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FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS {BUCKET LIST}

10/02/2017 12:00:00
Are you looking for fun activities to do with the kids this Fall?
Well, look no further!  Here are over one hundred fun ways to play and explore!

FALL BUCKET LIST OF FUN FOR KIDS
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
30 APPLE CRAFTS & ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS - I can't wait to try the apple volcano!!
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
 
 
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
20 awesome Fall science experiments for kids- such neat ideas!
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 
OVER 100 FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS- a bucket list of fun!
 Articel from: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com

 

Ways to Encourage Self-Help Skills in Children

09/11/2017 12:00:00

Children have a drive to be independent and do things on their own. This is a healthy part of normal child development. As children grow, they learn to do more and more tasks.

Child care providers can help young children become independent by allowing and encouraging them to take responsibility for themselves whenever possible. It can be faster and less messy to do things for children, but they learn so much from doing things for themselves. When children practice self-help skills such as feeding and dressing themselves, they practice their large and small motor skills, gain confidence in their ability to try new things and build their self-esteem and pride in their independence.

There are four main types of self-help skills:

  • Self-feeding. The best way to build independent feeding skills is to learn the normal developmental stages of self-feeding. Encourage children to practice feeding themselves from infancy on. Begin by offering older infants finger foods. Introduce a spoon and fork and give children plenty of time to practice. Let children be as independent as possible during mealtimes. Give them the tools they need to be successful. Consider bowls that attach to the table, child-sized utensils and small cups with handles and spouts (such as measuring cups) for pouring. Encourage children to try for themselves but provide help and encouragement when needed so they don't get frustrated.
  • Independent dressing and grooming. Encourage children to dress and groom by themselves; just provide minimal assistance. Begin with older infants and toddlers by encouraging them to help pull socks on and off, pull up pants after diapering and help put their arms through sleeves. As children get older, encourage them to dress themselves but help with challenging steps such as zipping and buttoning.
  • Hygiene and toileting . Look for signs of readiness for toileting. Encourage children learning to use the toilet to climb on and off the toilet seat, pull clothing up and down, and wash their hands independently. Also teach children how to brush their teeth after lunch and snacks. Be ready to provide support and help if they need it. You can find more suggestions at Keeping Children's Teeth Clean in Child Care and Hand Washing in Child Care. Encouraging children to take care of everyday hygiene routines and to use the toilet independently helps them learn how to become more independent and self-sufficient, and frees up your time to help children with other activities.
  • Helping with daily chores like table setting and picking up toys. Encourage children to help with clean-up early on. Give toddlers responsibility for placing napkins or utensils on the table. Encourage children to begin clearing their own plates when they are old enough to carry them without dropping them. When children are involved in regular chores starting before the age of 4, they tend to be more independent in early adulthood than children without the experience of helping out.

Self-help skills are worth the time and effort in a child care program. The secret to success is to give children age-appropriate experiences and provide the appropriate supports to help children be successful. Child care providers can offer opportunities for children to develop self-help skills and give them ample time to work on these important tasks. Remember that adults are important role models. We model self-help skills; children learn a great deal from watching us.

Article from: http://articles.extension.org

8 Essential Back-to-School Tips for Parents

08/08/2017 12:00:00

With a well-rounded summer vacation ending, parents spend a lot of time getting their kids ready for school. New school supplies, haircuts, and special end-of-summer outings all play into the back-to-school routine. There are some other things that parents can do for themselves and their kids to ensure a smooth transition into the school year, too. Take a look below at few ways to get this year off to a great start in your house.

Set up a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance. If possible, it’s best to establish bedtimes and wake-up times two weeks in advance of the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family.

Get to know new teachers. There will be open houses, orientations, and other meet-and-greet options at the beginning of the school year, but none will give you the chance to spend some quality time getting to know your kids’ teachers. Try to find a few minutes before or after school to connect one-on-one with the teachers. At the very least, send an introductory email that includes how you can help during the school year, however big or small.

Plan healthy lunches and snacks. The better you plan out the meals in your home, the healthier choices you will make for your kids. When you pack protein-rich snacks and lunches, balanced with fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome items, you ensure that your children will have the energy and brainpower to make it through their school days.

Organize clothing. Of course you will need to donate or otherwise get rid of the clothing that your kids have outgrown, but you should also take the time to carefully organize what is left. From there, decide what items you may need more of before school begins.

Set up a staging area. Find a central spot to store everything related to school, including backpacks, upcoming outfits, and a dry erase calendar with family schedules. Try to keep this area free of clutter and other non-school items so that you can find what you need, when you need it—and quickly. Have the kids help you stock it with school-related items and keep it clean and functional. Find some inspiration here.

Update medical records. Most schools will let you know if your shot records are out of date, but why not go beyond that? Make sure teachers and administrators have a complete list of any medical concerns regarding your kids, including allergies. You will also want to be sure that all emergency contacts are up to date.

Talk to your kids about bullying. Research shows that one in three kids experience bullying at some point in their school career—and in the increasingly digital world, the consequences can be extreme. Make sure your kids understand the right way to treat their peers, and when to speak up if they see someone else being bullied. Also make sure they know when to come to you if they feel they are being bullied.

Ask your kids about their concerns. The start of school is exciting, but can also bring some anxiety—especially when it comes to the unknown. Take a few minutes to ask your kids what they are most looking forward to during the school year, and what things may be worrying them. By giving them a forum to express their concerns, you can help them work through any worries in advance of school starting and clear up any issues that could lead to a bumpy start to the year.

Article from: www.sparkpe.org

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