27 Preschool Apple Activities -Includes: Science, Music, Counting, Sensory, Song Videos, and More!

An apple theme week filled with apple activities is an exciting way to bring new knowledge and a connection to the season into your daycare.  I will give you some craft ideas, songs, field trip ideas, baking ideas, books, early academic concepts, and imaginative play ideas in this article. Studying the natural world will help…
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Teach the Days of the Week with this Easy 5 minute Routine

Having a daily ritual known as ‘Calendar Time’ is a popular morning activity in many preschool classrooms. Bringing this routine into your home daycare is a fast and easy way to teach the Days of the Week (and more) to your preschool children. Calendar time has TWO main benefits for children. 1. New Concepts Calendar…
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How To Make A Child Feel Welcomed on the First Day of Preschool

The first day of preschool (or daycare for younger children) can be scary.  An experienced daycare provider has the ability to make a child feel welcomed using a few trade secrets. Integrating new children can be challenging if they are reluctant to leave their parent.  As home daycare providers our group often changes and we…
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Free Ebook – Work at Home as a Home Daycare Provider! Is this right for me?

Are you interested in working from home?  Is it important to be there when your baby takes his first steps?  Want to spend the whole summer home with your own children? Would you like to make an income while you eliminate your child care costs? Frustrated at constantly rushing your child (and yourself) in the…
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Want Daycare Clients Who Always Pick Up on Time? 2 Secrets That Work!

One of the most common complaints from home daycare providers is how to deal with daycare parents who are consistently late. It is easy to understand how parents can find themselves arriving late. Work deadlines, rush hour traffic and a quick stop at the corner store can all result in them being late to pick…
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My #1 Summer Read Recommendation – The 5 Love Languages of Children

This post includes Amazon Affiliate links. As home daycare providers and parents our days are busy.  That is why I only recommend books and products that will improve your life and save you time.  If you find yourself with some down time this summer, I highly recommend The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary…
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Sunscreen Your Toddler – No Fuss, No Tears with these 3 Tips!

Why do children detest the sunscreen application process so much?  Some of my little ones hate to stand still, others don’t like the sensation of cream on their faces and the smallest ones simply scream and run in the opposite direction when they see me get out the sunscreen bottles. Through thousands of sunscreen applications…
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Home Daycare Providers -5 Steps to Avoid Burnout

Running your own home daycare business can be one of the most rewarding endeavors you do in your life. It is obvious on a daily basis that you are providing value in people’s lives. You are a powerful role model for the children in your care. Your influence in their lives has the potential to…
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Kid Favorite -Iced Herbal Fruit Tea

It’s summertime and I need to keep my daycare children hydrated.  My group is delighted when I serve them a fancy, fruity drink on the deck at snack time. I try my best to limit juice for the kids because of the high sugar content.  One of their favorite alternatives to juice is iced herbal…
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Have Babies & Toddlers? Want to Teach Your Preschooler Math Concepts? Not Enough Time? Try A “Learning Walk!”

Are you feeling frustrated because you want to spend more time helping your preschooler count and recognize numbers? Is it impossible to find time to sit down with your preschooler because you also have a toddler or a baby? This is a common scenario for a home daycare provider.  My favourite way to juggle teaching…
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