Math Walk

If you remember yesterday we started talking about flowers. We took a walk around the block looking for flowers. We found many different varieties and colors. Today we walked the same route only we carried clip boards and paper. Before leaving home we each decided what color flower we would look for and make tally […]


With flowers sprouting up everywhere they only seem natural that we do a little bit of an investigation. We talked a bit today about what we know about flowers and what we might be curious about. We read a book about a guy named Gus that planted a flower. I asked which would you rather […]

The Root of Family Childcare

The root of family childcare is family. So many times through the day we are like a big Ole’ family. Randy needed help winding a huge long hose. The boys to the rescue. Delta has figured out she can crawl under the fence. We all worked together to solve the problem. There are other things […]

Exploring on Earth Day

Today is Earth Day. I asked the children if they knew what the earth is this morning and many of them did. Elijah even stated that “ it’s a planet that we live on.” We looked at our globe and figured out where we live and we also look to see where Melanie’s dad is […]

Math Moments

In every classroom, at any time during the day, the potential for a math moment exists. The room is one big learning center where strands of mathematical discovery are continually being woven. Children learn to make sense of their world through every day experiences. To stimulate a math moment, we use a variety of materials […]


Sometimes even I struggle with the way I teach… Am I doing enough? Are they going to be ready? And then I see things like this and take a breath and realize I am going in the right direction . Some people do not believe in a child-led environment. I embrace it more every year. […]


Since Randy has appointments coming up today was just not a day I could takeoff. But I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday then with the little guys who make my world go around. It started off with a traditional birthday pancakes. Mine was enormous Next, I opened the present from […]

Let’s Write a Story

Written language is acquired by children in many of the same ways they acquire oral language. Two crucial aspects of learning oral language are having opportunities to be a language user and having adult role models. We can engage children in exploration of written language by writing with them. Written communication is tied to reading. […]

Asking Open-Ended Questions

A question like “ what color is that block?” evokes a one-word answer. But an open ended question “tell me more about the blocks you are using” encourages a child to describe the blocks or explain what she is doing. There’s no right or wrong answer there. An answer to an open ended question gives […]

Eggs stra Eggs stra.

The children were anxious to have our egg hunt today. We tried to fill the morning with normal things like self-portraits. Eventually, we made it outside for the egg hunt. Just to make things easier I had the girls go to the front yard and the boys to the side yard. It’s always interesting for […]