Gardening Grants for Child Care Programs

Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

National Gardening Association: Youth Garden Grants
The National Gardening Association (NGA), awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations throughout the U.S. with child-centered garden programs. Applicant schools and organizations must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Twenty programs will receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids online store. Each program will also receive a tool package from Ames, plant starts from Bonnie Plants, and a seed donation from High Mowing Seeds. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, character education, and entrepreneurship in the United States. The application deadline is December 6, 2013. Application guidelines and forms are available on the NGA website.  Click here for more information.


Can you snap your fingers?

Posted: July 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Children begin processing new skills at early ages.


Nothing to put your eye out here.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Unlike the Red Ryder BB gun in the classic A Christmas Story, the toys suggested by the folks at Not Just Cute will safely delight your child while teaching school readiness skills. But, shhh, don’t tell them they’re learning math,  reading and writing skills.  Just watch and enjoy.

Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director




“The best teachers are those who…”

Posted: October 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Free on-line summer camp.

Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Can’t beat that. The National Center for Family Literacy, the wonderful locally based organization that brings you Wonderopolis, is now bringing a Free on-line summer camp to you and your kids. If you haven’t signed up for Wonderopolis you are missing out on one of the most entertaining and educational experiences available. Oh, did I mention it is Free? Go to Camp What-A-Wonder for the details. 

Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)


What kid doesn’t love building and using hideouts?

Posted: May 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

This blog from Not Just Cute is a great resource for ready made or homemade tents, forts and hideouts. Click here to check it out.


Susan


It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist To Make a Smart Kid

Posted: April 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Have you ever heard a parent hope their kid grows up to be dumb? Of course not. All parents want their children to be smart. To do well in school and in life.
But what does the parent need to do to increase those chances? Baby Einstein? Flash cards? Tutoring?
It is so much easier than that. Read with them.
A new study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that children whose parents read to them on a regular basis during their first year in primary school did substantially better in reading at age 15 than children whose parents never or rarely read to them.
Dr. Seuss anyone?


Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director


Fabulous Fine Motor Play

Posted: April 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

If given half a chance kids take care of their need to move their bodies and develop those gross motor skills needed to walk, run, jump, etc. But the fine motor skills are often lacking when kids get to school. As a result, holding a pencil, buttoning their coat, tying shoes can be difficult for them.

That’s why I was happy to see the terrific list of fine motor skill builders at www.handsonaswegrow.com . All of the activities use common household items to encourage little ones to use those fingers, hands, and eyes in a coordinated manner. Check it out.

Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director


March 20th is the first day of spring.

Posted: March 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Pat's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

This is a perfect time to start growing seeds in your home or classroom. Save jars  so that children can see the changes as they occur. Some seeds begin to root without soil, while others require some soil. Each child can assume responsibility for their own jar by watering. Later in the Spring after the last frost, you can help them replant outside, after together you pick a spot for a garden, prepare it for planting. Think of the pride they will feel for create a fruit, vegetable, or flower from the start. 

Pat


Ready…Set…Science!!!

Posted: February 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Science | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Check out this newsletter from The Louisville Science Center on fun science activities to do together! 

Early Childhood Newsletter 3



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