Saturday, August 30, 2014

Children's Books for Labor Day

Weekly Trip to the Library

We celebrate Labor Day as the last weekend of summer by having picnics, barbecues, parades, and water sports. Here are some children's books from and the book reviews included on to share with children about the holiday.
Labor Day by Robin Nelson

This children's book is a basic overview of Labor Day for new readers. Color photographs reflect the short, easy-to-understand sentences that improve vocabulary and comprehension.

Labor Day by Mir Tamim Ansary

This book introduces Labor Day to children entering Kindergarten to second grade. It explains the historical events behind it, how it became a holiday, and how it is observed. Labor Day reminds readers that the labor-union movement brought about laws keeping children out of the workplace and in school.

Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman and Niki Walker

This book shares information about many careers. Occupations are enhanced by the photographs of workers. A great book to share with small children to teach about the many jobs that different people do.

Jobs People Do by Felicity Brooks
Daisy the Doctor (Jobs People Do)

For any kid who has ever wondered about what their Moms and Dads do when they are gone all day, this book provides some answers. Kids who have a working parent or who are curious about various professions will enjoy this introduction to a variety of jobs. They will learn about farmers, chefs, doctors, firefighters, teachers and veterinarians—some of whom they will have encountered early in life, like a doctor. There is a good range of professions, men and women, and ethnic groups. All of the scenes include models which are then photographed to become the images shown on the pages. The stories are interesting, fact-filled, and even have little extras at the end of each. At more than 100 pages, this is a big book. It looks like an oversized board book with its padded cover, but while the pages are sturdy, it is definitely not a board book. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Friday, August 29, 2014

Patriotic Parfait

Cooking With Kids

In preparation of the nation celebrating Labor Day on Monday there's still time to share a patriotic treat with the kids. Check out how to make it at

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Have a Taste Test

Fun Way to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Produce

A fun way to get kids to eat healthy foods is by having a taste test. Use at least two types of food that are similar but slightly different tasting such as: cantaloupe and honeydew melon, or red and green apples, or broccoli and cauliflower. We used three different colored types of grapes for our recent taste test.

When using produce such as red delicious apples and granny smith apples, cut up the apples into bite sized chunks and if the children are young cut the grapes in half so they aren't a choking hazard.

With young children you may need to use a blindfold to ensure they keep their eyes closed. The kids I care for are old enough to trust to keep their eyes closed so we didn't use a blind fold. Put one tiny piece of produce in the child's mouth and have them guess if they are eating the red apple or the green apple; cantaloupe or honeydew, melon; broccoli or cauliflower; or red, blue, or green grape.

The best part results of having a taste test is getting kids to eat healthy snacks with enthusiasm. But, the girls I care for spent 40-minutes last week playing the game by themselves while I cleaned up the kitchen and folded laundry making the game a way to keep kids busy as well.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Use Natural Consequences to Discipline Children

Respecting Professional Boundaries

The time to discuss with your employers how you will discipline their children is during the job interview -- well before starting a nanny job. For discipline to be effective it is essential that parents and nannies are on the same page. All caregivers must be consistent and back one another other up.

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