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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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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Find Out How Bubble Wrap Can Fix A Melt Down!

  An experienced daycare provider can recognize the early warning signs of a child’s impending emotional melt down. One particular child might start to whine, stiffen their body posture and get very quiet. Another child might get very loud, start to throw toys and get red in the face as their outward signs that disaster…
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How To Stop Toddlers Who Knock Down Other Children’s Block Towers

The majority of toddlers reach a stage where they DELIGHT in knocking down block towers.  Most of them aren’t so handy yet at building the tower again after it has been demolished.  If they can find a parent/caregiver/older child to build towers for them to then knock down, this activity will keep them amused for…
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Toddler Craft- Leaf Suncatchers

  I saw this message on Pinterest the other day and it got me thinking about my daycare children. Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are…
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How To Teach Kids To Accept Others – An Elephant Story and Activity

As home daycare providers we teach children how to put on their shoes and how to use a spoon.  We also teach them to be proud of their unique qualities and how to accept each other’s differences.  It’s important to pause and teach a social skill in the moment when an opportunity arises (like sharing…
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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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Help Kids Recharge after a Busy School Day -3 Tips

  It’s back to school time and that means tired kids in your after school home daycare program.  September tends to be a month of change and new routines for most children. If you have school aged children in your home daycare there is a good chance you are spending the last few hours of…
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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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1 Minute Prep. Ideas = Kid Friendly Snacks

Every once in a while I enjoy putting an extra minute or two into my snack time preparations to bring a smile to the children’s faces.  A little effort goes a long way to impress the kids. One simple idea is to use a cup or a glass instead of a bowl.  I put applesauce…
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