As I have started a new journey into childcare I triple as a student, nanny, and a developmental therapist. The days start with ... and they NEVER end.
Happy thanksgiving all!!! This month we focused in things that we were thankful for and making friends. The children put on their creative hats and made turkey’s in different ways. We also worked on using our verbal cues to inform those around us of our needs and feelings.
A challenge in sibling upbringing is rivalry. YES! Even at 2 and 4 my children will fight like cats and dogs! We practiced not screaming and crying but talking and explaining why, how, and when. When doing this, we knock out the possibility of fights and confusion along with tantrums and life threatening anxiety.
I asked my kiddos what they were thankful for, 2 year old responds, “my colors and ms keyia”. My 4 year old responds, “momma, daddy, and ms Markeyia when she snuggles with me at bedtime”.
When your around the table today ask your children, what are you thankful for?
Working on our listening this quarter. With our two year old we are focusing on letter recognition. Hopping letters, funny pumpkin faces, and memory cards. These cognitive games and processes help with early literacy, attention span, listening ears, and long/short term memory.
Halloween treat making. All of our homemade goodies were all inspired by our play group of little people! The struggle was holding back from eating everything and keeping our hands “safe” with food. They all did a pretty good job at this task! Ages 2,3, and 4
STUFFED BUDDIES! The littles stuffed, colored, and named their own little glow worms. They used their fine motor skills to stuff the socks with cotton and draw faces and arms and legs with fabric markers!
Late I know!!!! Our DIY Halloween bags! With trick or treating around the corner the kids were very excited about getting their candy. For one of our October art activities we used stencils and fabric paint to create some personalized trick or treat bags. The kids were very enthused about the bags. They used them for the entire week leading up to the “big event”. We had some pretend play shopping and pretend play diaper bags. Who knew one bag could account for so much?!
The children had the honor of “assisting” me with putting together a spooky house. Another listening assignment and they had to duplicate the picture given in the order stated on the paper. This ended very well and our listening ears were on until the curious mind of a two year old took over and unraveled everything we had put together. (Not before pictures of course). :D
Baking cookies. As Fall has started and Halloween is vastly approaching, it is only right that we include some candy corn in our lesson this month! The kids enjoyed mixing their cookie mix and rolling it into balls just to smash them. Using the #TraderJoes mix everything was included. (Minus the food coloring) this was our listening activity for the day. Though the cookies were good, listening was not our strongest thing for the day.
Modern art! The children used some unique materials to create color block painting and hanging mobiles. The color block painting, though very nice; played as our daily listening activity.
The daily listening activity is what we do every day to exercise out “listening ears”. It changes everyday and the rules are only given once. Today the rules were PAINT EACH SQUARE/RECTANGLE ONR COLOR EACH.
This may seem like an easy task, but if you have children or are a cars giver to children you know how quickly paint can turn into a disaster. It’s like their minds start to picture all the possibilities and they try to master all of them at that one time.
The mobile was our connection to the outside world. Alexander Calder was a famous artist who made mobiles just like yours. Calder liked to play with how these mobiles balanced.
The children played around with balance learning some techniques about center of gravity and weight.
It’s that time again! We are staring out Fall lesson and an unplanned trip to the pumpkin farm has made this last week of September possible. Though our Fall lesson started in October the kids could not contain their excitement about painting these pumpkins. Through some well sought out research on #pinterest we narrowed down our choices to the two above.