5 Ideas to Help Turn your little Grumpy Dwarf into Happy Dwarf

We have some big changes happening at my home daycare this month with children transitioning to school for the first time and other kids going through bumpy life stages.  Many of you home daycare providers understand the emotional highs and lows involved with trying to help young ones navigate turbulent events. One day last week…
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Quick Tip to Help Preschoolers Who Hate Walking

Most daycare providers have met a child who hates walking for more than two minutes.  Trying to convince a reluctant walker to walk (even a short distance) can be difficult on the adult and the child.  I’ve cared for many children who find it very challenging to walk at a continuous pace from point A…
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Quick Potty Training Tip

We, as home daycare providers, often have children who are potty training in our care.  Some children master potty training in a few days and a few accidents. Other children take longer to recognize the cues their bladders send them. One common  pitfall for children who are new to potty training is waiting too long…
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Kids Not Listening? Give Instructions That Work

Have you ever caught yourself using an expression with your children and seen the puzzled look on their faces?  Once children are about four or five years old they will ask us to explain what a word means.  However, there is the potential for miscommunication when we give young children instructions because they may not…
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How to Deal with Extreme Shyness

I have worked with a number of children who would be described as extremely shy.  More and more nowadays, teachers and childcare workers are seeing an increase in anxiety in young children.  One form of anxiety is stranger anxiety.   Being wary of strangers is a natural phase that young children go through when they…
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Hammering Nails -Great Way to Burn Energy & Raise Self-Esteem

The first time I was in a Waldorf Kindergarten classroom I saw a tree stump off to the side of the room.  Interested, I went over to investigate.  The top of the stump was covered with nails.  Beside the stump was a wooden basket with a small hammer and a tin of nails.  I thought,…
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Kinderloop App Contest Update

I’ve been waiting all weekend for tec support from Rafflecopter (the online contest application).  Once I hear back from them, I will be able to announce the winners.  Sorry for the delay.  I’m having trouble being patience and it made me think of my daycare children. Sometimes I forget how difficult it is to wait.…
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Tearing Tissue Paper -A Therapeutic Craft for Children

Some days it’s hard being a kid.  Parents and caregivers don’t always ask you for your opinion.  One day they just give you lunch in the red bowl.  But nobody ASKED if you wanted the red bowl today.  The next day, they just tell you you’re getting a little brother, but nobody ASKED if you…
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How Do You Teach a Child to Clean-Up their Toys?

It’s normal and common to struggle to get children to help at clean up time.  It took me years to figure out the best method to use when teaching young children to clean up toys independently.  I combined techniques from veteran teachers and early childhood educators.  The method was tweaked and adjusted with different children until the…
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From Nap time to Quiet Time-How to Help Your 3 Year Old Rest Independently

Your daycare child used to nap, now they don’t need a nap but they do need some sort of rest.  What is a caregiver to do? Try establishing a quiet time when they play independently.  This will allow their bodies and minds to get the rest they need to make it through the afternoon happy…
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