time
• After a few weeks at school, if you might find that your child comes home consistently tuckered out, she might need an earlier bedtime. Children who are sensitive to changes in their sleep schedule or who are accustomed to rigorous routines will likely benefit from a gradual adjustment. How do you do it? Shift your child’s bedtime 10 to 15 minutes earlier and adjust her waking schedule accordingly.
…Or a little more quickly
• For older children or kids without a strict bedtime, you can employ quicker time frame. Adjust bedtime by 20 to 30 minutes each night—or every few nights—until you’ve found a bedtime that leaves him better rested throughout the day.

Consider blackout curtains
• If you don’t sew, you may not know there is actually fabric made specifically to block light. Adjusting to a new bedtime can be more difficult for children who are attuned to the sun in the sky. Blackout curtains can help by blocking those streaks of light from sneaking through little gaps in the mini-blinds, making it easier for her to fall asleep and (maybe) stay asleep later.
Consider blackout curtains
• Sleep and school transitions can be tiring for the whole family.
Consider putting yourself to bed early, too. Pick a favorite book
and tuck yourself in. No playing Candy Crush until midnight!

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Celebrate Dr Seuss Day – Read Across America

It’s coming.  It’s nearly almost here.  The funnest fun day ever, that happens just once a year.  What day is that, you ask?  What special day is on it’s way?  Why, it’s none other than the spectacular Dr. Seuss Day!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss Day.

Perhaps you ask, “How to celebrate?” or “What should I do?”  Well, in honor of Seuss’s birthday, you should pick up a book, too!


the places youll go

On March 2nd, teachers and parents around the globe celebrate this iconic author on the annual Read Across America Day! On Read Across America Day, everyone is encouraged to pick up a book and read to a child.  I think Dr. Seuss would have liked that more than a million jillion birthday candles on his cake, don’t you?

Young Theodor GeiselI have such fond memories of reading Dr. Seuss books as a child, and have established a modest collection of them for my children, as well. I don’t, however, have them all.  Did you know that Theodor Geisel, lovingly known as Dr. Seuss by children worldwide, wrote over 60 books for children during his life time?  He used the pen name Dr. Seuss for the books that he both wrote and illustrated. He also authored over a dozen books as Theo LeSieg (which is Geisel reversed) and one as Rosetta Stone.  The books under the penname Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone were not illustrated by Geisel. Here’s a list of the books written/illustrated by Theodor Geisel as Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, and Rosetta Stone with the year of publication.


    1. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937)
    2. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)
    3. The King’s Stilts (1939)
    4. The Seven Lady Godivas (1939)
    5. Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)
    6. The Pocket Book of Boners (1941) – originally published as four separate stories
    7. McElligot’s Pool (1947)
    8. Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose (1948)
    9. Bartholomew And The Oobleck (1949)
    10. If I Ran the Zoo (1950)
    11. Gerald McBoing Boing (1952)
    12. Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)
    13. Horton Hears A Who! (1954)
    14. On Beyond Zebra (1955)
    15. If I Ran The Circus (1956)
    16. The Cat in the Hat (1957)
    17. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)
    18. Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories (1958)
      1. The Big Brag (1958) – from Yertle the Turtle
      2. Gertrue McFuzz (1958) – from Yertle the Turtle
    19. The Cat In The Hat Comes Back! (1958)
    20. Happy Birthday To You! (1959)
    21. Green Eggs And Ham (1960)
    22. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
    23. The Sneetches And Other Stories (1961)
      1. Too Many Daves (1961) – from The Sneetches
      2. What Was I Scared Of? (1961) – from The Sneetches
      3. The Zax (1961) – from The Sneetches
    24. Ten Apples up on Top! (1961) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    25. Dr Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)
    26. Dr Seuss’s ABC (1963)
    27. Hop on Pop (1963)
    28. Fox In Socks (1965)
    29. I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew (1965)
    30. I Wish I Had Duck Feet (1965) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    31. The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book (1966)
    32. Come over to My House (1966) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    33. The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)
    34. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1968)
    35. The Foot Book (1968)
    36. The Eye Book (1968) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    37. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories (1969)
      1. The Glunk That Got Thunk (1969) – from I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today
      2. King Looie Katz (1969) – from I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today
    38. My Book About Me (1969)
    39. I Can Draw Myself (1970)
    40. Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)
    41. The Lorax (1971)
    42. I Can Write!  A Book by Me, Myself (1971) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    43. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)
    44. In a People House (1972) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    45. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)
    46. The Shape Of Me And Other Stuff (1973)
    47. Great Day For Up (1974)
    48. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! (1974)
    49. The Many Mice of Mr. Brice (1974) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    50. Wacky Wednesday (1974) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    51. Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (1975)
    52. Would you Rather Be a Bullfrog (1975) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    53. Because a Little Bug went Ka-Choo (1975) *written as Rosetta Stone*
    54. The Cat’s Quizzer (1976)
    55. Hooper Humperdink?  Not Him! (1976) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    56. Please Try to Remember the First of Octember (1977) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    57. I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978)
    58. Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)
    59. Maybe You Should Fly A Jet! (1980) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    60. The Tooth Book (1981) *written as Theo LeSieg*
    61. Hunches In Bunches (1982)
    62. The Butter Battle Book (1984)
    63. You’re Only Old Once! (1986)
    64. I am Not Going to Get Up Today (1987)
    65. The Touch Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough (1987)
    66. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (1990)

Dr SeussTheodore Geisel died of oral cancer on September 24, 1991.  Believe it or not, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!  There are also a handful of books that Books published posthumously include, written or attributed to Dr. Seuss. They are:

  1. Daisy-Head Mayzie (1994) – written by Geisel as Dr. Seuss in 1973.
  2. My Many Colored Days (1996) – written by Geisel as Dr. Seuss in 1973
  3. Hooray for Diffendoofer Day (1998) – based on verses and sketches created by Geisel before his death in 1991, and credited to Dr. Seuss “with some help from Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith”
  4. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (2011) – a collection of seven stories written by Geisel and previously published in magazines in the early 1950s, but not previously published in a book.  The collection incluedes “The Bippolo Seed”; “The Rabbit, The Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga”; “Gustav, the Goldfish”; “Tadd and Todd”; “Steak for Supper”; “The Strange Shirt Spot”; and “The Great Henry McBride.”

Dr Seuss Books

    I’ll be sharing more on my one of my favorite books by Dr. Seuss in the coming week.  Which is your favorite?  Are there any you haven’t read yet?
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Tickety Toc The Unstoppable, Unpoppable Bubble (3/6)

My daughter, Miss A, happens to be a fan of Tickety Toc.  Sadly when it comes on in the afternoon Miss A is normally napping and then when it comes back on in the evening we are always on the go, so needless to say I was super excited when the opportunity came along to review Tickety Toc’s newest DVD, The Unstoppable, Unpoppable Bubble.

tickety toc unstoppable unpoppable bubble

“The Unstoppable, Unpoppable Bubble” features six episodes of the hit Nick Jr. show that are full of endless amounts of fun! An added feature to the DVD is an adorable paint book featuring all of the characters from Tickety Town!

In The Unstoppable, Unpoppable Bubble, our comedic heroes Tommy and Tallulah test McCoggins’ new unpoppable bubble formula! But soon an unpoppable bubble becomes so large it engulfs the whole town! Will the town be rescued from the extra-large and extra-strong bubble? Will Tommy and Tallulah make it out of the bubble in time to chime? In this and 5 other exciting adventures, the Tickety Town team, along with your preschoolers will learn the importance of teamwork, community and social responsibility.

I think this show is super cute and creative and I love the lessons of teamwork and kindness that Tommy and Tallulah instill. When your children want to imitate everything they see around, it is important that the characters they look up to are good examples of what you want them to be. Tommy and Tallulah are friends who work together to solve problems and always strive to do the right thing; which is precisely the attitude I would love for my children to have.

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Teya Toucan

Press Sample

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Sister is my reluctant reader.  She’s said she doesn’t want to learn to read because then her brother won’t read to her anymore.  I’ve tried to explain that she wouldn’t have to wait for him to read to her if she could read it on her own.  Still, she digs in her heels.  She loves all things animal, though, so every chance I get, I give her books with animals in them.  I figure if I play to her interests, she might change her mind.  I recently received Teya Toucan & Youcan Too, from an independent children’s publishing company called Chungaboo, for review.  The book is a beautifully illustrated ABC rhyming story, and judging from her reaction, it looks like I might be on to something.

Teya Toucan


Teya Toucan was written by Mya Shaefer and illustrated by Miles Wisniewski.  It is geared toward children ages 5-10, but the pictures and simple story make it perfect for younger kids, too.

Teya Toucan is available in print—on Amazon—or as an eBook (available on iTunes).  This book is so cute, and would be a perfect stocking stuffer for your little reader, reluctant or not.  I want to get the book The Well from Chungaboo next.  With it’s illustrations of bears, I might just convince Sister that reading is worthwhile, yet.

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