Marketing Your Child Care- online class (6 clock hours) D8.17 C1 9/19/16- 9/30/16 (Register by 9/16/16)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)by
Back to School Special
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)by
Pennsylvania Classes that are funded by the Southwest Regional Key:
A program of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh.
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)
Mentoring Methods-online class (1 clock hour) D6.1 C2 8/17/16- 8/31/16 (Register by 8/15/16)
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.
Click Here to register for these events through the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality website
We 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.
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, 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
We Appreciate You!
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.)
- 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
Super Bowl/Football Theme
Though the Super Bowl is typically on a Sunday, you can use the week leading up to the Super Bowl to have a football theme. On the Friday before the Super Bowl, ask children to wear the color of the team they want to win. Have a Super Bowl party!
Football Songs and Fingerplays
Football Player (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Football player, football player
Throw the ball, (Hold one hand back like you are going to throw a football.)
catch the pass. (Pull both hands to chest as if catching a football)
Run and don’t get tackled, run and don’t get tackled. (Pretend to run.)
Touchdown, touchdown (Hold both arms straight up to signal a touchdown.)
Football Art Activities
Provide or have children cut two identical footballs out of paper. Then have them staple these together and stuff with shredded paper. They can then paint the football to make it more realistic.
Give each child a paper or felt pennant shape. Provide a variety of craft supplies for each of the Super Bowl Team colors and allow children to use their creativity to make a team pennant. Hang up all pennants when done.
Tape a piece of paper to a football and let children use sides of crayons to rub the paper and make football prints.
Football Math and Science
Super Bowl Graph
Discuss the two teams that are in the Super Bowl. Show each city on a map and talk about if a child has ever been to that city. Have children guess who will win the Super Bowl by picking one of the two teams. Make a graph to chart the guesses.
Yard Stick Measuring
Show children a yard stick and ask if they know how many yards a football field is. Have children measure items in the room to find objects that are a yard tall or long.
Cut open a football or take off the skin and put it in your science area for observation.
Practice warm-up exercises like professional football players do by having students do jumping jacks, run in place, and stretch to touch their toes.
Have children practice throwing a football outside to see how far they can throw it.
Pass the Football
Play Hot Potato with a football.
Here is a research overview of child care and development research stories that we featured in the Child Care Lounge newsletter in 2015.