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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Father’s Day Gift Idea

  Here’s a quick Father’s Day gift idea for you today.  Last year I took a picture of each of my daycare children wearing men’s shoes. In the photo they held up a sign saying, “I love you Daddy.”  The preschoolers and school age kids drew their own signs but I made a simple one…
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K5 Learning- Online Reading & Math Program Review

Many childcare providers offer a preschool learning program for their daycare children.  Parents love it when their children enter school already familiar with some letters and numbers.  A child who enters school knowing how to print his/her own name has been set up for success. Offering an academic program in your home daycare is a…
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Home Daycares Photos -Easing Parental Separation Anxiety

New technology has changed the way childcare providers update parents about their child’s day at daycare.  Many children come from families where both parents work long hours.  Parents are not in contact with their children for 9 or 10 hours a day and that leads to feelings of disconnect.  Smart phones, tablets and apps help…
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10 Ideas to Keep Kids Happy With A Box

I find the first few days back to daycare a bit hard for the children.  They have had a change in routine and sometimes the adjustment is difficult. The holidays are a time when regular sleeping patterns are disrupted and sugar intake sky rockets. Houses are filled with extra people and the excitement level is…
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Salt Dough Tree Ornaments

I’ve never tried making salt dough ornaments before but my daycare children love making cookies with cookie cutter shapes.  They were excited to give this craft project a try.  I searched the internet for a recipe and found a dozen different ones. I started with 1 cup of flour and mixed in 1 cup of…
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Sparkly Painted Pinecone Ornament

 My daycare children love to collect sticks, rocks and objects from nature.  They collected a bucket full of pinecones in the fall that I saved in our craft supply bin. We are making handmade ornaments for our parents for Christmas this year so I thought now would be a good time to use the pinecones…
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Mabel’s Labels are Magnificent! Quick Tip for Your Home Daycare

Today I have a quick tip to share with you that has made my life easier as a home daycare provider.  Organization is key when you are dealing with a group of young children.  I have been using Mabel’s Labels for several years now and I’m very happy with the quality of their products.  Mabel’s…
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My New Secret Weapon- Toy Rental Program

Have you been introduced to the beauty of a toy rental program yet?  I have, and I think I’m in love!  A toy rental program is a fantastic option for us home daycare providers.  We decided to try out our local toy rental company for a few months to see if it would be a…
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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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