One Minute S’Mores… No Campfire Needed

Hamilton “Ham” Porter: Hey, you wanna s’more?
Scotty Smalls: Some more what?
Hamilton “Ham” Porter: No, no. Do you want a s’more?
Scotty Smalls: I just got here, so how can I have some more of nothing?
Hamilton “Ham” Porter: You’re killin’ me, Smalls! Okay, these are s’mores stuff. Now pay attention. First, you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When the mallow’s flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then, you cover it with the other end. – The Sandlot



{you’re welcome}

With kids, we are always looking for quick and easy recipes and my husband is a HUGE fan of s’mores. So, the other day, he had a craving and bought the ingredients to make the ooey, gooey treat. Full disclosure: we do have a fire pit, but I wanted something quick and easy, while still getting the effect of toasted marshmallows.

Let’s get to the items you’ll need:

Graham Crackers. (They actually sell the graham squares)

Marshmallows (They sell square marshmallows too, but we just got the reg.)

Chocolate. ( My husband ended up getting the one with almonds)

A cookie sheet

One Minute S'Mores : Coastal Bend Mom Collective

The Assembly Line:

Set the crackers out

Place 2 marshmallows on one side of the cracker

Place a piece of chocolate (However big you’d like) on the other cracker.

One Minute S'Mores Recipe

Should look like this (Minus the marshmallow thief lol)

One Minute S'Mores Recipe 2

Turn your broiler on, on your oven.

I set mine on high.

Put the pan in the oven and broil for ONE minute.

Every oven varies, so please watch as you don’t want to over toast them.



Ooey, gooey, delicious s'mores | Coastal Bend Mom Collective 



I hope this encouraged you to order these items curbside and make them inside!

If you recreate, please tag us @coastalbendmomcollective on Instagram!

The Dogpocalypse is Coming!!!


Yea, it’s almost the Fourth of July…again.  Woo!  Except that it’s not so WOO for my pups.  For them, it’s the Apocalypse.  It’s bombs dropping outside and the world coming to an end.

When the fireworks begin, my dogs start by picking up their ears and silently praying that perhaps, that noise was just a car backfiring, a random gunshot or some really, scary thunder.  But, alas, it keeps coming, all night long.  No amount of Lionel Richie’s sweet, sweet voice will stop the horror that is coming for them.  And for this very reason, I do not participate in any activities on the Fourth of July.  My husband takes the kids to see fireworks.  I comfort my pups.  That’s my job.

Now, here is where I turn into an old grandpa who really wants you, yes, YOU firework loving American, to GET OFF OF MY LAWN.  The Fourth of July is one day and one day only.  It is not an all week celebration.  Please, please limit it to the one night, or heck, just the weekend, if you absolutely must light some more stuff on fire to prove your patriotism.  Because, hey, I believed you the first time.  I’ll believe you tomorrow.  No need to keep writing your declarations in the sky… or on your front lawn.

Here are some tips for helping your fur babies on the 4th of July:Dogpocalypse

  • Leave them at home. Do not take them to the fireworks. Fireworks are loud and scary.
  • Have one person stay at home with your pets, and keep them inside. Many dogs end up running away on the 4th, because they are trying to escape the danger that is happening all around them.
  • Also, having your pet microchipped is a good idea, in the event, that they do escape. Your vet can help you with microchipping.  Give them a call!
  • Do not use fireworks around your pets.  Please.

Here are some great websites with more tips:

American Veterinary Medical Association


Now, excuse me, while I come down off my soapbox.  I want you to know that I wish you a magical 4th.  I remember fireworks; the celebrations are beautiful! 

Honestly, on the 4th, I do search the horizon for fireworks.  I go from window to window in my house trying to catch glimpses of those sparkling gems in the night sky.  I hate that I miss the awe on my children’s faces as they watch the grand finales.  And, I realize that this is a memory that my girls will share with my husband- and not me.  Still, that’s okay.

I’m saving my pups from the Dogpocalypse.  I’m kind of a hero, and you can be, too.  We can be heroes.  Just for one day.

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4th of July Recipes That Will Revolutionize Your Holiday

Holiday themed dishes are VERY enjoyable. Spending five hours on Pinterest looking for those recipes? Not so much… Well, OK, I’m not going to lie. That’s enjoyable too. {And I’ve curated some additional GREAT items over there too, but I digress…} Sometimes you don’t have five hours to spare and getting distracted and going down the internet wormhole of nail polish and summer hairstyles can be quite the time-suck.

4th of July Eats | Coastal Bend Mom CollectiveSo let’s make life a bit easier, here are some of the best food and drink recipes Pinterest has to offer to help you celebrate the 4th of July.

4th of July Drinks

Festive Drink

Nonalcoholic Drinks

4th of July Punch: Using fresh fruit, cranberry juice, orange juice, lime juice, pink lemonade, and club soda, this punch is sure to please the hot, thirsty masses.

Red, White, and Blue Drink: This creative layer drink looks deceptively easy. Using cranberry juice, blue Gatorade, and Diet 7-Up, you pour the liquids individually to create the layer effect.  (Tears of frustration are not included with this recipe; however, after a few failed attempts, they might be included in your finished product.)

Red, White and Blue Jello Ice Cubes: Using holiday appropriate colors, freeze the prepared jello in ice cube trays and after 4 hours, pop them in your favorite lemon lime drink. An added bonus of these non-melting cubes is that you get to eat them once your drink is done.

Fruit Cubes: Using water; freeze raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries in ice cubes trays. Once frozen; pop them in a cool glass of water, lemonade, or lemon lime soda.

Alcoholic Drinks

Bomb Pop Shots: Inspired by the popular popsicle treat, this is another layer drink that may or may not be easy to accomplish. It requires Sprite, lemon vodka and blue Curacao. Using ice, you mix the vodka and Sprite, then layer the liquids using a bar spoon.

Red, White, and Blue Sangria: Put a 4th of July twist on this classic summer beverage by adding blueberries and strawberries.

Watermelon Blueberry Coconut Daiquiri: If you’re good with a blender, this is for you. Using fresh watermelon, blueberries, and many different coconut concoctions, you can make the perfect drink to cool down.

4th of July Wine Sparklers: This simple wine spritzer is a breeze to prepare and complements a relaxing day outside with friends and family.

4th of July Food

Grilled Food


Blueberry Caprese Salad: Adding some 4th of July flair to a caprese salad is simple, toss in some blueberries and enjoy.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad: If you love potatoes, you can’t let this recipe slip by. It’s a bowl full of potatoey  goodness.

Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad: Retire that boring pasta salad this 4th of July, this recipe gives you step by step directions on how to successfully use food coloring to dye your pasta blue and red.

Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs: Enjoy this egg-cellent spin on the traditional deviled egg.

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Corn: Corn on the cob is a must this summer; spice it up with this parmesan garlic spread.

Strawberry Cornbread: Simple to describe: strawberry+cornbread=strawberry cornbread

Patriotic Taco Salad: If you’re like me, you gravitate to all things taco, so this salad should be a big hit at your backyard party.



Firecracker Hot Dogs: A kid pleaser for sure, this explosive take on the hot dog will be a fast favorite.

Muffin Tin Cheeseburgers: Not all burgers have to be off the BBQ, these mini cheeseburgers would complement any 4th of July celebration.

Stars and Stripes Lasagna: Italian food doesn’t exactly fit into the backyard BBQ mold, but this festive dish will add some variety to your family event.

Marinated Greek Chicken Skewers:  These Greek Chicken Skewers are a tasty change on the classic 4th of July kabob.


Patriotic Popcorn: Popcorn, marshmallows, M&Ms, and sprinkles. What more could you ask for?

Fruit Kabobs: Using berries and star marshmallows (those exist?!), these fruit kabobs will be easily devoured.

Red, White, and Blue Cupcake Cones: These are some of the tastiest cupcakes I have ever had. It’s a cupcake baked into an ice cream cone.  Seriously yummy!

Ice Cream Sandwiches:  If you are looking to cool down, try your ice cream between two cookies.

What 4th of July themed treats and eats will be part of your holiday?

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Firework Safety and Where to Buy Them in the Coastal Bend

It is no surprise that July 4th is going to look different this year.

While there are still some Firework display events being planned in the Coastal Bend; people are being encouraged to stay home and celebrate with family.

Because of this, we wanted to refresh you on some rules and guidelines about firework safety and what is and is not allowed here in the Coastal Bend in regards to personal firework displays. We have also included a list of firework stands all over the Coastal Bend for you to purchase fireworks. Visit their websites to see what your purchase options are. 

Safety is our number one priority especially when fire, explosions, and children are involved. According to the Consumer Product Saftey Commission report in 2017, there were 8 deaths and an estimated 12,000 injuries involving the use of fireworks. Please remember the use of fireworks inside the city limits is illegal. If caught you could face a fine per open package.

Some firework safety tips to keep you safe:

More tips found here and here

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

Where to Find Fireworks to buy in the Coastal Bend:

Mr. W Fireworks

Locations: 3726 FM 1069 North Ingleside; 4595 S. Hwy 35 Rockport; 1000 W. Sinton Sinton; 6402 Old Brownsville Corpus Christi;6633 Old Brownsville Corpus Christi;2921 McKenzie Robstown;2358 Hwy. 286 Corpus Christi;1355 FM 43 Corpus Christi;3372 Hwy 77 North Odem;601 FM 2444 B Corpus Christi;5326 Co Rd 75 Robstown;831 W. AVE J Robstown;8464 Hwy 359 S. Mathis;2232 Hwy 59W Beeville;3758 E. Hwy 44 Alice;208 CR 114 Alice.

Alamo Fireworks

Locations: 4525 HWY 35 S Rockport;6701 Old Brownsville Rd Corpus Christi;1370 FM 43 Corpus Christi;1343 FM 43 Corpus Christi;2110 HWY 286 Corpus Christi;709 FM 2444 (staples Rd) Corpus Christi;4180 IH 37 Odem;2917 IH-69E S Robstown;15210 Northwest Blvd Robstown;2780 E Carlos Truan Blvd Kingsville;2227 US-59 Beeville;E North Blvd Riviera

Punisher Pyros

Location:1221 FM 43 Corpus Christi


Locations: 432 Ave C Taft;1406 US 59 Goliad


Have a happy and safe 4th of July, friends!

PRIDE: A History

There is so much rich history surrounding the fight for rights for LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and other identities) individuals. We have come so far in the past century and most progression has been achieved in my lifetime. Homosexuality was not only criminalized (till 2003) but also deemed a “sociopathic personality disturbance” by American Psychiatric Association till 1973.

Why celebrate PRIDE in June? On June 28, 1969, in New York City, riots broke out after a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, which was a gay club. One key figure in initiating the riots was supposedly a black, transgender woman, Marsha P. Johnson who was said to have thrown the “shot glass that was heard around the world.” 

Although these riots marked the beginning of the gay civil rights movement, it wasn’t till 1978 when Harvey Milk became the first openly gay elected official in California. He was assassinated later that year but not before leaving his mark and inspiring Gilbert Baker to create the rainbow flag which is now a symbol for LGBTQ+ worldwide. 

In 1993, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was enacted as military policy and was followed by the  Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. 

Obama’s presidency made great strides for gay civil rights. In 2009, Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act. For nearly ten years (2004-2015) same-sex marriage became legal, then ruled unconstitutional, and back and forth in various states and courts throughout the nation. The most notable of these is Proposition 8 in California.  Most individuals associate PRIDE with the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality ruling stating that same-sex marriage was legal in the United States. 

On June 26, 2015 I was driving to work at the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas and my brother called me telling me that the Supreme Court had just ruled same-sex marriage legal in the United States. I cried all the way to work out of pure happiness. Two days later Krystal and I attended our first PRIDE celebration in Houston, Texas.  I remember the energy being palpable with the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage just a few days before. We sat at a bar with an older lesbian and colleague of mine. There were tears in her eyes as she told us that her wife (which she had married in California years earlier) was now legal in the state she called home. There were many celebratory shots and joyful tears shed that PRIDE. What impacted me the most was the safety of the event. No, not the police presence, but that I could hold Krystal’s hand surrounded by crowds of people in the middle of downtown (even at dark) and have no fear because I was surrounded by my rainbow community.  Having the freedom and safety to kiss and hold the woman you love in public is a rare experience even in today’s society. A privilege we didn’t enjoy often after having spent our college years at time Texas A&M who was ranked in the top 20 for the most “Unfriendly Schools for LGBT Students.”

In the years that have followed, I cannot count the number times Krystal and I have been asked if our (same-sex) marriage was legal; even in the past year. When we were engaged and planning our wedding it was a question we were bombarded with. This became such a topic of discussion with businesses and vendors that one of the first question I asked to “vet” a vendor was if they were comfortable providing services to a same-sex couple.

Although Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed, transgender individuals were still banned from joining the military till 2016 and the first transgender individual didn’t join till 2018. However, this ban was put back into effect in January of 2019 under the Trump administration. The next year in 2017 the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Civil Rights Act prohibited workplace discrimination against LGBTQ employees. Three years later the Supreme Court agreed with this ruling for the United States on Monday, June 15, 2020. It stated that sexual orientation and gender identity were protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

As an out, lesbian, teacher the significance of this decision is monumental. I am privileged enough to be out to all my students and administration. This does not mean I do not experience homophobia among my students, parents, and community. There have been moments over the last 6 years of teaching that there has been a pit in my stomach wondering if I would still have a job at the end of the school year. This ruling by the Supreme Court means I cannot be fired for being lesbian. For being married to the woman I love. There are no words to express the relief. 

This is not a complete version of our history nor is it the end. Many people assume that because LGBTQ+ individuals have marriage equality and now protection under the Civil Rights Protection Act, we are equal, both legally and in society. That is not the case. 

At our wedding Krystal and I lit a rainbow candle with this note next to it:

We cannot let our history stop here. We cannot let our PRIDE history end with these victories so many before us have fought and died for. There are still so many injustices that happen to the LGBTQ community. 

It is still legal in Texas to use the “Gay Panic Defense” which is “a legal strategy that asks a jury to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity/expression is to blame for a defendant’s violent reaction, including murder.” Conversion therapy of our youth, lack of classifications of hate crimes, second-parent adoption for the same legal protections heterosexual couples receive as a right of their marriage. 

If you would like a more complete list the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has a great visual map for other issues that are still haunting our legal system today. If you are curious as to how the Coastal Bend scores in terms of LGBTQ+ civil rights, this is HRC’s score card for 2019.

So this June celebrate all we have achieved and vow to continue the fight for equality. There is so much room for growth and improvement in our government and in our society. How can you be an Ally to the LGBTQ+ community? Here are a few tips. 

How to be a better ally

Check out this post from Madison Mom Collective which gives great resources for celebrating PRIDE with your kids. You can also learn more about my wife and my journey to motherhood here.


Coastal Bend Summer Bucket List || Social Distancing Edition

Summer vacation is here friends and


But what does that even mean this year? We know that summer may look a little different in 2020, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun and make memories with our families.

We have scoured our archives and I am totally reminiscing about my 40 Day Bucket List Adventures, and I’ve come up with a Coastal Bend Area summer bucket list — that takes social distancing into consideration.  Side Note: It’s also a good idea to check web sites/social media for the locations you’ll be visiting since statuses and policies are constantly changing.

  1. SWIM and let my children swim daily if possible – you can get a fairly inexpensive kid’s pool online or at HEB/Target and have fun all summer long!
  2. Eat frozen treats, often.  Popsicles, smoothies, fro-yo, you name it!  If it’s frozen and delicious, we are going to be consuming it this month!
  3. Eat a picnic (breakfast, lunch, or dinner!) outside
  4. Go to the beach and build a sandcastle
  5. Watch a movie as a family.
  6. Go on a Nature Walk If you haven’t been before, try Suter Wildlife Refuge or the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center
  7. Blow Bubbles… and pop them!
  8. Have Some Sidewalk Chalk Fun
  9. Play Hopscotch
  10. Jump Rope
  11. Watch the Sunrise
  12. Go on a Bike Ride
  13. Fly a Kite
  14. Paint with Water Paint the sidewalk or fence with just a paintbrush and a small bucket of water!
  15. Plant Flowers
  16. Explore the beautiful blooms and the Butterfly House at the South Texas Botanical Gardens
  17. Go Fishing
  18. Camp Outside
  19. Play Soccer
  20. Set up a Water or Sand Table to Play In
  21. Pick Flowers for Someone Special
  22. Play a Game of Putt-Putt Golf : Treasure Island Golf & Games: Who doesn’t like putt putt golf? Who doesn’t like to school their husband and kids? I like anything where we can have fun as a family and get a little competitive. Treasure Island Golf & Games is the perfect place for outdoor family fun!
  23. Visit a Farmer’s Market 
  24. Swing and Slide at a Park or Playground
  25. Participate in a Virtual Walk/Run with Your Family
  26. Ride your Bike or Skateboard
  27. Create and Attempt Your Own Obstacle Course
  28. Read a Book Outside
  29. Put a Blanket Out and Stargaze at Night
  30. Make a Bird Feeder or Birdhouse and enjoy some bird-watching
  31. Make a Lemonade Stand 
  32. Get Out Your Baseball and Play Catch
  33. Dolphin Connection: It may be a little out of our way, but it’s totally worth seeing the dolphins in Ingleside! (Told you we love the outdoors and nature!) Dolphin Connection offers exclusive and intimate trips for only 6 people. Reservations are a MUST. They only run their trips during peak viewing times, which for the close-up sightings of dolphins is worth the reservation.
  34. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge: Alligators, wild hogs, birds, and mini hiking trails. What better way to spend the day during the summer!
  35. Family Art Time.  The Art Center of Corpus Christi is offering virtual family art time packages. Check out their website here for details!
  36. Geocaching is a great social distancing approved activity. You can find out more about geocaching in the Coastal Bend here.
  37. Visit a local museum. The CC Museum of Science and History, the Art Museum of South Texas, K Space Contemporary, the USS Lexington, and The Art Center of Corpus Christi are some of my favorite spots in the Coastal Bend! Check their websites for updated policies due to the pandemic.
  38. Take photos with the many beautiful murals around Corpus Christi! I made it a point to visit as many as possible during my 40 Day Adventures and it made me SO happy!

So tell me: What is on your family’s

Summer 2020 Bucket List?

Our sisters over at Alamo City created this fun printable – pop over and check out their list of fun activities too – San Antonio is an easy day trip away with lots of adventures for your family! Print and fill in a summer bucket list for your family – add in summer traditions YOU have and don’t forget to get your family’s input! Click the image above to open the pdf.

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Mean Girls or Racism : Navigating a Tough Workspace

Black women will always be too loud for a world that never intended on listening to them Speak up anyway. @speaklovetoher


I screen grabbed this from Instagram because it resonated with me so much. It reminded me of a time I received criticism in the workplace. I know, put your big girl panties on and deal with it! And, at the time, I did: I took the blow and went on about my day.

I cried a little when I told my husband, and I also called my Mom. Aside from those two people, I never spoke of it again.

Until I read this quote, and it brought back those memories.

I am all for constructive criticism, but the point of criticism is to teach so we can, in turn, do better. The Black Lives Matter movement is just that: teaching so we can be better.

Reflecting on incidents of the past, now with a new perspective, I am realizing that what I thought was constructive criticism in the past, was actually borderline racism.

I never even realized it, and, a few weeks later, the exact same scenario happened to me again like Deja Vu.

So….it began when I applied for a promotion.

I didn’t tell my manager (a white woman), or the superior above her (another white woman). I didn’t think I needed too, I suppose. This was about me, personally, wanting to advance my career. When they both approached me, somewhat bewildered at what I had done, I wondered if perhaps I broke some unspoken code. Naively, I thought the application process was supposed to be anonymous and unbiased.

Several weeks later I attended the group interview. I thought I had aced the questions and activities. I even assisted my peers when they had trouble! An excellent candidate for a manager, right?

Our appraisal was private and I sat before two other women both of fair skin. I do not presume to know their races I as do not know them, but I assumed one was white and one was a Latina. (Again I am not certain.) I was told I did not pass, and word-for-word, “You have a dominating personality and it does not work well in your favor.”

The 2 interviewers nodded in unison at that phrase, while holding disapproving glares – you know the kind…the kind that your Mom gives you when you messed up! That moment is burned in my memory. I was bummed.

I thanked them for the opportunity, shook hands, and left with my head held high – like any respectable southern lady. {I probably went and got ice cream after that. 🙂 }  I don’t remember exactly what I did, but I do recall shedding a few tears as I told my husband that night.

I went on about my days and put that goal of promotion on the back-burner, all the while trying to figure out how to improve. That phrase was still burned in my head.

Fast forward to several week later when it was time for my annual appraisal back at work. I excelled in most areas, or so I thought, as I received the accolades I nodded in agreement. Then came my criticism,

“However, you have a dominating personality and it does not work well in your favor.”

Wait…. “WHAT???”  Okay. So, I do not have a Doctorate or a Master’s Degree. But I consider myself an educated and well-read person. I have never in my life heard that phrase, much less to hear it directed twice! First by “unbiased anonymous interviewers” and then again by my manager (of several years) just a few weeks later.

Once again, I took my criticism with thanks. The disappointment continued when I only received the minimum raise available. Nowhere near the goal I had set for myself. Still with no clear direction as to how to actually IMPROVE, (other than to shut up), and a suspicion that maybe my “anonymous unbiased interview” wasn’t so anonymous and unbiased.

I ended up leaving that company a few years later and that phrase has never left my mind. When I read that quote today it immediately brought it back to the forefront of my memory.

I never did receive the constructive portion of that criticism, and, to this day have no idea what I could have done despite all my efforts to restore a positive performance.

I believe that my opportunity for advancement was foiled by upper management colluding against my promotion. At that time I never thought it was racism. I simply thought it was a “means girls, you can’t sit at our table” kind of thing.

However, now in this current racial climate, and seeing and hearing so many other BIPOC stories and points of view, it has caused me to reflect on my own experiences and this instance keeps coming to mind.

I simply thought they didn’t like me. I never thought about WHY they didn’t like me.

I suppose I will never know for certain, and that is fine. I am content and I am happier than I have been in many years. By the grace of God, and forgiven by me to be me apologetically. PERIOD.

My personal experience is in no way a reflection on any company as a whole. Just as the BLM movement is in no way directed at all police, solely those that display harbor racial discriminatory views

I will continue to share my experiences as a Black woman in the South, as a mother of biracial children, and as a wife to a Hispanic man, until these things no longer matter to everyone around us.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Last year I began homeschooling my daughter in preparation for kindergarten. We focused on academics and worked hard to get her prepared for learning. Hopefully giving her a solid foundation.


However, academics are a small part of Kindergarten. I realized that I need to also focus on some other areas of school: eating lunch, walking in line, listening to her teachers, for example.

She did attend daycare form 9 weeks to 2-years-old, so she is familiar with some of the concepts of being a school setting. But, for the past two years, she has been home with me. Free to play and eat at her leisure! I worry that she is in for a big shock on that first day of school! I want to do my best to prepare her – and make her teacher’s life a little easier too!

I reached out to a few Kindergarten teachers and they provided me with some great tips! Here are the areas they suggest focusing on:

  • Taking care of personal belongings/materials (clean up after themselves)
  • Flushing the toilet/being able to use the restroom unassisted
  • Washing hands after using the bathroom/before & after eating
  • Making sure all wardrobe is able to be buttoned and/or zipped by your student independently
  • Eating neatly and throwing away trash when done
  • Recognizing their name on items
  • Writing their own name
  • Does not write their name in all caps (starts with an uppercase big letter and the rest are lower case)
  • Can say and recognize the Alphabet – including letter names and sounds (At least some)
  • Can say and recognize numbers – to at least 10
  • Can say and recognize colors
  • Work on fine motor skills by developing the muscles in their hand (i.e. using playdough, cutting with scissors, making bead necklaces, picking up and sorting small items)
  • Practice Nursery Rhymes (Helps with rhyming, phonemic awareness skills)
  • READ READ READ. Read to them as much as possible
  • Can tie or fasten their own shoes
  • Sitting still for 10 minutes
  • Not talking when other people are talking

What areas are you working with your kiddos on?



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