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‘Pumpkin Eye’ Book Review

‘Pumpkin Eye’ Book Review

by / on October 1, 2014, 8:00 am

Pumpkin Eye by award-winning author and illustrator Denise Fleming is a Halloween book perfect for readers from preschool through kindergarten. My daughter and I first read the story together last Halloween. In terms of language, Pumpkin Eye is written in rhyme. The Halloween story begins, “Yellow moon rising soon … […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Color Black Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Color Black Lesson Plan

by / on September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm

Objective: To learn about the color black Book(s): Black on White by Tara Hoban Black & White by Tara Hoban I Like Black and White by Barbara Jean Hicks Black by Nancy Harris Black by Patricia M. Stockland Batty for Black by Christianne C. Jones Baa Baa Black Sheep by […]

Week 27 of Pregnancy: Dealing with More Allergy Symptoms

Week 27 of Pregnancy: Dealing with More Allergy Symptoms

by / on September 30, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I am twenty-six weeks and two days into my pregnancy with my second child, meaning I am in week 27 of pregnancy. My baby is now the size of a cauliflower in weight, measuring a little over nine and a half inches from crown to rump and weighing about […]

‘Creepy Carrots!’ Book Review

‘Creepy Carrots!’ Book Review

by / on September 29, 2014, 8:00 am

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. He especially loves the wild carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field. Every day on his way to school in the morning and his way home at night, he stops by the field for a few carrots — until the carrots started following him. Jasper begins seeing […]

I Is for Impala Handprint Craft

I Is for Impala Handprint Craft

by / on September 28, 2014, 8:00 am

I is for impala! Help your toddler learn about the letter I by making a fun impala handprint craft. Materials Brown and black nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some brown paint onto the cardboard. Use a cotton ball […]

Week 26 of Pregnancy: Hip Pain and Grumpiness

Week 26 of Pregnancy: Hip Pain and Grumpiness

by / on September 27, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I am twenty-five weeks and two days into my pregnancy with my second child, meaning I am in week 26 of pregnancy. My baby is now the size of a zucchini in length, measuring a little over nine inches from crown to rump and weighing between one and two-thirds […]

The Duck and the Straw: The Rubber Ducky Project Week 39

The Duck and the Straw: The Rubber Ducky Project Week 39

by / on September 27, 2014, 6:00 am

Image Credits The Duck and the Straw © 2013 Heather Johnson

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Color Pink Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Color Pink Lesson Plan

by / on September 26, 2014, 9:35 pm

Objective: To learn about the color pink Message: Red and white make pink. Book(s): Little Pink Book by Renée Khatami Penny Loves Pink by Cori Doerrfeld My Pretty Pink Purse by Tim Bugbird Pink: Seeing Pink All Around Us by Michael Dahl Pink Takes a Bow by Christianne C. Jones […]

Prevent Childhood Influenza Infographic

Prevent Childhood Influenza Infographic

by / on September 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

Influenza, or the flu, is a serious contagious respiratory illness caused by various flu viruses. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Complications of the flu include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections, and death. The respiratory flu is […]

‘Fletcher and the Falling Leaves’ Book Review

‘Fletcher and the Falling Leaves’ Book Review

by / on September 26, 2014, 8:00 am

As summer changes to autumn, Fletcher discovers the leaves on his favorite tree changing colors and falling off. The little fox becomes very worried and tries his best to keep the leaves on the tree. However, between squirrels, porcupines, and the wind, Fletcher finds himself fighting a losing battle. Will […]

G Is for Gorilla Handprint Craft

G Is for Gorilla Handprint Craft

by / on September 25, 2014, 8:00 am

G is for gorilla! Help your toddler learn about the letter G by making a fun gorilla handprint craft. Materials Black and gray nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some black paint onto the cardboard. Use a cotton ball […]

Open Season Best Bottom: Daily Diaper

Open Season Best Bottom: Daily Diaper

by / on September 25, 2014, 7:00 am

Welcome to the Daily Diaper, a current feature of The Parenting Patch in which I will share photographs of the cloth diapers in my stash in action. Whenever I am thinking about adding a new diaper to my stash, I head online to check out pictures of the diaper in […]

Week 25 of Pregnancy: My Fourth Prenatal Checkup

Week 25 of Pregnancy: My Fourth Prenatal Checkup

by / on September 24, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I am twenty-four weeks and two days into my pregnancy with my second child, meaning I am in week 25 of pregnancy. My baby is now the size of a rutabaga in weight, measuring between eight and a half and nine inches from crown to rump and weighing one […]

The Science Facts About Autism and Vaccines Infographic

The Science Facts About Autism and Vaccines Infographic

by / on September 24, 2014, 6:00 am

After a 1998 study linked vaccines to autism, the medical research community spend years and millions of dollars investigating the findings. Even after studying 25,782,500 children, no study could connect vaccines and autism. Furthermore, the medical journal that published the original study eventually retracted the article after evidence of unethical […]

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup Recipe

by / on September 23, 2014, 4:00 pm

Ingredients 1 cup of water 3/4 cup of brown sugar 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Directions Combine the water and brown sugar in a small pan. Heat over low heat until the brown sugar melts. Add the pumpkin puree, […]