Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Teaching Your Preschooler To Recycle - By Marie-Helen

We know and understand the meaning behind these slogans, but does your preschooler understand the concept behind a message like Save the Earth?

When they're younger than age 7, children struggle in a world of fact and fiction. What's real and what's imaginative are constant questions they face. The 3-year-old will be less concerned compared to the 4- and 5-year-olds who are trying to make sense of their world more and more every day. To tell your child, “Let's save the Earth” is a heavy concept, and places a lot of responsibility on your preschooler's shoulders.

Yes, we must save the world. We must protect the land and the animals, but we must also present these concepts in a way that preschoolers can understand. How can we do this? Rather than presenting the environment and its issues in one chunk, it's a good idea to present them in little tidbits.

"At our daycare, we once had 'The Environment' theme, which lasted two weeks within the school year," explains Sofia Z., an early childhood educator for more than 10 years. "We changed that and now we talk about the environment in little doses in our daily routines.”

We can't decide, “OK, today I'm going to save the world.” It's a continuous effort. It's one that must be talked about over and over again and dealt with on a daily basis.

"We first showed them pictures of landfills and explained that garbage was just piled over and over," Sofia says. "We told them if we didn't stop sending lots of garbage, the landfill would overflow. We asked them to help find ways to reduce or reuse or recycle items for us to be careful of what we put in the garbage."

Jennifer, Sofia's coworker, says: "We introduce questions to the children to make them think of what happens to things once we are finished with different items. We asked them, what can you do with this? Can you reuse it? Can you recycle it? Or can you reduce it? They didn't always get the right answers but eventually we got some right answers and some really creative ones too. We showed them items that can be reused, reduced and recycled and brought it down to their level."

Examples of reusable items are toilet paper rolls, papers written on one side, baby wipe boxes, cork, bottle caps, fabric and paper scraps. The goal is to find new uses for something rather than putting it into the garbage.

"This leads us to ask about reusing food," explains Sofia. "The children thought long before answering but by using a glass fish bowl we showed them how to make compost. We only put in fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells and a few dead leaves from outside and in no time the materials turned into soil. We have a bigger pail to put in the non-meat food scraps and an adult brings it outdoors to our composting bin. When we have our planting theme we use the composted soil and we always have really pretty flowers.

"Reducible items are things we tried to avoid buying or bought in big quantities instead of buying little packages to reduce the mount of garbage. The child understood this with serving containers such as the yogurt containers -- rather than buy 24 little ones, buy four big ones. That reduced the amount in plastic containers. The children also were showed that energy such as running water and electricity were items that also need to be reduced and used only when needed. Lights off in empty rooms, flushing the toilet for no reason and making sure the water was turned off after hand washing were all concepts children clearly understood.”

"Using real dishes and real cutlery rather than plastic ones also made sense to them," says Jennifer. "Because they had them on hand and they didn't need to throw them away -- we could wash them and use them again and again."

Recycle Recyclable items such as newspaper, plastic, aluminum and glass were separated from the regular garbage and placed in the blue recycle box ready for the weekly pickup from the recycle truck. The recycle symbol was then introduced -- it can be found on the blue boxes and the recycle trucks.

"Our community has the blue-box program," adds Sofia. "Many children also knew this from home. They separated the garbage from the items that can be placed in the blue box and sent to where they can be used again or refilled again."

In their daycare, the teachers have the blue box, a laundry basket for arts and crafts, a garbage pail for the recyclable (plastics/tins/glass) and a small pail with a cover for composting.

"We know what goes where but it's our responsibility to guide the children and ask them questions," says Sofia. "For example: 'Jonathan, what can you do with your yogurt container -- can it be placed in the composting pail? Can it be placed in the paper basket? Can you clean and dry it to place in the plastic basket for arts and crafts or in the blue box?'"

Parents have participated in helping their children reduce, reuse or recycle home items too. Old stationery and office papers were brought in to the daycare for the children to draw on. One child came in with over 20 egg cartons for art and crafts. Twice a year in spring and fall, the daycare has a clothes drive. Parents bring in clothing they no longer can use (especially children clothes). The clothes are set out on tables for parents to go through and take what they can use. The rest of the clothing items are put in boxes and taken to the local parish. A few parents have also benefited from the compost bin.

"Will we save the world?" asks Sofia. "I don't know, but we trying. We are also giving the children tools and knowledge that things do accumulate and we need to think further how we'll use the items rather than filling up our landfills."

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

What are some of the best activities for the toddlers in daycares?

The toddler daycares are found in so many places since most parents in the modern society are unable to manage children with their works and jobs. The toddlers could be managed easily by the daycare staff because they are professionals at dealing with the younger children. Even though they are not easy to manage but still the staff could easily manage them without much issues.

The theme based activities could be executed as these are going to help in making the toddlers happy. Toddlers would not be easy to handle if they become irritated and that’s why the staff has to keep them engaged. The themes of such activities and games are based on age of the children or the toddlers which are there in your daycare centers.  
The theme based activities
When the games of toddlers are based on the themes, they enjoy the time in the daycare even more. This is because such themes are very interesting and something new for the little children. Themes could include these ones or something else according to your very own choice:  the festivals, the occupations, the season, colors, designs, shapes, animals, plants. Such themes are very different for the little kids as they are not aware of such fun filled activities.  

Story based games 
The children could easily be engaged in the games which have the stories. All children like hearing stories as they like getting involved in the stories of various characters which are like friends to them.

The children would be highly entertained and won’t be feeling bored while listening the stories that are told at the daycare centers. You could also make them to learn the poems as this would help later when they join preschools or nursery.

The toys 
Toys are like friends to all small kids and toddlers love them as well. Since the toddlers are too small to do something on their own, it’s great to just let them relax with some toys. The toys which are great for toddlers include the blocks, the stuffed animals, the dolls, the robots and similar games which could not break. Make sure to have only those toys which won’t harm the little kids otherwise the child could end up breaking and hurting with the toys.

All of these activities for the toddlers are very amazing and help in keeping the little toddlers engaged till the time the parents take them. Make sure you make the friendly atmosphere for the little toddlers to enjoy at the daycare.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Simple and amazing science based experiments that develops your child brain

The children who are going to the preschools are naturally curious and even open minded too. They get surprised with every simple thing. They get amazed when they saw any kind of chemical reaction or some science based activities. This curiosity in them develops ability to create something new in the science field. They start to explore their ideas in the best ways in their preschool classrooms. If you find such type of developing quality in your child then choose a best preschool where science activities were more for your child.  There they can develop the quality of understanding things in much better ways which are related with eth science.

There child can easily solve their problem and does so many different research for solving all their problems. This way they can increase their knowledge in well manners.

Here are some of the science based ideals that you will find in the preschool which help in clearing the doubts of the children’s:

About density with water (sink or float)
They filled a large bucket with water and provide different weighted things. Preschool classify all those objects in to two groups one is the floating one and other one is the sink. They drop things one by one and teach children about them.

Gravity exploring 
In preschool science activities children learn something exploring with simple things. There they get introduce with the gravity and even with their high effects. By collecting some object they drop out them from a certain height this way they teach the basic of gravity and mass to the children.
Experiments with vinegar and soda

This experiment is one of the best experiment that child love most. They love to watch the reaction of the vinegar and the soda. Children slowly drop out the vinegar in to the mixture of soda and get amaze to see the reaction of it. They watch all changes in it and the sound that comes at the time of reaction.

Know the absorption of water by plant
They let the children place a celery stalk in a cup which filled with different colors of water mixed present in different shades. After some day the let the children absorb the water level. This way preschool teaches the process water absorption in plants.

Like these there are several interesting science based activities that your child can experience once they go in to the right preschool. It develops your children mind in right way.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Kids create their own beautiful world with simple art and craft means

Are you looking for some fun art work which you can list in your summer activities? There are several common great craft ideas that you can easily get for you summer. They are not only simple and even potential giving ideas. Through it children can easily gain ability of more learning and playing. The great ideas of craft for preschool common elements were so simple that child can easily catch it well. The basic ways of arts and craft are really one of the excellent way through which you can teach so many things to the child. Through them they can learn how to make shapes, textures. They even came to know the colors and get the skill of fine motor enhancing.

Here are few of the easy craft based ideas that preschool try to teach their children in the summer based classes:

How to create ocean Creatures? 
By using the paper plates, paint and some of the construction paper, the preschoolers create so many different things. Preschool teach children how to make crabs, sharks, octopuses and many other fishes. By using all this simple things and with simple supplies they create something different art based things. They teach how to cut fins and other parts of fish and how to assemble it? Through it they teach a story to the children.

How to Play Binoculars? 
They even help in the exploring the outdoor activities of the children. They teach them how to create their own sets of binoculars and how to play with it. By using the paper rolls, glue, yarn all children make their own set and play with them in the play ground.  This art is eco- friendly and even help the children in watching nature and get ideas from it.

Nature based Collage
They always try to relate kids with the nature like with the flowers, leaf, twigs small stones etc. so they go with all such things in the craft pattern which helps in increasing the child knowledge about the nature more. They create all things in 3D based design.

Stained based Glass Art
They teach how to recycle things like how to use the stained glass for catching the sun rays. By using the colors, tissue paper and other small pieces they create something adorable.

Handmade sun
They teach how to make sun and its rays with different color. They create something more beautiful with their own ideas.

Preschooler’s arts and crafts were not difficult but they teach so many important things to the children in the best ways.