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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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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Watch Your Kids Play Happily for Hours With This 3 Step Technique – Today is Step Three!

How do you get your kids to play for so long independently? I can’t get anything done because the children always need my help, how do you manage with all your daycare kids?  These are common questions for new home daycare providers and new parents. Over the years I’ve developed a 3 Step Technique that…
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Watch Your Kids Play Happily for Hours With This 3 Step Technique – Today is Step Two!

Last week I answered a blog follower’s question, “How do you get the kids to play happily for long stretches of time?” with a video about loose parts play.  The video talked about Step One in my 3 Step Technique towards extended independent play. Watch the video here to learn all about the materials needed…
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Want Your Kids to Play Happily for Hours? Try this Simple 3 Step Technique!

A recurring question that I get from my readers is: “How do you get the kids to play happily for long stretches of time?”  There are a couple of key steps to help children play independently for extended periods of time. Step One is to have open ended toys or objects available to the children.…
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How To Get Your Daycare Kids to Nap in 3 Easy Steps

When I first opened up my home daycare I had to figure out how to get multiple children to nap well in the same room.  This was challenging at first but once I discovered the secret of a Sound Machine it was much easier!  Sound machines are also called sleep machines or white noise machines.…
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Toddler throwing Toys? These 2 Tips will Help!

Most toddlers go through a phase of development where they find great delight in throwing objects.  A few of them will happily limit this behaviour to just throwing soft balls but the vast majority (at least the ones I’ve known) generalize their behaviour to everything and anything that isn’t nailed down. Some of these junior…
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Want Good Problem Solvers? Try this 1-2-3 Method!

Last week I shared my 1-2-3 Problem Solving Method and showed you how to apply it with older children.  Today I’m going to explain how I use this method with my younger kids. Children who are good independent problem solvers get along better with their peers and have higher levels of self-esteem. Problem solving skills can…
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Want Good Problem Solvers? Get Started with this Buoyancy Activity!

Problem solving skills can be developed in any child through modelling and practice. I teach my toddlers how to problem solve with the same method as my school age children.  My three basic steps are; What do you KNOW? What can you TRY? Who can HELP? Today I’ll be sharing a buoyancy activity you can…
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Three Reasons Why I LOVE free online Kid’s Yoga

  A friend of mine recommended I check out Cosmic Kids Yoga on You Tube.  We tried it out the other day and my kids are completely hooked, we LOVE it!  I’m happy to share with you my top three reasons WHY I think these videos are amazing. I’m not getting anything in exchange for…
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