6 Ways to Activate Your Block Area

Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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Providing nontraditional materials for the block area invites children to test out new ways of balancing, stacking, building and creating structures. It can spark the interest of children who might not normally spend a lot of time with blocks or create opportunities for cooperative play as children explore a new material.

One classroom at Goodwill of Southern Indiana (an Excellence Academy center) provided a variety of colors and sizes of cups.  The children built elaborate walls, pyramids, arches and towers. They incorporated unit blocks to make doorways and roads. Every day they came up with new ways to use the cups, and the play continued for weeks as the children collaborated, tested and built.

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Want to get building in your classroom? Here is a list of 6 nontraditional materials to get you going:

1. Cups: Paper, plastic, foam or other, cups are versatile, accessible and cheap.

2. Paper Towel Rolls: Leave them whole to make tunnels and columns or cut them down the sides to make ramps.

3. Flat Rocks: Stacking rocks provides a great challenge of balance. Add some sticks and they can be used to turn a block structure into a nature scene.

4. Boxes: Small ones, large ones, leave them blank or decorate them to look like buildings. Just put a pile of boxes out and the children will know what to do!

5. Plastic Lids: Another great challenge in balancing, a variety of sizes of lids makes for interesting towers. They are also a great way to add circles to block designs.

6. Masking Tape: Place lengths of tape on the floor to make roads. Better yet, hand the tape over to the children and see what they create!

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JCPS Back-to-School Checklist

Posted: August 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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300 Feet of Aluminum Foil

Posted: July 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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What would happen if you gave a room full of children 300 feet of aluminum foil? In a recent classroom experiment, we did just that. Excitement and ideas flowed around the room. Children had the freedom to create what they wanted and use the foil in as many ways as they could imagine. They made boots, hats and masks. One child decided to make a mermaid tail. Although the activity level was high, so was the concentration and involvement.

When the time came to go outside to the playground, the foil came with them. They wore their costumes, created bags for collecting seed pods and wrapped their bikes in foil. The foil became so precious to them that many children collected scraps and stowed them away in their cubbies for future use.

With all of the planning that goes into curriculum and all of the ideas on Pinterest, blogs and other websites, sometimes the best activity is the one most open ended where children have freedom and can express their creativity with no agenda.

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Happy Child Care Provider Appreciation Day!

Posted: May 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

4-C and friends made you a digital quilt to show our love and appreciation. May this quilt of thank you notes and testimonials provide as much warmth and comfort as you give our children each and every day.

Click here to read the full length testimonials or add one of your own.

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Five Creative and Fun Ways to Get Children’s Attention

Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »
1191196_students__3When you’re working with a group of children it can be a challenge to get their attention without sounding like a drill sergeant. Leah Davies M.Ed. has collected 25 great ideas that classroom teachers can use that are not only effective but fun! Here are the first 5:

 

 1. Hold up your hand and say, “Give Me Five.” The children put their hands in the air and shout “five!” As they count down to one, they get progressively quieter until “one” is said in a whisper. Or, after saying, “Give me five,” everyone puts their hand in the air and counts loudly using their fingers from 1 to 5.

 

2. Teach the children that the five fingers on their right hand stand for the five things they must do when you hold up your hand. Say, “Give me five,” and wait until all the children hold up their hand. Then lead them in saying the five things together.
  1. Eyes — look
  2. Ears — listen
  3. Mouth — closed
  4. Hands — still
  5. Feet — quiet

Later when you say, “Give me five,” the children are to think of these five things and hold up their hand to show they are ready to listen.

3. Clap or tap in a pattern, for example, clap slowly twice and then clap fast three times. The students are to stop what they are doing and repeat the pattern. If necessary, do it again until all children have responded and are quiet. You may want to vary the pattern.

4. Shake a shaker, touch a wind chime, ring a bell, play quiet music or use any kind of sound maker as a signal for students to be attentive.

5. Raise your hand and stand still until the students are quiet. Or, raise your right hand and put the index finger of your left hand on your lips. The children are to do the same. Another idea is to hold up three fingers which is a silent signal for “Stop, look, listen.” Then wait until all the children have their three fingers up and are quiet.

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Executive Director
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)

Kindergarten Countdown

Posted: May 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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The Top 5 Reasons Cutting Child Care in KY is Such a Bad Idea

Posted: February 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

5. It’s hard to improve quality if child care programs can’t afford to stay open. 

4. Thousands of child care staff will lose their jobs. 
 
3. Good child care is all about school readiness. 
 
2. 62% of parents with children under 5 are in the work force and need child care 
 
1. KY kids deserve better
 
 
Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)

JCPS is accepting applications for kindergarten students through January 11th.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

The registration site at 4309 Bishop Lane is open during the winter break.

Here is information for families on registering for kindergarten and also the 2013-14 JCPS Elementary School Clusters.

Call 485-6250 for more assistance.


Celebrate #GivingTuesday by donating to 4-C.

Posted: November 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »


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