Fine Motor

Yesterday we talked about puzzles. Puzzles are one tool that can be used to help children develop fine motor skills. Why are fine motor skills important? Most people immediately just think of writing. There are so many other things that come with being able to use your finger muscles and hand muscles with success. Today […]

Puzzle Power

Puzzles help kids develop eye hand coordination, and other important skills. Learning to control hands and fingers according to information received from their sight is a coordination skill that aid children in early attempts of reading and writing. Three or four piece wooden puzzles in which each piece fits into its own hole are usually […]

Friday Follies

The kids were super active from the minute they were dropped off until the minute we laid down. Constantly running and playing and screaming and just being kids. During breakfast we did our Hegarty time with the purple book with rhyming and onset sounds and all those things and then spent the rest of our […]

Invitation to Fall

Yesterday during your inside time I took one of the pumpkins that’s been moved around in the playroom and put it on the table along with some orange paint. I asked the other children what color paint they think we needed and they said Brown. I asked what the brown paint was for and they […]

Inner voice

Today as I watched the boys play I had an epiphany. I’m sure it’s not anything that no one has heard before but it was re-emphasized to me in front of my eyes. I watched Levi stand in front of the flower border that comes up to his knees and jump straight over it without […]

Just Obey

It’s not really that simple. Sometimes small children haven’t learned the skills or developed the self control to ” just obey.” It sounds simple but dig deeper. “Just sit still -” Children this age are wired to move. There’s actually scientific evidence that says the moving is connected to the part of the brain learns. […]

Happy birthday Johnny Appleseed

Today as parents came in there were tiny apple pies set aside especially for the parents. There’s no reason they should miss all the fun. Thanks to those that brought in different Apple products. We will be tasting them all morning. In the morning circle we watched a very short clip about Johnny Appleseed so […]

The Value of Mud Play

So before I go into the academic/social advantages of allowing your children to play in the mud- let’s just talk about joy. JOY !! Look at the JOY on their faces. ❤️. From a community playthings article – Scientists have now confirmed something that children have always instinctively known; playing in mud is a joyful experience. […]

Rainy Day Fun

I wish I had enough rain suits and boots for everyone to go on adventures in the rain. Wouldn’t that make for some amazing memories! Until then we will hang out inside. These are the days you have to rev up and pull everything out of your toolbelt to keep the children engaged . One […]

Beauty in Nature

Natural beauty can be seen everywhere. White fluffy clouds float above the playground, a spiders web flutters in a gentle wind and flowers shoot up in a nearby garden. Today the natural beauty we found came in the form of caterpillars. They seem to be everywhere. The children made the game finding the caterpillars small […]