Our fun video


We had so much fun making this with the kids ๐Ÿ™‚

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

When talking to young children


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Always watch your words… and make sure your actions and words fit your facial expressions. Keep it positive and real. Talk to children with respect always!

Be Creative!


It’s time for show and tell once again !

This is a real fun upcycle I did using and old night stand.

It now is a wonderful play stove.

Be inspired! Get creating!

What to do with the Christmas tree


It has been years since we went out and actually bought a real Christmas tree. ย This year we decided that not only would we have a real tree but that we would make our Christmas ornaments. ย After stringing popcorn and cranberries for hours and hours, and drying oranges and stringing cinnamon sticks, it looked beautiful!

When my children were younger, taking the tree out of the house was devastating so I came up with the idea of leaving it in the yard and making bird feeders for the birds.

Years have passed and my children are all teenagers, so what did mom do? Put the tree up in the yard and made bird feeders of course.

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We use to make feeders by rolling toilet paper rolls covered in peanut butter in bird seed, but this is the mom version … hollowed out oranges filled with seed.

Now to watch and wait…

here birdie birdie birdie ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Build a snowman and your name


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A very cute winter craft is making name snowmen. I made the circles before hand and cut out the rest of the shapes as well. When it was time for the kids to make their snowman they found the correct letters and built their snowman to spell their own name. They also had some fun painting with a scrub brush to make snowflakes on the picture as well.

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Although when you have a one year old do this …. It kind of looks like the poor snowman melted hahaha

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚
Enjoy!!