Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 24 – United Nations Day

www.temple.eduThis is the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations in 1947, committed peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people. Teach your children something about your country today – a song, a story, game, a new food or a national tradition.  A great day to teach our American children something about your country and open their eyes that while the world is big its getting smaller every day and we are all connected to each other.   Maybe even sign It’s A Small World After All together!

What to do with all these pumpkins!?!?!

halloween pumpkinWhether you have one or several pumpkins at your house by now, you may want to transform them from simple orange balls into something scary, funny, or otherwise creative. Open this link and you’ll find many inspiring designs. Find one you like and then can print it out, tape it to your pumpkin and carve out the design. Be sure to have lots of paper underneath to catch all the inside flesh of the pumpkin that you’ll scoop out, and of course be careful with your knife! When you are done, you can put a tea light candle in the bottom of the pumpkin and display it at nighttime in the front of your house. Voila! This is a “jack o’lantern”.

Multi-Cluster Scavenger Hunt at the Washington DC Zoo

We had the most amazing and beautiful day for our Multi-Cluster Scavenger Hunt at the Washington DC Zoo on October 27th!  Au pairs from many clusters in the Maryland, DC and Virginia communities came out to participate in a hunt to find a variety of animals to complete their bingo cards!  Afterwards we enjoyed the warm sun, gathered on blankets and and had a picnic lunch on the grounds.  It was a great day to relax, chat and catch up with everyone!  Then of course, the au pairs went home with a mini-panda as their prize!

October 23 – Game One of the Baseball World Series

blogs.roanoke.comIn baseball the World Series is the championship games of Major League Baseball in North America, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winners of the American and National Leagues. The Series winner is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, meaning that the first team to win four games wins the series. The World Series has been an annual event since 1903. It is played at the baseball stadiums of the two teams in the series. Baseball is so popular that it is sometimes called the “national pastime.” The word “ballgame” in the United States almost always refers to a game of baseball, and “ballpark” to a baseball field. The rules of baseball can be found here

Queen Anne Farm Pumpkin Patch

DSC_0135 Though the weather was a bit cloudy it was perfect for coming out to Queen Anne Farm in Mitchellville where the pumpkins were many, the sunflowers were in bloom and the company was delightful!  For many au pairs it is truly an experience to be in the United States during this time of year.  Au pairs get to partake in the excitement of the season as they watch their children get ready for Halloween ~ hayrides, selecting the perfect pumpkin and later carving them and then of course … trick or treating with the little ones!  Great memories unique to America.

Education Matters

Education MattersWe are very proud of the ongoing training we offer our au pairs which provides further educational guidance on a wide range of topics. Our orientation trainers take great care to research and prepare the topics presented via Webinars to our au pairs once placed in the home of a host family.   Here is the list of what we have coming up:

October 15

8 pm               Nutrition. Good eating for you and your kids

9 pm               It’s Up to You. Making the most of your Au Pair year

10 pm             Activities to do with Preschoolers

October 29

11 am             Language Development: Birth and beyond

12 noon         Tantrums are no fun for anyone. Help, my kids are fighting again!

1 pm               American holidays: what they are, activities and getting through the holiday blues

November  11

8 pm               Managing play with more than one child

9 pm               Repatriation

10 pm             Feeling Sad or Stressed: Tips for gaining balance in your life

November 26

11 am             Help! My kids are fighting again

12 noon          Activities for School Age Kids

1 pm              Homesickness. Making it through

December 5

8 pm               Activities to do with Preschoolers

December 6

9 pm               Successfully communicating with your host family

December 9

10 am             Homework: Finding the right strategy for your child

December 15

9 pm               Homesickness. Making it through

10 pm             Toilet Training 101

December 17

8 pm               Tantrums are no fun for anyone

Pumpkin Patches and More….

ghost-and-pumpkinOctober brings with it all things “Autumn”. This is the month of one of our most unique holidays, Halloween. But there is way more than just that one night to celebrate! Hayrides, apple picking, pumpking picking, jack o’ lantern carving, corn mazes. The list is long my friends. Visit this website to find farms and other places near you in Maryland to do these activities.