Carmel Mountain Preschool Blog

Parenthood

Adjusting to Daylight Savings Time

Dear CMP, My daughter always has a hard time adjusting to daylight savings time changes. Do you have any suggestions for making the transition easier? Sincerely, Not Looking Forward to Spring Forward Dear Not Looking Forward to Spring Forward, Daylight savings can be hard on the whole family. Keep in mind these four easy steps […]

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What are your suggestions to let my daughter enjoy Valentine’s Day without filling her with candy?

Candy, candy, candy! Hearts abound this time of year, whether it’s chocolate, conversation, or marshmallow. Breaking, or not starting on, the sugar train can be a challenge. With food allergies on the rise and growing research supporting the negative effects of sugar on the growing brain, many parents and schools are encouraging non-edible Valentine treats. Checking out the party favor aisle is often a simple and cost-effective way to round up 12-24 similar pint-sized items.

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How to deal with your child having FOMO when taking a nap.

Creating and implementing an effective nap routine is sometimes easier said than done. Especially if your little one is refusing to take a nap.

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Learning How to use Scissors

Learning how to use scissors is an important skill, it helps children develop the fine motor strength needed to use a pencil. Strong fine motor skills help children as they begin to learn how to write, and are the foundation for gripping and manipulating objects.

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How to Cope With Your Child Biting

Children usually bite to cope with a challenge or fulfill a need. Trying to figure out the underlying cause of the biting will often lead you to the best strategy to extinguish this normal, but undesirable behavior.

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Mr. Tom’s Guide to Surviving Preschool
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After 3 children and 7 ½ years of drop-offs and pickups, tears and laughs, field trips and splash days, I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the things I learned along the way.

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It’s lice season, what do I DO?

Let’s normalize lice so that all parents know what to look for and are comfortable for informing others when their children have it so we can stop spreading it.

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What are the Best Warm Season Crops to Plant with Kiddos

I often get questions from parents in passing about what they should plant in their gardens with their children. I love these questions but figured that my quick responses at pick-up and drop-off could be expanded upon. So here goes!

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A Very Special Mother’s Day

For the past three weeks, the children at CMP have been working very hard on a special project for their Mom’s for Mothers Day. Some drew pictures, others designs and most of them chose Mom’s favorite colors! The wood and photos dry clear and are a timeless piece of art that Mom can display forever!

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Interview with Gigi Schweikert

I first encountered Gigi Schweikert at a childcare conference. She is hilarious and is super easy to relate to as an educator and a mother. She is very down to earth and has the ability to give parenting advice and advice to teachers in a way that is easy to understand and implement. We are […]

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Interview with Norm – The Rhythm Child Drum Circle

Interview with Norm How did you get started in drumming with Children? I’ve been a professional musician for thirty years. Drumming and percussion were my main instruments. When I had my first child back in 2000 I was trying to relate to him with something I knew. As a first time parent I didn’t know […]

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18 Helpful Hints for Back-To-School Success

I attended Carmel Mountain Preschool. I’ve worked at CMP since 2007, and I know the teachers are amazing. The first day of school is still hard.  Leaving my baby boy, Finn, at school for the first time brought tears to my eyes…even though I was across the office from him.  For the last eight years, […]

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Recipe: The Easiest Potato Leek Soup

I love making this soup because if I have a little more or less of the ingredients it still turns out amazing. Even if I leave the soup ingredients cooking on the stove longer or shorter because I have to run out of the kitchen to change a diaper or handle some other mom distraction, […]

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Delicious Nut Free Granola Bar Recipe

Here at CMP, we create our own recipes and homemade, organic snacks. This week the kids enjoyed our Nut Free Granola Bars. This recipe is easy to make and is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and organic. Your kids will love it! Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Ingredients 2 […]

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What is the All The Buzz About Essential Oils?

Here at Carmel Mountain Preschool we strive to be environmentally conscious. We have made a lot of changes this past year and are excited to share our reasons for using essential oils in most of our classrooms. We use Young Living Thieves Essential Oil Household Cleaner in all of our classrooms to help kill germs […]

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A Nostalgic Favorite Snack Made Healthier: Try This Homemade Cheese Square Cracker Recipe

Everyone LOVES (and remembers) Cheez-It® crackers…why not make an organic homemade version? I will never forget the long road trips with my parents and siblings as a child. We would drive from New Jersey to Florida and about 30 minutes into the drive, we all ask, “Mom, how much longer?” That is when my mom would pull […]

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Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy During the Cold Winter Months

Keeping your family healthy during the winter season can be a challenge. Fighting the assault of bacteria, viruses, and bodily mishaps requires planning and strategy. Add preparing and celebrating for the holidays and your to-do list has quadrupled. The following tips cover basic steps necessary for healthy holidays and a happy new year. Layer Clothing […]

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Social Media Mom vs. Reality

At Carmel Mountain Preschool our staff is comprised of parents who are all too familiar with the ups and downs of raising a family. Whether they’re new parents or have had their second or third child, they can relate to the challenges that many of us face. Being a parent is such a wonderful gift but let’s […]

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Creative At-Home Sensory Play for Your Little One

Being a parent in this technological age can be challenging. The temptation to pop your little one in front of the television or hand them an iPad to use for an hour is strong. But the benefits of spending time creating together far outweigh the ease of simply distracting them with technology. And the wonder, […]

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From One Mom to Another: It Will Be Okay

From one mom to another, I have four words for you: ‘It will be okay!’ Every year around this time parents are filled with anxiety because of impending change: The change of seasons from summer to fall, the change in weather (well, maybe not in Southern California) and most importantly, the change of classroom and […]

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