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Teach Your Kids to Sew This Spring Break

Sophie-Do-It learns to sew. 4 year old turned a heart shaped pillow cover right side out; filled with stuffing then sewed the opening close. Of course it looked like a 4 year old sewed the pillow…and No Non-cents Nanna is so proud!

Do you or your kids know how to sew on a button or mend a ripped hem on your skirt? Can they thread a needle?Perhaps you always wanted to learn to embroider a gift?

Well, stop putting  off learning this basic skill. Plan to learn to sew this Spring Break, Summer vacation or Winter Break. How about after school instead of veggie out with video game?

Six years ago I taught my 11 year old grand daughter to sew so simple embroidery stitiches. She plans on being a surgeon one day. She has a head start on those stitching skills. READ MORE

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Felt Doll Photo Shoot

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Early Childhood Development and Finger Plays Go Hand in Hand

Why teach kids fingerplays and rhymes according to the No Non-cents Nanna

For the love of finger plays this post shares 10 links to dozens of the best fingerplays shared on Pinterest and 8 more reasons why  great pre-school teachers use  finger plays to teach in the class room.

  1. Those of us who teach kids finger plays  understand the value of rhythm and rhyme in the learning process.
  2. Finger plays can go every where when a child uses his/ her hands and fingers.
  3. For increased sensory involvement add cut out felt shapes; coloring book pages; or store bought finger puppets.
  4. No Non-cents Nanna’s HEART FELT PLAY STORE creates sets of sensory play items with your child in mind.
  5. Kids can memorizes a nursery poem or finger play then when they read that poem in a book they can begin picking out the word on the page.

6. Children feel the sense of a happy community when chanting familiar words with peers.

7.Memorizing rhyms and finger play words are the building blocks of the foundation to early reading skills.

8. Memorized rhymes help child remeber what teachers/ parents expect them to do. When children know what we want them to do they feel more safe/ secure and very confident. (Examples: line up; clean up: get ready to transition form one activity to another task.) READ MORE

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