Yearly Archives: 2017

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Healthy Lifestyle, Part 2: Make Eating Fun! Be Creative!

We all know that we should be making healthy food choices. For our children, it is not only about providing healthy food choices but getting them to eat them! Often, children are very picky about what they will eat, and very reluctant about trying new foods. Here are a couple of great resources with ideas [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Healthy Lifestyle, Part 2: Make Eating Fun! Be Creative!

Health Life Style Habits: Part 1 – Physical Activities

Do you remember running, jumping, sliding and just go..go..going when you were little?  We were outside and we were active.  Our brains and bodies were being stimulated by all of the play opportunities. Today's young children are much more sedentary than we were.  According to an article by Catherine Holecko, (Fitness for Preschoolers available at [...]

By | May 16th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Health Life Style Habits: Part 1 – Physical Activities

Spring-y Activities

Developmental Domain: Cognitive Development - Scientific Thinking and Problem Solving Children use senses to explore materials and the environment; they express wonder about the natural world; and they make predictions about objects and natural events. Grass-y Heads Materials: Old pair of nylon legs Grass seed Soil Small plastic containers (jar or cleaned cat food tins), [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Spring-y Activities

Celebrate Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day … a day when we clean up our parks, plant trees and flowers, and recycle cans and plastic bottles …. when we talk about how important it is to take care of our Earth. These are all great ideas but….. far too often they are one-time activities and soon forgotten.  [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Celebrate Earth Day

More on How Nature Supports Development

The following information comes from Nature Explore Resources, direct observations from their Nature Explore Classrooms.  The Nature Explore Classroom Certification Program is a national initiative that recognizes schools and other organizations that have made a commitment to providing outdoor classrooms and comprehensive programming to help children use the natural world as an integral part of [...]

By | April 4th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on More on How Nature Supports Development

Nature Supports Development

“It is quite possible for today’s child to grow up without ever having taken a solitary walk beside a stream, or spend the hours we used to forage for pine cones, leaves, feathers, and rocks – treasures more precious than store-bought ones.  Today it is difficult to tear children away from the virtual world of [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Nature Supports Development

Spring Scavenger Hunt

We all get anxious for those ‘Signs of Spring’. This scavenger hunt is a fun activity that reinforces a child’s natural joy and desire to celebrate spring. Scavenger hunts are a great way for children to learn about the world they live in through hands-on experience and observation.  Scientists, writers, artists, inventors and self-aware people are [...]

By | March 8th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Spring Scavenger Hunt

Smooth Transitions are a Must

Do you sometimes find that transition times turn into complete chaos? It is just as important to have an idea or to plan for your transitions as to plan for the upcoming activity. Having smooth transitions can lead into better and more engaging learning activities.  Here are some great ideas to help you be successful [...]

By | February 21st, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Smooth Transitions are a Must

Pamper Yourself – You Deserve It!

Reposted from February 2016 - Enjoy! The more you take care of yourself, the more you are able to give to the children in your care. When you feel good and are well rested, you are able to: be patient with children, no matter what they spill!; rejoice in their accomplishment, big and not so [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Resources|Comments Off on Pamper Yourself – You Deserve It!

Activities for Valentine’s Day

Do you need some ideas for  Valentine's Day? Here are some ideas to try. As you do these activities with your children, think about (and write down!) all the different developmental domains you see being addressed. Heart Rubbings What You Need:  Glue Gun  Poster Board  Paper  Crayons  Sand Papers What [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Resources|Comments Off on Activities for Valentine’s Day