Thursday, June 30, 2011

Free/Cheap Stuff to do for 4TH OF JULY WEEK!!!!!!!!

Go check out my other blog Heather's Hot Deals and find a bunch of FREE or REALLY CHEAP stuff to do in the upcoming week with your kids!  It's all in the DFW/South Arlington-ish area,  and you'll find FREE fireworks/4th of July events Friday-Monday!!!! Even if you don't live around here, there are ideas for looking up FREE or REALLY CHEAP things to do with your kids in your area.  Check it out and follow me!!  I try to post weekly during the summer so keep coming back!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Goodbye Wordle, Hello Tagxedo!!!!!!

Teaching with TLC Blog: The best way to improve fine motor skills!

Teaching with TLC Blog: The best way to improve fine motor skills!: "If your child needs help with handwriting, STOP having him practice writing letters sheet after sheet. Let’s go back to the underlying cause..."

One Extra Degree: Inferring Character Traits!

One Extra Degree: Inferring Character Traits!: "I've been insanely busy, so I haven't had much time to delve into creating any units lately, and my Debbie Diller book has been on hold unti..."

Friday, June 17, 2011

Monitoring Your Child's Reading, Game, and Movie Exposure


I am in LOVE with this new resource I found from Focus on the Family.  It's a website called Plugged In.  This AMAZING resource is to help you to decide what is, or is not, appropriate for your child to watch, read and play.

There are some super hero parents out there that read books, watch movies, and play games before letting their child do them, and I wish I was one, but I'm not.  I think most of us regular parents, don't have time for that.  Instead, we just look at the rating and go by what other kids his/her age are allowed to do, and then regret it when our children ask about what certain words mean or pick up negative behaviors from it.

HALLELUJAH!!  Plugged In has come to our rescue!!  This (extremely thorough) website has cataloged thousands of TV shows, movies, books, video games and music with VERY DETAILED descriptions of the content for you to decide whether your child should be exposed to it or not.  For example, the new movie that's coming out today, Mr Popper's Penguins, is reviewed for parents beginning with positive elements and then moves on to include any violence, crude or profane language (bad words, kinda bad words, and almost bad words :) ), drug and alcohol content, sexual content, spiritual content or other negative content.  It does NOT end with a yay or nay vote on whether you should allow your child to see it or not, which I love.  It is purely non-biased information for parents to use in their decision making.

Thank you Focus on the Family for this invaluable parent resource!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A/B Honor Roll Students Swim FREE!!

Arlington Aquatics Honor Roll Day 
Thursday, June 16 

Free admission for students on the A or A/B honor roll. Must show proof of 2010-2011 school report card. For more information, call 817-459-5483.

FREE Stuff To Do Next Week!

Sunday (Father's Day) 6/19
Monday 6/20
Tuesday 6/21
Thursday 6/23
Saturday 6/25

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

FREE/CHEAP Stuff to do this Week in Arlington/GP/Kennedale

Tonight: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo @ Levitt Pavilion, 7:30

Thursday, 6/9: 10:30 Story time @ Lake Arlington Public Library
                     10-4 The Church on Rush Creek indoor Playground open

Friday, 6/10: VERY EARLY (gate opens @ 9:30)- Free Admission to Hawaiian Falls Garland for the first
                   963 guests and $9.63 tickets after that with this coupon.

Saturday 6/11: BooksmART Festival FREE Family Day @ Dallas Museum of Art 11-5
                       12a-12p Scrapbooking Crop @ Kennedale Public Library

Monday 6/13: Grace Lutheran VBS "Pandamania" 9-12
                      1:00 Magician @ Betty Warmack Library (other GP libraries @ other times)

Tuesday 6/14: Grace Lutheran VBS "Pandamania" 9-12
                      10:30 Story time @ Southwest Library in Arlington

Wednesday 6/15: Grace Lutheran VBS "Pandamania" 9-12
                           3:15 Kazaam kids crafts @ Kennedale Public Library
                           Bad Konigshofen Family Swim 8-10 $5
                           Lannaya West @ Levitt Pavilion 7:30
Thursday 6/16: Grace Lutheran VBS "Pandamania" 9-12
                        9a-9p Trinity River Audubon Center FREE 3rd Thursday
                        10am Story time @ Lake Arlington Public Library

Friday 6/17: Grace Lutheran VBS "Pandamania" 9-12
                    Late Night @ Dallas Museum of Art 6-12pm $10 for adults, kids <12=Free

Saturday 6/18: 11-12 Reading by the River @ River Legacy

Sunday 6/19: Dads swim Free @ Arlington Pools
                     Family Past Times- Free Kids admission @ Dallas Heritage Village

Other FREE/CHEAP stuff to do any day:

Grand Prairie Pools and Splash Factory: $1 admission all the time
Northpark Mall: Check the schedule for events
Visit the Children's Medical Center Train
Watch the planes take off @ Founders Plaza DFW airport

Be sure to check websites before making your plans to be sure of dates, times, and costs.

Have fun!!