July 14, 2014

Universal Pre-K


Please email us if you are interested!!




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February 11, 2014


A Moving Child is a Learning


Librarian and Educator Workshop

Brooklyn Heights Library

280 Cadman Plaza West @ Tillary Street



Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 10:30 – Noon

Brooklyn Heights Library, Auditorium

Join us for a participatory workshop with play, movement, and child development experts Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy, authors of A Moving Child is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think

(Free Spirit Publishing, 2014).

Learn how to help children (babies to primary graders or

“snugglers” to “skedaddlers”) develop their full potential through a balanced diet of physical activity.

Online registration required and space is limited.

For more information, call 718-230-2233

To register or go to


February 6, 2014

Join Honeydew Drop Playhouse
Saturday February 8th, 2014
Time: 10am-12:30pm

For Music with Mrs. Christine
There will be dancing, singing and playing with instruments

Valentines Party right after
Free play in our indoor Jungle, and face painting.

For children ages 1-7 years old
Cost: $8 per child

Address: 1113 church ave 
between Westminster and stratford

May 10, 2013

How to Discipline Your Kids

A few weeks ago I wrote an article called The Common Discipline Mistakes Moms Make (and Regret). When the article was shared on the Circle of Moms Facebook page, there was some interesting feedback that I could so easily relate to as one of the mistake-making moms I was writing about.

One mom wanted to hear about the things parents are doing right. Another mom suggested it would be helpful to provide some answers about how to fix the discipline mistakes we are making.

Both comments really hit home. After all, we help our kids feel good about themselves by telling them what they are doing well, and if they are making mistakes, we give them strategies to help fix them. Don’t moms deserve the same?

With that in mind, Circle of Moms members chime in to help us all learn to fix some of these common discipline mistakes.

Keep reading.

The Fix For Disciplining For Normal Kid Behavior

Although Kelly R. complained that her 9-year-old son’s strange sounds and rambunctious behavior were irritating, she also came to the realization that “he acts like . . . well . . . a 9-year-old.”

Moms say three factors in fixing this discipline mistake are knowing kids don’t come with an automatic understanding of what behaviors are appropriate in which situations, they don’t always have the maturity to control themselves, and you need to use age-appropriate discipline.

Grandmother Kat points out that it’s important to give kids verbal cues letting them know when their behavior isn’t appropriate and to provide them with more socially acceptable alternatives. Mom Angie K. says as her kids got older, she could eventually use a “code word” in public to let them know their behavior was inappropriate.

The Fix For Yelling and Screaming

Unlike mom Bobbi P., who says yelling seems natural to her, I’m not a yeller, but I understand the impulse because I’d really like to yell more than I do. In over a decade-and-a-half of parenting, I’ve learned that getting very quiet is sometimes more effective than amping up the volume.

It doesn’t come easily, though. I frequently take Circle of Moms member Dora W.’s advice to “take a deep breath right before you are about to yell at them.” If that doesn’t work, I take Alison L.’s advice to take a step away to regroup. And, if I end up yelling, well, it’s not the end of the world. I just try to apologize for not speaking calmly, and we can all move on.

The Fix For Inconsistency and Not Following Through

Sometimes it seems so much easier to give your child “just one more chance” or to lift a consequence when they’re following the rules again, but as mom Carla A. explains, staying consistent in your actions lets your child know you are in charge and they are accountable for what they have (or haven’t) done.

That’s not to say it’s easy to stick with it. Carla says it best: “Almost all kids have to have the rules repeated, over and over, and over and over, and over and over until you are reciting them in your sleep. They are going to try and test you, to see if you really mean what you say. They NEED to know you are going to be the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

The Fix For Thinking Discipline and Punishment Are Interchangeable

One of the things that seems to trip moms up when it comes to making this distinction is thinking that if you look at discipline and punishment as separate things, then you can’t provide consequences for your child’s actions.

Circle of Moms member Tricia L. points out that discipline is “teaching and re-teaching the appropriate behaviors in a wide variety of nuanced situations,” while Carrie B. explains that punishment often is a penalty or restriction that aims to deter but isn’t directly related to the behavior at hand.

Once you keep in mind your goal is to redirect, teach, and connect consequences to specific behaviors, it becomes clearer. If your child is throwing a toy, taking the toy away isn’t a punishment; it’s discipline teaching the direct consequences of their actions. Grounding a teenager from going out one night for breaking curfew the night before is also discipline.

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December 12, 2012


As we do every year for the community, we will be collecting toys (for ages 10-14) – to participate in Councilman Mathieu Eugene’s Toy Drive.  They told us that they have lots of leftover younger toys – and the tweens usually end up with nothing – so they are requesting these “older” toys.  Toys such as sports materials (balls, mits, etc), board games,  legos,

instruments, etc.  Their office works with disadvantaged communities from all over Brooklyn.

We will also be collecting Gently used coats for New York Cares. The Drive is taking place this

SATURDAY, DEC. 15  11-12:30

HONEYDEW PLAYHOUSE  1113 Church Avenue

Everyone who donates – gets to play in our indoor playground for half hour!!  Tire them out before nap time!

November 1, 2012



September 19, 2012

Afterschool Care

September 19, 2012

Originally posted on Life and Lims:

Motherhood did not come naturally to me. Babysitting, on the rare occasions I consented to do it, was a rough job, one that wasn’t worth nearly the small pay I got to do it. So once I gave birth for the first time and was presented with a tiny little stranger, I was absolutely flummoxed about what to do with her. Even looking at pictures of me with that first child, I can see the confusion and nervousness in my eyes: “What now?” I was thinking.

And that first child gave me fits. She was a very demanding baby. She didn’t eat for half an hour and then settle down quietly for the next four hours. She snacked for ten minutes and then needed to eat again two hours later. She did NOT like to be put down. I had to hold her constantly. For someone who was pretty independent…

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August 31, 2012

Labor Day Fun Drink

You we will need:

  • milk
  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream (in a can)
  • ice cubes
  • seedless red cherries with stems
  • sprinkles (edible)
  • straws


Surprise your kids with this fun  shake! Put two scoops of ice cream and about 2 cups of milk into blender. Bend for about 30 seconds. Add a couple ice cubes and blend for another 30 seconds. Pour into tall clear glass. Add whipped cream to the top of the shake/glass. Add some festive sprinkles and top off with a cherry, and add a straw.


by: The Idea Box

August 13, 2012

Reinforcing “Good” Vs. “Bad” Behavior

Reinforcing “Good” Vs. “Bad” Behavior

Years of teaching primarily pre-school level children has helped me come to the realization of how my background knowledge aids in managing children’s behaviors; not only in school but at home.  When attempting to alter a child’s behavior, it is most important that the adult is consistent and patient.  As I observe my two and three year old cousins grow up I can’t help but offer my aunt constructive criticism when I see them misbehave.  No parent wants to hear that his or her child is not behaving “good”, or that the behavior is repetitive or becoming consistently worst.  Many parents would like to learn different ways of how and when to use rewards or punishments correctly.  That is where I can help you when wanting to “Change your child’s behavior”.

Teachers like to offer positive reinforcement whenever possible, for “good” behavior.  If the behavior becomes “undesirable” or “disruptive” the first way to approach it is by ignoring it.  This is something that may take a lot of patience from the parents end, but long term, it is effective.  Some children are looking for attention from friends and/or siblings; if they notice they are not getting the negative attention they seek, the behavior will stop.  When the behavior is unacceptable (i.e.: tantrums) calmly verbalize by giving them 2-3 warnings, by looking them in the eyes, and kneeling to their level.  If the misbehavior continues choose an area/chair that they know is used for when they need some quiet time to think about what they have done.  One minute for each year of age (i.e.  Age 3 = 3 minutes in the quiet chair) is brief but suitable enough for your child’s tolerance.

The second way to navigate a child’s behavior is by reinforcing positive behavior.  For example; if your child does not like to sit or listen during story time, you can positively reinforce them when they do attempt to, even if it’s for a minute.   Reinforcement can be verbal (i.e. great job!), physical (i.e. high five), or tangible (i.e. toy/food). It is important to save this reinforcement/reward for last, at all costs (dependent upon severity of behavior and cognitive skills of your child). Daily/weekly activity reward charts also work, so bring on the stickers!

Be careful not to positively reinforce a behavior that was initially “disruptive” (i.e. Mary goes in the ball pit when teachers are not present, teacher goes to tell her “Mary please come out, and when she does teacher says thank you for listening, good girl!”)  Mary will automatically know every time she goes into the ball pit unattended she will be thanked, praised, and receive attention.  Instead, say “Please come out, it is unsafe to be by yourself”  and then let Mary go on her way, this way no positive attention was given, nor will be sought.  Always remember to look at behaviors worth reinforcing and rewarding, so your child will only elicit “good” behavior.

Avoid power struggles, and use punishment only after attempts from the above have failed.  Your child should be aware of what he or she has done, why it is not a good idea, and how they can behave more safely.  Reasoning helps children learn, problem solve, and look forward to receiving positive reinforcement for “good” behavior.

Honeydew drop: Teacher

C. Gonzalez



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