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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' [...]

By | June 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top 9 Safety Tips for Public Bathrooms: When Going Solo is a Must

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 [...]

By | May 16th, 2019|Trending, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Part 2: Approaches to Learning, Temperament, and School Readiness

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’

Spotlight on ‘Apples’ Unit of Study

‘Spotlight’ on ELS Units! With over 100 Units of Study to choose from in the Early Learning Success curriculum, there are great Units of Study perfect for the season or month. Each ‘spotlight’ unit has a special price of $6.00 for the month! The ‘Spotlight Unit’ for September is the Apples Unit of Study, available [...]

By | September 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spotlight on ‘Apples’ Unit of Study

Spotlight on ‘Let’s Go Camping’

‘Spotlight’ on ELS Units! With over 100 Units of Study to choose from in the Early Learning Success curriculum, there are great Units of Study perfect for the season or month. Each ‘spotlight’ unit has a special price of $6.00 for the month! The ‘Spotlight Unit’ for August is Let’s Go Camping, available at Let's [...]

By | August 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spotlight on ‘Let’s Go Camping’

Spring-y Ideas

Spring is just around the corner! The following ideas highlight a developmental domain while encouraging children to explore spring activities. 1. Grass Heads – In honor of Earth Day – April 2 Developmental Domain: Cognitive Development – Scientific Thinking and Problem Solving Children use senses to explore materials and the environment; they express wonder about [...]

By | March 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spring-y Ideas