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  • You & Me

    $12.00
    Guiding children in developing positive friendship skills will help them as they progress through their school years. This includes encouraging children to define what makes a good friend - both in what to look for in a friend and how to be a good friend. It also involves teaching children good communication skills, including active listening strategies. Children that can communicate their needs and wants are more likely to get their needs met in a positive way, and may not need to explore more risky and harmful behaviors. A positive environment will encourage children to engage with others as friends. Through hands-0n activities children:
    • Use patterning to make a 'friendship necklace' with a friend
    • Make a special 'friends' paper chain - each link in the chain is a friend
    • Complete specific 'friendship tasks' to make a GORP-like snack
    • Create a special MY FAMILY banner
    Children that have a friend are less likely to engage in behaviors that put them at-risk. Learning empathy for others is one way to create an environment without bullies - something we want for all of our children.
  • Fire Safety

    $12.00
    Children are usually very excited to visit the fire station or to have a fire truck come to their program.  Although children romanticize about the role of the fire fighter, it is extremely serious and difficult work.  Children should be taught that fire is very dangerous and what to do in case of a fire. Children that understand personal safety will be able to make good decisions as they grow from children to adolescents to adults.  Through hands-on activities, children: • Learn about the power of the sun through solar cooking • Explore the night sky and make their own stars • Practice jumping skills when they ‘jump the river’ • Discover things in nature through a scavenger hunt
  • Spiders

    $12.00
    Spiders can be very interesting to watch as they spin webs, stalk prey, and speed across an open space.  Learning about spiders encourages children to develop research and organizational skills as they collect interesting facts about spiders.  See the list of spider facts in the Template section.   Encourage children to explore spiders through these hands-on activities: ·       Hear folk tales about Anansi the spider ·       Watch live spiders in an aquarium or clear plastic container (really fun!!) ·       Match numbers for the 8 legs of a spider ·       Make spider hats   Teaching children to be respectful of all creatures in our world can foster an attitude of caring for everything in our world – not just spiders, but the different people they will meet and the lands they will visit.
  • Animals do pretty much the same thing as people when the weather turns colder – they leave for warmer areas: migrate; they stay inside: hibernate; or they change their habits – grow thicker coats and eat different foods: adapt. Animal behaviors have evolved over many, many years in order for each species to survive. Learning how animals have changed and adapted to changes in their habitat provides information for scientists, ecologists and environmentalists that will help the human race be able to change and survive changes.   Children that are inquisitive about how things work in their world are using higher level thinking and critical analysis skills to solve problems. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • See how polar bears (and other arctic animals) adapt by hiding the in ‘snow’
    • Feel cozy when ‘hibernating’ in a cave
    • Practice math skills in ‘geese migrating’ activity
      Knowing how the animals in our world are doing helps us understand how WE are doing. If an animal species is failing because of environmental changes, we should be aware of what that will do to the human race.   Every living creature is important and connected to each other!
  • Trains

    $12.00
    Children love trains!  There is something magical and engaging about hooking one train car to another, and moving along a track.  Children make trains out of boxes, chairs, their toys and each other.  Although most children do not have access to ‘climb aboard’ a train, most do live close enough to a train track to have watched a train go by!   Many early childhood and school readiness skills can be addressed through this fascination with trains.  Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Learn about the size of a train engine ·       Use laminated train cars to spell their name, other words or put the alphabet letters in order ·       Make a ‘train’ whistle ·       Go on a pretend train ride   Although most children do not have access to ‘climb aboard’ a train, most do live close enough to a train track to watch a train go by.  Taking a ‘trip’ on a cardboard box sparks imagination and creativity, encourages language and vocabulary development, and helps children acquire cognitive skills.
  • Teaching children to be generous and caring can help ensure a peaceful and supportive environment where all children grow and develop to their maximum potential. This is not only a great environment for children, but also for the adults that work in it… win-win for all!   Guiding children in expressing compassion and empathy towards others through day to day activities will help them develop life-long practices of caring for others. Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Create a ‘coupon book’ of nice things to do for others ·       Make a ‘I Care’ puppet to use in role playing how to care for others ·       Bake cookies to share with others   Help the children in your care learn that when we care for each other, we all are cared for!
  • The winter days can get long, and the bustle of the holiday season can cause an overload of emotions for children. Sometimes we all need to find some stress relief. Intentionally planning comfort-focused activities can help children (and adults) weather the stress of the season.   Children experience the fun of ‘popcorn and pajamas’ through these hands-on activities: ·       Hear the story, sing the song and act out ‘Ten in the Bed’ ·       Examine popcorn using magnifying glasses ·       Improve their matching skills with the Pajama Matching game ·       Use their fingerprints to create a ‘popping’ picture   Take some time to relax, put on some comfy clothes and snuggle up with the children and some good books! You will enjoy it and so will the children J
  • Children are born with such promise and potential! As early childhood educators and providers, it is our responsibility to support and nurture each child’s development, and to encourage and celebrate individuality. In order to do this, it is important to know the children in care, understand ‘normal’ development, have knowledge of early learning standards, and be able to assess where each child is in their development.  Activities that help children recognize their strengths and areas of growth include: ·       Learn ·       Explore ·       Practice ·       Discover Children that recognize and celebrate their skills are developing positive self-esteem, which is critical for school and life success.
  • Making resolutions… Counting down the ‘ball’ drop… Seeing fireworks… These are common things many of us do to ring in the New Year.   Young children are just starting to understand how our world measures ‘time’. Part of that understanding includes knowledge of days, weeks and years. This Unit explores the start of a ‘new year’. Through hands-on activities, children will:
    • Begin to understand how a calendar helps track a year
    • Experience some traditional activities around the world for ‘ringing in’ the New Year
    • Practice counting skills with a bubble wrap blast countdown
  • Cranes lifting items high ….. Bulldozing large piles of dirt …..    Scraping the surface smooth ….. Trucks hauling away rocks and dirt …… These are all activities frequently seen at a road construction sites. Many children are fascinated by big, heavy construction equipment. They love the size, the noise, and the actions of these big machines. When children use trucks in the sandbox or sensory table, they are using their imagination to mimic what they see in their real, everyday life… this is how they learn about the world around them.   Exploring road and bridge construction provides hours of imaginative play. Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Re-create sounds and actions seen and heard at construction sites ·       Transform boxes into ramps, bridges and tunnels ·       Use their gross muscle coordination to move a ball along an obstacle course ·       Play a game by following a ‘road’ to park their car in a ‘garage’ Our world relies on safe roads and bridges. Encouraging children to learn about roads and bridges could spark an interest that eventually results in them becoming architects and engineers. 
  • Feelings

    $12.00
    Happy times and happy days …..    Being mad and being sad ….. Feeling lonely and afraid …… We all experience a multitude of feelings and emotions. Young children are just learning how to identify and handle the many emotions they experience throughout their day. Children that can recognize different emotions are much more likely to be able to regulate their behaviors, which is something needed for success in their daily lives. Reading stories, role modeling, and using puppets to act out different emotions are all great activities to help children learn about their feelings. Other hands-on activities in this Unit include: ·       Patterning with ‘feelings faces’ ·       Dancing with colors ·       Sculpting a ‘happy me’ out of clay Children that understand and are in control of their emotions are more likely to be resilient in times of stress. This helps children successfully navigate school and everyday life.
  • Spring

    $12.00
    Tree buds swelling ….. Birds singing bright and early …..    Green plants peeking through the dirt ….. Spring starts slowly then bursts upon us! After weeks of being cooped up inside because of cold, winter weather, we are all anxious to get outside and look for those first signs of spring. Teaching children to really ‘look at’ and use all of their senses to discover the changes in their environment that heralds spring is something that they can use to examine and explore all of their surroundings. Being aware of their surroundings is one way we can help children gain confidence by feeling safe, in control and able to make good decisions about their actions.   Exploring the subtle changes that brings on spring encourages children to be scientific observers.  Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Explore the signs of spring, and how living things react to longer days and warmer temperatures ·       Learn about maple syrup time, and the yumminess of maple syrup ·       Discover how birds use many materials to make their nest Spring is a time of new beginnings and rejuvenation. Discover with your children all the wonders of spring!