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Writing to Remember the Holidays

 

Holidays are precious times we want to remember. To help with memory consolidation, in addition to taking pictures, it is helpful to write about our experiences, and encourage our children to write as well.

Here are some of my favorite holiday writing prompts:

  • Holiday Wish List
  • Favorite Holiday Memory
  • Favorite Holiday and Why
  • Favorite Holiday Gift Given
  • Favorite Holiday Gift Received
  • The Best Part of (Name of Holiday) is ____
  • (Name of Holiday) is All About _______
  • Retelling a Favorite Holiday Story

"It's Holiday Time" is a song written by a student. He wrote about his holiday wish list, and also the best part of the holiday.

Even preschoolers can write about the holidays. Ask them one of the writing prompts above and then tell them to write about it. Hand them crayons and paper let them get to work. Then ask them to tell you about what they wrote, and transcribe their words. Encourage your children to write about the holidays and let me know how it goes.

Wishing you all happy...

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Crossing the Midline

 

Have you ever heard a preschool teacher or occupational therapist refer to "crossing the midline," and wondered what that was? 

In this blog I talk about what it is, why it is important, and how it relates to literacy. 

I also sing some original songs that will help encourage this developmental benchmark.

If you wonder if your child or one you teach is having difficulty crossing the midline, please talk to your pediatritian or occupational therapist.

Keep singing,

Risa

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Montessori Songs

 

Today I presented "Montessori Songs" at the Early Childhood Global Mastermind Group, a group of early childhood educators from around the world. They has asked me to present "Montessori Songs." 

I wanted to share the presentation with you!

Learn songs that help a child develop a sense of self, and their place in the world. These songs are perfect for a Montessori classroom, or any preschool setting. 

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Slow Down

 

Sometimes you need to slow down so you can speed up again.

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Gratitude

 

This blog is one you can share with the kids. 

I talk about choosing appreciation and gratitude.

Please join me November 27 at 11:30 am EDT for the Thanks and Giving Celebration, a free sing-along for kids and their grownups. Sign up here: www.singintoreading.com/thanks-and-giving

And here are some quotes on gratitude for the grownups:

Stephen Richards: “When you express gratitude for the blessings that come into your life, it not only encourages the universe to send you more, it also sees to it that those blessings remain.”

Todd Stocker: “Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.”

Zig Ziglar: “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

Henri Frederic Amiel: “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness...

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Sing Every Day

 

"I sing every day of my life.

I hope you do too."

Keep singing,

Risa

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