Summer Plans

The air is warming up. Cold weather clothing is being replaced with shorts and t-shirts. The recognizable sound of flip flops can be heard on the feet of children and adults. The countdown to the last day of school is uttered the moment children wake for school. Yes, it’s almost Summer Time!!! As our first…

This is how a classroom should make you feel

With a couple weeks into preschool I am seeing such an improvement in my child’s growth. I remember when I first questioned the notion of placing my 4-year-old in school as opposed to waiting until he was older, but with great encouragement and support, I convinced myself we were ready. And now I’m excited to…

Expanding Minds and Admissions of Reality

I strive daily to find ways to expand the little minds that surround me. I have read all the statistics about how this is the time in our children’s lives to instill a foundation for learning. This foundation I am helping them build has to be strong and sturdy, ready to tackle the world upon…

Stop & Think Questions

Now that my youngest is able to articulate his feelings more and that he’s asking “Why?” a lot, I decided to start asking some questions of my own. How are you feeling? What does that mean? What are you trying to say? All of these are new queries I’ve indulged in asking the kids but…

Think Like a Preschooler

Boston’s Early Childhood blog had a great post recently. It has to do with how children and adults answer four simple questions. The majority of adults get the answers wrong. Curious? Here are the questions: 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? 2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?…

Do as I say, not as I do.

Typically, I am a rule follower.  I obey laws, I don’t steal ketchup packets, if a sign says DO NOT ENTER, I don’t.  The only exception to this is the speed limit.  I have a tendency to think of speed signs as suggestions rather than laws. As a general rule of thumb, if you are…

Caring for a child means teaching, too

Child care providers are sometimes not given due credit as being a child’s first teachers.  Child care providers are teachers, but without the big fancy diploma of certification hanging on the wall.  Although parents are also teachers, child care providers are often a child’s first teacher outside the home—a child’s first window to the bigger…

Got sleep?

Had to share a blog post from GeekMom Laura Weldon. It reminds us parents about how important sleep is for little ones, and how it impacts learning and behavior. Here’s an excerpt: A study of 8,000 preschoolers found that children with regular early bedtimes scored higher in most developmental measures including pre-reading, language, and early…

Playing “Outside the Box”

Play is a natural instinct for babies and toddlers.  Play helps them to learn about the world around them and about themselves.  The more experiences your child or infant partakes in, the more information is stored to complete the learning experience. Your toddler or infant will learn to perform operations through trial and error and thus also learn…

Taking the “Play Challenge”

April is the “Month of the Young Child” and we are excited to have Kelly Williams, a local licensed child care provider, with us as a guest blogger this month. Our local group of child care providers recently challenged all parents to play with their child for 20 minutes sometime during the week. That’s 20…