A common item I am seeing on parent surveys is that they do not believe their children are being stimulated to grow in all areas of development (some surveys are marking 2 & 3 out of a possible 4). I think this is more a misconception of "how children learn" than "if they are learning".
Here is an example of an activity I did this week which engaged children in all areas: social, emotional, physical and language.
activity: a walk around our neighbourhood. The children were encouraged to look for things that interested them. They then took turns becoming a photographer and took pictures of these interests.
PHYSICAL: walking, running, skipping, stopping, jumping (kids don't actually "walk" while on a walk)
SOCIAL: taking turns, being the "leader", participating in an activity together
LANGUAGE: we explored the neighbourhood. While exploring and looking at our interests we talked about them.
EMOTIONAL: some had a harder time taking turns and sharing. We needed to connect their feelings to the situation and come up with a solution. Self control, coping skills, focus and patience.
we will further develop these skills as we continue our neighbourhood study next week. The images taken by our "photographers" will be printed and I will add descriptions/"quotes" from the children's words. from there who knows where the children will take this learning journey.
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Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog page. As the weather turns warmer we at Little Lambs have been spending a lot more time outside. In Madoc, Stirling, Trenton, Frankford and Belleville our providers have been visiting parks, going on nature walks, visiting community centres, creating memories in their own backyards and so much more.
Mental wellbeing is not just a topic for adults. Children can suffer from "winter blues" also. Our outside time is limited during our cold/dark Canadian winters. This wanes on everyone. The days are now longer and being outside more just makes everyone feel better. After a long winter bundling children in snow suits it's nice to send them out the door with some sunscreen and a hat. Moods are higher, naps are easier and tummies are hungrier.
I thought now would be a perfect time to write a post to inspire creative outdoor play. Images sourced from Pinterest.
Inspiring Outdoor Play Spaces
Loose Parts Inspiration and Art Activities
Water Play Inspiration
Thank you for stopping by. If you have ideas to share we'd love to read them. Leave us a comment with your favourite outdoor activities.
One of Little Lambs founding principles is to "always keep learning". The child care sector and early learning environment are constantly evolving. Staying current with techniques, curriculum approaches and development knowledge is critical. Our licensed providers will be taking advantage of this closed training day to better themselves and improve their home child care programs.
If you are a parent seeking child care in Hastings County we'd love to hear from you. We have spaces available in Stirling, Madoc and Belleville (Frankford and Trenton programs are currently full).
If you are an independent provider who would be interested in joining us for upcoming professional development opportunities we'd love to hear from you. We encourage community practice and bettering the care in Hastings County. So…even if you never want to license with us we'd still like to help you grow your knowledge.
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Kristina Schwartz, Owner/Director Little Lambs Home Daycare
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Here's my second video in a series about licensed home child care. In this video I explore three positives to joining an agency. BLOOPER moment. My husband knocks over a baby gate at the very end of the video. This makes a random loud noise. Fun fact, he thinks it's hilarious….
I am the creator of this amazing business and I am filled with hope and aspirations for a childcare program that far exceeds expectations.