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Winter Solstice Sparks Winter Celebrations

In the Northern Hemisphere, winter means less daylight, shorter days and colder temperatures. Consequently, we turn on lights so we can see, and make fires to keep us warm and protected from the winter cold. The Winter Solstice is a celebration of the sun and the end of winter. It is sometime between December 21 [...]

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Cold and Flu Prevention Checklist

Repost from previous years. We are heading into that season where many germs are shared! Here are some strategies that will help us stay healthier, and stop the spread of germs. Although these are practices that should be ‘no brainers’, they can never be said enough! Stay Home If You're Sick We want to teach [...]

By | December 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Cold and Flu Prevention Checklist

Children Need to Create

Infants and toddlers are constant motion – touching, smelling, tasting almost everything thing they see! They are learning about the world through their senses and sensory play. Often, infants and toddlers ‘experience their world’ through art materials but we don’t think of them as ‘creating’. Offering infants and toddlers a variety of different materials to [...]

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Celebrate Johnny Appleseed

John Chapman was a real person who traveled across large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia, planting apple trees as he went. He was aptly nicknamed Johnny Appleseed.  Children love to do apple activities as we celebrate his birthday on September 26. Books [...]

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Top 9 Safety Tips for Public Bathrooms: When Going Solo is a Must

Although this article is written to help parents deal with the issue of using public bathrooms, the tips hold true for anyone who takes children to public places, including child care providers and teachers. Moms eventually must let their sons use the boys' restroom and dads must allow their daughters to go into the girls' [...]

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Part 2: Approaches to Learning, Temperament, and School Readiness

How does the Approaches to Learning domain and Temperament impact 'school readiness'? In order to answer that question, we need to define “school readiness”. The National Education Association defines school readiness as the “academic knowledge, independence, communication and social skills children need to do well in school”, defined as: • Academic knowledge – children have [...]

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Nature’s Classroom

Nature’s Classroom by Nikki Shapiro Repost from 2015 Children and the outdoors are meant to go hand in hand. They love to explore new things, watch insects fly, look at the colors of a flower and the shapes of leaves. Their sense of wonder is amazing! The outdoors is a perfect classroom for a childcare. [...]

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Nurturing Cutting Skills In Young Children

Rip, Snip, Cut – Heling young children develop scissor skills Yes, preschoolers, and toddlers with close supervision, should be using a scissors! Helping children to become independent means helping them master skills and safety rules for using many different tools. This is a key piece of development for school readiness and success, as well as [...]

By | March 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nurturing Cutting Skills In Young Children

More than ‘Cute’

“I loved the project because it was so cute.” “It was a really cute idea.” “It was easy and cute.” To me, these statements are almost as bad as being called a babysitter. Quality purposeful and intentional childcare and education is more than ‘cute’. The providers that care about their children being ready for school [...]

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Spotlight on ‘Spiders’

New Blog Series – ‘Spotlight on ELS Units! With over 100 Units of Study to choose from in the Early Learning Success curriculum, I thought it would be helpful to put a ‘Spotlight’ on Units of Study that are perfect for the season or month. Each ‘spotlight’ unit will also have a special price of [...]

By | October 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spotlight on ‘Spiders’