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A Childcare Solution~ The Nanny Share

I have worn many hats working alongside children as young as infants through their teenage years in high school, as a Para-Professional in a Special Education classroom I saw the challenges that schools have with the "one fits all" model, and the lack of Special Education Teachers. While working  as an elementary substitute teacher I gained tremendous respect for the diversity that public schools offer. When I was an elementary tutor I saw that when you throw out benchmarks, and give the student the personal attention they deserve that they will begin to thrive and surpass their own goals. As a former licensed group home daycare owner I saw families that had to make some hard choices when it came to paying for childcare. Also, as a homeschooling parent I have witnessed parents having to make the choice to send their child to school when it was not in their child's best interest , because they didn't have the ability to pay for childcare.  



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10 Safety Tips To Share With Children Who Stay Home Alone

Hello Everyone,

With Summer approaching we are all looking for ways to keep our kids from avoiding the Summer Slide. There are a lot of summer camps being offered in our community that help to keep the kids entertained, as well as giving them enough time to spend their summer learning on what exactly interest them. There are times when we have planned everything down to the minute and then we realize that we have a two to three hours that must be filled, or the kiddos might have to stay home by themselves. In Michigan there is no clear law that states how old a child must be to be left home alone. According to The Michigan Child Protection Law children between the ages of 10 through 12 are looked at on a case by case basis. If you are not sure about the laws in your State then go to  Home Alone Rules by State , for a quick reference. Whether your child is staying home alone after school or requesting the responsibility to stay home alone,  they will need to be prepared and taught impo…

Keeping the Standards High for In Home Childcare

Dear Friends,
I have met a lot of interesting people as the owner of a Nanny Agency. I also have read some disturbing ads online looking for a nanny, or from the nanny looking for a job. If you have decided on In Home Childcare then you have to get in research mode. You will have interviews to do and background checks to perform, etc. There is a lot you must do to make sure you are finding the nanny that your family really needs.
There are many people who would love to be your nanny depending on the money. Do not hire anyone because they are low balling. It is not a good sign of one's knowledge or character when one is low balling at all and plus there are people who are experienced, professional, passionate, have integrity and commitment to quality childcare.  If you can not afford to pay the nanny at least the going hourly rate in your area then do not choose In Home Childcare. I mean do you really want to pay someone who isn't following IRS Guidelines?! This trait is really n…

An Invitation to Invent With LittleBits

We continue to enjoy our Wonder Shelves at the Studio. I recently was able to get my hands on the Gizmos & Gadgets Kits, 2nd Edition from LittleBits , which has been added to our shelves of wonder. This kit is the next best thing to chocolate!



It comes with a guide to inspire you to invent, that is very colorful and well written. The recommended ages is 8-12 years old, but I will assure you that it is very similar to LEGOS. I would describe it as an Electronic LEGO. This kit helps to bring your inventions alive!
The first project in the guide is the SpinMate, which is very clever to put together. I just had to make a circuit that needed a DC motor, a slide dimmer, mounting board, glue dots, a wheel, adhesive shoes, battery, and power. All of this came with the kit, and in the guide there is information about what each Bit actually does. Illustrations are done of the projects are in color which makes it  easy to follow .

I used the SpinMate directions to make a Spinning Sign that invi…

Poetry Activities From Preschool to Highschool

April is here! April is National Poetry Month and the Month of The Young Child. To kick off the celebrations I thought it would be fitting to share some poetry activities for the young children in our lives. 


Sharing poetry is just like introducing a baby to a new food. The earlier that we expose our children to poetry it becomes easier to digest. When we are doing finger plays, reading rhyming books, and listening to music we are setting the foundation that begins the understanding of word play, which leads to naturally being able to identify different forms of poetry. 

Create Poetry Baskets! To create a Poetry Basket you will need a poem of your choice, preferably one about something your child is interested in. You will also need small objects that represent what the poem is about. Place your objects in a basket and the poem next to it, now it's all set for poetry fun.

The Poetry Basket pictured above is the one I made for "Butterfly, Butterfly Fly, Butterfly Fly Away" i…

Behind the Scenes: The Beginnings Of a Classroom

So much goes on behind the scenes here at The Geeked Out Nanny Agency, that it seems impossible to always get around to blog about it, but today I needed to share a huge accomplishment with you all. I also hope this post helps you to get to know us better too.

 In December of 2013 in Michigan we had an Ice Storm. There were lives lost and a lot of residents like myself were without power for days. I was actually displaced for about 4 months afterward and had some unfortunate events happen to me outside of the Ice Storm. I was able to start doing some remodeling in my home, and then life turned even uglier as my mother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. I was with my mother every step of her journey, with that being said I put aside doing remodeling for a bit. Her journey also led me to start the Nanny Agency, the loss of my mother in September of  2015 allowed me to reinvent myself in many ways that I had never even imagined. I am very passionate about my work with children, I lo…

5 Things To Do On Social Media If Your Looking For a Nanny Job

We have had an overwhelmingly response to our Nanny and Babysitting positions. It is a great feeling to know that there are others who are so interested in this career. It has also been a struggle to hire due to applicants social media presence. I thought it was high time to address this issue. When looking for a nanny position it is really important for you to know and understand that families and the nanny agency will be looking through your social media accounts. Why? Because we are trying to get a better understanding about your character, and professionalism.  Being a Nanny is an important job to say the least, which makes it absolutely necessary to do social media detective work during the hiring process. We want our mistakes to be very limited and sometimes we may prejudge, but yes in this case "It is better to be safe, then to be sorry".  Nevertheless, the viewing of your social media activity weighs in a lot. Here are some tips to do on your social media accounts to…