Why Daily Sheets Are So Important

Do you ever wonder why daily sheets are so important? As we all know, the mornings and the evenings are probably the most hectic part of the day. In the mornings we are getting ourselves and the kids ready, packing lunches, making sure the dog went outside to go to the bathroom, etc. The evenings are not much better. We’re getting off work, picking up the kids, going home to eat dinner, do homework, etc.

It is the same for your child’s teachers, especially day care teachers. Sometimes we are talking with another parent and don’t get to address an issue during the day. Sometimes we are busy changing a child or disciplining someone and don’t get to talk to you. Other times, you are in and out the door before we can catch you.

Why Daily Sheets Are So Important

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Why Daily Sheets Are So Important.

This is why daily sheets are so important. On them you will find;

* What your child did during the day
* What they ate
* How they ate
* When and how they slept
* Notes about being out of diapers/wipes (if applicable)
*When they went to the bathroom and what it was
*Notes about upcoming events (tomorrow is movie day, book day, etc.)
*Notes about their behavior (Abby did a good job sharing today/ Griffin helped Joe pick up toys/ Sasha was a very good listener,etc.)

This is one of the best ways we have to keep everyone on the same page. It is frustrating for everyone when there is no communication and a child does not have the things they need.

Reviving Rhyme: Poetry Books For Your Kids

April is national poetry month. Although sort of a lost art, lots of people know Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, and W.B. Yeats and love them. But what about introducing your kids to poetry.  Are you looking for some poetry books for your kids? When it comes to kids and verse, a lot of people think immediately of Dr. Seuss but here are some other books that your children may also like.

Poetry Books For Your Kids.

Moo-ve Over For Poetry by Angela Marie Hall-Herbie the cow leads children through a fun filled collection of poetry via a trip to the zoo.

 

In The Eyes Of The Cat by Demi– This book is a collection of Japanese verse for both preschool children and the young reader.

 

Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein- A beloved classic book of poems and drawings.

Poetry Books For Your Kids

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More Poetry Books For Your Kids.

 

Poems To Learn By Heart by Caroline Kennedy- This is a great set of poems to read for all the moments in a child’s life, from hitting a home run during the game to watching the sun set with their best friend.

 

Read Aloud Rhymes For The Very Young by Jack Prelutsky– This book is considered one of the best poetry anthologies for preschoolers.

 

As you can see, there are many options when it comes to poetry books for your kids. In honor of national poetry month, go check out a book of poetry and introduce them to the magical, emotional world of rhythm and rhyme.

 

 

 

 

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Parents Wonder: Why Does My Child Bite?

Why does my child bite? Many parents are shocked to hear that their child bites. Some children bite others and some bite themselves. This can be very disconcerting for parents who don’t understand why this is happening. Does this mean their child is bad? Actually, biting that happens during a young age is pretty normal. Still, parents may wonder, why does my child bite? There are actually many reasons.

Why Does My Child Bite?

Having Trouble Coping.

Sometimes children will bite if they are feeling overwhelmed. If they feel cornered or fearful, they may bite. Sometimes if they are angry or frustrated they will bite. In my experience, fighting over a toy has led to biting as well as a child being cornered by several of his classmates.

Fighting.

If two children are fighting between themselves, a bite is sometimes likely to occur. Child number one is angry about something and child number two may feel as if they are going to be hurt, so they bite.

They have been bit.

Children learn from each other. If a child has been bit by a classmate, it is possible that they will go and bite someone else. You also have situations where a child will just go around biting for no reason. They haven’t been provoked in any way, they just go and bite.

Why Does My Child Bite?

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Over-stimulation.

Sometimes children will bite out of over-stimulation, they just get so wound up they will bite. Sometimes children will bite just to get an emotional reaction or to get attention. Other times children bite out of a misplaced sign of love. They don’t understand that biting is a wrong way to show affection.

A New Baby.

Having a new baby in the house is always exciting. Still, it is important to give your other child the same attention. Many times children will act out, bite or start having accidents when they feel left out.

A New Home.

Children need to feel secure in their surroundings. Moving into a new home is unsettling and scary for some children. They are in a new place with new surroundings. They may not understand why all their belongings are packed up in boxes. In order to cope, they may start doing some things that are out of the ordinary for them, including having accidents, separation anxiety or biting.

There are many possible answers to the question, why does my child bite? It is important to keep in mind that children don’t want to go around hurting others. They would much rather spend their days playing with friends, doing fun projects, and playing outside. However, sometimes they feel they have to defend themselves in their surroundings. Other times it is not out of self defense, but just something to do for reasons not understood. It is important for parents of both biters and non-biters alike to understand that this is rather common in day cares and play groups. It will not last forever. With the right reaction and discussions, future biting can be prevented.

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Lessons Learned: Should Day Cares Require Employees To Get Degrees?

Should day cares require employees to get degrees? As some may know, many day cares have a mix of employees. Some have their degrees, some are going to school to get their degrees, and some are those who don’t have a degree.

This has already happened in Washington D.C. They are at the forefront of an effort to improve quality of care and raise teaching standards. To some people, Early Childhood Educators are more like glorified babysitters. However, science has shown that the demands of the job are closer to an elementary teacher. The minimum educational requirement for a teacher is an associate degree and they have four years to earn it. Also under this new regulation, directors must earn a bachelor’s degree and those with home day cares must have a CDA.  Scholarships are also in place to help with the costs.

Should Day Cares Require Employees To Get Degrees?

I think there are many pros and cons to this requirement.  I think some of the pros include;

*Teachers will be better educated in the field.

*Teachers will be able to stay abreast of the latest developments in the field.

*Teachers will have a better understanding about children and their needs.

*Teachers will be able to provide excellent ongoing care from what they have learned.

*Teachers will have more pride in what they do by feeling accomplished in earning their degree.

Lessons Learned: Should Day Cares Require Employees To Get Degrees?

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Cons to requiring degrees.

I also see some cons as well, like:

*What if the person can’t afford to go to school and the state they live in doesn’t offer any scholarships.

*How will centers deal with the fluctuating staff shortage due to when classes are available.

*How will this affect those who love children and work with children but have struggled through school all their lives.

*How will directors find the time to take classes when they have a business to run.

 

So, should day cares require employees to get degrees? Should the nation follow suite and strive to give both older and younger generations a good education? Overall, I think day cares requiring employees to get degrees is a good thing. I think it will help teachers and expand on the ways they teach. They will be able to learn about the latest innovations in Early Childhood Education which will help them run more efficient, enriching, stimulating classrooms. At the end of the day, I think this is a win for everyone. Teachers, parents, and children alike.

What do you think? Should day cares require employees to get degrees? I would love to know your thoughts.

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