Posts By Charla

CharlaI am an elementary school teacher from Toronto who, for the purpose of enjoying my son's early years, runs a home daycare. I enjoy teaching children, and learning the lessons they have to teach me. I hope you enjoy sharing with me the ups and downs of parenting, and the adventures of teaching the very young!

Making Menus

I snapped the picture above while we were playing make believe outside one day. We had just taken the car (rode in the sled) to Nema’s house. (Nema is Thomas’s grandmother, and her house is apparently on the east side of Lithuania Park.) I was lying down to go to sleep at ‘Nema’s’, which is…
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Making Menus

I snapped the picture above while we were playing make believe outside one day. We had just taken the car (rode in the sled) to Nema’s house. (Nema is Thomas’s grandmother, and her house is apparently on the east side of Lithuania Park.) I was lying down to go to sleep at ‘Nema’s’, which is…
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Valentine’s Daycare Party!

Before I get to the Valentine’s bash, I had to include a couple of photos of Amadea and Leila playing babies after dinner one night. It is adorable to see. They feed their babies very well! Here are some of the Valentine’s crafts we did this year. We didn’t do a lot. The kids were…
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Shaving: 101

We went to the library drop-in again this week. There was a big tub of shaving cream for the kids to muck around with. Only the brave Thomas ventured in (though I’m sure little miss Dea would have joined him if she was at the daycare). How fun is this? Maryam loved the drop-in. Her…
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Children: The True Teachers

Lately we have been opting (now and then) to stroll around the block, as opposed to visiting the playground. And let me tell you, these Autumn walks have felt like paradise to this daycare provider! The kids are often just so happy, adorable, and downright angelic. I mean, look, in the photo above, Thomas even…
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Snow Angels

The daycare is up and running again, after a wonderful holiday. However, with the deep freeze that Toronto was experiencing, we have been stuck inside for two whole days! Minus 25 degree or more with the wind chill is just not okay to trek out in if we don’t have to. And since Noah and…
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Early Fall

One day Thomas asked, “Can we go to High Park today?” I said, “No, we’re not going there today.” He paused, and then said, “Tomorrow? Can we go tomorrow?” This caught me off guard. He has grown! This a new stage in his development and shows more complex thinking.
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Swing Kids

We have been hanging out at the larger playground after the big boys finish school, almost every day. Noah and B. enjoy playing with their classmates (since the playground is across from the school, and most of the kids drift over to it after class). Riley and Riko are quite skilled on the equipment, and…
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Rascals

One of our new favorite activities is peeking through the window at the construction site, at Pacific and Bloor. We push the wagon up to the wall, and hold it steady, while the kids climb up and get an amazing view of trucks at work. I have to admit (whether it’s right or wrong to…
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