Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dog Days Of Summer...

I got a new transportation playset a couple weeks ago and everyone is loving it. They played with it for over an hour the first time we got it out. It has boats, cars, ramps, helipads... all kinds of things. It's set up where the blue part can be filled with water to actually float the boats, but we haven't done that yet.

Other than that, there's not too much going on, really. Pretty much every summer I think I do at least one post where I talk about how hot it is and I feel like we're not getting any curriculum done and I feel guilty about art and blah blah blah...

Oh look, there's one here. And I know there was one on the old blog where I talked about them being addicted to watching the Aristocats and lying on the floor panting from heat, too tired to move while I said "Look kids, the Eiffel Tower..." like it was National Lampoon's European Vacation. Big Ben... Parliament... I cracked myself up and they just looked at me like I was nuts.

So I won't subject you to that again. But just know I feel like that again. I'm ready for cooler weather and back-to-school and ordering fall curriculum that I can stick to with some regularity.

We've been having lots of fun though, and learning is always happening whether I plan it or not. :) That's the joy of this business. The roster has been changing pretty frequently too- we've got a couple who are gone for most of the summer and then some who drop in from time to time. Sebastian and Ariel have switched to part time and we have a new set of siblings who are also part-time. Lots of little changes here and there.

Here are a few of the cutie drop-in girls we've had over the past month or so...

And our new sibling group. Disney names to follow, as usual. :)

This picture cracks me up immensely. Chip was not at all sure if he liked squash. He kept eating it though, so Kanga kept feeding him while I took pictures of him making variations of this face.

Simba sometimes wakes up with FABULOUS bed head. Reminds me of why I call him Simba in the first place!

And then of course, there's always getting a bucket stuck on your head for maximum entertainment purposes.

I love catching pictures of Roo in a big smile. Even if it does make her drool everywhere. It's awesome. :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I love Lakeshore. It's my favorite place to go for ideas and toys and learning stuff. I keep the catalog by my bed for a long time when a new one comes out so I can look at things while I get sleepy. :) I've talked about it before, here for sure, and in some other posts where I was talking about new toys. In fact, Kanga and I were there just last night drooling and planning and figuring out what's priority for our next big shopping trip. So it was extra fun to come home and find this email in my box. Check it out- lots of good stuff!

Hello, Daycare Girl!

We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful things you’ve been posting about Lakeshore. There are few things as gratifying as unsolicited praise!

If you haven’t taken a look at recently, we’d like you to know about our new Teacher’s Corner & Parent’s Corner! These FREE resources for teachers and parents are full of:

§ Fun activities

§ Engaging projects

§ Ready-to-print worksheets

§ Tips & advice from your peers

§ The chance to win a $100 gift card by submitting your ideas and projects

We have new FREE resources every month. To check it out, use this link:

We want you and your readers to get involved! Feel free to post this information on your blog…we’d love to have your readers participate!


Andrea Speck.

Lakeshore Learning Materials

So thanks Andrea! And if you're reading.... I got a magnetic Weather Watcher board on clearance at awhile back- I love it, but it didn't come with magnets and I can't find any anywhere! Help! :) Is it discontinued?