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Falling into Fun!

Do we ever have enough ideas? Here are some great ideas to get into the swing of fall! Some of these ideas are so good, they are repeats from previous posts! And they all support a child's development while being fun! Apple-Cinnamon Sachets Materials: • ½ cup cinnamon • ½ cup store bought applesauce (homemade [...]

By | September 10th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Falling into Fun!

STEM Programming for Early Childhood

Janice Morrison (TIES STEM education monograph series, attributes of STEM education, 2006) outlined several functions of a STEM education. She suggested that students should be: • Problem-solvers – able to define questions and problems, design investigations to gather data, collect and organize data, draw conclusions, and then apply understandings to new and novel situations. • [...]

By | August 29th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on STEM Programming for Early Childhood

Learning to Play – Playing to Learn

What is Play? • Play is a child’s ‘work’. • It is a critical part of learning. • Play is where children learn new concepts, new skills, and to problem-solve. • Play enhances a child’s school readiness through cognitive development. How does Play nurture cognitive development? • During play, children use their imagination to come [...]

By | July 18th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Learning to Play – Playing to Learn

Mix It Up for Summer!

It’s time to mix up a little fun! Make sure to include the kids in each step – reading the directions, gathering the supplies, measuring the ingredients and mixing up the various concoctions. As you are doing these activities, think about the learning that is happening that is addressing STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) [...]

By | July 11th, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on Mix It Up for Summer!

Summer Skill Builders

Summer can be lazy days …. playing in the sun, splashing in the water, watching clouds go by, picnicking under the shade of a huge tree. Use these great lazy day activities to support your children’s development.  Make sure that you are including activities that address the different developmental domains every day. • Shadow dancing [...]

By | June 13th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Summer Skill Builders

Ahhhh Summer! Intentional Planning for Summer

Although it may be tempting to take the summer off from planning, there are many benefits in continuing with your intentional programming: • Children need learning activities to keep their brains engaged • A busy day goes by so much more quickly for children and adults • A planned day goes by so much more [...]

By | May 30th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Ahhhh Summer! Intentional Planning for Summer

Mud and Kids – This is Spring!

A bucket of water, a pail of dirt ….. Mix all together for ….. Mud squishing between our toes ….. Who has not done this before? Or at least found a puddle and walked in it to make mud?? Great childhood memories come from simple things like dirt and water! Children are drawn to mud [...]

By | March 26th, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on Mud and Kids – This is Spring!

Purposeful and Intentional

As a caregiver, you spend many hours planning for and then providing activities and learning materials for the children in your care. Understanding the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ behind what you do can help these activities be even more meaningful for children. I call this ‘Purposeful and Intentional’. Excerpt below is from the Early Learning [...]

By | March 20th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Purposeful and Intentional

Weather Ideas for Spring

Many of us wait all winter for spring! This year I think we may be even more anxious as we try to wait out the end of Winter! As you plan for Spring, here are some great weather ideas that support the developmental domains for early childhood. The Early Learning Success Unit of Study Weather [...]

By | March 7th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Weather Ideas for Spring

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 [...]

By | February 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on More than ‘Cute’