Classes + Activities for the Little Ones

Right now Essley is almost smack dab between a year and a half and two years old. She’s definitely not a baby anymore, but she’s still in the early stages of toddler-dom. She’s not old enough for preschool or, as I’ve come to find out through the age requirements listed on the majority of them, most other classes or formal group activities. Although I don’t feel like it’s necessary to schedule an excessive amount of organized activities or lessons so young, I do think that it’s good for her to have the social experience of a ‘disciplined’ (very, very loose use of that term) group activity with other kids her age.  She took swimming lessons this summer, which was truthfully more of a water play group, and she absolutely loved it. And next month, she starts dance (a ballet-ish parent-involved class called ‘Tip Toes and Me’) that explores creative movement, about which she is already thrilled despite the fact that I don’t really think she understands what it actually means. (Daily conversation is as follows. Adult: “Essley, are you excited about dance class?” Essley: “UH HUH!” followed by 30+ seconds of her killer dance moves.)

I’ve been wondering though if these very sporadic activities are enough. Although toddlers her age are only beginning to play in ways that involve interacting with other little ones (vs. parallel play), I think it’s crucial for them to have regular social activities. We have many friends with young children, but the ones who live close have kids who are older or younger, and those with toddlers her age live in the city (we are in the ‘burbs) and we can usually only organize a play date once a month at best. Even if we could schedule more play dates (which are great on so many levels) however, I genuinely feel that the acts of following instructions and learning cooperation that accompany structured group activities like classes are so important. I just wish there were more group activities available for kids her age. I scoured our park district’s fall catalog (which is massive) and literally the only option for a child her age was the dance class. I know she’ll love the class, and as someone who participated in dance lessons myself from a young age through the college years, I’m excited for it too. But it would be nice to have some other options as well. I saw that our local library has story hours for kids her age, and I think we’ll partake in that. I’d love to sign her up for a group music play type class too, but need to do some more digging. Other than that, I’m left wondering if there are other activities I might just be overlooking and/or that my pregnancy brain is just missing all together.

And that brings me to my question for those of you who are parents. What type of group activities or classes do your toddlers most enjoy (or if you have older kids, that they most enjoyed when they were toddlers)? Do any of you have kids in that in-between baby and toddler age like Essley, and if so, what do you have them signed up for this fall? I’d love to hear any suggestions or ideas you might have in the comments!

Image source: ‘Ballet School for Baby Ballerinas,’ circa 1955.

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Lâm Đồng: Không sử dụng thuốc BVTV chứa hoạt chất fipronil

Lâm Đồng: Không sử dụng thuốc BVTV chứa hoạt chất fipronil
Fipronil là hoạt chất có trong nhiều loại thuốc BVTV (tại Việt Nam, hoạt chất này được đăng ký với 167 tên thương phẩm có trong danh mục thuốc được phép sử dụng) nhưng lại là thuốc thuộc nhóm độc I.
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Crawling critters creeping into metro homes
Ridlin suggests buying an insect repellent with the active ingredient Fipronil. "Consumers can buy these on the combat line. Same active ingredient, same percentage of active ingredient, and they work great," he said. Haller is using an organic
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New Zealand trade mark decision on FIPROLINE overturned in Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal of New Zealand has overturned a High Court decision which held that the opposed mark FIPROLINE would be confused with the opponent's FRONTLINE mark, for veterinary products. The Court of Appeal's decision has addressed what …
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Our Favorite Nail Polishes, Fall 2015 Edition

1. British Racing Green Nail Lacquer, Butter London  //  2. Leggy Legend Nail Color, Essie  //  3. Chai Tea Latte Nail Polish, Palate Polish  //  4. Rainstorm Nail Polish, Sinful Colors  //  5. Frock N Roll Nail Color, Essie  //  6. Giada Nail Color, Zoya  //  7. It’s a Piazza Cake Nail Lacquer, OPI  //  8. Respect Nail Polish, Deborah Lippmann  //  9. Heirloom Nail Color, Jin Soon  //  10. Fall in Line Nail Color, Essie  //  11. Elephant Matte Nail Polish, Urban Outfitters  //  12. In the Lobby Nail Color, Essie

It’s been quite a while since Morgan, our Beauty Contributor Extraordinare, has written a post over here at Bubby and Bean. She’s a full time high school teacher who is involved in a whole lot of school activities, which makes her one busy lady. She has had so many great ideas to share here, but time has proven to continually slip away. So for today’s post, we found a solution that was actually a lot of fun – we teamed up to write it together. Morgan is a nail guru, so I asked her to give me her top polish recommendations for this fall/winter season, and I combined them with a few of my favorites. The results (and links to each product) can be found above. As you can see, we’re both Essie girls. Morgan also has a love affair with Sinful Colors (and their pricing), while I’m a big fan of eco-friendly brands like Zoya. I tend to gravitate toward more muted colors for the cooler seasons, while Morgan isn’t afraid of funkier shades that aren’t considered to be traditional autumn colors. After putting our heads (and hands; get it? get it?) together, these were the final 12 that made our top polish picks for fall 2015.

What are your favorite nail colors for this fall? Have you tried any of these specific polishes?

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Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith by Charles R. Swindoll (Book Review)

\My rating: 5 of 5 stars Charles Swindoll is one of those authors/pastors whose work is biblical based. Part of a long linage of books he has written, “Abraham” is a book that dwells deeply into the archeological, anthropological, spiritual and biblical treasure that is Abraham, a man of faith that trusted God. Deeply written…



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MEET JUDY, THE HERO DOG WHO WAS A WWII POW

judy1-lgFor some British soldiers in WWII, the only reason they survived was due to the bravery and loyalty of a military dog named Judy. In 1945, Judy was awarded the United Kingdom’s Dickin Medal, which honors the wartime service of animals.

According to National Geographic, Judy, a purebred English pointer, began her career as somewhat of a mascot for a group of British soldiers aboard the H.M.S. Grasshopper.

When Japanese planes bombed the ship, the survivors swam to shore. Stranded without food and water, the desperate men were incredulous when Judy sniffed out a freshwater spring under the sand and dug deep to bring the drinkable water up to the surface.

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Flea products fail, or did you fail?

Flea products fail, or did you fail?
Dryden also likes Vectra 3D, a monthly spot on, which can potentially deter fleas and ticks from getting onto your pet in the first place, but kills them quickly if they do attach. Feel free to show this column to your veterinarian. It's exciting that
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'Flea Across Florida' expected to draw crowds, provide economic boost
Commuters along U.S. Highway 90 can expect to see a lot of vendors along the roadway from Pensacola from Live Oak on the second weekend of September during 'Flea Across Florida.' Local business owners are expecting Santa RosaCounty to be well …
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Huge weekend in Hudson: Flea Market, Farmers Market and Art On The Green
Downtown Hudson will play host to the Hudson Flea and Hudson Farmers Market on Saturday and the Art On The Green festival on Saturday and Sunday. Stunning glass ornaments by Todd Abell of Abell Glass in Kent as seen at a previous year's show.
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Leaving Messages at the Dog Shelter

So cute! Adopt a shelter animal today! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Heat Stroke is No Joke!

While a local news station was out at a park reporting on the death of a bulldog from heat stroke the day before, they came across another dog who was very close to heat exhaustion, if not stroke. This is despite the warning signs at the park entrance.

Though you’d think people would get it by now, some people really don’t. To make matters worse, the reporter spent time talking to the ranger about the dog’s condition and showing them pouring water on him while neglecting to mention the number one thing they should have been doing: calling a veterinary ER. Once the clinical signs kick in, they can be very difficult to reverse without aggressive care and time is of the essence.

Once you’ve seen a dog die of heat stroke, you get really agro about this stuff. It’s horrible. You have my permission to lecture strangers if they’re doing something dangerous like walking their pug on a desert trail in 100 degree weather with no water. It happens every day. I hereby appoint you all members of the Heat Stroke Patrol. Feel free to share the infographic as you see fit.

heatstroke

Be safe out there.

alan

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Pooch in Portofino

A pooch in Portofino, Italy.  Couldn’t resist this boy and his dog outside his parents’ gallery in the port. The Jack Russell terrier is called Marquis.
RIVIERA DOGS

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Shelter Sunday: Shoshone Pet Rescue / Kellogg, ID

Meet Sassy! This beautiful girl is living in Kellogg, Idaho, compliments of Shoshone Pet Rescue. Here’s what their website has to say about this young German Shepherd Dog & Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) Mix: This sweet dog is good with other dogs, cats and kids. She has lots of energy and would do well […]


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