Our fun video


We had so much fun making this with the kids πŸ™‚

We wanted to share a fun glimpse into our day … so here it is!

Spin Art


Using a salad spinner makes very interesting designs. Β This activity also encourages co-ordination, fine and large muscle development,

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then we dropped tiny bits of watered down paint onto the paper, shut the lid and spun.

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Self portraits


Making self portraits and learning our shapes at the same time .
circles,rectangles,semi circles,hearts…
the children made a picture of themselves using shapes and their favorite colours..
The end result was adorable!

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Like I said ADORABLE πŸ™‚

Painting with Preschoolers


Sometimes trying to find new and different ways to make painting exciting can be a bit challenging. One of our favorite ways to paint is to cover the easel with tinfoil. This time I added some gold glitter and cornstarch to the paint.

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If I had planned it better I would have made a trip first to the dollar store and picked up some snowflake stickers to add to our paintings after they dried.

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kids on the radio sending out their Christmas song


Last year we had an open house for Christmas. The house was full of kids and parents, Santa visited … this year I knew that if everyone came our house would be way to full , because it wouldn’t be the same without everyone there, kids that are here now and kids that have moved on. Everyone would be welcome! So this year instead of having a Christmas open house we decided to do something different. We decided to make a Christmas wish and send it out to the community via radio. Today we went to the radio station and we sang our Christmas song. Next week it will be played on the radio station for all to hear along with a Christmas wish from us!
After the singing at the station we all came back to the daycare for some hot chocolate πŸ™‚

It was so much fun and sooooo very cute!
The kids did great!

Days of the week cycle


I have been doing some research, some reading here and there, pages, blogs,articles,books. From everything that I have researched I have come to the conclusion that I really love many aspects of different teaching philosophies. I’ve also discovered that the daycare has kind of morphed into a waldorf / montessouri style of play / learning.
Which I find very cool!

I developed this new weekly schedule and the kids love it!

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Today was wash day ( Friday )
The kids washed toys, sprayed/washed windows, shelves, mirrors…. and yes they loved it!

Monday is baking day which is a bit challenging as we have one little guy that is allergic to milk.
Tuesday is painting day

Wednesday is story day – this day is so much fun! we tell stories using props instead of reading books.

Thursday is craft day

Friday is wash day – we wash toys and whatever else, then at the end of the day we throw all bedding pillows stuffies … in the wash πŸ™‚

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Telling Stories to Young Children


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So today I decided that I would start to “tell” our story of the day instead of reading it to them.
I was inspired to give it a try after doing some research into Waldorf early childhood teaching techniques.
I found this story from this blog… http://domesticallyblissed.blogspot.ca/2009/08/autumn-story.html

I changed it a bit and made it our own. I scrounged around the daycare to find all that we needed. I even cut a few small sprigs of a juniper bush to add to the forest in the story. It smelled wonderful!

After telling the story, the children took turns making up their own Autumn Stories.

Here is one of our Giggle Patchers sharing her story just for you πŸ™‚
Enjoy!!