Oct 30, 2014

Fall Season safety tips - Safety Education series

October 30, 2014
safety education: fall season safety

This weekend many of us will be changing our clocks back from Daylight Savings Time. It's a great time to also change your batteries in your smoke alarms, CO monitors and check that your fire extinguishers are fully charged. 
We'll be doing ours for class today.

Fire safety is for every season, but with the colder weather arriving, many of us are starting to use our fireplaces, wood burning stoves and space heaters. 
Start the class by asking the children for some safety tips concerning these. I always enjoy hearing what they know and sometimes busting some myths along the way. Discussion time is so important and gives you a great starting point.

Read over these Fall Fire Safety Tips for more discussion ideas. 
One of the tips mentioned is to make sure young children know how to dial "911".  Why not make this a family activity. Each child/adult can take turns being the caller 
and the 911 dispatcher that asks the questions. 

Here are some other helpful Fall Season Safety Tips.

I would like to add one more tip for thought. 
So many times the children have opportunities to help grandma & grandpa or older neighbors with outside chores this fall, which is always encouraged, of course. However, remember, older adults may not anticipate the curiosity of younger children, leaving ladders & yard tools unattended. A word of caution to the adults and the children may be needed. 

Thanks so much for joining 
us for safety class today.
See you next week.

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Oct 27, 2014

A Clean & Simple Wedding Card

We're to have our "Indian Summer" 
this week; pleasant weather before the 
temps dip to freezing by the weekend.  

Time to put our yard & gardens "to bed" 
for the winter and stow away the patio 
furniture & outside pretties. I'm not quite 
sure I'm ready for this! I'm still gathering 
cucumbers, herbs and the odd tomato 
here & there. I will miss my gardens!!

I have a CAS card to share with you today 
from a recent bridal shower I attended.

It came together in about five minutes and 
I was able to personalize it with the wedding 
colors using Washi tape.

A clean and simple wedding card

materials used:
Crisp white cardstock
Washi tape
hearts punch (Stampin' Up)
foam dimension tape
black ink (Memento)
best wishes stamp (Hero Arts)
paper cutter  

a CAS card - best wishes

Enjoy your Monday!
Have the temps dropped to freezing where you live?

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Oct 23, 2014

Stranger Danger - Safety Education Series

October 23, 2014
Safety Education - stranger danger

Today, we'll be discussing some basic personal safety rules.
good advise from Safely Ever After.


We'll be visiting the Safely Ever After site today for our discussion topics.

then go over the Ten Play-It-Safe rules with your children.

Now it's time to practice. Talk about some situations that might arise and let the children practice saying, " Let me check with my parents first." 

Here are some tips for parents, you might want to read too.

Going trick or treating? Read these Halloween safety tips.

Mom note:
These tips serve only as a simple outline for discussion. My hope is that each family will impart their own moral values and beliefs when teaching this subject to their children.

Thanks so much for 
joining us today.
See you next week.

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Oct 20, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies with soft centers - Printable Recipe

This is a most excellent recipe; 
chocolate chip cookies with crisp edges 
and soft, chewy middles that stay soft!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar, granulated 
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (175 degrees C.)
Cream together butter & sugars until smooth.
Beat in one egg at a time, then stir in vanilla.
Dissolve baking soda in hot water, add to batter.
Stir in salt, flour, chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased pans;
makes 4 dozen.

Bake 10 minutes or until edges start to brown.

Posted by Maria Matter @Five Simple Things.
Recipe originally found at allrecipes.com 

In my photo, I substituted 1¾ cups of mini chocolate chips
because that's what I had on hand & I omitted the walnuts,
my DH is not a fan of nuts.

This is my new favorite cookie recipe,
I love that it stays soft. Enjoy.

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Oct 16, 2014

Carbon Monoxide & Poster Contest - Safety Education series

October 16, 2014
Safety education: Carbon Monoxide 

For class today, we're reviewing some important info 
about carbon monoxide, the invisible killer.  

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a great 
fact sheet HERE. Please visit the site and read over the 
info with your children. 

Then enter the poster contest! 

The contest is open to children in grades six through 
eight through February 2015!
Click on the graphic below to read the entry details 
and take a look at previous poster winners!

Mom note:
Even if your children aren't eligible for the actual contest, creating a poster will help reinforce what they have learned. Then encourage them to share this important information with family & friends.

Have fun!
Thanks for joining us,
see you next week.

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