Confessions of a Middleagedmom

surviving motherhood in the “middle ages”

We {heart} Teachers! May 12, 2010

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This year the Teacher Appreciation Gifts involved sewing, paper piecing, a little embroidery, and some Jamba Juice.

The little birdie was altered from a digital kit from Summertime Designs. I tried to match it more to the bird that was on the portfolio that I purchased at Target.  (*Sigh* I wish I got a bunch more of the portfolios because they’re so darn cute.)

Here are some cute manila folder that I also purchased at Target…mostly for myself but I decided to share.

And here are those adorable portfolios. Aren’t they just yummy!

Some pens from Target. I used the small pens for these gifts.

I know it’s hard to see but I added some glitter glue to the eyes and beaks of the birdies.

Here are the compostions books covered with scraps of patterned paper and the little birdies. The flower embellishments are from Die Cuts with a View. They come with glitter already on them.

Here’s a close up of the sewing on the paper pieces and the little embroidered feet. The needle holes look really big in the photo but they weren’t too bad. I guess I could’ve used a smaller needle.

Here are all 3 books with a quote from Elegant Wordart.  (Sorry about the lighting. I took the last few photos the night before I had to give them.)

So, here’s what was included in every gift. I tied a little ribbon to the pens since they had a loop on the top. If I had more time I would’ve somehow (probably a grommet) attached the pens to the composition book with a long piece of ribbon. Oh, a Jamba Juice gift card was also included. I don’t know why I didn’t put it in the photo. I think I was tired. All the goodies went into a cellophane bag sealed with a cute sticker.

I hope you had a chance to thank a teacher!

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Late 2010 Valentine Post March 16, 2010

Filed under: children,family,food,preschool — middleagedmom @ 11:09 pm
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Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. Again, life has caught up with me.

Here are some pictures from Valentine’s Day. Princess took Rice Krispie treats to school for her friends. The teachers got Cake Sandwich Cookies with cream cheese filling.

I colored the marshmallows with red food coloring. One batch a really pale pink and the other batch a darker pink.

Each child’s bag contained 1 light  pink heart and 1 darker pink heart and a sticker.

Here are the teacher’s treats. I’ve made these before. The recipe is from Bakerella.

 

Playing the Sick Card February 3, 2010

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Here is a recent conversation with Princess.

Princess: Mommy, tomorrow is Tuesday?

Me: Yes, tomorrow is Tuesday.

Princess: Tuesday is a holiday?

Me: No, Tuesday is not a holiday. You have school on Tuesday.

Princess: I think  I’m getting sick.

 

New Strategy for Princess September 25, 2009

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Recently Princess has decided to demonstrate her independence at home and at school.

Translation: She wants to do what she wants when she wants to.

Princess has always been pretty easy to discipline. She usually complies with our rules and expectations. Then all of a sudden (over the last 2 weeks) she’s been saying “NO” to almost everything. Along with the “NO” comes the whining and the fussing.

Mr. MaD and I were like, “What the heck is going on?”

Last week when I picked her up from school I told her teacher about the change in her behavior. She said that she noticed that Princess said “NO” to her that same day. I explained that I didn’t know where all of this was coming from. Then she told me that she thinks Princess has learned it from another student in class who says, “NO” and talks back with a “potty” mouth.

My first thought was “Just great! Princess has to follow the student who has inappropriate behavior!” I guess that comes along with territory when you send your child to preschool.

In the last 2 days, Princess has decided to “step it up a notch” at school. She has decided that she does not have to sit at Circle Time. Instead, she walks around or plays around. During nap time, she doesn’t sleep. Instead, she talks, laughs, or walks around. The teacher has tried putting her on time out but Princess has decided that she doesn’t need a time out. 

When I received her daily report for the last 2 days, I was so upset and frustrated. We’ve talked to Princess about her behavior. We tell her our expectations every day before she goes to school. Mr. MaD reminds her again when he drops her off. When we asked her what she is supposed to do, she can tell us.

So last night I told Mr. MaD that whatever we (teacher and us) are doing is not working for Princess. For some reason, the time out is not working at school. I think it wasn’t the right motivation.

After rereading some of the 1-2-3 Magic book, I decided we needed to use a strategy for what is referred to as a Start behavior.

So…I decided to make Princess a goal sheet. Something very simple and focused on  the 2 areas that she is struggling with. I made it for one day just to see if it would work. I decided that her reward would be playing an online game on the computer when she gets home from school.

What a difference a day and a reward makes! Today, Princess sat nicely in Circle Time with her hands in her lap and she even participated. Then a nap time she slept. Wow! I was so proud of her. I could tell that she was proud of herself too.

She was very excited to play the Curious George game on the computer. (By the way, it’s for the PBS site.)

I sure hope this works again tomorrow! If not, I don’t know what I’ll do next.

Any suggestions?

Here’s a sample of the Goal Sheet.

goal sheet

 

Wordless Wednesday – 3 Birthday Cards for Teacher Gift September 2, 2009

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Here are the birthday cards that were included in the gift for Princess’s teacher.

bdaycard1 teacher gift

bdaycard2 teacher gift

bdaycard3 teacher gift

 

2 Thank You Cards for Teacher Gift August 31, 2009

Filed under: handmade cards,preschool,scrapbooking — middleagedmom @ 2:52 pm

Sorry this is late but I only worked on these photos recently.

Here are 2 of the 6 cards that I made for Princess’s teacher’s birthday gift. Along with the box of handmade cards, I also gave her a book and a small tube of hand lotion.

tycard2 teacher gift  This card is made to look like a manila folder. I used my own template. I used a ivory colored cardstock. The patterned paper is actually a patterned vellum paper. Then I embellished it with a Mini Fresh Cuts Rustic Flower. Over the Fresh Cuts flower I added a self-adhesive glitter clear from Making Memories. (I used a piece of yellow cardstock behind the card just show it would show up better when I scanned it.) On the tab I added a piece of brown paper and the words “thank you” on a tea-stained patterned paper. I embellished that with a rhinestone flower. The font for the words “thank you” is called CK Beanstalk.

tycard3 teacher gift

For this card I used  white cardstock. The patterned paper is a gray color with a floral design. (I don’t know the name of the design or the brand). Then I added a scrap piece of iridescent textured white cardstock over the middle of the card. On the computer I printed the words “Thank You” on a white cardstock and mounted that onto a piece of black cardstock. Then I adhered that to the white iridescent cardstock. The font I used is called Edwardian Script. I stamped the images above and below the words. The clear stamps were froma stamp set that I bought at Costco. It’s really hard to see but I also added a piece of vellum that has iridescent dots on top of the white iridescent cardstock. The edges of the vellum are cut with the “Antique” scissors from Creative Memories.

Both of the cards are blank on the inside.

 

Letting Go is Hard to Do August 27, 2009

Filed under: children,family,life lessons,moms,preschool — middleagedmom @ 3:15 pm
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As a parent, I often struggle with the idea of “letting go” of my children. Remember I’m the overprotective mommy.

When Princess started preschool, it was difficult to let her go. I was worried about her being by herself  in a new environment. I was worried about how she would make her needs known to a teacher who didn’t really know her. I was worried about how she would “get along” with other children. I was worried about her eating lunch and taking a nap at school. Let’s face it. I was worried about everything.

As it turned out, her preschool had a great transition period. It not only made it easier for Princess on the first official day of preschool but it helped me alleviate a lot of the fears that I was carrying around.

Just think in just about a year, my little Princess will be starting Kindergarten. As far as I know, there really isn’t a transition period for Kindergarten. Okay, maybe a half day or so in the first week so that the students can get tested, so I hear. I know that it will be a huge step towards growing up for Princess and for me.

If you’re like me in this struggle to “let go” of your child, you may enjoy this letter written by a mom to her son on his first day of Kindergarten. It was so heart warming and brought a tear to my eye.

This was one of my favorite parts:

Once I expressed my own hesitations about school to a teacher acquaintance. Her advice stuck with me: The hardest part of releasing you to elementary school — or any new experience — is realizing that I must give you up to the less-than-perfect world that awaits you.

 I don’t think it gets easier as the grow older and transition to different phases of their lives. I know that I’ll probably always struggle with the idea of “letting go” of my girls. I also know that writing a letter like this and putting it into their Letter Box will not only help them but it will help me let go. (See my previous post about the Letter Box.)