Christmas Tree! Theme and Activities

The Christmas tree is a well known symbol of the holiday. Learn more about the wonderful tradition and find great ways to celebrate.

Christmas Tree Facts

Learn More About the Christmas Tree:

  • 2-3 seedlings are planted for every harvested Christmas tree.
  • Christmas trees take 7-10 years to mature.
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states.
  • Oregon produces the most real Christmas trees.
  • 73 million new Christmas trees will be planted this year.
  • The top selling Christmas trees are Balsam fir, Douglas fir, and Scotch Pine.

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Sing “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
of all the trees most lovely
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
of all the trees most lovely

Each year you bring to me delight,
meaning in the Christmas night

Oh Christmas tree, oh Dhristmas tree,
of all the trees most lovely

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
with faithful leaves unchanging
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
with faithful leaves unchanging

Your boughs are green,
in sommers glow and do not
fade in winters snow

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
with faithful leaves unchanging

Each year you bring to me delight,
meaning in the christmas night

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
of all the trees most lovely.

Make Christmas Trees

Snow-Covered Trees
Paint pine cones green. Cover pine cones with whipped Ivory Flakes. You can add on glitter for additional decoration.

Hand Print Tree
Have children trace handprints on green construction paper. Cut out the hands and help children glue them in a form of a pyramid. Have fingers face outward to add to the illusion of branches. Decorate.

Decorate The Tree

Cinnamon Scented Ornaments
Ingredients:
-1 cup cinnamon
-1 T. cloves
-1 T. nutmeg
-3/4 C. applesauce
-2 T. white glue

Mix ingredients until you have a smooth dough. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Be sure to make a hole in the top. Place aside and let dry for a few days.

Hanging Lids
Punch a hole in the lid of a frozen juice can and allow children to decorate with a variety of craft materials.

Silver Bells Ornaments
Puch a hole in the top of a dixie paper cup. Loop wire or a pipe cleaner through for hanger. Leave extra wire hanging in the center and attach a small craft bell. Cover the cup with tin foil and glue on glitter or decorations.

Beaded Wreath or Candy Cane
Form the desired shape of a ring or hook with a pipe cleaner. Allow older children to string on colored beads. By alternating red and white beads on the hook, a candy cane is made. Simply bend over the last section of the pipe cleaner to secure. Attach a red ribbon to a ring of green beads for the wreath.

 

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Online Child Care Classes with Immediate Certificates

Child Care Lounge now offers classes with immediate certificates. We still offer some classes that are more in-depth and come with personalized instructor review. However you can now take an online class, complete the class and get a certificate right away!

 

Certificate is Granted Immediately

Certificate is Granted After Instructor Review (7-10 days)

Infant and Toddler Care Positive Discipline
Recruiting Child Care Staff> The Anti-bias Approach
Potty Training in Child Care Promoting Family Partnerships
PreSchool Math Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Choosing toys and art activities
Moving and Grooving: Motor Skills and Movement Autism in Your Child Care Setting
Principles of Child Development Using Books and Stories with Young Children
Theories of Child Development Proud to Be a Professional!
Mentoring Methods Managing Mixed Age Groups in a Child Care Setting
Open the Door to Outdoor Fun and Learning Learning Through Play
Becoming Part of a Professional Team Preschool Science: A Sense of Wonder and Discovery
Moving and Grooving: Motor Skills and Movement Separation Anxiety
While Children Play: Your Role> Taming Temper Tantrums
Cooking Up Some Fun Caring for Yourself as a Child Care Provider
First Friends The Impact of Violence on Young Children
The Amazing Newborn Marketing Your Child Care Program
The Best Ideas on Staff Management Reporting Concerns
Toddlers: Terrific or Terrible? Tranquil Transitions
Every Child is Unique Bullies: How to Manage and Prevent Their Behavior
Understanding and Responding to Biting Social and Emotional Skills Spell School Success and Readiness
Where Everyone is Welcome Observing Children
Routines and Relationships Excellence in Child Care Customer Service
Understanding and Responding to ADHD Classroom Environments: Setting the Stage for Play and Learning
Growing Young Gardeners -
About Adult Learners -
Gather ‘Round for Circle Time -
Open the Door to Outdoor Fun and Learning -

 

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Pennsylvania Online Classes for October and November

Pennsylvania Classes that are funded by the Southwest Regional Key:

A program of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh.

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 NOVEMBER and DECEMBER CALENDAR

 

 

November 28th-December 13th

Classroom Environments: Setting the Stage for Play and Learning (3 clock hours)K2.3 C2- You have a great opportunity to shape the experiences and learning of children in your care just by how you arrange the environment. This class will show how the environment can influence and support your program goals. You will also learn specific strategies to help you design a great place for children to learn and play! This class is designed for providers in toddler and preschool classrooms.

Principles of Child Development (2 clock hours) K1.2 C1- This class is an introductory overview of the principles and domains of child development. Students will learn how heredity and environment can influence the course of development.

Toddlers – Terrific or Terrible? (2 clock hours) K1.2 C1-Power struggles, whining, temper tantrums, defiance, clingy, moody and selfish. These words are all used to describe toddlers, but so are the words eager, affectionate, curious, playful and trusting. Learn why they are a little bit of both!

Bullies:How to Manage and Prevent Their Behavior (2 clock hours)  K2.13 C2-Although bullying has been a problem for a long time, it is only recently that studies are showing the huge toll that it takes on the social and emotional lives of children. This class will help you understand why bullying occurs and give you techniques for responding to this behavior.

December14th-December 25th

Open the Door to Outdoor Fun and  Learning-(1 clock hour) K2.4 C1- Research shows that children are spending half as much time outside as they did 20 years ago – and much more time doing “inside” activities. This class will highlight the many benefits of outdoor activities and show the student how to promote fun and learning in an outdoor setting.

Mentoring Methods -(1 clock hour) D6.1 C2-Mentoring is a powerful and popular way for people to learn a variety of personal and professional skills. Learn more about the process and how to be an effective mentor.

Theories of Child Development- (2 clock hours) K1.2 C1-This online training class is designed to be an introduction to the most widely known theories of child development. Students will learn about the contributions from Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud and many more.

 

Remember these are self-study classes that you can complete anytime during the set time frame.

Click here to register on the PA. Keys website

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Back to School Special!

Back to School Special

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This back to school special includes discounted enrollment in the two online classes that will be prepare you for a successful new year!

Classroom Environments: Setting the Stage for Play and Learning (3 clock hours/.3 ceus)

Where Everyone is Welcome (1 clock hour/.1 ceus )

As bonus, you will also receive a pdf file with activities and tips for starting the new year right!

 This is a limited time offer, get all of this for $16.85 (value is at least $23)


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Pennsylvania Classes that are funded by the Southwest Regional Key:

Pennsylvania Classes that are funded by the Southwest Regional Key:

A program of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh.

AUGUST CALENDAR

Every Child Is Unique-online class (3 clock hours) K1.7 C1   8/17/16- 8/31/16 (Register by 8/15/16)                                                                           

This training is designed for caregivers and educators of children of all ages. Students will learn how to recognize individual behavioral and learning styles and adapt learning activities and experiences appropriately.

Marketing Your Child Care- online class  (6 clock hours) D8.17 C1 8/17/16- 8/31/16 (Register by 8/15/16)

This training is designed for program owners and directors. This class features many concrete ideas and will guide participants in developing an effective marketing and promotion strategy for their program. Note: Part of the clock hours of this class requires a hands-on activity to reinforce class objectives (6 clock hours)

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New online classes for child care

deskWe are excited to announce that we have developed SIX new online child care classes!!
You will find new classes for classroom teachers, providers and directors.

We are also happy to report that these new online classes will generate a certificate for you immediately after you complete the class!

 Online Class Titles

 

  •  Routines and Relationships -This training is designed for caregivers and educators of infants and toddlers. Participants will learn how responsive care giving forms the foundation of building relationships, and sets the stage for development and learning.
  •  Where Everyone is Welcome- This class will help you find ways to ensure your program is welcoming and respectful to all families and children.
  • The Best Ideas on Staff Management-A guide for child care administrators and directors on recruiting, retaining and motivating your staff. Learn how to manage your child care staff from their first day until their last day.
  • The Amazing Newborn-Learn how babies are born with remarkable capacities that help them enter the world ready to learn and interact!
  •  First Friends -This class will review how children form early friendships and what you can do to promote positive social skills
  • Cooking Up Some Fun-Cooking activities are a fun way to promote learning across many domains of development. Class participants will discover great strategies and ideas for including cooking activities in their program.

  Click here to select classes and enroll

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Father’s Day Quotations and Humor

Father’s Day Quotations and Humor

It is no secret, I will always be daddy’s little girl. In many ways he was my primary caregiver while I was growing up and he still has a special place in my life and heart. Each year I search for a special way to show my love and appreciation on Father’s Day. My father, being very casual, does not have many occasions to wear a tie and so each year I have to be creative.I bring you this collection for all you who may be crafting a plaque or card for that special dad this year.

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”
– – William Shakespeare

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
– – Mark Twain

What Makes A Dad?
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need.
Then God combined these qualities.
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … “DAD!”
– – author unknown

Fathers then & now

Top 50 Quotations for Father’s Day

“Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers- and fathering is a very important stage in their development.”
– – David M. Gottesman.

“A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season”.
– – Author Unknown

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”
– – Anne Sexton

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Provider and Teacher Appreciation

We Appreciate You!

Because….

PTA Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6, 2016, National Teacher Day is May 3rd, and

Friday, May 6, 2016, is Provider Appreciation Day

We are discounting all of our online classes, now through May 8th 2016. Simply use the discount code “TAW16″ in the check out cart.

This discount is only valid for the classes listed on this page

View classes and enroll now!

 

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Frogs Theme and Activities

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Frogs Theme and Activities

Here are some basic theme ideas for helping preschool aged children learn about frogs.

Frog Songs and Fingerplays

I’m A Little Frog
I’m a little frog
Just a pollywog
I live in the brook
Underneath the bog
And because it’s Spring
Spring, Spring, Spring
I’m so happy that I want to
Sing, sing, sing.

5 Green and Speckled Frogs
5 green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs – yum, yum
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are 4 green, speckled frogs – glub, glub
4 green and speckled frogs… etc
3 green and speckled frogs… etc
2 green and speckled frogs… etc
1 green and speckled frog
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs – yum, yum
He jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are no green, speckled frogs – glub, glub!

Ga-Goo Went the Little Green Frog One Day
Ga-goo went the little green frog one day (stand and bend down frog-style on Ga-goo)
Ga-goo, ga-goo
Ga-goo went the little green frog one day
And his eyes went rolly polly (circle hands away from eyes downwards)
Well you know frogs don’t
La-te-da-de-da, La-te-da-de-da, La-te-da-de-da, (clap hands out and jump one way then the other)
Well you know frogs don’t
La-te-da-de-da, they never go Ga-goo

A Little Green Frog
There once was a little green frog, frog, frog,
Who sat in the woods on a log, log, log.
A screech owl sitting in a tree, tree, tree,
Came after the frog with a scree, scree, scree
When the frog heard the owl in a flash, flash, flash,
He jumped in the pond with a splash, splash, splash!

Frog and I
The frog and I, the frog and I can sing and hop (hop)
We both can dive, we both can swim (make swimming motion)
Although I can’t compete with him (shrug)
We both have skin thats on to stay (pull up skin)
But mine is not green I’m glad to say

Frog Art Activities

Pom Pom Frogs
Cut frog feet shape from green fun foam. Glue a large green pom pom onto the foam. Glue 2 medium sized white pom poms onto the green pom pom for eyes. Glue one small black pom pom in the center of each of the white ones to complete the eyes.

Stuffed Frog
Draw a top view pattern of a frog onto a piece of card paper. Use the template to cut 2 frog shapes from green felt. Use a glue gun or fabric glue to glue the top and bottom pieces together leaving an opening at the back of the frog. Stuff with batting. Glue the opening. Add 2 white pompoms for eyes and one small black pom pom in the center of each of the white ones.

Paper Plate Frog
Paint the underside of a paper plate green. When dry, fold in half. Cut 4 frog legs from fun foam. Place 2 of the legs to the side of the folded plate and staple closed. Glue the other 2 legs to the underside at the back for the rear legs.

Shape Frog
Cut one large circle, one large triangle, and 2 small triangles from green construction paper. Glue the circle to the large triangle to create the head and body of the frog. Glue the small triangles on either side of the bottom points of the larger triangle for feet. Add large googly eyes and draw a mouth with red marker.

Tissue Paper Frog
Give each child a cut-out of a frog. Have them cut out eyes and other features from paper. Next, have them use different colors of green tissue paper squares to glue to the paper to form a neat frog design. For an added effect, dye a coffee filter to make a Lilly pad.

Frog Motor Skills and Movement

Leap Frog
Children form a line with a body space between them. They crouch down as small as they can. The person at the back of the line is the frog and leaps up the line gently tapping on the backs of the other children as they go ‘leap frog’. When at the front, they crouch down and the new last person is the frog.

Lily Pads
Make lily pads out of posterboard and tape them to the floor. Have children jump from one to another, acting like frogs. You can also use the lily pads to play a version of musical chairs, but musical lily pads instead.

Frog Snacks

Frog Cupcakes
Make cupcakes according to the directions on your favorite cake mix box. Let cool. Tint white icing with green food colouring and ice cupcakes. Add a circle of white icing to the center of a green circle gummie candy. Push the gummy candies into the cupcakes for the eyes.

Frog Floats
Put one scoop of lime sherbet into a cup. Add 7-Up or Sprite. Add miniature marshmallows or M&M’s to the sherbet for the frog’s eyes.

 

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Preschool Classroom Block Area (Construction)

Preschool Classroom Block Area (Construction)

by Cathy Abraham

Make sure you have plenty of space for the block area so children can build elaborate structures.

Goals/Skills:

  • Concept development (shape, size, balance, contrast, one-to-one correspondence, counting, matching, sorting, spatial relationships, grouping, classifying, problem-solving, length, height, weight, leverage, geometric shapes, etc.)
  • Conceptualization
  • Cooperation/social skills

Supervision and Tips:

  • Encourage children to only build as high as they can reach while standing on the floor.
  • Do not allow children to throw or crash blocks. Say “Blocks are for building. They can really hurt if you get hit with one.”
  • Allow children to work out their own differences, facilitating only if a child seems frightened or endangered, or the situation is at an impasse.
  • Encourage children to put the blocks away before leaving the area to do something else.
  • Use logistical problems in building as opportunities for children to learn
  • Label the block shelf with corresponding shadows for children to match

 

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