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Social Distancing Day 1

Hi it's Danielle from Metro Detroit and I am practicing "social distancing".  Is that even a term!?!  May I also add that I am "reluctantly" practicing.  I am extremely social person and my extrovert ways make it exceptionally hard to stay put.  I'm the mom that overflows the calendar with activities and it's almost a given that I have one big thing planned to do over the weekends which usually means heading to Detroit. So staying home and NOT having anything in my calendar feels very strange. 

In case you are from another state, I'll fill you in quickly on what is happening here in Michigan.  

Last week on March 12th our governor closed ALL Michigan schools effective Monday, March 16th through April 6th.  At this time, there were only 2 known cases here in Michigan.  One being in the county in which I live. Since my school has spring break scheduled starting on April 6th, we are tentatively returning to school on April 13th.  Let me just say...I'm not sure when school we will return to school.

The schools quickly made a plan for remote learning and parents scrambled to figure out childcare and plans to work remotely from home. Everything changed in an instant.  My mind was blown.  While I love a chaotic schedule on the weekends, I thrive on a weekly schedule that is consistent and predictable.  Basically we do the exact same thing week after week and it works for us!  We have a schedule and everyone knows the routine.  So having an unexpected break like this is a huge curve ball for my family.  We were just beginning to plan our summer schedule which includes a lot of "social distancing" as an immediate family.  We have day camps scheduled, I have social groups to attend, lunch dates with girlfriends. and let's just say we are not "social distancing" from our community.  To sum this all up I guess you could say this new routine is going to take some adjustment.

I am a mom of two little kids that are so excited to be home with me as my preschooler calls it "play school".  I'm an English Language Teacher (EL) and my daughter always loves to play school.  She wants to be a teacher someday and if she chooses she will be amazing at it!

I am not sure what these next days will entail but I hope to share my little experience from Michigan.  I'd love to know what you are doing.  Drop a line or two below!  

Stay Safe and Stay Home

FREE Home Learning Resources for Children

We are going through a very "strange" time here in the United States.  Schools are closing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and parents and teachers are finding ways to support education remotely at home. 

Even as a teacher and parent, I find myself  scrambling to remember which resources are free and available for my use.  During a time like this, I thought it would be great to have a list of available resources.

As I organize my plans for the next few weeks, I thought it would make sense to start out with a list of available resources. It's amazing how many useful resources we have right at our fingertips that are free! 

I know many of you can help me add to this list.  Please comment on what your favorite free resources are and I will add to this list.  I hope this list is found useful during these unprecedented times. 

Special Read Alouds

Astronaut Read Alouds

Author Read Alouds

Literacy Resources

Scholastic Literacy Resources

Epic (Free 30 Day Trial)

Teachers Pay Teachers

Typing Pub for Kids

Squiggle Park Kids

Storyline Online

History for Kids


National Geographic-Kids

Live Web Cams

Smithsonian National Zoo

Movement and Music

Virtual Field Trips

Museum Virtual Tours
How about taking a tour of some of the most famous museums around the world? 


PBS Kids


Play Prodigy (Math Games)

Community Resources

Henry Ford Museum Curriculum Resources

Detroit Institute of Arts Educational Resources

Detroit Zoo Educational Resources

Virtual Classroom Resources



Free Printables from Websites/Bloggers

This Reading Mama

Little Dots Education

Podcasts for Kids

Nick Jr. Live "Move to the Music" at Fox Theatre Detroit & Special Offer

Nick Jr. Live "Move to the Music"Fox TheatreMarch 6-March 8

Can you imagine the look on every kids face when they see all their favorite characters from Nick Jr. together at once as they sing, clap, dance, and move to the music with all their favorite Nick Jr. friends!  

Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present Nick Jr. Live! “Move to the Music”, an all-new, one-of-a-kind adventure. For the first time on stage together, this musical spectacular features characters from multiple Nick Jr. hit animated series, including Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol (produced by Spin Master Entertainment) , Dora The Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue’s Clues and You, Blaze and the Monster Machines and Top Wing. Families will have the opportunity to make lifelong memories together at any of the six performances at the Fox Theatre in The District Detroit from Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8.

Nick Jr. Live! “Move to the Music” follows Dora and her PAW co-hosts, Marshall and Rubble, as they invite their Nick Jr. friends to come together for a music-filled production. Bubble Guppies’ Molly and Gil, Rod and Penny from Top Wing, Shimmer and Shine, and even Blue from the new Blue’s Clues &You! are throwing a Nick Jr. celebration. Audiences will be transported to familiar Nick Jr. locations, including Bubbletucky and Zahramay Falls. The unforgettable celebration will feature live appearances, special on-screen guests and audience participation to engage the whole family.

With innovative costuming and a Broadway style set, Nick Jr. Live! is a perfect way to introduce theater to young children. The show is split into two acts with an intermission and will include original music as well as familiar tunes from Nick Jr. shows. A limited number of V.I.P. packages are available for each performance and feature premium show seating, VIP merchandise item, an exclusive photo opportunity with Blaze from Blaze and the Monster Machines, as well as a post-show Meet & Greet party with Dora the Explorer and Rubble from PAW Patrol.

Performance Times

  • Friday, March 6 @ 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 7 @ 10 AM
  • Saturday, March 7 @ 2 PM
  • Saturday, March 7 @ 6 PM
  • Sunday, March 8 @ 10 AM
  • Sunday, March 8 @ 2 PM

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Our Love for Goldfish Swim School

It was a little over six years ago and I was pregnant for my first child.  I remember spending an entire sleepless night worrying about our pool in the backyard and the precautions we'd need to take to keep our kids safe.  It was so worrisome that I contacted our realtor and started looking at homes without a pool. 

After weighing out our options, we decided to stay in our house with the pool and we'd ensure that we had levels of security in place to keep our kids safe.  We purchased a safety fence, a safety pool cover, and added alarm security to all doors including the safety gate.  While this felt great, I remember my husband's exact words..."none of this matters as much as teaching them how to swim." As you can imagine, swim lessons have been a must for us since our kids were babies.

We started swim lessons at the age of four months.  I remember taking my son to the local high school where community classes were offered.  While the instructor was amazing, all I can remember is being cold!  At the time, I remembered hearing about Goldfish Swim School and their 90 degree pool.  We quickly learned that learning to swim in no fun if you are blue in the lips from being cold.  Soon we found our way to Goldfish in Rochester and we've been in love since our first visit!

Fast forward six years and we have two little swimmers that love to swim.  It is so fun to see them enjoy our pool and it is comforting knowing they have the swim skills necessary to survive.  Of course we can't take our eyes off from them, as they do tire quickly, but it feels great to know they can swim.

Goldfish Swim School is completely geared to make our kids feel welcomed.  Its cute decor and warm pool make it fun and inviting!  Everything from the showers to dressing rooms are equipped with everything you need.  They even host birthday parties!

Our biggest love for Goldfish Swim School is the curriculum.  It works! My little swimmers are able to swim because of Goldfish  and we love them because of this!  The class sizes are small and the instructors are patient and encouraging. Progress reports are given on a regular basis and as your swimmer progresses, they are moved on to the next swim level. 

If you have a little one that is still learning to swim, now is the time to enroll. I am a big supporter of swim lessons.  It's the best gift we can give ourselves and our children.   Goldfish Swim School has many locations throughout the United States and within the Detroit area. 

Have you been to Goldfish Swim School?  If so, what do you love about Goldfish Swim School?  What age did your kids learn to swim? Comment below and share!

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice in Detroit

Road Trip Adventures at Little Caesars Arena

Thursday, February 13- Sunday, February 16

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this a multi-generational experience visits Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit for eight performances from Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 16.

Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. 

Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.” Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky. Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals while singing along to beloved Disney tunes as they welcome Merida, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana to the ice. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in Detroit.

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