Some days, we go straight out back with the Spider Man backpack of toys. The kids are becoming more interested in the skipping rope. They enjoy turning the rope. Because they are beginners, I’m encouraging them to jump over the rope when it is still or moving (Snakesies) on the ground. (more…)
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We see lots of exciting things on our walks around the block: squirrels, flowers, lawn mowers, whipper snippers, subway station, buses, a mailbox, sprinklers, signs with ABC’s on them, and other daycare groups going for walks. (more…)
It really was a long cold winter. It finally feels more like spring around here. The children and I have been thoroughly enjoying the weather. No more snow pants. No more mittens. It’s bliss.
One day, we were lucky enough to catch the garbage truck emptying the bins at the apartment building. B. probably gets the most excited out of all five of them. He jumps up and down saying “Boom!” and anticipating the truck’s actions.
These three have front row seats! All hail the garbage truck.
I am absolutely thrilled that we are able to play on the grass now without worrying about stepping in dog poop. (more…)
The kids enjoyed gluing foam dinosaurs and ABC’s last week. We tried using white glue and large Popsicle sticks (to dab the glue onto the paper) this time, instead of glue sticks. It was a lot easier for them.
We did the colour gluing activity again last week; this time using cut-outs with the colour red. The kids are starting to get the hang of how to use a glue stick. We have hung the red and yellow collages in the dining room and often refer to them during meals or snack time.
We also did some colour sorting with the coloured bowls and vehicles. For the first 2 minutes, I kept hold of the vehicles, giving them one at a time. I showed them how to match the colour to the bowls. However, they were so excited to get their hands on the vehicles and play ‘in their own way’, that I quickly felt guilty for withholding them and handed them over. They really love just filling the bowls and emptying the bowls, or pouring the vehicles from one bowl into another. (more…)
Although Torontonians have been experiencing frigid temperatures recently, the kids never complain about going outside. In fact, a few of them complain when I declare that it is time to go back inside! They also enjoy trying on each others’ boots when we are inside the apartment. Above, M. sports Noah’s winter boots, and is about to try on his mittens too! It’s great to see them practise these self-help skills.
Even though I have to work quickly and methodically to get the kids’ snowsuits on, it still can’t be easy for them to wait even a few minutes with half their gear on, inside. They really are very patient, and used to the routine by now. I had to get a couple of shots of the live entertainment going on in the hallway as I got them ready (thereby delaying them just a few seconds longer). (more…)
I had been on holidays for nearly two weeks before this past Monday. It was fantastic to spend family time with Noah over the holidays; I was able to give him more of my undivided attention. Sometimes, as a home daycare provider, I have wondered if the fact that I am sharing my attention with 4 other children might be unfair to Noah. But, by the end of the holidays, I realized that the home daycare situation is really more beneficial to him than having me all to himself. The group of kids I have is small enough that everyone’s needs get met, and I am able to give attention to all of them. Yet, it is a big enough group that demands are sometimes not instantly met. Toys, attention, discipline, choices, and praise are shared. I believe that the home daycare is helping Noah (and all of the children) to take turns, be more patient, empathize, share, and of course, socialize.
But I digress. Let’s get back to business! The other children returned this week, and it was as smooth as if there had been no break at all. Over the holidays, 3 of the children turned 2 years old, so now they are all 2. (more…)
It was, as usual, a busy week at the home daycare. Earlier in the week, we visited Lithuania Park. This picnic table on the playground now signifies snack time for Noah. The kids enjoyed their graham crackers and water in their little clubhouse. We had brought some toys to the playground and enjoyed rolling the trucks and balls down the slide. Then, some of our friends from the drop-in centers arrived at the park and joined us in the fun.