A Developing Reader’s Journey to Third Grade

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »


Gardening Grants for Child Care Programs

Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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.

Think waaaay Back.

Posted: May 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Survey | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

FREE Summer StoryTime!!!

Posted: May 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Bring the Family Out for STORYTIME!
Storytellers will engage audiences with
Fairy Tales & Multi-cultural Folktales!
We invite your family to ANY of the Storytimes listed below!
*~*All Storytimes are FREE and open to the public*~*
Saturday, May 19th @ Old Louisville SpringFest
10:30am-10:50am and 11:15am-11:35am

Tuesday, July 3rd @ 2:00 pm

Louisville Free Public Library – Fern Creek Branch
6768 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40291

Tuesday, July 10th @ 2:30 pm

Louisville Free Public Library – Jeffersontown Branch
10635 Watterson Trail
Louisville, KY 40299
Saturday, July 14th @ 11:00 am

Louisville Free Public Library – St. Matthews Branch
3940 Grandview Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
Tuesday, August 7th @ 2:30 pm

Louisville Free Public Library – Bon Air Branch
2816 Del Rio Place
Louisville, Kentucky 40220

Why Tell Stories?
Stories Can Help Children:
Motivate interest in reading
Develop language
Cope with stress
Develop imagination
Appreciate his/her own cultural heritage, as well as others
Make decisions
Form judgments and values
If you have any further questions please contact Heather Burns at [email protected]

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. 


Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted: January 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Pat's Blog | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

I had the opportunity to read the book, The Help, recently. January is when the country celebrates the birth of Dr Martin Luther King, JR, so it seems fitting to talk about where we were, where we are, where we still need to go. Needless to say, this book brought back terrible memories of a much darker era in the history of our country. It is thanks to Dr King that we have made significant progress in how we treat others. I vividly recall going to Sears at 8th and Broadway with my parents and seeing two water fountains and two bathrooms, one marked colored, the other white.  It’s difficult to believe now that it was a reality then. A Parish bingo hall where I worked sent all of the minorities up a long flight of stairs and kept the “whites” downstairs. (Wonder if they patted themselves on the back for being integrated)? Yes, every bit of it is in my conscious memory, and it bothers me that it happened. Thanks to Dr King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”, the countless marches attended by people of many races, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, things are better now. Our children and grandchildren may not have any sense of the injustices suffered by minorities and that is a good thing. Discuss it. Talk about how it feels to not be included. How many times have our children told us they feel like outsiders, especially when it comes to sports or birthday parties they aren’t invited to?   Talk about Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and how one man’s resolve, refusal to quit, can change the world for the better.


Clean Mud

Posted: September 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: News, Science | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Clean Mud

  • 1 Roll of Toilet Paper
  • 1 Bar of Ivory Soap 
  • Vegetable Peeler 
  • Water 
  • Large Bowl

  1. Take the roll of toilet paper and tear the sheets in to small pieces.
  2. Place the pieces of paper in a large bowl.
  3. Use the vegetable peeler and shave about a quarter (1/4) of the bar of soap into the bowl filled with the paper.
  4. Add warm water to the mixture. Start out with just enough water to dampen the paper.
  5. Have the child mix the ingredients, working the “clean mud” in between her fingers.
  6. Slowly add more and more water to the mixture to create a slimier feeling.

 Less Mess: Place the mixture into a Ziploc bag and allow the child to feel the “clean mud” from the outside of the bag.

 More Mess: Mix small items (such as coins or small plastic beads) into the mixture and have the child find the hidden objects.

Noticing the Details

Posted: July 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: News, Science | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I don’t know about your life, but mine seems to get busier and busier every day juggling work, home, family and friends. There always seems to be reasons to do things faster, just to get them done, to have time to do more things in the limited hours of the day. But the issue with faster and more is that there is little time to appreciate the details in life. Noticing details is a hallmark of a good scientist. Up close is where the discoveries are waiting, the ones that spark curiosity, make you wonder why or how or what and invite you to take another look, examine closer, or read more.  

Life can be full of these moments of wonder, but you have to slow down to find them. Have you ever noticed that drops of water cling to your fingers before falling off or examined salt to that see each individual crystal is a cube? Have you ever wondered why little rays of light seem to dance on the table when shining through a glass of water or why cream swirls in a cup of coffee? These are the types of observations that invite your mind to question and ponder how the world works, which is exactly what we want our children to be doing. What do you notice? How does it feel? How does it smell? Does it remind you of anything? What do you think would happen if…? The right question at the right time can help children focus on details, make connections and lead them to deeper learning.

One thing you should know about me is that I carry a pocket microscope in my purse, and I use it all the time. Just today I was showing my coworker, Brenda, an insect I found outside our door. It was some type of beetle I had never seen before, but the colors were amazing; lines of emerald green running down its wing edged with magenta, iridescent blues, purples and copper on its back, silver eyes made of hundreds of tiny lenses. Noticing these things myself makes me a curious person, but sharing what I am curious about with others is when the magic happens; when Brenda gets curious and calls to another coworker inviting her to look closer. We wondered together what kind of insect it might be, why its eyes have so many lenses and what the world must look like through them. You don’t have to wait for rainbows to feel the wonder of living, and the more you can model wonder for children, the more children will appreciate the world around them and want to know more about it.

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