How Having Pets at Home Help Promote Values

How Having Pets at Home Help Promote Values

Today's guest post comes from Hillary Smith.   Hillary Smith loves technology and hasn’t met a gadget that didn’t catch her attention. After graduating from the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, Hillary began a career as a freelance writer focusing on the telecommunications industry. She works out every day and spoils her English bulldog, Chauncey. Maybe it will happen over Christmas time. Maybe it will happen on your child’s birthday. Maybe it will happen on some idle Sunday … [Read more...]

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents (Book Review)

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents (Book Review)

When you first begin thinking about becoming a parent, your mind is flooded with cute little onesies and cuddly moments. Often images of children laughing through a field of flowers sneak in there too. Of course, if you've been a parent for more than 10 minutes you know this is not always the case. That's why I was so glad to see a book like Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents.  I'm a big fan of Gary Chapman really enjoyed his five love languages book, so I was happy to give … [Read more...]

Our Journey out of Homeschool

Our Journey out of Homeschool

In April, I hopped a plane to Tennessee to spend a few days with fellow kidmin Infuse members and the amazing Jim Wideman. During this information packed retreat, I learned a lot of things, including (big surprise), I can't do it all. Ever since baby #3 arrived, I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed. Even though we brought on a Children's Ministry assistant in October (who is, by the way, fabulous), I still had the distinct feeling that I was falling behind in everything. At the … [Read more...]

N is for Nest (Preschool Alphabet Activity)

N is for Nest (Preschool Alphabet Activity)

This is a high sensory activity we did right after Easter last year, but you could do it any time of the year. You'll need some basket grass and some playdough (we made our own).  We used brown since many birds use mud to hold their nests together. To begin, encourage kids to form a little bowl with the playdough. If you have very little ones, you might want to give them a bowl to press the dough into. Once the dough is in a small bowl shape, add the basket grass, moving it around … [Read more...]

Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Last Monday, we hosted our first Arts and Crafts in the Park of the year.  I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of numbers, so I wanted a craft that could easily accommodate whoever came our way.  The winner?  Paper plate flowers! This craft was originally geared towards preschool and kindergarten, but we had kids of all ages wanting to give it a try during our Arts and Crafts at the park program.  It's a nice one, because you can make it as simple or complex as you like. Ready to get … [Read more...]

Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Every summer, we try to make the most of the warm weather and sunny skies.  In the past, I've compiled a list of free and low cost ideas for families around Erie, PA -- but now that the kids are getting a little older, we thought we'd explore some day trip options. I heard about Put-in-Bay, Ohio and was surprised to find out this lovely little island was less than three hours away.  So, on Memorial Day this year, we packed up the kids, loaded up the Spotify playlists and away we … [Read more...]