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August 3rd is Watermelon Day

By Erin Rutter When I think of summer, one of the most memorable sensations that come to my mind is the first juicy bite of a watermelon slice.  August 3rd is Watermelon Day.  What a perfect day to plan activities … Continue reading

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Suggestions for Clean-Up Time

Suggestions for Clean-Up Time Utilize special songs or cues. Children will learn to associate that song mentally with clean up time. And then there’s the Mary Poppins-thing- music and a positive attitude can make a chore seem more fun. Have … Continue reading

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Welcoming New Children in Your Child Care Program

  Welcoming New Children in Your Child Care Program Regardless of whether a child is new to the center, being moved to a new classroom, or is moved for part of a day, there are things we can do to … Continue reading

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Preschool Graduation

Does your preschool graduation program look like the Ziegfried Follies or maybe a production from Cecil B. Demille? After years of planning and staging elaborate graduation shows and preschool pageants, I have learned some valuable lessons I would like to … Continue reading

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Cooperative Games in Child Care

Games are first and foremost an outlet for fun. Many active children’s games also help develop motor skills, problem solving and language skills. However, competition is often the focus of young children’s games. When there is an emphasis on winning … Continue reading

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Don’t Throw Those Paper Towel Tubes Away!

by Wanda Huntley As a teacher of young children, I try my best to be frugal and creative with all materials.  Here are some ideas on how to use those tubes: spyglass binoculars telescope magic wand cocoon/chrysalis kaleidoscope musical instrument … Continue reading

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Getting To Know You

by Janine The start of the school year is quickly approaching.  Here are a few ideas for helping the children in your class get to know one another, as well as encourage positive relationships and cooperation throughout your classroom! Click … Continue reading

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Fun with Bottles

by Janine Here are a few ideas for recycling 20 ounce water or soda bottles into classroom activities! 1.  Mini Ocean Bottles – Fill the bottle halfway up with vegetable oil.  Then finish filling the bottle with water.  We suggest … Continue reading

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Cow Appreciation Day Activities

by Ellen July 15 is National Cow Appreciation Day!  There are lots of fun activities you can do with young children that involve cows. Some Cow Facts for Kids (source – kiddyhouse.com): Cows are able to see color. Cows can … Continue reading

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Hello, Goodbye

by Kay Mishkin Summer can be a wonderful, carefree time of year.  It can also be the season for children to transition in or out of your child care group.  It can be a source of some confusion if you … Continue reading

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