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.

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

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)

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




Help for Parents entering the JCPS school system

Posted: October 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Entering kindergarten can be stressful for the whole family. Here is information for families on registering for kindergarten  and also the 2013-14 JCPS Elementary School Clusters. While this won’t take care of the first day jitters for kids(or parents), knowledge is power and we want everyone to have a powerful start in “big school”.

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


Presidential Bingo!

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , | No Comments »

What a concept.

We all know we should watch the Presidential debates that start Wed. 10/3 but, if you’re like me, sometimes your mind wanders. Well the folks at www.momsrising.org have created a way to get informed and have a little fun at the same time. Just go to the link below and they will send you your Presidential Bingo card.
 

Join the Game.

http://action.momsrising.org/signup/BINGO-2012/?rd=1&t=4&referring_akid=3526.35490.VWMtnJ

Susan A. Vessels


What’s Going On?

Posted: September 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Susan's Blog | No Comments »

Why isn’t 4-C administering the CCAP program anymore?

Apparently the state Division of Child Care has abandoned the local one-stop-shop community service delivery model and is more interested in centralizing services, so they gave the CCAP contract for the entire state to one agency located in Lexington.

Who is Child Care Aware?

In the KIPDA region there will be 2 Child Care Aware staff who will come from one of our sister organization (also referred to as 4C). They are from the Northern Kentucky area, close to Cincinnati. They will be offering technical assistance to a portion of child care providers, yet to be determined.

What is 4-C doing now that we no longer administer the CCAP program?

We’re doing everything we did before except the CCAP subsidy program.  That includes:

  • Training child care providers
  • Helping parents find child care
  • Maintaining the most accurate and current child care database
  • Sponsoring the CACFP food program for family child care providers
  • Providing on-site early intervention service for children with developmental issues
  • Developing tools for child care providers saving them time and $$
  • Advocating for families and child care providers on a local, state, and national level

Is 4-C Doing Anything New?

We are implementing quite a few new activities:

  • Forming a child care provider advisory group
  • Working with JCPS and providers to encourage parent engagement
  • Collaborating to find resources to help children who live in violence
  • Working with a group looking at grandparents who are raising grandchildren
  • Developing specific on-line tools to help directors manage programs
  • Advocating for an increase in provider reimbursement rates
  • Exploring the possibility of sponsoring centers on the CACFP food program
  • Disseminating white papers to legislators and community leaders about the importance of child care

4-C remains the central point of contact for community child care needs. 

Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)

502-636-1358

www.4cforkids.org

www.facebook.com/4CVOICE


“We’ve got a lot of good child care programs in this community. Parents don’t have to use the rotten ones that get all the attention on the nightly news.”

Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

That’s the sound bite I always say during media interviews but it never seems to make it on to the airwaves. Recently 4-C has been talking with media about some of the “bad actors” in our local child care community. We all know they are out there. They are the ones who seem to have no interest in what’s best for kids or families. They are the ones who bring down the public opinion of child care. And yet, somehow, they continue to operate, either openly or under ground. Maybe it’s time those of us in the child care world take action to highlight the bad apples that are holding the child care system hostage. I am convinced we will never be able to make substantial progress to raising the quality across our system until we quit protecting those who are in the business for all the wrong reasons.

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


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)


4-C IS NOT CLOSING!!!

Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

We know there are rumors flying around that 4-C is closing. Wrong, wrong, wrong. We’ve been here for 43 years and plan on being around for another 43!

While it is true that we will no longer be administering the CCAP subsidy program effective 7/1/12, we are still your central point of contact for child care information and services. Our office will still be located at the familiar 1215 South Third St. in Louisville and our telephone number remains the same.

We will continue to provide parents with referrals to child care programs, provide training in new and more convenient models and places, track and analyze child care trends, provide early intervention services, serve as the CACFP Food Program sponsor, and act as a Voice for families as well as child care providers on a local, state and national level.

A new role we are taking on is introducing the many new tools that are being developed specifically to help child care providers deal with the business end of the child care industry. They are freeing directors from paperwork so they can focus on children, parents, and staff. (Go to https://www.4cforkids.org/kentucky-alliance-for-shared-services to see the latest and greatest tool we are offering.)

Give us a call at 502-636-1358, go to our website www.4cforkids.org, or like us on facebook.

We’re excited about the future of child care and 4-C!

Susan Vessels

Executive Director

 


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



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