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I'd be scared if I saw a bear

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The youngest's preschool class has been talking about emotions this week. It is Valentines week so it makes sense.

Today her teacher sent home a list of the class' emotions during the week. I guess she asked each one how he or she was feeling and wrote them down. Some of the children mention what makes them happy (my sister, Valentines day, school etc.) others, what makes them mad or sad.

My daughter's response:

I would feel scared if I saw a bear!

That's my girl! I would too.

I wish I knew what the exact question was. I'll have to ask her about it tomorrow.

 

Jack and the Wonder Beans!

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Last Saturday I took my kids to a great Library program!

Some students from Theatre VCU put on a great show at the Gayton Library. It was an Appalachian rendition of the classic fairy tale Jack and the Bean Stalk titled Jack and the Wonder Beans. They did a great job and all of the kids in attendance seemed to really love the show! A lot of the adults did too.

It was very fun. There was a lot of crowd participation, singing, dancing and loudness. It was perfect for kids! They are doing another show at the Twin Hickory Library this Saturday and we will probably attend it too. My kids liked it THAT much. It didn't hurt that my oldest daughter was asked to be in the show. The director asked her to be the cow that was sold for the beans. She absolutely loved it!

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Growing

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The bear you see below is Little Bear. For over three years she and my oldest daughter were inseperable. They went everywhere together and were best friends. Now she is five and my daughter is leaving Little Bear behind frequently and isn't playing with her as much. She hasn't been completely forgotten but she spends more time in my daughter's room than she used to. There were times when we couldn't leave the house without her and forgetting her on long trips was misery inducing for everyone. Now, Little Bear pretty much stays on the bed waiting for my daughter.

I'm saddened that she's outgrowing her favorite toy. It means she's one step closer to growing up. I realize that she's only five so there are many more steps for her to take. Many will be  difficult and heartbreaking. Many will be joyful and uplifting. But this is one of the first. I knew this would happen but it doesn't make it any easier.

I'm glad she's growing up. I wouldn't have it any other way. I guess I'm morning the loss of a reliable friend and comforter.

 

Chasing Shadows

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I was recently walking with my two year old daughter, as we were walking she began to follow her shadow. After a few minutes of this she began chasing her shadow. It was just out of reach, no matter how fast she ran she couldn't catch it. That futility did not diminish her fun or her determination. She was having a blast!

Later, at work I was thinking about this and it dawned on me that I was doing a similar exercise at work. I am chasing the shadow of  libraries and how they can make lives better. I know I will never be able to fully comprehend everything related to libraries. I won't be able to catch that shadow. But that won't stop me from trying.

It's an exciting time and I have every intention of enjoying my work. While I'm busy chasing my shadow I get the opportunity to learn new things and help other people learn at the same time. I do love my job.

 

Common Sense Media

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My wife brought this site to my attention today and I'm so happy she did!

I can see me using this site a lot as my children grow up.  It is similar to kids-in-mind that I wrote about a few months ago but it does more than movies.  They have books, TV, websites, games and music rated with children in mind.  I've been fiddling with it for a few minutes and I really like it!  Check it out!

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/

 

Kids-In-Mind

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My 4 year old daughter loves movies!  What kid doesn't?  Up until now she's been content to watch movies at home on the TV but she's getting to the age where she wants to go to the theater.  That's to be expected and I'm excited about taking her to the movies.  It will be great  for us to have a daddy-daughter date night!

My delima is: what movies do I take her to and how do I decide?  I have recently discovered a site called kids-in-mind that helps parents with these questions.

The site gives pretty detailed summaries of movies and rates them on scale of 1-10 for profanity, sex/nudity, and violence/gore.  If a movie has a high score in any of these categories it means there is a lot of it in the movie.  For a more detailed explination of how their rating system works click here.

It is good for older movies too!

I hope this can help anyone.  I know it will help me.

 

Kidzui

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Downloading Kidzui to see if my 4 year old will enjoy it. So far we have her set up on a firefox browser with the speed dial addon with two choices (nickjr and pbskids) and she likes it. But...she's growing and may want to explore more. From what I've read about kidzui from lifehacker it seems like a pretty good introduction to the internet for young kids. 

We will see.