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25 Ways to move like an animal

Having children move like animals, especially while transitioning from one activity to the next, is a great way to encourage activity and keep kids on their toes.  Here are 25 ways to move like an animal to challenge children.  Instead of simply having kids get in line to go outside, ask them to gallop like

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Must-Have Math Manipulatives

  Math manipulatives are great for children to use for problem-solving and understanding basic math concepts.  They also encourage imaginative play and exploration.  Here are some popular math manipulatives to consider. Pattern Blocks Unifix Cubes Counting Bears One Inch Cubes Attribute Blocks Geoboards Base 10 Blocks Double Sided Counters Links Dominos Dice Big Buttons™ Geometric

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Snowmen Books for Children

Snowmen Books for Children:  Winter time is a wonderful time to involve snowmen in your child care program.   Snowmen themes and activities are great fun for young children.  We found a collection of some of the best snowmen books for children.  These books are appropriate for children ages 1-6, and they can make a great

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child care provider resolutions

Child Care Provider Resolutions

Happy New Year! We often make personal resolutions, but have you thought about resolutions for yourself as a child care provider? Try these child care provider resolutions: Greet EVERY child and parent with a smile each day. Say something positive to every child each day. Encourage learning through play by asking leading questions when children

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New Year Songs and Finger Plays

  Here are a collection of songs about the New Year that are great for young children.  Start the new year off by talking about resolutions and the calendar.  These songs and finger plays make a fun addition to any New Year preschool theme.   Cheer the Year (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat): Cheer,

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Sensory Table Fillers

Sensory Table Fillers

Sensory Tables are great fun for children and they get to learn through hands-on experimenting.  Changing the fillers in the sensory table every couple weeks will keep children’s attention and interest, plus it gives them something new to experiment with.  Here is a list of ideas for filling your sensory table: Popcorn Split Peas Colored

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Diabetes Awareness in Child Care

November is Diabetes Awareness Month When most people think of diabetes, they tend to think that it has to do with eating too much sugar or being overweight.  For children diagnosed with Type 1 (or Juvenile) Diabetes, this is not the case. What is Type 1 Diabetes? Type 1 Diabetes affects about 3 million Americans,

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