GO NAPSACC

At some point this month I was in a training called Go NAPSACC . The idea of the training is that you look at what you’re already doing to help the children be more healthy, assess your program, and then set goals to make changes. A few years ago I served almost completely whole foods […]

Play schemas

If you’ve been with me a few years you know I set a professional development goal for myself each year. It’s imperative that I continue to learn. When I stop learning it’s time to retire. This year I wanted to explore “learning stories.” I have taken two workshops and studied independently. I’ve also dove head […]

Reflections

Our work this week is spinning mainly off the very last conversation I had on Friday with Melanie. She looked on the wall and saw the reflections from the prisms in the window and said, “ why are the rainbows only there when we wake up in the afternoon ?” So today we talked about […]

Perspective

Probably the person to learn the biggest lesson today is me. I have a huge Keynote tomorrow for Michigan. I’m excited about it. I’m proud of it. But even with all of the experience I have and the training I have taken and the training I have given- I cannot be perfect. Today I was […]

We Appreciate The Squirrels 🤷🏻‍♀️

You know I don’t do thematic units but ever once in a while we get excited about celebrating certain days. So far this month we have celebrated international popcorn day and today is squirrel appreciation day. I’m not sure how we should show appreciation to squirrels but we certainly gave it a whirl. We talked […]

Watching History

I need to think back to how many presidents have been sworn in since I have cared for children. Every year that I can remember we have watched the inauguration as a group. I know it’s inappropriate for children to be asked to sit for long periods of time ( especially in front of a […]

It’s National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Woo hoo! It’s national strawberry ice cream day! Let’s celebrate !!! But why ? I include silly nonsense holidays like this on our calendar for many reasons. 1. It gives us all something to look forward to. 2. Wait .. does strawberry start with the letter S? 3. How many days is it until strawberry […]

What Does Scavenger Mean?

Today we had a special treat. I told the children after playing indoors we would be going on a scavenger hunt. What does Scavenge mean? The children looked at me and a couple said “looking for some thing” – “finding gold.” Pretty close! We took a trip around two blocks looking for winter objects. We […]

I Made An N!!

There’s nothing like helping a child be successful! Nayomi said “I can’t make this letter” pointing to the N. “Would you like my help?” She nodded yes. It’s still hard for her to do the letters in one complete motion so I showed her the shortcut by making two straight lines and connecting them from […]

Calming Activities

With the winter weather it’s harder for us. We cannot stay outside for long periods of time. You can’t tell a little guy that’s four or five years old that he just can’t expel energy because it’s cold. We went outside today for about 45 minutes. As soon as we got in the gate the […]