The Importance Of Self Care For Teachers

The importance of self care for teachers. Being a day care teacher is a very rewarding, yet very exhausting job. You never know what each day will hold, some days can be very stressful while others go fabulously well.  Even though you love your kids in your class, they can get wearing sometimes. Does this mean you  love them any less? Absolutely not. Feeling burnt out and exhausted is often a sign that you need to focus more on your own self care. Here are some ideas for you to go from stressed and frazzled from a hard day to blissful and relaxed, ready for another day of fun.

The Importance Of Self Care For Teachers.

First thing’s first. As with anything, it is proven that when we write things down they are more likely to become reality.  This goes for anything-weight loss, accomplishing a certain goal, reading so many books a year, etc. Sit down and write out a self-care contract for yourself. Write out what you’re going to do to help yourself feel better (exercise, bubble bath, massage, etc), how many times a week you are going to do said thing or things, and how you are going to accomplish it. For example, you may want to go for a massage after work twice a week. Make things easier on you and/or your spouse and make meals in the crock pot on those nights so you don’t have to come home and cook. Write out all the specifics, sign it and date it. Then make a few copies and put them where you will see them everyday, so you don’t forget the commitment you made to yourself.

Ideas For The Importance Of Self Care For Teachers.

Start a private FB group-Set up a private group online where you and your co-workers can vent, share ideas and hold each other to your self-care contract. Be sure to make ground rules so everyone knows how to conduct themselves and what will/will not be tolerated.

Exercise-If you have the time to go to the gym, go! If not, take a quick 15 minute stroll on your lunch break with a coworker.

Take a bubble bath-Soaking in a hot tub is a great way to ease tension.

Schedule a massage-A lot of us hold our stress in our shoulders and neck, go get that massage to ease the tension.

Eat healthier-When you eat better, you feel better. Add lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains to your diet.

Drink up-It’s easy to down coffee and soda in the morning when you’re dragging and you are surrounded by energetic children. By mid-morning, switch over to bottled water for the rest of the day.

The Importance Of Self Care For Teachers

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Get plenty of rest-Make sure you are getting 8+ hours of sleep every night.

Have a treat-Some days you just have to, so dig in to that pint of Ben & Jerry’s or that big piece of cake from the bakery.

Go somewhere peaceful-Go to the most peaceful place you know where you either won’t be disturbed or have very little distraction, sit down, and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Journal-Keep a journal and write down both the stresses and the good points of your day.

Pray-If you are a religious person, take some time to connect and pray everyday. It doesn’t have to be long, even 5 minutes will work wonders.

As you can see, the importance of self care for teachers makes a huge difference. I encourage you to go home and write out a self care contract for yourself over the next few days. Do you have any other ideas for your self care plan? What is the ideal self care plan for you? I would love to know in the comments. All of these ideas for the importance of self care for teachers are bound to lead to more peaceful evenings and more productive days ahead.



Sensory Sensations: Different Ways To Fill Your Sensory Table.

Sensory Sensations: Different Ways To Fill Your Sensory Table. Here are some ideas to start filling your sensory center.

Sensory Sensations: Different Ways To Fill Your Sensory Table.

One of the hardest things about working in day care is coming up with new ideas. Here are a few for your table to get you started.

  1. Peeled grapes
  2. Cold spaghetti
  3. Sunflower seeds
  4. Shaving cream or whipped cream
  5. Cotton balls
  6. Dried beans
  7. Kid safe slime (See Recipe:
  8. Uncooked pasta
  9. Soapy water
  10. Pom Poms
Sensory Sensations: Different Ways To Fill Your Sensory Table.

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More Ways To Fill The Table.

11. Ice

12. Pieces of bubble wrap

13. Finger jello

14. Sandpaper

15. Pudding

There are many ideas to help your students make the most of their sense of touch.




Stress Less: Tips For Planning The Perfect Day Care Holiday Party

Are you looking to stress less this holiday season? Tips for planning the perfect day care holiday party. Working in a day care is one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. Everyday is filled with laughter, play, and love with the kids in your care. Still, you have your everyday responsibilities such as daily sheets, keeping up on everyone’s diaper and wipe situation and keeping your room clean. Holiday time is an especially magical time when you are working with children but can also be very stressful. In addition to your normal responsibilities, you also have to plan your classroom holiday party. How do you get a handle on everything that needs done and plan the perfect day care holiday party?

Tips For Planning The Perfect Day Care Holiday Party.

Start planning early-This seems very simple but is very important. Sit down with your co-teacher by at least mid September and start thinking about what needs to be done. Some questions that need answered are;

*How do you want to decorate your room?
*Where are your holiday decorations? Do you need to replace any?
*What do you want to do for your parent gift?
*If ordering from a company like Oriental Trading, how far in advance should you place your order?
*How do you want to decorate your bulletin board?
*Are you going to do a gift exchange? If so, how soon should the announcement go out?
*Are you going to play any games?
*Are you going to buy a few extra gifts in case one of your students don’t or they forget to bring their gift?
* How soon should you put up the sign up list for snacks/treats and parent volunteers?
*Are you going to send out a newsletter to parents about what you need or are you going to post it on your day care web site?

The Party Planning Phase.

Once you have these questions answered, you can start working out a time line for each step. Here are some tips to help you.

In September: Ideas, Ideas, Ideas.

1. As soon as you know how you want to decorate your room (Winter wonderland, snowmen, Santa’s workshop, etc), make sure you locate your holiday decorations within the next week.

2. Once you locate them, make a list of any that need replaced or anything you need to buy to correlate with your classroom theme.

3. Decide on three ideas for parent gifts. If it’s going to be a craft project, make a list of the items needed. If you are ordering a project from a company such as Oriental Trading, mark in the catalog or online what you are looking at.

4. Decide how you are going to decorate your bulletin board.

5. Decide weather or not you are going to have a gift exchange and what the dollar amount for each gift should be.

6. Decide if you are going to play any games with the kids such as having each child bring an unwanted household item wrapped up in various layers of wrapping paper. To open, the kids must wear mittens or gloves.

Tips For Planning The Perfect Day Care Holiday Party

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More Tips For Planning The Perfect Day Care Holiday Party.

October/November: Organization

In October:

1. Make an official decision on your parent gift and, if needed, gather supplies or order by the first week in November.

2. Start gathering what you will need to decorate your bulletin board.

3. If you are doing a gift exchange and want a few extra gifts on hand, start buying them. (For example, a few extra books for a book exchange.)

4. Start writing a rough draft of your newsletter for parents so you don’t forget to include anything.

In November:

1. Buy/replace decorations.

2. If needed, order the kits to make your parent gift.

3. Have your holiday bulletin board up by the last week of November.

4. Have your parent newsletter finalized, printed, and in cubbies by the third week of November.

5. Wrap your ‘extra’ gift exchange presents. (Preferably during nap time.)

Stress Less: Tips For Planning The Perfect Day Care Holiday Party

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Party Perfection.

December: Enjoy less stress.

1. Hang up your sign up list for snacks/treats/volunteers.

2. Have your parent gifts made by the second week of December.

3. Decorate your classroom.

4. The week before the party, consult the list in your classroom and see if you need to buy anything not signed up for. (Juice boxes, plates, napkins, etc.)

5. Enjoy your party.

These tips for planning the perfect day care holiday party will make your planning process much easier. Although I was thinking of Christmas specifically, you can adapt the time frame for planning various parties throughout the year.  If you take the time to plan ahead and do a few things each month, you are bound to have a less stressed, magical holiday party with your students.

Tips For Planning Fall Field Trips

With back to school comes fall field trips. It can be a little daunting taking your class on a field trip to somewhere different. You have to be extra vigilant in keeping track of all those students. Here are some tips for planning fall field trips.

Tips For Planning Fall Field Trips.

Tip #1: Plan ahead and make sure any money is collected at least two weeks in advance.

Tip #2: Make sure you have enough chaperones.

Tip #3: Have your class all dress in the same colored shirt to help keep track of everyone.

Tip #4: Split your class into groups of five or six per chaperone and pay close attention to whom you put with whom.

Tips For Planning Fall Field Trips

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Tip #5: If you are taking lunch and eating it at your field trip location, don’t forget paper towels and garbage bags.

Tip #6: Check with kitchen staff the previous day to make sure any kids with allergies have a special lunch packed.

Tip #7: Remind parents of proper attire. For example, a jacket and sneakers if you are going to the pumpkin patch.

Tip #8: Have fun, it is good for both students and teachers to get out of their element from time to time.

Field trips don’t have to be stressful.  With a little planning and using these tips for planning fall field trips, you can enjoy a great day with your class.


6 Fall Crafts For Your Preschoolers

Fall is in the air. Soon the temperatures will be cooling down and the leaves will be turning their beautiful shades of color. Still, there will be days that are too chilly/rainy to go outside. There will also be weekends that get rained out as well. Your older kids can entertain themselves quite easily, but what about your younger kids? Here are 6 fall crafts for your preschoolers.

6 Fall Crafts For Your Preschoolers

1. Falling Leaves

What you will need:
Leave template
White card stock
Yellow, red, and orange crayons
Yellow, red, and orange glitter
Glue stick

How to make:
1. Print leaf template on white card stock paper.
2. Either let children cut out leaf templates themselves or help them.
3. Let each child color their own leaf.
4. Spread glue all over the leaf and have them shake the corresponding color of glitter all over it. Shake off excess.
5. When dry, display them in your home or classroom.

6 Fall Crafts For Your Preschoolers

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2. Tissue Paper Apples

What you will need:
Apple templates printed on red, green, and yellow card stock
Red, yellow and green tissue paper, cut into squares
Stick glue

How to make:
1. Print off apple templates on red, green, and yellow card stock.
2. Cut various colored tissue paper into squares.
3. Have each child pick out an apple and put glue all over it.
4. Let them add corresponding colored tissue paper.
5. When dry, display them in your home or classroom.

6 Fall Crafts For Preschoolers.

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3. Corn Stalks

What you will need:
Corn stalk template printed on beige card stock
Green crayons or markers
Bags of both Indian and traditional candy corn
Stick glue

How to make:
1. Print and cut out corn stalk templates.
2. Let the kids color the stalk part green.
3. Spread glue all over the corn part.
4. Decorate with both Indian and traditional candy corn.
5. Let dry and display.


4. Fall Crowns

What you’ll need:
Construction paper (various colors)
Measuring tape
Die cut leaves
Fall stickers

What to do:
1. Measure your child’s head.
2. Measure construction paper to fit your child’s head.
3. Cut the base of the crown from construction paper.
4. Let your child glue leaves on the crown and/or decorate with fall stickers.
5. Staple crown together.

6 Fall Crafts For Preschoolers

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5. Create Your Own Pumpkin

What you will need:
Pumpkin template printed on orange construction paper
Stick glue
Decorations (Felt squares, stickers, shiny beads/sequins, glitter, etc)

What to do:
1. Give each child a pumpkin template with their name on the back and a glue stick.
2. Let them decorate their pumpkin any way they want.
3. Let dry and display.

6. Fall Placemats.

What you’ll need:
Sheets of beige card stock
Fall stickers, die cut leaves, fall stamps, or even fall colored finger paint

Lamination paper
A Laminator

What to do:
1. Let the kids decorate their place mat any way they want or paint and let dry.
2. Write their name on the back.
3. Laminate and trim down the edges.

These 6 Fall Crafts for preschoolers are a great way to spend time with your family. They are also great ideas for teachers in their classroom.