Easter Ideas For Your Classroom

Are you a teacher whose brain is hopping around looking for ideas to do with your class? Are you tired of doing the same thing every year and are looking for some fresh ideas? Today’s post is about Easter ideas for your classroom.

Easter Ideas For Your Classroom.

Scratch n Sniff Eggs-Copy a template of an Easter egg on card stock and let the kids paint them with Kool-Aid. Once they dry, they will be able to scratch and sniff them.

Have a bunny race-Let the kids hop like bunnies in pairs of two to the finish line. Get creative and pick out as many categories as their are pairs and give out prizes at the end.

Make carrots-Fill a cone shaped treat bag with Goldfish crackers and tie the top end with green curling ribbon.

Easter Ideas For Your Classroom.

More Eggcellent Ideas.

Easter Bunny Application-Print out a cute form that your kids can fill out if they were applying to be the Easter bunny. Here is a good example. http://mrswilliamsonskinders.blogspot.com/2011/03/hop-and-easter-bunny-application.html

Easter Treat Bags-Buy a medium to large size amount of brown gift bags. Add a cotton ball on the bottom for a tail, ears on top and draw a bunny face on the front. Use these to put their Easter eggs in during an Easter egg hunt.

Serve Jello Eggs for snack-You can either make jello jigglers and cut out egg shapes or if you have the jello 3D egg molds, you can use those too. This would be a better alternative to cookies and sweets.

These are just a few Easter ideas for your classroom. With a little creative thinking and looking around online, your brain will be hopping with all kinds of ideas.

 

Rewarding Reading: Children’s Book Activity Ideas

As we know, it can be hard to come up with fresh ideas for activities in the classroom.  How about some children’s book activity ideas?  The lesson base is already there, all you have to do is plan some activities around it. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Children’s Book Activity Ideas.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See

* Read the book and let the kids bring you an item in the classroom that corresponds with the color on each page. (Ex: White dog =white item, purple cat=purple item).

*Let the kids make their own brown bears with chocolate pudding on wax paper.

*Make a brown bear hat. Check out this link; https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Brown-Bear-Brown-Bear-Sequencing-Hat-Freebie-2714360

Llama Llama Red Pajama

*Have a pajama party

*Let the kids design their own red pajamas. Print a template  on red construction paper and let the kids decorate them.

*Play catch the llama. Choose a child to wear a red shirt and be the ‘llama’. The other kids chase after him or her outside for a game of tag.

Reading Rewards: Children's Book Activity Ideas.

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Other Book Ideas.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

*Create a paper palm tree on the wall. Make cutouts of the alphabet and have your kids play pin the letter on the tree.

* Have your parents bring in a plain white tee shirt for their child and decorate them with the letter of the alphabet that corresponds with their name.

*Make Jello jigglers and cut out letters for a special snack.

 

If You Give  A Mouse A Cookie.

*Bring in baked sugar cookies and let your class decorate them.

*Do a craft where you make a mouse.

*Make a hat with mouse ears attached and draw whiskers on your kids with face paint.

*Let them play in the kitchen center with “play’ cookies.

*Plan ahead and have your kids bring in the packaging from different kinds of cookies.  Draw a glass of milk with a straw. Print off a enough mouse templates for your class and have each child color and decorate it. Put their name on the front. Add all of this to  your bulletin board with the caption, “If You Give A Class A Cookie…”

These are just a few children’s book activity ideas.  There are tons and tons of books to choose from. For a more creative twist, have your class vote on which books they would like you to incorporate with activities. With some imagination and a little research, your list of children’s book activity ideas should go on and on and on.

 

 

 

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Why Is It Important To Potty Train On The Weekend?

Every parent wants their child to be potty trained as quick as reasonably possible. Every daycare teacher likes to see when the kids in her class do well when potty training. As long as there is a consistent routine, things usually go very well during the week.  However, on weekends it can get a little dicey. Families are busy and sometimes there isn’t much structure or routine. Why is it important to potty train on the weekend?

Why Is It Important To Potty Train On The Weekend?

It is important to try and keep as consistent a potty training schedule as possible with your kids on the weekend. This way, it is easier for them when they return to daycare on Monday mornings. Here are some tips to help make this an easier process.

Why Is It Important To Potty Train On The Weekend?

*Always respond positively when your child uses the toilet.

*Even though weekends are busy, create a schedule for going to the bathroom such as first thing when they wake up, before lunch, before and after nap and before dinnertime.

*Be patient and listen to what your child is telling you. If he or she says they are done, they probably are for that trip. You can always try later when they are ready.

*Don’t worry if it takes awhile, all kids move along this journey at their own pace. There is no set age when they have to be potty trained.

*Once you start the process, don’t stop. Be consistent.

*After about two weeks in, throw away the diapers so you don’t use them as a crutch and delay the learning process.

Other Ideas For Potty Training On The Weekend.

*Why is it important to potty train on the weekend? Make it a fun experience by using a sticker chart, reading a book, singing a song or reciting a poem such as:

The Potty n’ Me

It’s time to be a big kid
From diaper land, I’m free
I walk around, underwear proud
And smile with ease
Because…

The potty n’ me
Best friends are we
It makes a happy flush
When I poop or pee

Mom and Dad come and look
Then dance around with glee
Because they heard the happy flush
They are so proud of me

The potty n’ me
Best friends are we
It makes a happy flush
When I poop or pee

-Carrie Lowrance

If you keep these tips in mind and communicate with their teacher about their ups and downs, you can develop a cohesive plan that will help your child reach your potty training goal in no time. Why is it important to potty train on the weekend? It is important to potty train on the weekend because consistency is key to success on the potty.

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Easy, Breezy Fun: Spring Spirit Week Ideas

Spring Spirit Week. Why not do something fun at your child care center? The weather is getting nice which brings everyone’s spirits up.  It’s a great way to add some carefree fun and let the kids do something a little different.  Here are some great ideas to get you started.

Easy, Breezy Fun: Spring Spirit Week Ideas.

Crazy Hair Day-Curl it, twirl it, fry it, dye it, spike it or spray paint it. Let your kids and staff go crazy with their hair for a day.

Hat Day-Everyone wears a hat of their choice.

Backwards Day-Wear your clothes backwards.

Mismatch Day-Always an interesting choice to see who wears the craziest mismatched clothes.

Extremely Accessorized Day-Wear as many bracelets,  ties, hats, sunglasses, hair accessories, etc as you want. These are just a few spring spirit week ideas.

More Easy, Breezy Ideas.

Easy, Breezy Fun: Spring Spirit Week Ideas

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Pajama Day-Always a favorite any time of year.

Character Day-Kids dress up like their favorite movie or book character.

Ice Cream/Snow Cone Day-Arrange ahead for parents to pay and have the local ice cream or snow cone truck come.

Favorite Color Day-Everyone wears their favorite color.

 

As you can see, there are many ways to bring out the spring spirit. Teachers, what are some of your favorite spring spirit week ideas? I would love to know.

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How To Handle Classroom Transition.

Your child has grown so fast and is ready to move up to the next classroom. As a parent you may be wondering how to handle classroom transition. As excited as you may be that your child is on their way to becoming a big kid, they may not be.  There is a possibility that they may be scared or apprehensive about new teachers and new classmates. On the other hand, if they are moving up with one or two of their friends, they may be excited.  Either way, here are some ways to make the transition easier.

How To Handle Classroom Transition.

Talk to your child about the transition-Sit down and talk to your child about their transition to the next classroom. Ask them questions to gauge how they are feeling. If they are feeling anxious, reassure them that things will be okay. If they have questions you can’t answer, ask at the center and get answers for them.

Talk to other parents who have children in the next classroom-Other parents should be able to inform you about what the teachers are like and what to expect.

Take your child to visit their room and meet their teachers-When you pick your child up, take them to their next room and introduce your child to their new teachers. This way you will make a connection before they move up.

How To Handle Classroom Transition.

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Other Ways To Handle Transition.

Read a book about the first day of school-Read a book with your child about the first day of school like  Little Critter’s First Day Of School or Amelia Bedelia’s First Day Of School. This will help your child recognize that everyone has to go through a change at school at some point. Even though, it won’t be your child’s first day at school, it will be their first day in a new classroom environment.

Be assured they will transition during the day-In the day care I worked at, many of the kids that were about to transition would take turns spending part of the day in their new classroom. This made things easier when the time came because they already knew their new teachers and classmates. It wasn’t always a perfect transition but it did help.

There are many ways to help your child in transitioning. I hope these ideas have helped you in knowing how to handle classroom transitions.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Activities For Wee Ones And Older Lads And Lasses.

One of my favorite holidays is coming, St. Patrick’s Day.  Unfortunately, I’m not Irish even though I had an Irish wedding and have been obsessed with Ireland for years. There are all kinds of fun stories and interesting symbols from the Emerald Isle. Today I thought I would share some St. Patrick’s Day Activities you can do with your own lads and lasses.

St. Patrick’s Day Activities For Wee Ones And Older Lads And Lasses.

Activities for Toddlers and twos.

*Let them paint with green paint to make their own shamrocks.

*Let them paint with multiple colors to make a rainbow.

*Give them Lucky Charms cereal at snack time.

*Play with green play dough

*Let them dance to uptempo Irish music

*Play quiet, melodic Irish music at nap time.

St. Patrick's Day Activities For Wee Ones And Lads And Lasses.

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Activities for older lads and lasses.

*Add green food coloring to the milk at breakfast and lunch. (Take the gallon of milk down to the kitchen and add food coloring to keep the leprechaun mystery.) 🙂

* Decorate shamrock cookies with icing and sprinkles.

*Buy shiny cold coins from the dollar store and use them in your pot o’ gold crafts.

*Look up the story and meaning behind the claddagh ring. In a nutshell, a goldsmith was kidnapped by pirates for seven years and during that time he fashioned a ring for his beloved back home. The ring consisted of a heart for love, hands for friendship and a crown for loyalty.  The goldsmith was eventually released and returned home to his beloved where he presented her with the ring after seven years.  For a craft project, cut out hearts and a crown and then trace your students hands. On a piece of construction paper, place the heart in the middle, the crown on top of the heart and the hands on either side of the heart. You could add this caption for the parents, “Thank you for your love, friendship and loyalty to me.”

St. Patrick's Day Activities For Wee Ones and Lads And Lasses.

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*With parents permission, paint the kids faces with rainbows, pots of gold, and shamrocks.

*Read a book about St. Patrick’s Day. Some suggestions include The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Winger, St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons, and That’s What Leprechauns Do by Emily Arnold McCully.

*At Halloween time, buy a plastic bucket that looks like a cauldron. At St. Patrick’s Day, fill it with at least two prizes for each child in your class and hide it somewhere in your classroom. Or even better, somewhere in your school or day care. From there, make up some simple clues for a scavenger hunt. Once they find the pot, take it back to your classroom and pass out the goodies.

These St. Patrick’s Day Activities For Wee Ones And Lads And Lasses will make your students feel very lucky to have you as their teacher.

 

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How Long Should I Stay At Drop Off Time?

A lot of new day care parents wonder, how long should I stay at drop off time? Mornings can be very hectic as you round up all your children for school. Chances are, you may either drop off your older children first, they get picked up from home, or they get picked up at day care.  Although it seems like you’re always in a hurry, sometimes you just want to pause and hang out in your little one’s classroom for a few minutes.  As a former teacher, I get it. They are only little for so long and time goes by so fast. You feel like you miss out on the important stuff and you just want to observe for a few minutes. In my experience, staying a few minutes is okay but staying for an excessive amount of time can be a problem.

How Long Should I Stay At Drop Off Time?

From what I have observed, the best way is to drop them off in their room, talk briefly to their teacher if need be,  and then head right on to work. As hard as this can be, this is the easiest way to handle drop off time.  Although your child may be crying or upset, they usually calm down within a matter of minutes. Some will cuddle with their teachers while others will go play with their friends. It is also easier for you as a parent when you are in a hurry and have to get to work.

How Long Should I Stay At Drop Off Time?

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The Effects Of A Longer Drop Off.

When you extend your drop off it not only affects your child, it affects the entire classroom.

*The morning is a time of transition and it’s the teacher’s job to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.

*Some children may get upset because their parent isn’t there.

*The children can distracted from doing what they are supposed to be doing, like picking up toys.

*Your child may suddenly feel like they don’t have to listen because you are there.

*It is harder for you to leave because your child will want to go with you.

 

In answer to your question, how long should I stay at drop off time? Most parents stay long enough to greet their child’s teacher, give their child a hug and kiss, and watch them run off to play with their classmates or be close to their teachers. Staying longer at drop off time truly throws everyone’s day off-teacher, child and parent. It’s not personal, teachers  just have a lot to handle in the morning. Dropping off and heading onto work is the easiest solution for everyone.

 

 

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Parents: Why It’s Important To Be Present At Pick Up Time

Recently on social media there was a post going around about parents being told not to be on their cell phones when they pick their kids up at day care. A center had posted this sign telling their parents to get off their phones and there has been an uproar on both sides of the issue. Some parents may think it is an invasion of their privacy.  Some people may feel like their parenting is being judged. Other people may feel like it’s no ones business why they are on the phone or distracted when getting their children. Overall, it really doesn’t matter what society thinks. What does matter is what your child thinks. Here are some reasons why it’s important to be present at pick up time.

Why It’s Important To Be Present At Pick Up Time.

The Day Got Off To  A Bad Start-Maybe you had a rough morning and you yelled at your children. Maybe you were running late and couldn’t say goodbye at drop off time. Maybe your spouse brought your child instead of you. Regardless of the situation, your child has missed you all day. They probably can’t wait to get a hug and kiss from you and have you ask how their day was.

Your Child Is Trying To Tell You Something- Your child could have had a really great day. He or she could have gone on a field trip, had a special guest come to speak to the class or even shared in a birthday treat.  They also may want to talk to you about something that went wrong that day.

Parents: Why It's Important To Be Present At Pick Up Time

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Your Child’s Teacher Wants To Talk To You-It is important to check in with your child’s teacher at the end of the day to find out how their day was.  You need to know if they are struggling or doing exceptional. It’s always good to check in to make sure everyone is on the same page. We appreciate your presence too. 🙂

Being Present vs. Having Presence.

To Show Your Child They Are Important-There is too much negativity in the world. Your child could have had the worst day ever. Being able to give them five minutes of your uninterrupted time after school is very important. It gives you a chance to relax, breathe, and reconnect for a minute before the your evening moves into the hectic chaos of dinner, bath time and homework (if you have older children).

Another Parent Wants To Talk To You-Another parent may want to talk to you about setting up a play date or inviting your child to a birthday party.

The next time  you’re driving to day care to pick up your children, pause and reflect how it was when you were a child. If you had a Mom that stayed at home, didn’t it feel good to be able to sit down with a snack and talk to her about your day? If you were with a single Dad, didn’t it feel good to crawl on his lap at a young age and talk about your day? Or to sit around at the dinner table with your family and get caught up? We live in a fast paced world where time flies and moments pass way too quickly. Moments that cannot be recaptured.Parents, make a habit of being present at pick up time  so your absence during the day won’t  be so hard. It is important to be present not only at pick up time but all the time.

 

 

 

 

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Ideas For Your Classroom Bulletin Board (Winter Edition)

Are you struggling with ideas for your classroom bulletin board? With the holidays over and the bleak winter months ahead, it’s hard to come up with new, fresh ideas. Let the suggestions below jump start your creativity.

Snowball Fight-Cut out white circles out of card stock and write the names of your students in the middle. Then glue cotton balls all around it. Make a snow scene of blue sky on the top and white construction paper on the bottom. Staple snowballs in various places all around the board. Place the caption, ” Snowball Fight: Ready…set…go!”

Ideas For Your Classroom Bulletin Board.

Hibernation Station-Have your kids color a picture of a bear. Make a cave scene on your bulletin board and add your bears to the cave.  Place the caption, “Hibernation Station” at the top.

Penguin Plunge- Let your students color a picture of a penguin and make an arctic water scene on your bulletin board. Add the caption “Penguin Plunge”.

Ideas For Your Classroom Bulletin Board (Winter Edition)

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More Ideas.

Cozy Fire-If you used a fireplace hearth for you holiday display, make it do double duty by adding marshmallows above the flames in your fireplace. Cut out a marshmallow pattern, let the kids decorate them and add googly eyes and a smile. Add the caption, “Roastin’ and Toastin’ Over The Fire.”

Rollin’ In The Snow-Give each of your kids a snowman to decorate. Line them up on the bulletin board and add the caption, “Rollin’ In The Snow.”

Other Ideas For Your Board:

*Snow Angels

*Icicles

*Sledding

*Scarves, Hats and Mittens (Winter Warm Up)

*Winter Wonderland

*Alphabet Soup (Cover your board with red construction paper. Cut out the letters of the alphabet on yellow or cream construction paper, correlate the students in your class with a letter of the alphabet (Ex: Cole/Cassie=C  Devin/Darcy=D, etc) and add the caption “ABC…Count With Me!” You may want to add some white construction paper in the upper middle so it resembles a soup bowl.)

These are just a few ideas for your classroom bulletin board.

 

 

 

 

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Parents Beware: 5 Signs Of A Bad Day Care

You have come to the time in your life when it is time to find a day care to place your child in. There is lots of information out there about what constitutes a good day care. But what about the things you need to look out for? The things that no one ever tells you. This post is written for first time day care families. Parents Beware: 5 Signs Of A Bad Day Care.

Parents Beware

1. Staff/Child Ratios-When you go tour a facility, do the classrooms look overcrowded and chaotic? Ask what the teacher/child ratio is in the classroom your child will be in. If you notice a lot of crossover between classrooms, the center may be over-enrolled and have too many children for it’s capacity.

2. Staff/Child Interaction-How do the staff interact with the children? Do they speak firmly to correct an issue? Or do you hear yelling and screaming as you walk down the hall. Are they loving and supportive to the children or do they act like they don’t want to be bothered? Beware if you hear a lot of yelling and screaming from the teachers, it probably goes on all the time. Just one of the five signs of a bad day care.

5 Signs Of  A Bad Day Care.

Parents Beware: 5 Signs Of A Bad Day Care.

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3. How often is the owner/director there? This to me is a huge indicator of the kind of center your child attends. You should be able to talk to the owner or director at any time about anything. If you go in a day care and the office door is closed all the time, go elsewhere. If the owner/director is never there, go elsewhere. It’s a very good chance that if they don’t want to be there, their employees don’t either and your child will be getting less than acceptable care.

More Signs Of A Bad Day Care.

4. Camera Placement-Are cameras in place and are they on? How can you tell? When you go in the lobby, look for a television and see if it is on and you can see the classrooms. If your day care won’t let you look at the cameras or act sketchy in any way, leave.

5. Open Door Policy-You should be able to go in and check on your child at any time. You should also check and make sure that each parent has their own code to get in the building. If you ever feel like you can’t freely come and go as you please, take your child elsewhere.

If you witness any of these five signs of a bad day care, keep on looking. When you enter a day care facility, you should feel welcomed and comfortable. You should be satisfied with the answers you get to your questions. If ever you have a bad feeling in any way, look elsewhere. There are lots of day cares that provide acceptable care but only you can determine between acceptable and exceptional.

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