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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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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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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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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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 Prevent Car Sickness Using Peppermint Essential Oil

Do you have a child who suffers from motion sickness? Car sickness can be a real problem for some kids. I’ve had a few children who suffer from it and it can be challenging when you have multiple children in the van. I take my daycare group on many field trips and weekly events so…
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Mother’s Day Gift- DIY Car Diffuser with Essential Oils

This year my daycare group made car diffusers for their Mother’s Day gifts.  I’m a big essential oil fan and I love how the scent of certain oils can clean the air, lift your mood and even prevent car sickness! (Stay tuned this month for my blog post on ‘Preventing Car Sickness’).  I came across…
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