Key Terms Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) - click here for an explanation of DAP Early Childhood Education (ECE) I've heard a lot lately (mostly from non-ECE parents) about how their child got sent home with multiple crafts daily in preschool in the 1990's. I've also heard how one parent's child hasn't come home with any … Continue reading The Importance of DAP and Why it Makes a Difference in Early Childhood Education
I've reached out to other early childhood education experts and I will feature some guest posts on occasion, here on the blog. Thanks for your contribution, Danielle! Danielle Parker I'm a wife and mom of 2 amazing kids! I am also a special education teacher who specializes in applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. I … Continue reading Guest Post: “Socializing With Peers”
I recently took part of the online Soar to Success Summit (engaging webinars for Pre-K and early education teachers) and a speaker named Amanda Morgan spoke about the importance of play and why it's so important to share with parents our "why" for doing the activities we do. I was so moved by her content … Continue reading “On Developmentally Appropriate Practice…. And Why We Don’t Push Kids Down the Stairs” by Amanda Morgan
After being on both sides of the parent and provider spectrum, there are definitely some things that I wish I had known and also some things that I wish parents would do when preparing their child for daycare. So, I’ve compiled a list of the biggest things that parents should work on with their newborn … Continue reading 5 Parent “Must Knows” for Preparing Your Child (and Yourself) for Daycare
To anyone in the education or early education field, they likely know the difference between process and product art, but to anyone else, this just sounds like jargon and jibberish. I'm writing today to explain the difference between the two and why we as educators and as parents should strive for more process art. So, … Continue reading Process Art vs Product Art
Hi everyone! To anyone reading this blog, I'm going to be doing a Q&A related to anything daycare- from parents, other providers, and so on so feel free to comment below and I'll make a master list and go over your questions in a week or so. Thank you for your ideas!
***The finished result of clean pavers, driveway, and post-gel stain!!*** (We just got these shutters put up in January and I am LOVING my house!) I've never been the type of woman who wants fancy things, jewelry, nice dressy clothes, high heels, etc. because I'm just too practical. I prefer tennis shoes or sandals, depending … Continue reading Pressure Washing and Gel Stain on Garage Door | House Projects
Dear parent of a daycare-aged child, It's imperative that you have a plan for if and when you will need back-up care, even if you have your child in a daycare (whether a center or a home is no matter). There are events that may come up where you'll need to have someone ready to … Continue reading Parents, Save Your “Sick Days” at Work!
Before I was a daycare provider, I had enrolled my child in a daycare center and I wondered why they had rules about certain things. Like why you needed to call and let them know your child wasn't coming for the day, why they had designated times for drinks versus cups available all day, and … Continue reading Daycare Policies, Explained (Part 1)
Infants in most daycare programs take up 2 spots, mostly because they need a lot of care, one-on-one time, cuddles, reassurance, feedings, changing, sleep time, etc and because they cannot get around on their own. It's a lot of work! And infant supplies also are pricy, take up a lot of room, and it takes … Continue reading How to Prepare an Infant for Daycare