Do You Have Sheep At The Animal Shelter ?

Today the Animal Shelter came to visit us to prepare us for our visit there after school.  Before they cam we talked about what we might want to know.  I was so impressed with the list the children came up with.   They asked QUESTIONS! Thats big .  Usually 3 year olds haven’t grasped the […]

DAP

Developmentally Appropriate Practice  – ( Taken from NAEYC – The National Association for the Education of Young Children ) Developmentally appropriate practice, often shortened to DAP, is an approach to teaching grounded in the research on how young children develop and learn and in what is known about effective early education. Its framework is designed […]

I Had a Little Turtle

I had a little turtle I named him Tiny Tim I put him in the bathtub To see if he could swim He drank up all the water He ate a bar of soap Now he’s in his bed With bubbles in his throat. Today we read a story about a box turtle. Some things […]

Hamsters and Rainbow Fish

We are still talking about pets this week. Mila brought Pinky her hamster in .  Pinky has slept most of the day but that is teaching us something too.  Hamsters are nocturnal animals .  Mila said she could wake up him up with her sweet yodel she does.  Unfortunately he didn’t wake up but it […]

Puppies and Presidents

We had a special visitor today .  It’s always great to have visitors but when it is a former little it is  extra special.  ( Side note… its very humbling and validating when former parents continue to ” give back ” to our preschool family even when they are gone.  It touches my heart.  ) […]

The Pink Poodle

Since we are learning about pets this week I talked to Tara at the Pink Poodle and set up a field trip to her place the PINK POODLE . The walk there is almost as educational as the experience itself as we talk about ways to stay safe while walking near a street.  These guys […]

Pete the Cat

We have 5 preschoolers that will start kindergarten in the fall.  We don’t ” teach ” letter writing  or recognition through rote teaching.  Rote means that you do it over and over the same way until it is  memorized  — such as flash cards.  We do encourage the children to write their names when it […]

Do Dinosaurs Make Good Pets ?

Today we started our unit on pets.  I always forgot how much the noise level raises when we do this unit. We have barking and meowing all over the place .  You add that to sweet Naomi’s voice singing ” Come Join the Circle ” and it the room is buzzing.   Part of the […]

What is Family Childcare

Since becoming a part of the Arkansas Better Chance System at times I have felt sad.  I look back at old pictures of our play groups and think wow.. those were the days. The kids no longer play in our ” living space” anymore.  There arent cozy couches to crawl up on when we are […]

whew…. non stop craziness today !

Non stop craziness isnt always a bad thing . Today it wasnt…  It was just very hectic.  It was hectic and we didnt even get to everything I had planned for the day. I have grown over the years to STRONGLY DISLIKE teacher directed art.  Sometimes it is a necessary evil.  For instance , on […]