DIY Pendulum for Block Demolition Fun

Watch any two or three year old and you will see that knocking a stack of blocks over is half the fun of building the tower in the first place. Today I helped the children built a simple wrecking ball so they could take turns sending it crashing into their block towers. We used items…
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Use a Theme Table for Preschool Learning

Some days running a home daycare with multiple ages can be very busy.  It can be challenging to provide the older children with the extended exploratory play opportunities and extended information they are seeking on various subjects when you also have a group of toddlers. Providing a theme table is one way that helps me…
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Are Two Year Olds too Young for Circle Time?

  Circle Time is a term we Early Childhood Educators use to describe a time in the day where we sit with the children and teach them a new concept. It often includes songs, stories and learning games. The concepts being taught might be counting to five or learning colour names. So, are two year…
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Masterpieces from Nature -An Easy Craft for Little Hands

My own children go to Forest School once a week as part of our homeschooling program.  Their innovative teacher had them create pictures on the forest floor with natural materials from the woods.  They framed their work space by first using four sticks to section off their canvas. Then they used leaves, twigs, bark, etc.…
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Ten Inexpensive Activities for Two Year Olds

I had a request from a reader the other day asking for inexpensive activities she could do with two-year olds in her home daycare.  It got me thinking about the different activities I have done with toddlers over the years and how this age can be, at the same time, wonderful and challenging. Two-year olds…
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Create a “Play Centre” to Ignite the Imagination

Children who can set the stage for imaginary play end up playing creatively for hours.  This type of play helps young children learn how to problem solve, use materials they have on hand, transform one object into something else, work out emotions and feel in control. Some children naturally enter into long drawn out games…
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DIY Balloon Squishy Ball

  I follow a great preschool blog called “Preschool Powol Packets” and this week Carla made Squishy Bouncy Balls.  I loved the sound of this craft so we decided to give it a try. The materials were easy enough to find around the house,  flour, balloons and a funnel.  I also thought about filling a…
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How to Adjust Activities for Multi- Aged Groups

The majority of home daycare providers have a group of children of mixed ages and abilities.  The wider the span between the ages of your daycare children the more challenging it can be at times to find activities that suit everyone.  It can be overwhelming to try to prepare and teach several different learning activities…
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‘French Sing and Learn’ -Book Review

My home daycare children and I had the privilege of trying out a fantastic French curriculum book geared for young children.  It’s called, “French Sing and Learn” by Leanne Seel. I’m always on the look out for great resources to use with my home daycare children. Introducing children to a second language while they are…
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35 Skills for Kindergarten Success : Daycare Curriculum Outline

  Many home daycare providers have preschoolers in their care who will be entering formal school next year.  We spend many hours teaching our preschoolers important skills that will help them when they begin school. I decided to write-up an outline of my  daycare curriculum so that my daycare parents could get a sense of…
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