We love making Christmas crafts during this season. When it’s cold and snowing outside, it’s nice to be all cozy inside, drinking hot chocolate and making gingerbread houses with the little ones.
Field trips are a fun part of running a daycare. It gives you a chance to get the children out of the same routine and a change of scenery. It can also be a learning experience as well. Depending where you live, there are different fun and educational places to plan.
Here are a few trip ideas:
1) The Park:
Every child loves parks. A park is a great place to gets out in the fresh air and get exercise. Pick a park that has a playground for children to get a chance to play. Our park has a duck pond as well, so the children can feed the ducks bread pieces and learn how they live.
2) The Firehouse:
Many daycare providers don’t know that they can tour a firehouse. How fun! Kids love the big red fire trucks and checking out a fire house. Call up your local firehouse and set up a time to come.
3) The grocery store:
Grocery stores have group tours all the time and would love to take little kids around. Ours has a nutrionist that will talk to the kids about eating healthy. Call your grocery store and ask!
4) The Beach:
If you live by a beach, plan a day to play in the sand. make sure to bring plenty of sunblock and floaties.
5) Out to Eat:
If you have a small group of children, take them to a resturant. Let them order for themselves and feel like big kids. Teach them about tips, how to act when out and even about leaving tips.
6) The Library:
Local libraries have many activities that are going on all the time. Ours has a morning preschool reading time that is perfect for the little ones. If yours doesn’t have a reading time, you can always just make your own. Call your library to find out if they have reading time, craft time, or other activities.
7) A Museum:
Children’s museums are the spot for field trips. They are geared towards children of course, so it makes it easy to plan a day there. Find out if they have special rates for large groups to save money.
I’m sure that you’ve either thought about or have gone to the zoo with your kids before, but did you know they have special events that go on during the year? Check out their website around holidays or off season times for fun events.
9) Bike Path:
You don’t have to justride bikes on the bike path. Take a walk and bring lunch to eat when you take a break. We like to to a scavenger hunt to do along the way as well.
10) A Construction site:
This would be an interesting field trip to take if you live near an area where new houses are going up. Kids would have fun watching big trucks and all the movement. Be sure to ask ahead of time if they allow young children on site.
When you run a daycare, you see a lot of tantrums, fighting over toys, just plain misbehaving. It can be frustrating, and it takes a lot of patience to deal with it on a daily basis.
Over the years, I’ve figured out that children must challenge everything to figure out how to make things work. The biggest being, testing parents limits. So, don’t worry, your child’s misbehaving is a normal phase in life and is actually a sign of independence.
It is also normal for parents to react to this behavior in an unhealthy and noneffective way, such as using fear as a weapon. Don’t worry or feel bad if you have tried to instill fear when disiplining your child.
Learn to listen to what your child is really saying to you when they act up with these tips:
They just want your attention. Sometimes children might get bored, anxious, tired or uncomfortable, so they act up to be heard. Sit them down and find out what is bothering them and offer a solution. And then do it. If you promise and don’t deliver, they won’t trust you and next time they act up, they won’t believe what you tell them.
Children may not know what is expected of them. Sometimes, parents (especially first time) might have unrealistic expectations about how child should behave and even expect the child themselves to know. Understanding what a child is capable of for their age can help to understand why a child acts out. ere beyond their age levels.
Children learn bad behaviors from parents. I always think back to the commercial that takes place on the street where a car cuts off a mom and her daughter and the daughter jumps out of the car says, “I got this” and tells off the driver. Your children learn by watching YOU. Change your behaviors if you want to them to change.
Over the years of running my daycare, I have had many pets. Cats. Dogs. Rabbits. etc. Some pets are kept away, and some are such “people” animals, we were comfortable allowing them around the children. If you run a daycare and you have pets, you need make sure that your daycare is safe from any hazards pets may cause.
Some tips on keeping children safe when you have pets:
- After children touch an animal, wash hands right away to help prevent illness.
- Always wash hands right after handling animal’s food, and/or their habitats.
- Adults should always supervise children around pets.
- Use hand sanitizers.
- Never allow young children to put their hands in their mouth while interacting with animals.
- If animals have a tendency to bite, keep animals in enclosed cages or under appropriate restraints.
- Clean and disinfect all areas where animals have been present.
There is no need to not have a family pet just because you run a daycare in your home. A pet can be a great learning experience for the children and can even help with socializing. Just be sure to use common sense and don’t allow either the pet, or children to be in harms way.
We always have fun at our Halloween Party each year. There are cute costumes to see.
I love this shirt-it has candy on the bottom in the “stomach”.
We like to make things and you can always find lots of crafts on the Internet for the kids to do. You must always have construction paper on hand.
dsklfjlsdjfsjHave you seen these cute buckets at Walmart? Just a dollar and everyone can have their own design so they dont get mixed up with other kid’s buckets.
The best part are the treats. One parent made these adorable pumpkin rice krispies treats.