1. Read books that inspire you
2. Walk barefoot in the grass
3. Get a face lick by a puppy
4. Eat only THE best chocolate
5. Do a headstand
6. Read a book to a group of children
7. Eat real, delicious foods
8. Send real (like on paper, not e-mail) letters
9. Watch a classic movie
10. Don't sweat the small stuff
11. Laugh and learn from your mistakes
12. Celebrate your successes (big and small)
13. Drink Champagne on Wednesday
14. Grow your own food
15. Invest in beautiful, quality lingerie
16. Attend a lecture
17. Buy from local farmers
18. Unplug from the computer as often as possible
19. Plug into your family and friend more often
20. Make your own bread
21. Have more sex
22. Schedule Me O'clock time
23. Attend a local festival
24. Do things that scare you
25. Learn a new sport
26. Move your body daily
27. Take an art class
28. Really listen to your kids without judgment
29. Keep fresh flowers in your home
30. Cultivate your style
31. Learn a new language
32. Skinny dip.
33. Read Thoreau by a river
34. Stretch every morning
35. Sit down for your meals
36. Appreciate every moment
37. Learn to breath consciously
38. Get a new hair do
39. Have a 3 course lunch with friends
40. Spend more time at the dinner table
41. Trade dessert with a walk
42. Eat dessert after a walk
43. Challenge yourself physically
44. Stop telling yourself how hard something is before you even try
45. Eliminate comparison syndrome from your life
46. Laugh often and cry when necessary
47. Pick your own strawberries
48. Wear clothes that make you feel fabulous
49. Learn something new every day
50. Live your life like you mean it
Fun and Games
Since preschoolers learn best by doing, try incorporating some of these preschool games and activities when teaching children about the alphabet. The first series of preschool games focuses on the letter B, while the second set is for the letter C.
From Babies to Butterflies
There are so many interesting things that begin with the letter B that it's almost difficult to know where to begin. One common word used in conjunction with the letter B is baby, since it wasn't so long ago that these children were babies themselves and many of them likely have baby brothers or sisters at home.
The baby wedding relay is great game to play since it incorporates movement and involves many of the children at once. Set up an obstacle course around the edge of the room that can be navigated by crawling. Divide the children into four teams, and have them complete the course crawling like babies.
The race is a relay, which means that as one member of the team finishes the course, the next begins. By navigating the course on their hands and knees, children are given an understanding of how babies move around, and by completing the race in teams, it helps to foster a sense of healthy competition as well as teach children about team spirit.
The next preschool game involves balloons. Take a number of different colored balloons, blow them up, and attach them to the ceiling using string or yarn. Call out a color or a series of colors and have children hit the colored balloons with a plastic bat in the correct order. This is a great way to explore the theme of colors and help children build their memorization skills.
Finally, here's a fun game involving butterflies. To begin, make a number of butterfly-shaped templates and give one to each child to color. Make sure they color both sides of the butterflies the same. Cut each butterfly in half and have children try to find the matching pairs of butterfly wings, which also helps to build color recognition and memorization skills.
Clowns and Cookies
For the unit on the letter C, try this game which is a variation on the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey where blindfolded children attempt to pin a pompom on the nose of a clown. Instead of using pins, outfit the pompoms with double-sided tape. For an added degree of difficulty, children can be spun around before pinning the nose on the clown. This game improves basic motor skills and spatial relations.
Next here's a fun game called Cookie Bingo that is a delicious variation of Bingo. Before the class, make a series of bingo cards using numbers, letters or colors on pieces of brown cardstock. Give each child a bingo card and a handful of chocolate chips to be used as markers when their numbers are called. Once a child has attained a bingo, the prize is a cookie. These preschool games are excellent when learning numbers, letters or colors since it asks children to match the vocalization of the word with its image.