ABCMouse.com added to our daycare

I am happy to announce that we’ve signed up with ABCMouse.com as part of our preschool learning activities.

Yay!!

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I was IMMEDIATELY impressed with this program! You can navigate around the website very easily. So far, the children have been happy with all the site has to offer. I have ages three and four using the site and they want to do on it every day.

Here is a little breakdown of what ABCmouse.com is about:

  • For ages 2-6
  • 450 lessons
  • 3000 learning activities

The lessons are broken down into 6 levels.  Each level includes 4 Subjects: Reading, Math, The World Around Us and Art & Colors.  Don’t worry about the kids getting bored, because they are constantly adding new games and activities to the site’s curriculum.

The kids love the rewards system they have and I thnk that keeps them active as well.  When they finish an activity or lesson, they earn tickets.  They can spend the tickets in the “shopping center”.  The shopping center has a pet store and a clothes store.

I encourage our daycare parents to sign up as well to continue their child’s learning at home!

Have you tried ABCMouse.com yet?

Eating Healthy: Quinoa Blueberry Pancakes

I’ve been hearing  a lot about quinoa lately. I’m seeing it on blogs and in stores given out as samples. It’s not too bad tasting, and you can make lots of recipes using it.

One of them being blueberry pancakes,  which is a good thing.

Because, kids love pancakes!

quinoa pancakes

Let me first tell you about quinoa…

Quinoa is what experts have called the super food and a super grain. The fact is, quinoa is not a grain at all. It is actually an ancient seed in the spinach family. It’s the best plant based protein you can use!

Quinoa is gluten-free and wheat-free and can be used as a flour substitute for those that are gluten and wheat intolerant.

How awesome is that?

If you are looking for a great source of iron, potassium, B6, niacin and thiamine, then quinoa is a great choice. This seed is also free of cholesterol and trans fats for a healthy addition to your diet!

Vegans pick quinoa as a part of their daily intake of protein because it contains amino acids that most grains don’t include.

With all that incredible information about quinoa, I hope you will be including it in your daily diet as well!

Eating Healthy: Quinoa Blueberry Pancakes
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Ingredients
  • 2½ cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 1½ cups blueberries
  • Cooking spray

Instructions
  1. Combine quinoa, honey, oil, eggs and milk in a blender. Blend till smooth. Add in baking powder and blend for a couple of more seconds.
  2. Heat pan with cooking spray. Pour ¼ cup of batter on to hot griddle or pan. Top with blueberries and cook for a few minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown.

 

Do You Have Exercise Time In Your Daycare?

In our part of the world, it’s been below zero temps and snow every other day! We had no choice but to stay inside for a couple of weeks now. There has been a lot of energy not being released with outdoor playtime, so we’ve developed an exercise routine for the little ones while we are couped up during the day.

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Exercise can be fun for little ones if you get creative by using music, or even making it a fun game. Here are several ideas to make exercising fun for your children of all ages.

Use music.

Turn on a favorite children’s song and have your children move to the music. Have them flap their arms and twirl around to the beat of the song.

Play music and have kids “freeze” when you turn off music, then start dancing again when the music is turned back on.

Make it a game.

We have colored mats on our floor, so I call out a color and the kids run to that colored mat square.

Make flash cards with different exercises written on them. The children can draw a card and then everyone does that exercise.

Make it a learning lesson.

Incorporate learning with exercise. Look up a wild animal on the computer and then have your children act out the animal and bounce, run or flap their arms (depending what kind of animal) around the room.

 

It’s Christmas time!

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.

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Ten Daycare Field Trip Ideas

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.

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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. 

8) Zoo:

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.

 

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