Toddler throwing Toys? These 2 Tips will Help!

Most toddlers go through a phase of development where they find great delight in throwing objects.  A few of them will happily limit this behaviour to just throwing soft balls but the vast majority (at least the ones I’ve known) generalize their behaviour to everything and anything that isn’t nailed down. Some of these junior…
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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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Make Your Own Sorting Boxes- Keeps Kids Busy While You Make Lunch!

These sorting boxes are easy to make and are great at keeping little hands busy.  I covered two empty boxes and cut wide slits in the tops. Whenever possible I like to re-use items and make my own daycare activities.  When the older children help me make activities for the toddlers, they end up excited…
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Preschool Learning – Comparing Sizes Using Toys

I had a request from a reader for an example of a circle time learning activity.  This week my group were comparing sizes of objects.  They found the ‘biggest’ object in the group and the ‘smallest’ object.  They also described the size of an object compared to different items in the group. I gathered together…
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ABC Clothesline Activity

My daycare children are learning their letter names and they really enjoyed this ABC activity last week.  I have a bin full of alphabet activities that I have collected over the years.  This one was given to me by a friend.  We share resources and activities within my homeschool group once our children outgrow a…
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One Tip to Foster Strong Relationships with Kids -Encourage Their Interests

The basis for having a group of daycare children who listen to your guidance and follow your lead is having a strong positive relationship with each child.  Little ones are not always going to be eager to follow instructions. What two year old wants to clean up their toys so they can take a nap?…
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How To Start A Home Daycare Video Course – Coming Soon!

Readers have been emailing me for a few years asking about a “How to Start a Home Daycare” step-by-step book or video. It can be overwhelming opening up your own business and I realized there was a need for it. There are so many different aspects to opening up your own home daycare (your physical…
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Marshmallow Catapults

We are learning about medieval times with our homeschool co-op class. Last week I hosted our group and decided to do a lesson on catapults.  What child doesn’t want to see marshmallows flying around the backyard?  I needed the activity to be geared towards children aged 3-8 years old. I started the lesson by showing…
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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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