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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|0 Comments

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’

Ice-y Suncatcher for Winter Fun

The ice-y suncatcher has always been one of my favorite activities to do in the winter with my children. I usually do it with things we find in nature (pine cones, sticks, leaves, orange slice etc.) but this time I tried it with crystal gems! The directions are the same so you can try it [...]

By | January 31st, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on Ice-y Suncatcher for Winter Fun

Favorite Modeling Dough Recipes

One Hundred and One Recipes for Fun is a great collection of fun and messy recipes that can be integrated into your daily planning and activities. These are not my original ideas; I have compiled these recipes over many years of snipping from magazines, borrowing ideas from fellow caregivers, and searching through resource books and [...]

By | January 24th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Favorite Modeling Dough Recipes

‘Generosity Jar’ Helps Build Positive Environment

Character Traits for a Positive Environment Thoughtfulness, generosity, and empathy are character traits that will help foster an environment that is peaceful and supportive, and where all children can grow and develop to their maximum potential. The question is, ‘How do we foster these character traits in children?’ Although we generally think that these are [...]

By | January 10th, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on ‘Generosity Jar’ Helps Build Positive Environment

‘Spotlight’ on Popcorn & Pajamas Unit of Study

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 | December 3rd, 2018|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on ‘Spotlight’ on Popcorn & Pajamas Unit of Study