Self Help- Teacher Tip Tuesday.

Self Help is a part of development that I continue to see falling at the waist side. With the rush of the world we live in parents don’t have the time to wait for children to dress themselves. This can be detrementil on so many levels. Self help skills really help children. It gives them pride, pride for achieving something. When a child wants to do something on their own, let them. It starts with them wanting to feed themselves. Children are often eager to feed themselves but because a lot of food is messy, parents tend to intervene. When a child feeds his/her self they are working on, fine motor skills, as mentioned here. It also helps with eye hand coordination.

Self help also includes when children go to the restroom. At the preschool age Teachers are not allowed to go in the restroom with children, but why would you want them to? children should have their privacy ( to an extent) when using the restroom. I have come across many children who can not pull their pants up or down and/or clean themselves properly. After having many conversations with parents they don’t realize that allow children to learn to use the bathroom and clean themselves ( with their supervision) can be helpful to them when they enter preschool.

Start small, make a plan and start with letting them pick out their clothing.  Teach them how to tell the difference from the front and the back. Then let them put on their underwear.  Once they master that you can move on to one item of clothing at a time. I say don’t do it all at once because it can be over whelming to some children.

” I did it”,  are some of the sweetest words to hear, children love when they concur something. instilling self confidence early on can be long lasting. Children love having the ability “to do”.  Allow them to do, it will pay off on so many levels at the end.

A Year in Georgia

It’s been a year since I’ve packed up a few things and moved out here to Georgia. If I say life was great I would not be speaking the truth. Transitioning from one state to another is not the easiest thing. Feeling the disconnect from the life one has lived for their entire life is a constant feeling, at least it has been for me so far.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Georgia and have no plans of moving back to New York, but change is very difficult. The area I live in (Lawrenceville) is different, different culture, different lifestyle, just different. It’s not a good or bad different, just a different to get accustomed to.

Making friends, finding a job, becoming acquainted it is all a work in progress. I miss my set of Friends. Making good friends is hard to do as I mentioned in a previous blog post Here. There are times i feel nostalgia when thinking about New York and I begin to miss simply hanging out with friends.

Finding solid ground as far as work has been a challenge for me. As much as I love what I do I think I will have to take my self back in the  public school system.  I am a preschool teacher and it is different ( to say the least) out here in my experience.

All in all if you’re anything like me. Change is hard. As hard as it is, making this move was one of the best decisions I have made and although it is indeed hard it was necessary and I do not regret it.

Outfit deets

Hat: Aldo

Pants:  Walmart

Booties; Justfab

Jacket: Amiclubwear – similar

Teacher Tip Tuesday

Hey all, A few may know but many may not but, I have been a Teacher for over 13 years. For the Majority of those years I have taught preschool. Along with being a preschool Teacher I tutor young children. In doing both, I have noticed some things that I felt I needed to share. Now let me start by saying I am no expert, in fact some of my beliefs may differ greatly from other experts, with that being said I will start with my first tip, a tip you may hear over, and over and over.

Strong fine motor skills:

A lot of people either don’t know about this or do not work on this. This goes for parents as well as educators. First thing first.

What are fine motor skills?

Fine Motor skills  are small movements — such as picking up small objects and holding a spoon — that use the small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists, lips, and tongue. When I talk about fine motor skills on a preschool level I am talking about the small muscles in fingers and the movement of the wrists. Many children have very poor fine motor skills because they are not given the opportunity to use their hands as often as necessary. Strong fine motor skills help with coloring, writing, pulling on and off clothing and shoes, tying laces, buttoning and un buttoning.

How to help strengthen fine motor skills?

A lot of parents don’t want to hear this but messy play is great for strengthening fine motor skill.  Play dough is great for building these skills, finger painting is also something that will help with this.  Simple activities such as punching holes into a piece or cardboard and allowing the child to string through those holes, squeezing eye droppers full of water or paint on to paper, using tweezers ( plastic, child friendly tweezers) to pick up items, and  even allowing them to put rubber bands around a can ( can food) are great for fine motor skills. There are of course many more but these are some of my top Fine motor activities.

Friendships

Friendship is a huge deal for me. I don’t call just anyone my friend. It makes me cringe when some people just willy nilly throw around that word, there are people that call any and everyone their friends. Some people meet some one one day and the next they’re “besties”, then wonder why that friendship doesn’t last. Don’t get me wrong there are a few occasions where some ppl just click. They meet one day and they’re life long friends. I have a few of those. But even with those friends it wasn’t an overnight friendship.

I hold my friends close to my heart and I know my friends do the same. I would do anything for them and I know they would for me. I have lost a few friends during what I call growing pains. Losing friends is something that’s not easy. It’s worse than a breakup with a significant other in some aspects . With friends you share almost everything, your ups, your downs and depending on how long you’ve known them they know virtually everything about you.

Your friends speak the truth when you have lost your mind. They are brutally honest when you need them to be. They are the shoulder you lean on and that listening ear when you need to vent. I cherish my friendships, it hurts like hell when one of them ends.

Once the smoke has cleared I realize that as painful as the ending of friendships is, it is often for the best. Either interest have changes, support of one another has diminished, jealousy rears its ugly head or any other issues that can occur between people. things happen and people grow apart. It sucks but it is necessary at time. Keeping toxic people in your life simple because you’re “friends” makes no since.

I rather have a small group of great friends than a large group of ok friends. The older I get the less patience I have and the more weary I am about making new friends. The sad realization is not everyone has an interest in being a good friend. Some are only interested in having good friends.

Outfit deets:

Dress: Just fab

Shoes: Shoedazzle

Jacket: Ami Clubwear

Black Is The New Black.

I am not the type of girl that likes all black. For years I stayed far away from wearing all black. It just wasn’t my thing. When I was younger I stayed in all black. I wanted to hide, blend in, be invisible. Wearing all black most of the time helped me with that.

Lately I’ve had a love affair with wearing all black. I’ve found some great pieces that have made me rethink my disdain for wearing all black. Here is one of my latest looks. My look is from

Outfit deets:

Dress:Here

Shoes: Here

Shoedazzle Wishlist

As you may know I have a thing for shoes. I am slightly obsessed with them. Well here is a few of my fall picks from one of my favorite online shoe stores. These are my wish list picks. You will see a pattern, this color has caught my eye for the season… I’m… OBSESSED!

First we have the lovely Analy Here .Next we haveSonia you can find her Here.Then we have Ayla Find her here .We also have Cathleen, Here she is.

Finally we have Lilyana Here she is. Finally we have Lilyana Here she is.  

My selection has a variety. I am a lover of heels so of course I have more of those on my wish list than anything else. Flats are a must these days. Being a preschool teacher practical shoes are important.  Practical does not mean boring which is why my 2 picks for flats have a little spunk to it.

Brunching In Black

Recently I did a collaboration on brunch fashion.  You can check those looks out Here. I was super excited to do this collaboration for 2 reasons: fashion and brunch. I mean who doesn’t like brunch? The person who came up with brunch needs to be hugged and kissed. I love this social gathering that includes that of mimosas. When you add fashion to the mix it just makes it so much better.

When I lived in NYC I did a monthly brunch with a group of my friends. It was themed related. Every month a different person would pick the theme and brunch spot. It was always great to come up with ideas and to participate in the monthly themes. As fun as that was my favorite part was to catch up with my girls and chat it up… also the mimosas. lol.

Here is my brunch look:

Skirt and shirt: Here and Here (both currently on sale).

Shoes:Shoedazzle  (Similar)

My look was basic black look. I wanted to add some “fun” to it so I added these polka dot bobby socks and stripped pumps. I love pumps and socks. I love mixing prints, so thing just brought two of the things I love together.

Fall Collaboration

Fall is here , What better way to celebrate my favorite season than to do it with fashion. I’ve teamed up with a few ladies to showcase our similar and different ways of being fashionable for the fall. Fall for me is all about layers, I love layers, you can build up and break it down as  the day goes on.

The thing I love about fashion is that we can interpret it in the way we think, feel and enjoy. I am far from an artist, but  fashion is my way of showing my artistic eye.Sometimes I enjoy the basics and sometimes I can be a bit over the top. I also love that people are at time brought together by the things they they love and enjoy.  

 

Here are the ladies, their handles and their blogs.

First we have the lovely @thedazzlebomb (on IG),I love this sexy fall inspired look. Those Fabulous booties are from goody2shoes.com, blazer from justfab.com and her shorts are thrifted. Follow her blog at Thedazzlebomb.com

Next we have the beautiful @Sarastrendystyle. This jumper has my name all over it!!!She got her jumper (that I love) from fashionnova.com and her booties from Shoedazzle.com Follow her blog at SarasTrendyStyle.com.

Then we have the bombshell @crownsbyceleste. Those boots are to die for. She got her top from amazon.com, jeans from fashionnova.com, and her boots from Shoedazzle.com.

We also have the darling @stylishgal_on_a_budget, she got her Kimono from Walmart (I need to head to Walmart ASAP), her jeans from justfab.com and her booties from shoesdazzle.com. Follow her blog at https://m.facebook.com/Stylishgalcarryn/

Finally ,my fall inspired look. I got my tee from modells.com, jacket from a local boutique back in New York, jeans from justfab.com.

Virgo Season

As some of you know my birthday was last week. This year was a bit different, since I was in a new state and the weather was not favorable.  With that being said I still did what I could to celebrate. Birthdays are important to me. It’s another year with memories, trials and tribulations, lessons and achievements. Getting older is a blessing to me.I get to continue to live life and learn from the many things and people I experience.

Of course fashion is a big deal for my birthday. It seems the older I get the harder it is for me to pick out a great birthday outfit. This year I didn’t have any WHOA pieces but I liked my all over looks.  Here they are.I hate that I didn’t get a full picture of my casual look on the Friday prior to my bday but I loved my head wrap.Sunday I went super casual with some distressed jeans from Justfab, They have a great selection of jeans that fit amazing. I paired it with my team’s sweat shirt and denim pumps from Shoedazzle.On my actual birthday  ( Tuesday) I wore this blue dress from Fashion Nova, I will say if you have thighs size up.The Friday after my Birthday I decided to throw on this  Velvet number from ShoedazzleOn my final bday outing  on Saturday, I wore this super sexy dress with a high spilt from Fashion nova and booties from Justfab.

A Year Older

It is September 12th which to me is the best day ever. I am a year older. This year has been a very hard year for me. One of the hardest I have ever experienced in a while. The good thing about it is I have come out stronger and I have learned a lot about myself. This time last year I was saying goodbye to a job I loved celebrating with friends, while packing for my move to Georgia. A move was a much needed one for me, it was scary and Georgia was the world of the unknown for me. I suffered the Lack of job security, stopping my online business, no friends and while I have an amazing family member out here, I was leaving my closest family members back in New York.

Living In Georgia has also been good for me, My family has decided to move down here, I have mad a few new friends and I have become more dedicated to my blog. Change as scary as it may be has it’s ups as well as downs. Embracing the downs to achieve the up’s is the key.

I had a nice photoshoot planned but Irma wanted no parts of it, so i improvised showing my favorite looks for the year.

My year of fashion in review:

September:October:

November:December:January:February:March:April:May:June:July:August: