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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|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

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’

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’ Is On Fun in the Sun 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 July is Fun in the Sun. To try [...]

By | July 5th, 2018|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on ‘Spotlight’ Is On Fun in the Sun Unit of Study

‘Spotlight’ on Picnic Party – June 2018

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 | June 4th, 2018|Resources|Comments Off on ‘Spotlight’ on Picnic Party – June 2018

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

Valentine’s Day Activities – Plan with Intention and Purpose

Many early childhood educators and caregivers use themes for their planning. Children love doing activities that are seasonal or holiday based. It is important to be purposeful and intentional through the use of early learning standards when providing these fun activities. Early learning standards are strength-based, child-focused and tell us what children can do. They [...]

By | February 6th, 2018|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Valentine’s Day Activities – Plan with Intention and Purpose