Summer is winding down and the school year is starting across the nation. This is a big time for families and child care providers as children transition into preschool for the first time or are transition out of preschool and into Kindergarten! Parents and children are learning how to say goodbye for extended periods of time. Child care providers are saying goodbye to children who have been in their care for years. The children are saying goodbye and looking ahead to meet a new teacher, be in a new place and meet new friends. These transitions can be both difficult and exciting for each individual involved. Below are some resources to help parents and caregivers with these big moments!
We may be gearing up for school and autumn but it's still so hot out! We're still looking for fun outside activities and these Ice Activities from What's Up Moms, look like the perfect thing. Below you'll find the video created by What's Up Mom's as well as some photos of the activities and supplies listed in order to do them.
Memorial Day is coming - some theme ideas for your environment as well as resources to help us support military families.
Get some ideas for the different kind of car washes you can do with the children in your care. Big, little, messy or dry - this post will get you started!
The apple orchard and pumpkin patch field trips are already in full swing. Meals are packed with the season’s bounty of fall goodies. The opportunities to celebrate National Farm to School Month this October are endless! Designated by Congress in 2010, National Farm to School Month is a perfect time to get started with farm to early care and education initiatives.
Planning your Back to School Night! Why you want to and how to make it happen.
While talking with a parent who wants to enroll in your program she tells you that she is a Jehovah’s Witness. She says she doesn’t believe in her child attending any birthday parties. So how do you respond? Tom Copeland has some advice for you.
At least that’s what songs about summer would have us believe. There really are ways to make the “living easy” when you do summer child care and your group includes school age children. If you read last month’s blog, you probably already have some activities planned that the children are looking forward to. Here are some suggestions that are easy for you and help keep school age children active and happy.
Are you looking forward to summer or dreading the thought of having your schoolagers home all day for several weeks? For many family child care providers, transitioning to summer is a mix of wondering how to keep everyone engaged and taking advantage of every minute of sunshine. Yes, the infants and toddlers, especially, will still need a routine but thoughtful preparation can help make this a great experience for all the children in your care.
We used cookie cutters for Valentine's Day decorations. What have you used them for?