Six More Weeks of Winter

Today we made smoothies for breakfast. The kids help me decide what needed to go in the blender. We watched a short clip of Punxsutawney Phil to find out that we get six more weeks of winter. Booo. I have joined the thousand hours outside challenge. For a short month and it being so cold […]

Random Acts of Kindness

Tis the season… We started talking about Valentine’s Day today. It’s interesting that most of the kids think Valentine’s Day is for giving gifts. We discussed that Valentines is a great time to show your love to people. What does that look like ? We read a book about being kind. At almost the perfect […]

Puzzles

Today is international puzzle day . Give us a reason to celebrate and we will run full steam ahead. We had puzzles that worked with magnets. We had large floor puzzles. We had puzzles that were just a little too difficult to do. Our day actually started with puzzles. Puzzle pancakes anyone ? We also […]

Responsibility for Preschoolers

You might be surprised to know that every afternoon the play rooms are almost clean to the point of perfection. No I don’t mean by me, I mean as the children play through the day they clean up their messes and then we ring the bell and everyone takes time to put everything back where […]

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 […]