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Benefits of “Repetitive Reading” for Children

This year's schooling may be somewhat up in the air. But, we can continue to foster positive reading skills using intentional and purposeful strategies through a process called 'repetitive reading'. Children love to have stories read to them over and over! There are many reasons for this – it may be that they love the [...]

By | September 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Benefits of “Repetitive Reading” for Children

Living in Today’s Stressful World

Part 3 of a 3-part Series Stress on Families in Today’s Workforce COVID-19 has changed our world in a variety of ways. So many things we took for granted have been put on hold, or may be gone permanently. One of the things impacting families today is the ability to go to work, (when their [...]

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Living in Today’s Stressful World

Living in Today’s Stressful World 3-Part Blog Series on Stress Part 2: Stress on Children in Child Care We all continue to feel the stress in our world and daily lives. It is important to remember that children are continually gathering information from what is happening around them. A case in point, when my children [...]

By | August 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Living in Today’s Stressful World

What!!!! Bullying in Preschoolers??!!!!

It is in the news almost daily…. kids bullying other kids.  Most of us assume bullying behaviors start in elementary school and carry on or accelerate during the teen years.  But, unfortunately, child care settings are where many children first observe or experience early forms of “bullying behaviors”.  If not addressed, this behavior can continue [...]

By | June 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What!!!! Bullying in Preschoolers??!!!!

What is SEL, and why it is so important for children

This article was first published in the ELS Newsletter, Fall 2019. In light of what is happening in our country, this is important for children today. The acronym SEL is a current topic in many articles related to early childhood education. So, what does it stand for, and why is this important for today’s children?SEL [...]

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Yikes!!! My child is doing ….

Part 2: How do caregivers support development? Understanding that children develop at their own pace, and through a pretty consistent pattern is very important for anyone working with young children. Sometimes just KNOWING that the child is not being ‘naughty’ but actually working very hard to master a new skill can give caregivers an entirely [...]

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Yikes!!!! My Child is Doing……

Part 1 on Child Development Tired of picking toys or items off of the floor after your 13 month old drops them from their high chair tray?Wondering why your 2 year old ALWAYS has to dump out ALL of the toys?Losing patience with your 3 year old that insists on trying to zip his own [...]

By | May 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yikes!!!! My Child is Doing……

Early Learning Success Spring Units

The Early Learning Success curriculum is a 'standards based' approach that supports each child's development, is easily adaptable to most settings, uses materials that are commonly found in early learning environments, and is very affordable. Check out the Units of Study that will make Spring come alive! Baby Animals BirdsCaterpillarsEarth WiseFarm AnimalsFrogsGardeningMudSpringSpringing UpStewards of the EarthThe [...]

By | May 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Early Learning Success Spring Units

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 [...]

By | December 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Winter Solstice Sparks Winter Celebrations

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