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Fall Leaves – Nature’s Free Learning Materials!

Do you remember how fun it was to scrunch along in piles of leaves?  Do you remember how they smelled when you rolled in them?  Do you remember how you used to marvel at their colors?  Having young children around helps us to rekindle these feelings, thoughts and smells.   Fall leaves are a natural and [...]

By | September 10th, 2020|Resources, Trending|0 Comments

Living in Today’s Stressful World

Living in Today’s Stressful World 3-Part Blog Series on Stress Part 1: Stress and Child Care Workers and Programs We are all living through a very stressful time in our country, and the world at large. There are a variety of mental health, situational, and economic issues that are leading to increased levels of stress [...]

By | August 5th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Living in Today’s Stressful World

Non-Toxic Pest Control

Repost Now is the time you may be noticing ‘uninvited’ 6-legged guests in your kitchen, bathrooms or other areas.  Most solutions to an ant invasion involve very toxic chemicals.  Try the tip below if you are overrun by those pesky critters. Non-Toxic Ant Remedy Ingredients 1 – 72 ounce box of instant grits per acre [...]

By | July 21st, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Non-Toxic Pest Control

Oodles of Play Dough Recipes

'One Hundred and One Recipes for Fun' is a great collection of fun and messy recipes that can be integrated into your daily planning and activities. These are not my original ideas; I have compiled these recipes over many years of snipping from magazines, borrowing ideas from fellow caregivers, and searching through resource books and internet [...]

By | April 23rd, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Oodles of Play Dough Recipes

Celebrate Earth Day

Post reprinted from April 2017 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 [...]

By | April 16th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Celebrate Earth Day

Early Childhood Programs Promote Learning Through Play

Play is a very important part of early childhood programs, and should be a major component included every day! Children are learning through all of the activities in which they are involved. The early childhood educator play a variety of roles that enhance play, and ensure that it is ‘intentional and purposeful’. Early Childhood Educator [...]

By | March 26th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Early Childhood Programs Promote Learning Through Play

Safe Guarding All of Us During this COVID19 Outbreak

As we are all concerned with the COVID19 virus outbreak, I wanted you to have the current information from Child Care Aware, the national organization for child care professionals.  Please click on the link below to see the information they are sharing. https://info.childcareaware.org/blog/coronavirus-how-does-it-impact-child-care-providers-and-ccrrs   Other things you can do is make sure you are following [...]

By | March 11th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Safe Guarding All of Us During this COVID19 Outbreak

Setting the Stage for Success

When I am pondering something, there are questions I ask myself in order to find an answer: • What • Why • How These questions work well when thinking about quality in early childhood education and care settings. Quality settings are key in helping children be ready for school. What does ‘setting the stage for [...]

By | February 27th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Setting the Stage for Success

School Readiness Activities

Part II: School Readiness Activities The following activities are from the Minnesota Parent Center, MN PIRC, a project of PACER CENTER. The activities are fun, easy to do, and do not require any special materials. They were written for a parent/child relationship but work equally well for any early childhood situation. Language and emergent literacy [...]

By | February 21st, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on School Readiness Activities

What Is School Readiness?

This is the first of a 2-part series. It seems that parents, caregivers, and the community-at-large are often confronted with the idea of ‘school readiness’ and how important it is for our children. Many State’s education departments have dedicated substantial time, effort and money to support school readiness in early childhood so that children are [...]

By | February 14th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on What Is School Readiness?