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Back-to-School in Style with Duck Tape *Giveaway*

It’s time for the kids to go back to school – and this year they are going to go back to school in style thanks to Duck Tape! Duck Tape is a great {inexpensive, fun & unique} way to personalize and school supplies and accessories.

Cheddar Bunny “Carrots”

Easter comes early this year and we are beginning to have Easter fun with our crafts and snacks!  I saw an idea I loved on Pinterest, and it looked simple enough, so when it turned into a Pinterest-fail I was pretty bummed.  I debated scrapping the whole project and just tossing the snack in a bowl… but my 4 year old came to the rescue.  She took one look at my failed project and exclaimed, “Is it Easter?!”  Other images you see of the same idea may be better/prettier… but my kids did not know the difference.  All they saw was a super special Easter treat – one that was inexpensive and simple to execute.    Lesson learned!

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The idea I wanted to duplicate involved using a piping bag filled with goldfish crackers and tied with green ribbon so that it looked like a carrot!  But, I am cheap frugal and I did not want to purchase 2 dozen piping bags (since we were bringing this snack to a play date), plus, the kids are all little and surely they would not eat that many crackers.  So, I altered the idea and bought small flip-top sandwich bags, planning to simply add some crackers, hold them in one corner, twist and tie off.  Instead of goldfish crackers, I picked up some of the Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies crackers – they seemed more Easter-y to me!  Problem was, the bag corner was not a hard/defined point, and my “carrots” ended up looking more like strawberries.  Boo!

How to assemble these adorable "baby carrot" snacks with bunny crackers!

But, the kids loved them and I decided they were actually Baby Carrots!  Those little guys are stumpy and not defined like their full-sized versions.  Less expensive, less waste, and a big hit with the toddlers and preschoolers at our play date!

These adorable snacks are packaged to look like baby carrots and are full of cheddar bunny crackers! What a great idea for Easter baskets or just a simple spring snack!

What is your favorite Easter-themed snack?

 

Top 40 Questions to Ask Daycare, Preschool or Private School

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[huge_it_share]Finding the right day care, preschool or private school setting for you and your child can be a challenge – especially if you are in a new area or completing a search for the first time.  I researched and listened to recommendations of local moms, to compile this list of questions to ask your child’s prospective school choices. Before you visit the school, read through the questions and think about which are most important to you and what answers you’d like to hear. That will help to give you a starting point to narrow down your search and zero in on the school that is the best fit for your family.

Top 40 Questions to Ask Day Care, Preschool and Private School

Curriculum

  • Do they follow a specific educational philosophy?
  • Do they have a curriculum?
  • Is there a schedule?
  • What will the children learn?
  • How do they account for different learning styles/flexibility for children with special needs?
  • Do they incorporate music, art, and/or foreign language into their curriculum?
  • Will the children get recess/physical activity time to develop gross & fine motor skills?

Classroom Policies

  • Do children nap regularly?
  • How do they handle discipline?
  • Is potty-training required and if not: how do they handle potty training?
  • What are the illness policies?

Teachers/Staff

  • How many kids are in a class or session?
  • What is the teacher to student ratio?
  • What is the educational background and experience of the teachers and staff?
  • What is the turnover rate with your teachers?
  • Are teachers and staff certified in CPR and/or First Aid?
  • Are all staff background checked?

Meals/Snacks

  • Are meals and snacks provided?
  • Can they accommodate kids with special diets/allergies?
  • Can children bring their own meals?

Extracurricular

  • Do they offer field trips?
  • Do they invite community organizations/guest speakers into the classroom?
  • Do they offer any parent workshops?
  • Are there family-friendly special events hosted throughout the year?

Transportation

  • Do they provide transportation?
  • Do they offer field trips, and if so, how is transportation handled (consider the need for car seats)?

Parent Involvement

  • Can parents come into the classroom?
  • Are parents expected to help in class, and how often?
  • Are parents expected to take on “roles” for the school like fundraising/cleaning crew/etc.
  • Are there committees or board meetings you may attend and/or consider joining?

Communication

  • What forms of communication do they utilize?
  • How will parents be notified of problems/concerns?
  • Will there be opportunities for parent/teacher conferences?
  • Is there a newsletter sent periodically from the school? or the classroom?

Financial Needs

  • Are scholarships available for those who cannot afford full tuition?
  • Does the school offer part-time rates for those who do not need full-time care?

Security

  • How many entrance/exit points are there?
  • How are exits secured and monitored?
  • Is the playground fenced?
  • What additional security measures are in place?
  • Will the school provide references?

There is a lot you can learn from speaking to parents with students currently at the school. If you are able to do so, you will want to have some different questions ready to ask seasoned parents. Consider asking:

  • What do you like the least and the most about the program?
  • How is communication is handled?
  • How does your child like the school?

Remember that “the only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.” Ask anything and everything you can think of with confidence, knowing what an important decision this is for you and your child. Tour the schools you are most interested in and pay special attention to how you and your child feel during the tour. Knowing what questions to ask is comforting and empowering as you make your decision, but the information you obtain from listening to your own instincts and observing your child should be key to your final decision.

 

Do you have any questions you like to ask that I missed?  Share them with me in the comments!