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Unity, Kindness, and Peace

We all want what's best for our children. We want them to be safe, kind, loved, the list goes on and on. Events this past year may have you feeling; sad, confused, scared and nervous. Your children may have felt this way too. Dialogue may be difficult and you may be looking for answers and resources. Guess what?  You're not alone. Here are some resources and things to consider.

Links to books and activities which promote unity, kindness, and love

Ideas for kindness

Self-care tips

See an activity which worked well? A book your family shared? Something not on the list, but is a great resource? Insert in the comments below and share.


                                                                                                Mrs. Giannini


Turkey Day Fun!!! Gobble Gobble

It’s Thanksgiving and you maybe looking for activities to keep your little one engaged, active, and possible out of the kitchen. Here are some tips and tricks for your kiddo this turkey day.

Have a lot of guests? Have just a few? Never hurts to have a place setting. Have your little artist create place cards with crayon, paint, anything. It will keep them engaged and be adorable.

While you’re at it make some placemats. Same deal: grab some supplies and get your little one engaged. You can even encourage them to draw the guest who will be sitting there. It will be a fun game later…..”Guess Who”

Want to work on math? Have the little ones set the table. Have them work on one-to-one correspondence by counting the utensils and plates outload as they help out.      

Having a kids table? Make some playdough and use it as a centerpiece. They will be entertained for hours and its edible if they eat it. It’s not particularly yummy, but it’s safe.

Have some time that morning? Print up some turkey bingo sheetsIt will keep the kids busy the entire day. Winner gets to do the dishes……or maybe the first piece of pie.

Have a safe and happy turkey day everyone!

                                                                        Mrs. Giannini

Candy Candy Candy

Trick-or-treating is a scary good time….but you know what would make it better? Turning the sweet candy haul into a fun math lesson!! 

It takes a village to raise a child

It takes a village to raise a child. Everyday, parents send their children into the arms of other adults with the confidence that this person is going to care, educate, support and love their little one. Be it a preschool teacher, daycare facility, family member, babysitter, or nanny, this person acts as a surrogate parent and has the ability to deeply impacts a child’s life.

As a preschool teacher, I was devoted to providing the best care and guidance to little ones everyday. I am not alone. With roughly 80% of parents in the workforce, it is clear that raising a child is a community effort. For the majority of working parents, a facility, school, or family members are given the responsibility for helping raise a child. For some, the solution of balancing a child and work is a nanny.

Taylor has been a nanny to a single family for a year. As an assistant preschool teacher, she developed a bond with a then 13 month old Olivia. With Olivia’s sibling on the way the parents, Isabel and Jose, reached out to Taylor about becoming their full time nanny. Once Frida was born Taylor left the classroom and transitioned into the world of becoming a personal care giver.

Q:  Describe your job as a nanny.

A: I’m a third parent. I do, as well as I know, [that] they consider [me] a third parent, caregiver and this is my job. I’m there to help them learn and to help them grow. It is a different level of responsibility and care. More than a babysitter, more than a teacher. I am responsible to the girls and to the parents to care for these children the best I can.

Q: How is it different than being a preschool teacher?

A: The bond for sure. I’m so close with these girls. I’m with them all the time.

Q: How often are you with the kids?

A: Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30. Although, I’ll step in for a weekend if they need help or a date night. I’m with them a lot, it is a full-time job. It is a reason why the trust the parents have in me is so important. Why my time with them is so important.

Q: What impact would you say you have on them?

A: The fact that they are two young little girls, and I’m a woman, but more I am a woman who is challenging the ideas of what it means to be a woman. The way I live my life is outside of the norm. I think it is important for the girls to know that a woman can have 1/8th of an inch of hair, can have tattoos, doesn’t have to wear makeup. There are so many different ways I present myself to them. For me growing up in a beauty pageant world I wasn’t surrounded by women who represented more than one idea of feminism. I know that if I was to grow up surrounded by someone outside of the society norm, I could have been more myself. They’re one and two and a half. I want to impress the idea that the possibilities are endless and I will be right there next to them.

Q: How have they impacted you?

A: They’ve taught me that I can do more than I thought I could. My first thought when I found out I was going to be with a one-year-old and a five-month year old was, “wow this is going to be difficult.” I’ve never worked with infants and I thought there is no way I can do this. But watching them grow every day and seeing all the little nuances. It’s been amazing for me. It’s beautiful.

Q: What is your relationship with the parents?

A: A lot of respect. They ask my advice on the girls, and I take cues from them when it comes to what they want for their children. It’s a little work team. I am thankful that the family I work with are both my friends and employers. I think that makes a huge difference.

Q: What is the greatest part about being a nanny?

A: The relationship. As a preschool teacher I got a little bit of that, but with them it’s different. To watch them grow from being a little bread loaf to walking and running, it’s amazing. I’m not sure if I will ever have my own children and I feel like I am part of this community whose goal is just to help these little girls flourish.   

- Mrs. Giannini


Got a question about child development? Ask Rachel!

Rachel answers YOUR questions about children's development and early learning.

Our first three questions?

Why, oh why, is my child always putting things in their mouth? 

Turns out, kids' mouths are actually the best tools they have to explore the world. Between 7 months and 2 years old, children don't have the fine motor skills they really need to investigate. By contrast, their mouths are very active sensory organs that they can use instead.

Why is my child OBSESSED with water?

For one thing, water is a pretty amazing element. It has sound, a feeling to it, it gushes and it drips. Plus, imagine you're a really little kid who's new to the world: It just seems to magically appear when you turn a knob and then disappears into a drain. If you had just started seeing that for the first time, it would seem pretty crazy to you, too! (Are you interested in some new ideas for exploring water with kids? Check out Rachel's water table video.)

How come my kid is not crawling?

The simple answer is: kids are all different. Some will crawl early, others a bit later, and some will just take off walking one day with no in-between step at all. And, for children who do crawl, their "gaits" can look really different from one another. But kids can develop and learn a lot from crawling, including binocular vision, stronger abdominal muscles, and just plain old fashioned exploration, independence, and separation. (Of course, if you are concerned about your child crawling, you should ask your pediatrician for medical advice.) 

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