Try free downloadable resources to inspire you and curtail some of the creativity block that you may be experiencing when planning the weekly menu for your family child care family, yourself, and your own family.
Cabin Fever. Winter Blues. We all get a little restless when the weather outside forces us to stay inside for longer lengths of time. There are times when bundling the kids up and letting them play in the snow is a great way to burn off some energy. When freezing rain, sub-zero temperatures, or heavy…
How wonderful would it be to express out loud your deepest darkest secrets, and know that there is absolutely no judgement, nor will these secrets be shared with another? Animals can help children develop sensitivity to others. They can offer comfort, and lend an ear for secrets and feelings. And they can encourage a child’s curiosity.
Knowing that stress has an effect on children in their learning environments means that we, as parents and providers, must be aware of and attempt to understand the powerful effects of stress on children of all ages. How we respond to children who show signs of stress will make the difference in whether they develop the skills to cope or whether stress will interrupt their learning.
Sensory play is a great option for both independent and group activities and has great benefits for both sensory-seeking and sensory-avoidant children as a self-regulation or self-soothing tool. And if those aren’t encouraging enough reasons, sensory play is fun!
Parents, child care providers, and well-meaning friends and relatives are all making the same fatal mistakes by putting or leaving infants and toddlers in car seats, swings, strollers and bouncers thinking that the children are safe in this equipment without being supervised; this is a dangerous assumption. Leaving a child in anything other than a crib with a firm sleeping surface and without bedding or toys, is a perilous decision.
Encouraging very intentional and purposeful exchanges between a teacher and a child, which creates a powerful interaction and helps a child become a more engaged and effective learner.
Do you know how many Pete the Cat books you can get for $25? Not nearly enough! Kids need to have a variety of books available to them… but how do we, as parents, provide enough books when it’s sometimes hard to stretch paychecks to cover expenses? Here are five low-cost/no-cost resources that are easy to access and designed specifically to encourage early readers as well as a lifetime love of reading.
Scientific studies have well documented the effect of a lower income environment on children’s cognitive abilities; the effects of a stressful life related to hunger, decreased access to health care, and the feeling of being different from their peers can delay, interrupt and sometimes prevent the healthy development of a child’s brain.
A guest post from YWCA Board Chair Dawna Menke
As we reach out to the community and ask for membership support, members of the YWCA Board of Directors have been sharing our own stories of why we are members. When I ask myself the same question, I consider my part of the breadth and reach of the YWCA: I know that I am a part of a legacy of service, regional, national, and global impact – and overall, a mission that empowers all women.