Tips for Successfully Homeschooling Your Kids

3 Fun & Healthy Winter Food Activities To Do With Your Child Care Class

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Date: January 4th 2017


If you work in a child care setting and are responsible for planning fun activities for the young students in your care, here are three fun and healthy winter food activities that you can do with the students in your care. #1 Snow Cones This is a great activity to do on a day where it is snowing outside and there is a lot of nice, freshly fallen snow. Take your students outside and have them scoop up fresh snow into a big bowl. Point out and show your students where they can get nice fresh snow for this activity and explain to them how they don’t want to pick up or eat dirty snow. Help them figure out what snow is clean and what snow is dirty. Then, bring the snow inside. Help each student scoop up some snow into a clear plastic cup. Then, explain to your students that you are going to create snow cones. Get out a few different kinds of fruit juice and allow your students to pick what type of fruit juice they want poured over their snow cones. This is a fun and healthy way for your students to enjoy some snow cones together. #2 Reindeer Face For this activity, you are going to make reindeer sandwiches with your students. You are going to want to take wheat bread and cut it up into a triangle shape. For the inside, allow your students to put some type of nut butter on the inside of their sandwich, along with honey or jam. For the outside, have your students use pretzels to create reindeer antlers. Let them make the reindeer eyes and nose out of raisins. This is a cute and easy activity that doubles as a nice healthy afternoon snack for your class. #3 Juice Igloos For this third activity, you are going to show your students how liquid can turn to ice and be used to create an igloo. This is a great tie-in if you just read a book that showed or talked about igloos. Do this activity on a day where it is below freezing outside. Take some juice and pour it into an ice cube tray. Put popsicle sticks into the ice cube or popsicle tray; make sure each stick is labeled with each kid’s name. Then, put the juice tray outside and allow it to freeze. Have your students […]

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3 Tips For Using Cloth Diapers At Preschool

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Date: September 21st 2016


Many preschools require that your child be fully potty trained before they can begin classes. However, preschools that partner with daycare centers are often more relaxed about potty training and will allow you to send your 3-year old who still uses diapers. If you use cloth diapers with your child, finding a preschool that accepts your child may be more difficult. However, there are a few things you can do that can improve your chances of having your cloth-diapered child accepted.  Fully Prepare All Diapers for Quick and Easy Use  There are many different types of cloth diapers. Preschools are more likely to accept children who use cloth diapers that are close to disposables in form and function. This means that, if possible, you should send your child with all-in-one or pocket diapers that have been completely prepared for quick use. While daycare centers for younger children may still accept children who use prefold diapers, preschool teachers will likely not have the time to deal with prefold diapers and covers.  Include At Least One Wet Bag Each Day  Along with your daily supply of diapers, you should include a wet bag for your child’s teacher to place the soiled diapersin. Do not include a normal plastic bag. Wet bags help keep scents under control and are more sanitary than a plastic shopping bag. You should include at least one wet bag each day. However, if your child still goes through several diapers a day, consider including one for the morning and one for the afternoon.  Consider a Daycare That Partners With a Diaper Service If your preschool is part of a larger daycare program, there is a chance that it partners with a diaper service. These types of daycares and preschools will provide cloth diapers for your child and have soiled diapers picked up daily or weekly for washing, meaning you do not have to worry about taking soiled diapers home each night and washing them yourself nor with providing fresh diapers for your child. In these cases, your child’s teachers will already have methods for dealing with cloth diapers. However, they may use a different brand or style of diaper than you are used to at home.  While some preschools do not accept cloth diapers, others will make accommodations when you explain how easy and sanitary cloth diapering can be. When asking about cloth diapering, be sure to bring […]

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How A Baby’s Environment Can Lead To Developmental Delays And Issues

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Date: July 18th 2016


If you recently obtained custody rights of your two-year old grandchild and are worried that he or she may have some developmental issues, you may want to have the child tested and examined by a trained professional. If you have custody of this child, there is a good chance the child was not in a healthy environment during his or her first two years. A child’s environment can have huge effects on his or her development, and here are several things to understand about this. Environment affects the way a child’s brain develops For babies to grow and develop properly, they need the right type of environment to live in. An environment that is ideal for children is one that is loving, consistent, and nurturing. Kids need to be touched, hugged, talked to, and taught. They need to be around the same people, in the same place, and with the same routines each day. Without these factors, a child’s brain may have trouble developing normally. When children are not in good environments, their brains will not form all the connections that normally occur. This is vital because a child’s brain is most flexible during the first few years of life. Once the brain begins losing this flexibility, it becomes more difficult for children to learn and think properly. Problems this can lead to There are a variety of issues this can lead to with children, and you might see some of these issues with your grandchild: Not talking – One effect of being exposed to a poor environment is problems talking. This can include not saying a lot of words or not being able to say sounds properly. Motor skills – Developmental issues involving motor skills is another effect this can have on a child. You may see this as your grandchild is playing or trying to accomplish something like building something out of blocks. He or she might not have good balance or the ability to complete small tasks that most two-year-olds can. Behavioral issues – Living in a poor environment can also cause children to act out. This is primarily because they were not given examples of how to properly act. Things you can do for your grandchild If you feel that your grandchild has developmental issues like the ones described here, you should talk to the doctor about what can be done to get them back on […]

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3 Questions To Ask To Know If Your Child Is Ready For Preschool

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Date: February 4th 2016


Preschool is a great option for many children. However, the age at which parents enroll their children in preschool varies greatly. It may be hard to know when your child is ready for preschool. Here are some things that you should look for to tell if your child is ready for preschool. Is Your Child Able To Sit Still For Substantial Periods of Time? Although preschool is more relaxed than elementary school, there are still periods of time where the child must be able to sit still to enjoy a lesson, reading time, or crafting. If they are constantly distracted and have a hard time paying attention, you may want to wait another year for preschool. This is for the benefit of the child, and for everyone else in the class. Your child could easily become frustrated and discouraged if they are being asked to do things that they are not ready to do. They may learn to dislike school because they are simply not ready for the structure. In addition, they may make it difficult for the other children to have an enjoyable preschool experience. If your child is disrupting the class it is not fair to the teacher and the other students. This is why you should consider waiting a year if your child needs less structure. Is You Child Interested In Learning? Some children show very little interest in learning their letters, reading, and exploring the world around them. They may be more interested in playing, or using their imagination. Imagination is essential to early development so if your child is not interested in learning right away it is okay. This doesn’t mean that they won’t be an intelligent child who is good at school. It simply means that at this point, they are developing other important life skills. Consequently, don’t rush it. Instead, wait till the child shows interest, and then enroll them in preschool. Is Your Child Craving Social Interaction? One main reason that parents enroll their children in preschool is for the social interaction. At preschool they will be able to make friends and have plenty of time to play. If you feel like your child needs more time with children their own age, preschool may be the best option. It can teach them appropriate social skills and can help them learn how to interact with others. These are just a couple questions that […]

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3 Qualities To Look For With The Staff At An Infant Care Center

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Date: November 10th 2015


If you are about to have a baby and are planning on returning to work shortly after the baby is born, you may want to begin looking for infant childcare soon. Good centers fill up quickly and have a limited number of infants they are able to accommodate. While there are many aspects to look into when searching for the right infant care center, one aspect that is highly important is the staff at the center. Here are three things to look for when investigating the staff at infant childcare centers. Loving personalities One thing to look at when visiting an infant care center is the personalities of the employees. If your newborn child will be spending a great deal of his or her time at this center, it is vital to find a place that have employees that are loving, caring, and kind. This is something you can really only judge by visiting a center, and the best way to do this is to show up announced, if possible. As you visit, take note of how the workers look and act, and watch how they treat the children. Trained and qualified You may also want to look into the training and qualifications required of the staff at an infant care center. One vital requirement to look for is CPR training. If a child chokes or stops breathing, it’s important to have workers that are trained to handle this. You can discuss the training and qualification requirements with someone at the center to learn more about this. Many infant care centers require all workers to go through infant care training courses, and some centers may even look for workers that have degrees in this or a related field. Ratio of employees to babies Finally, you should find out if the center meets all state requirements for ratios of workers to children. While each state may have different requirements, many require one caregiver for every three babies. As kids get older, the ratios change, because older kids need less care than babies. The ratio is vital, especially with newborn babies. A newborn baby will need someone to give him or her bottles for feedings, and babies often need to be held and rocked to sleep. Choosing the right care center for your newborn baby is important, and there are a lot of factors you should consider as you choose. To learn […]

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Do you worry about sending your kids off to school each day? Unfortunately, there are many areas in which the schools are not as safe as they once were, so parents are looking for alternatives to public schools. Is this something you are considering? If so, take a moment to visit my website. There, you will learn my family's story of our trials in public school and how we removed our kids from that setting and began homeschooling them. You can learn about the resources we use in our home and the things that we do outside of the home to help keep the kids socialized and ready to enter the workforce when they are grown.

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