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Lasting Change in Practice Positively Impacts Children

We live in a world that is ever changing… some things are for the better, some things are questionable!  Good or bad, there have been a lot of changes regarding expectations for children entering school. Remembering back 25 years, when children entered kindergarten the focus was on getting along with other children, learning to listen [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Lasting Change in Practice Positively Impacts Children

Ten Transition Tips

Transitions can be chaotic for children and adults. Being prepared to help children move from one activity to the next in a calm and engaging way is not only beneficial for children but makes life more pleasant for the teacher/caregiver! Here are some great tips to help make those transitions go more smoothly. 1) Plan [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Ten Transition Tips

Non-Toxic Pest Control

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 Really, [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Non-Toxic Pest Control

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 [...]

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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