Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: Robin Schotter | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Science | No Comments »
Who doesn’t love bubbles, little orbs floating in the air, colors swirling on their surfaces, the fleeting moments you have to watch them before they pop into thin air? Not only are bubbles fun, they are a wonderful medium for experimentation and were the topic of our latest science training “Investigating Bubbles.”
Most people I know have had only a limited experience with the many ways to play with bubbles. They might have used a variety of bubble wands or an automated bubble blower, but most have never made a bubble wall with a dowel rod and two pieces of string or blown bubbles right on the table with a straw.
Using everyday, inexpensive items from around the house, there are endless creative ways to experiment with bubbles. Basically any object with a hole can be used, cookie cutters, rubber bands, pieces of string, cardboard tubes, funnels, even a Slinky…the list goes on and on.
The biggest hit of the night was being able to hold a bubble in your hand, and all you need is a winter knitted glove, the kind you can find for $1. With gloves on you can hold and bounce a bubble in your hand! The other secret to holding bubbles is to make your own bubble solution. It is so much better than the store bought kind. It will also make longer lasting bubbles if you make it ahead of time and let the solution sit for at least a day.
Ultimate Bubble Recipe
1 gallon water
1 cup Dawn or Joy Dishwashing Liquid
1/8 cup of Glycerin (found at drug stores
Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Author: Robin Schotter | Filed under: Child Care Providers | No Comments »
Grit, tenacity, and perseverance, call it what you want, but it all comes down to teaching children how to fail and try again.
A growing body of research suggests that having these skills plays a huge role in a child’s long term success. As caretakers, we tend to make things easy for children when they are frustrated or having a hard time completing a task, like tying their shoes. We take over for them so we can move on to the next thing. Sometimes we forget to slow down and remember that the task is the next thing.
Mastering tasks gives children confidence and pride. It shows them that they are capable people. Without that knowledge, children give up when faced with something difficult whether it be a building a tall block tower, learning how to write their names, using a pair of scissors or negotiating with a friend over a favorite toy car.
So how can we do it? In the face of all there is to teach children, how do we encourage children to be independent? With our youngest, we can start with simple tasks. Ask yourself, what can the child do? Can the child zip his coat if we start it for him? Can she use a paper towel to clean a mess she made? Can he try to pour his own glass of water if we give him a small pitcher with just enough water in it to fill his glass?
This isn’t about “toughing up” our children or being hard on them. It is about teaching them the skills to try and try again. In a recent interview, Kentucky author Barbara Kingsolver said that she fostered this skill in her own children with a simple mantra, “You can do hard things.”
Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: Robin Schotter | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: excellence academy, master teacher | No Comments »
Excellence Academy Master Teacher Spotlight
||Dorman Preschool Center
|Classroom Age Group:
||Preschool (3-5 years old)
|Years of Teaching Experience:
|Years in the Excellence Academy:
|Highest Education Level Achieved:
||CDA (in progress)
|What is one of your favorite things about teaching young children?
|I love seeing children learn and discover new things. I love when they know something well enough to share their information with others.
|How has the Excellence Academy changed you, your classroom environment, your knowledge of early childhood development and your teaching practices and strategies?
|I have gone from being a “theme” teacher to a teacher who enjoys learning and discovering right along with the children. The Excellence Academy has provided us with materials and knowledge to enhance our environments. The idea of studies went from being “what?” to “wow!” I’ve seen the children’s excitement towards discovering new things grow. Their ability to retain information has increased. I enjoy the documentation process so much more than any form of assessment I’ve done previously. It is much more thorough and provides me with a better picture of how the children are progressing. It is the best experience I’ve had in early childhood in the 25 plus years that I’ve been involved with children, by far. It’s what I’ve been waiting for!
|Tell us about your family.
|I am married and have four children, three boys (28, 26, and 24 years old) and a 12 year old daughter. We moved to Kentucky from California nine years ago.
|What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
|I love to trail ride. We have a herd of around 40 horses used for equine therapy at a horse camp across from my house. I love to spend time grooming, riding or just being with them.
|What would be impossible for you to give up?
|My family first, country living, fresh air, my dogs and the outdoors
|How do you want to be remembered?
|As someone who helped someone else feel less lonely in this world