Happy New Year

I’m so happy to have you guys back with us this week. I love routine and having the kiddos here definitely helps me thrive. This afternoon I took a quick run through social media and I noticed so many of my friends were posting pictures of their children doing activities from the traditional winter unit. […]

Polar Express 2020

Polar express days are always so magical. A lot of time is spent planning – down to the minutes on our schedule for the day. Probably my favorite part of the day is when Randy delivers the hot chocolate . I can’t imagine a polar express here that does not include that. The kids loved […]

Birds Need to Eat Too

The snow is gradually going away outside but most places are still covered. We talked today about the fact that birds might have a hard time finding food. So we helped them out. I know that everything doesn’t have to turn into a philosophical discussion but doing things for others at Christmas is what fills […]

Happy Birthday Jesus

For the past 12 years I could not focus on the religious aspect of Christmas during my work hours. I signed a contract that honored separation of state and church. That doesn’t mean Jesus wasn’t with us… You can’t keep Jesus out of a home when Christians have him in their heart. Today though – […]

Run run as fast as you can

Today we focused on the story of the Gingerbread Man . Many things can be learned through storytelling. We tasted crisp gingerbread man snaps. We decorated moist soft gingerbread cookies. Most of the children said they enjoyed the soft gingerbread man the most. We made a graph of which body part the children ate first. […]

Nasty Germs

I’ve noticed my friends are spending less time and less soap washing their hands. It’s easy for us to get slack especially on days when we want to play ! Today we did a little reflecting on why it’s important to continue washing our hands. We watched the story and talked about it. https://youtu.be/81NIovm10ow You […]

Choosing appropriate video games

This blog post may step on some toes but having hard discussions is important. Computers are a terrific learning tool, even in preschool, if used in ways that are appropriate for young children. I do not use computers or hardly any screen time at my place because I know it is being given at home. […]

Nursery Rhymes

There’s tons of research tgar back up the phonemic awareness activities that we do. Nursery rhymes are included in this work. “The two best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness .” ( Adams 1990) “The lack of phonemic awareness is the most powerful determinant of a likelihood of failure to […]

Little Helpers

I have really stuck to consistent deep cleaning schedule since the beginning of the year. I feel so good about it. Certain days I focus on certain areas of my home and play areas to really deep clean. Today was the day that I should deep clean the dress-up room. It can get a little […]

Oh Christmas Tree

Last night I finally put up my Christmas tree. It was really hard for me knowing that most likely my family will not be here to celebrate. But I tried to be very intentional. When I took out an ornament I remembered where it was bought or who made it. Randy and I usually pick […]