Welcome to Here We Grow In Home Day Care! I am pleased to offer my services to Collinsville and surrounding area families. Within this site you will find a vast amount of pertinent information.
This is where parents can come to see what is on the menu or check out the fun pictures of their child having a great time and learning.
Please brows through my parent handbook and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! Thank you for stopping by!
1. You are a hero for your kids. You are. You're a go-the-distance, fight-the-dragon, face-the-challenges hero for your kids. Taking a beating makes that more true. Not less.
2. We all struggle. Every parent. Everywhere. We all second-guess ourselves. And we all want to quit sometimes. Hold the good times close, and when things are tough, remember, "this, too, shall pass."
3. Finding the funny may not save your soul, but it will save your sanity. Or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, look for the humor and embrace the crazy. Laughter is a lifeline.
4. Every day, you will feel like you have mishandled something. Like you've been impatient. Like you've misjudged. Like you've been too harsh. Like you've been too lenient. You may be right. Apologize if you need to and then, whatever. Seriously. Just whatever. Let it go.
5. The crazy, the crying, the cuddles. The screaming, the sacred, the scared. The minutes, the magic, the mess. It's all part of it. And it's all worth it.
6. Family is the best. Even when it's not perfect. And it's never perfect. Ever.
7. At the end of organization, at the end of patience, at the end of perfection, we die to ourselves. And then love rises from the ashes. It sucks. And then it gets better. And then it sucks again. Still, love rises.
8. You will never regret parenting. Except for the teeny, tiny tons of times when you secretly wonder if you maybe regret it just a little. But, overall, never. And overall is what counts in the end.
9. Parenting is like climbing the big mountain. Look for the base camp. That's where you rest, meet other climbers, take in oxygen and acclimatize. Base camp is what makes summiting possible.
10. You are not alone in this strange, vast, parenting ocean. Even in the dark of night. You are not alone. You're not.
11. Kids know the way to magical and they'll give you a free pass to come along. Breathe in the magic as long as you can, because that same kid is going to poop his pants in just a minute.
12. There's a very fine line between enjoying the chaos and barely surviving. Actually, there's no line at all. It's all mixed up together. That "fine line" thing is a lie.
13. If you pay attention, kids will teach you how to laugh loudly, how to love deeply and how to live fully. They will also ruin all your stuff.
14. Any number of kids is a lot of kids.
15. Look for joy. You'll find it in the middle of the busy. Or under the ridiculous. Or hanging from the overwhelmed in its underpants. Joy's like that. It's in the middle of everything. It's completely unpredictable. And it will surprise you when you're not expecting it. Like vomit and diarrhea, except good.
16. You will fall apart and do it all wrong. Forgive yourself. Ask your kids to forgive you. Set an example of resilient fallibility. Set an example of practicing the art of love -- both loving yourself and loving others. No one does this parenting gig right the first time. Or the last time. Or the times in between. Showing your kids how to keep going after getting it wrong is a wonderful gift to give them.
17. Kids are difficult, gross, confusing and awesome. So are you.
18. Parenting will bring you face-to-face with yourself. It may be terrifying. It may break you. But it will also rebuild you, and you will be stronger than you ever thought possible.
19. Balance is a myth. Parenting isn't a tight-rope walk; it's a dance. Strive for rhythm instead of balance, and trust yourself to move to the ever-changing beat.
20. Yes, you will have days where you wonder where the hell the capable and organized you went. Yes, you will sit on the floor of the main aisle at Target by the check-out area with a child who is thrashing, screaming and calling you names. Yes, you will have to tell your child that the dog is not a napkin and to put down the urinal cake. If you do not do all those things literally, then you will do them figuratively. And yes, you will also hold that child and rock back and forth and tell him you love him and tell him he's safe and tell him you're not leaving even though he will someday leave you. This is parenting. It is tragic and triumphant. Messy and magical. Sacred and spectacular. And it is, always, fiercely worthwhile.
Parents this is a friendly reminder to please send (or keep in the diaper bag) a change of warm weathered clothes. We are going outside as much as possible.
I will apply sunscreen as needed. if you prefer I not please just let me know. Also if you have a preferred brand please feel free to send it. You are welcome to send it in the diaper bag each day, or you can send some to be left here. I am using Banana Boat baby spf 50, it is tear and sting free.
We will also be kicking off splash days!! The kids LOVE water play. I have a blow up pool and sprinklers for them to enjoy. So we will need swim clothes/swim diapers. You can send some to leave here or send it each day/week however you want to work it is fine by me : )
We are going to have a GREAT summer! We will do lessons outside as much as possible!
This is a decent read and give a guideline on what they should be working on at the preschool level.
Here is an age by age guide and tricks to deal with it!
Below you will find a link to this months suggested book list!
Check it out for yourself!
This is a fun week! The children are excited to learn about Cowboys and Cowgirls! Here is a snippet of what we are doing this week:
Cowboy boots, cowboy hat, lasso, horse, and at the rodeo
We are stomping out our names (syllables), decorate cowboy boots, dance and talk about what parts of our bodies we are moving, practice squares and square dancing.
Children will decorate cowboy hats, sort shapes by colors and size, explore the color brown and read a new book called "Life in a dessert.
We will work with this month’s look and find, and learn about deserts and the animals that live there. We will practice counting to 17, learn about being kind and play with jump ropes.
They will decorate a horse and trot around, explore the letter H, practice cutting and so much more!
We have had so much fun learning about butterflies this week! Here are some of the fun things we did:
* we learned that butterflies lay eggs on a leaf
* we glued "eggs" to a leaf and discussed how the hungry caterpillar will hatch and eat the leaf
* we played the bug in a rug game
*we learned about the letter B
*we practiced counting to 15 and 16 this week
*we made a caterpillar sculpture out of cornstarch noodles
*we explored the color yellow
*we read the folder story about the hungry caterpillar
*we learned about chrysalis
*we practiced sight words in our little books
*we searched for and found 16 flowers around the playroom
*we explored the lifecycle plate art
* we learned that N is for net and Noah
*we danced ("fluttered) around the room to the MGT cd and so much more.
We also have circle time each day. During circle time we have finger plays, songs, calendar, weather, stories ext. These things happen everyday and aren't always mentioned on the dailies. It is all a part of our busy routine!
Next week we will wrap up this unit about butterflies, we will learn about Easter and spring. there will be special treats next Tuesday in light of Easter. I am doing it on Tuesday due to attendance of some of the children : )
See you soon!
This week we explored the bee body, helper bee, bee stings, beekeeper and bee communication.
We made a bee sculpture and talked about the parts of the bee. We sang " baby Bumble bee, and had a bee race!
Children learned about how bees pollinate flowers and made a flower necklace ( this worked on visual arts, fine motor and social relationships) We explored the photo cards, and this months puzzle. We practiced flapping our wings like bees fifteen times, and made a book called "Whats on me".
We made a beekeeper puppet and explored real bees wax!
We sang a song:
Honeybee was feeling sad, feeling sad, feeling sad. honey bee was feeling sad, this is how he moved.
The we would buzz around the room real slow. We would change the words and speed up or slow down accordingly.
Next week we are going to explore the life cycle of a butterfly!
This week we will elarn about the life of bees.
Children will make beehive stamps using bubble wrap, Reaceave new name tags, learn about Hexagons, buzz around the yard like bees, taste honey, practice handwriting with a honeycomb stencile, make hexagon stamps, build a haneycomb with foam hexagons, explore the color black play in a homemade "beehive", explore the new seek and find, count to 14, write in there little journals, learn about forgiveness, make a bee headband, make there own bee snacks, sort hexagons, learn about the letter B, practice cutting, puzzles and so much more!
Today we read a book about bumble bees. We talked about bees being insects, they say buzz, they are black and yellow and have wings, how they use thier antennas, they have five eyes, they live in a nest (other bees live in the bee hives we are used to hearing about, bumblebees live in a nest in the ground), they drink nectar from flowers (it gives them energy to fly).
You can read more baout bees:
Bees up close by Robin Birch
Bees and thier hives by Linda Tagliaferro
The life cycle of a bee by Lisa Trumbauer
This is an easy, healthy yummy snack/breakfast that the kids can make themselves!
All you need is:
3) Crushed golden graham cereal
4) Aluminum foil
Take the peeled banana; roll it in yogurt, followed by the crushed cereal. Wrap in foil and freeze!
If children's nutrition is a sore topic in your household, you're not alone. Many parents worry about what their children eat — and don't eat. However, most kids get plenty of variety and nutrition in their diets over the course of a week. Until your child's food preferences mature, consider these tips for preventing mealtime battles.
If your child isn't hungry, don't force a meal or snack. Likewise, don't bribe or force your child to eat certain foods or clean his or her plate. This might only ignite — or reinforce — a power struggle over food. In addition, your child might come to associate mealtime with anxiety and frustration. Serve small portions to avoid overwhelming your child and give him or her the opportunity to independently ask for more.
Serve meals and snacks at about the same times every day. Provide juice or milk with the food, and offer water between meals and snacks. Allowing your child to fill up on juice or milk throughout the day might decrease his or her appetite for meals.
Young children often touch or smell new foods, and may even put tiny bits in their mouths and then take them back out again. Your child might need repeated exposure to a new food before he or she takes the first bite. Encourage your child by talking about a food's color, shape, aroma and texture — not whether it tastes good. Serve new foods along with your child's favorite foods.
Serve broccoli and other veggies with a favorite dip or sauce. Cut foods into various shapes with cookie cutters. Offer breakfast foods for dinner. Serve a variety of brightly colored foods.
At the grocery store, ask your child to help you select fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Don't buy anything that you don't want your child to eat. At home, encourage your child to help you rinse veggies, stir batter or set the table.
If you eat a variety of healthy foods, your child is more likely to follow suit.
Add chopped broccoli or green peppers to spaghetti sauce, top cereal with fruit slices, or mix grated zucchini and carrots into casseroles and soups.
Turn off the television and other electronic gadgets during meals. This will help your child focus on eating. Keep in mind that television advertising might also encourage your child to desire sugary foods.
Withholding dessert sends the message that dessert is the best food, which might only increase your child's desire for sweets. You might select one or two nights a week as dessert nights, and skip dessert the rest of the week — or redefine dessert as fruit, yogurt or other healthy choices.
Preparing a separate meal for your child after he or she rejects the original meal might promote picky eating. Encourage your child to stay at the table for the designated mealtime — even if he or she doesn't eat. Keep serving your child healthy choices until they become familiar and preferred.
If you're concerned that picky eating is compromising your child's growth and development, consult your child's doctor. In addition, consider recording the types and amounts of food your child eats for three days. The big picture might help ease your worries. A food log can also help your child's doctor determine any problems. In the meantime, remember that your child's eating habits won't likely change overnight — but the small steps you take each day can help promote a lifetime of healthy eating.
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Cliffords first Valentines day By Norman Birdwell
What is valentines day by harriet Ziefert
The very special valentine by Maggie kneen
The night beofre Valentines Day by Natasha Wing
Biscuits Valentine day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
The day it rained hearts byFelicia Bond
It's no surprise that parents might need some help understanding what it means to eat healthy. From the MyPlate food guide to the latest food fad, it can be awfully confusing.
The good news is that you don't need a degree in nutrition to raise healthy kids. Following some basic guidelines can help you encourage your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight.
Here are 10 key rules to live by:
Whether you have a toddler or a teen, here are five of the best strategies to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits:
You don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here’s a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve as a reminder that the arts — while important to study for their intrinsic value — also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success. (That’s why some people talk about changing the current national emphasis on STEM to STEAM.) This was written by Lisa Phillips is an author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner. To learn about Lisa’s book, “The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World,” click here. This appeared on the ARTSblog.
By Lisa Phillips
1. Creativity – Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.
2. Confidence – The skills developed through theater, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Theater training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.
3. Problem Solving – Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career.
4. Perseverance – When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn’t give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.
5. Focus – The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. It requires each participant to not only think about their role, but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.
6. Non-Verbal Communication – Through experiences in theater and dance education, children learn to breakdown the mechanics of body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions. They are then coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively to the audience.
7. Receiving Constructive Feedback – Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.
8. Collaboration – Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a theater or dance production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.
9. Dedication – When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. They practice developing healthy work habits of being on time for rehearsals and performances, respecting the contributions of others, and putting effort into the success of the final piece. In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the warm feeling of an audience’s applause that comes rushing over you, making all your efforts worthwhile.
10. Accountability – When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.
If you frequent child activity blogs, you know that “sensory play” has been a hot topic for quite awhile now. There are even entire websites devoted to sensory play for your tots, and while they are super fun to read and full of creative (and sometimes elaborate) ideas, you may find yourself asking, “Is all this REALLY necessary for my child’s development?”
To answer this question, let’s first look at what we know about sensory play.
What is sensory play?
Sensory play is simply play that encourages children to use one or more of the senses. Often called “messy play,” sensory play experiences focus on stimulating childrens’ senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, balance, and movement.
Research tells us…
What does this mean to us?
The first three points on the list above are pretty self-explanatory. In a nutshell, sensory experiences are like food for the brain…they provide valuable input that allows the brain to build new pathways that in turn support growth in crucial areas of development.
The fourth point, however, is what sheds some light on the answer to our original question, “Is all this REALLY necessary?” You may be thinking, “My parents didn’t do sensory play with me, and I turned out ok!” The fact is, our little ones spend much less time outdoors than their parents and certainly grandparents did as children. Since the outdoors is naturally full of sensory play opportunities, this has definitely had a part in the decline of sensory play. Secondly, although children can definitely fulfill their need for sensory play indoors when given periods of unstructured playtime with stimulating materials, the truth is that indoor time is often monopolized by television, battery operated toys, or toddler/preschool programs that focus on drilling academics rather than fostering important play skills. This has resulted in a generation of children who may not even know how to play when given the opportunity…how sad is that?
So in short, the answer to your question is yes, sensory play is crucial for your child’s development. And since children today are no longer given ample opportunities for naturally occurring sensory play, it is up to us as parents to be sure their needs are met.
Before you curse my name and then rush out and buy the materials to recreate every zany sensory activity you ever pinned on Pinterest, let’s review what sensory play actually looks like. Now, I am the first to admit that I have been known to get a little elaborate when planning sensory experiences for my tots (see my Giant Sensory Lagoon). But keep in mind that a) I only do these types of activities once or twice a month, b) I have tons of materials at my disposal left over from years of working therapeutically with kids, and c) I have a bit of a screw loose. I get immense pleasure from planning creative activities for our tot school group. However, while the sensory lagoon was WICKED fun for both the kids and the adults who participated, I am fully cognizant of the fact that my children probably won’t even remember it and it did not turn them into baby geniuses over night. If you do not have the time, resources, or inclination to turn your patio into an ocean for your children (see, it sounds kinda crazy when you say it that way), THAT’S PERFECTLY FINE!! The truth is, while I may spend one night a month glueing ribbon to ping pong balls to make floating jellyfish, the rest of the time I am a typical frazzled twin mama who doesn’t have time to shower, much less create faux sea creatures. Our typical sensory play experiences are much less glamourous (and often spur-of-the-moment), but just as effective! Here are some much less time-intensive activities that you can do to enrich your child’s “sensory diet” without losing your sanity as well.
These are just a few ideas to get you started- there are way too many simple sensory activities out there for just one post. Google it and you will see what I mean! Here is another recent post with an example of simple (and FREE) outdoor sensory play with natural elements. Or, check out my themed units page, especially the five senses series, for more easy ideas (and some more adventurous ones, too). And please, next time you read a post from me with an elaborate sensory play idea (‘cuz it’s gonna happen), just roll your eyes, pin it to your sensory board, and remember that I’ve got a screw loose. And that’s why you love me
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I know, you hate it when kids break stuff. It means toys have been ruined and money wasted.
But, thank goodness, it’s not true when it comes to crayons! They are actually better when they’re broken.
Kids develop the ability to grasp and use a writing utensil in a fairly predictable progression, as demonstrated in the picture below (though there is some variation in names used for the first three grasps):
Sometimes, however, kids will get “stuck” in one grasp and have a hard time trying out more mature grasps. The solution?
Give them a crayon that’s been broken in half.
This naturally encourages them to “pinch” the crayon between their thumb and index finger, moving them into a more mature and skilled grasp pattern. The reason is simple — it’s hard to use a cylindrical or digital grasp on a short crayon.
Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself.
I actually encourage parents of young kids to break crayons in half in order to promote more mature grasp patterns as they develop their fine motor skills (be sure to remove the paper, though). And, as an added bonus, it gives you twice as many crayons so there are more to go around!
So the next time you feel the urge to go out and buy more crayons because the ones you have at home are broken, think again! Those broken, washed up crayons are just waiting to be used to help your little ones with the development of their fine motor skills.
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