Leaf Raking

As the children entered the yard to play today many of our leaves had fallen from the trees. As per tradition, they almost all drop in one night. The kids found the playground completely covered with a carpet of green. Today a crew of them set out to making a pile to jump in. They […]

Read Me a Story-Again!

As we finish reading a story to a child, grown-ups often groan when they hear the words, “read it again!” Many of us grownups tire of reading the same books over and over, but repeated reading is actually very good for young children. Children learn important things from hearing a book again and again. They […]

Random

Today is random Debbie. I started the morning by taking the books out of our book rack next to our family time area. Many times throughout the week looks migrate there they don’t really belong there. As I sorted them into stacks I paid attention to categories. I put all the music books together and […]

Beauty in Nature

Natural beauty can be seen everywhere. White fluffy clouds float above the yard, spiders web flutter in the wind, and the moon sometimes graces the daytime sky. Just the other day one of the children pointed high and said ” look it’s the moon!” Short nature walks give children a chance to observe the wonders […]

All The Skills

Today I thought about some of the goals I have for the children. Probably the biggest concern for parents are those fine motor skills – so the more I get the children excited to practice them during normal play- the better. During family time today we talked about tomorrow being Halloween and what we might […]

Fine Motor Expectations

In case you forgotten what is expected in fine motor development for this age. Here are a few pics I snapped today to show you where many of us are. 

5 Little Pumpkins

Rhymes and movements for the hands and fingers, some of which date at almost 2000 years, are still used in early childhood classrooms, as well as the more modern action songs that involve the whole body. When you were a child you might remember finger plays such as “twinkle twinkle little star “or “old Mary […]

Third Teacher

Research has proven that our environment, – the way we set up our rooms can often be the third teacher. Especially when following the philosophy of teaching we do I am reminded often how important it is to be intentional about the materials that I put out. You’ve heard me preach over and over again […]

Hugs For Everyone

I keep telling you this year is different and it’s really hard to explain other than saying all the kids are just so ” chill.” I think we always know that the kids love us – they are with us seven hours a day – day in and day out -sure they love us . […]

Getting It All Together

Think about how your child learned to speak. Did you teach your child one sound at a time and say ” I -want -a -snack – from – the – kitchen ?” Of course not! Language is learned through listening, speaking, and practicing in real situations. Children learn to read and write when real life […]