Sea Life Michigan Aquarium GIVEAWAY!!!!

We're diving into our Mother Goose Time "Ocean Commotion" 
preschool curriculum theme this month...

"Ocean Animals A to Z" from MGT that we interacted w/before heading to the aquarium.

...and we've been offered the opportunity by Sea Life Michigan to give away a prize of 4 tickets to the aquarium in Auburn Hills for one of our lucky readers!!

 Our family had the chance to explore the aquarium a couple weeks back and had a fabulous time. 

For even more pictures and to read all about our underwater adventure, click here.

To enter the giveaway, simply earn chances by completing the rafflecopter's tasks below.  The winner will be notified by email on Wednesday, April 8 and will have through Friday, April 10, 2015 to respond.

*  Many thanks to Sea Life Michigan Aquarium for sponsoring this giveaway!

Easter Activities with Mother Goose Time

Mother Goose Time included some Easter activities in our preschool curriculum that we had fun doing this week. 

Here's just a few...

Five little bunnies coming out to play,
In the sun on Easter Day.
One little bunny followed a butterfly,
And now four little bunnies are hopping by.

Hoppy Easter Picture!
How long are your ears?

 Spinning Eggs!
How do you like to eat your eggs?
Today we ate them cooked and cold, as well as beaten up raw to coat fish sticks!

 Comparing a cooked egg to an uncooked egg.

Discussing the different parts of an egg.
Guess How Many!

41 in the basket to the left and 13 in the basket on the right.

Egg Hunt!
What's your favorite activity to do on Easter?

Hunt, hunt, hunt for eggs
Let's find them all day,
Gather the eggs that are colored green,
What a fun game to play!

Easter Day is coming soon,
coming soon, coming soon.
Easter Day is coming soon,
Let's celebrate!

Dexter Kids wishes you and your family a Blessed Easter week.

Movie Reviews this Weekend - one for the Parents and one for all Earthlings!

Dexter Kids is a blog is intended for families with young children, which is the reason I'm saying that A Girl Like Her is for the parents.   However, I would definitely recommend it for teenagers as well.

I mentioned on this blog a couple days ago that I was really intrigued by the film's idea of bringing the attention not only to the victim's side of the story, but also to the abuser's side.  I knew I was going to cry and almost hesitated agreeing to the screening, but bullying is an issue I don't want to push aside and ignore.  Even with young children, my kids are facing it every day.  We all do, often just calling it joking or teasing and not realizing what impact it may have on the receiver.  Just like one of the teachers in A Girl Like Her said, everyone does it all the time.  How can you control it?

I was balling at the end of the film, not so much because of the characters themselves and their story, but rather from just the subject matter in general.  It really made me do a lot of thinking on the topic and what we as parents are teaching our children, as well as what our children are being faced with amongst their very own friends.  I went to my daughter's bed at 11:30pm after finishing the screening and just laid next to her and held her sleeping body.  

The next day, over dinner, one of the few times I really have our girls' attention, I retold A Girl Like Her to them, but taking it all the way down to an early childhood level... a girl became very sick and didn't want to leave her house, because she knew one of her old friends would find something to tease her about.  The girl doing the teasing was just joking and didn't know it was hurting her friend so badly.  We continued the discussion with a lot of "I wonder" and "What if" questions.

A Girl Like Her is something every parent should see and find a way to talk to their children about.  It opens in select theaters on March 27, 2015.

On a lighter note, my husband had the opportunity to take our 6 year-old to the screening of Home.  I really liked the timing of it, as we are right in the middle of our space curriculum from Mother Goose Time. Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Starring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez.  Directed by Tim Johnson.

Both my husband and daughter came home laughing, saying how very funny Home it is.  I knew my daughter would appreciate the adventurous girl, Tip, but my husband has been talking about the Boov all week!

The movie is rated PG, so we weren't sure if it would be appropriate for our young girls, but after watching the trailer, we agreed to let the 6 year-old see it.  My husband has no regrets.  It was a lot of fun and I am super anxious to see it myself!

Home opens in theaters today, March 27, 2015 in 3D!  The run time is 94 minutes.

 *  I was provided screening passes to the above films in exchange for sharing our experiences with you.

Perfect for Easter - "Jesus Sees Us" Doll and Book!

How do you teach your child about Jesus?

We talk with our children everyday about Jesus, but not being able to see Him, I know they still struggle with the idea of Him watching over us.  This doll is perfect for acting as a visual and a reminder to ALL of us that Jesus sees all that we do.

My 4 year-old took to the doll right away.  She played with it as if it were any other doll.  It has a soft body with a hard molded head, a loving face, and open arms.  It mirrors the image of the illustrations in the Lesson Book. 

Both the 6 year-old and the 4 year-old really enjoyed the stories and colorful pictures in the book.  I did, too!  We read it all the way through and talked about how each story related to something in our own lives.  We'll being referring back to the book often, reviewing specific lessons as particular situations arise in our every day lives.

From the website:
The Jesus Sees Us accompanying book is designed to be read with your child. The illustrations and easy-to-read lessons, along with the Jesus Sees Us doll, have the power to ignite your child’s love of Jesus. The book will assist them in their comprehension of who Jesus is and all the amazing things He did while He was on the earth. Children are able to understand the key concepts of the lessons and will amazingly begin using them in their everyday lives.
A child’s ability to learn about Jesus comes in stages. Jesus Sees Us assists your child in taking those first steps by breaking down many of the most important lessons that make up the root of our Christian faith. Each illustrated story introduces Jesus in a relatable way, allowing them to better understand how they can carry out regular everyday tasks that make Jesus smile. The Jesus Sees Us book is illustrated in a way that draws children into the pictures, and therefore, into the lessons. Children learn about God’s love when they learn about Jesus’ actions.

 The Jesus doll now sits atop our fireplace, right between the kitchen and living room, watching over us and making his presence in our house known.  

Jesus Sees Us is available for purchase through 

Maureen & Kelly, the creators, 
are offering a $10 off promo code to our readers...

Thank you to Maureen and Kelly and Fly By Promotions for providing us with the Jesus Sees Us product in exchange for sharing our experience with it.