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A Sick Policy that makes sense

Posted by tarastoyland on July 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I let sick kids come to daycare. Fever? Just tell me when you dosed them up with and what you gave them. Rash? No problem. Pink Eye? Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease? Bring them. I do not care. The only thing I exclude for is vomiting and diarrhea. For those I am super strict because a child with those needs extra attention, I don't want to have to clean it up and they spread very quickly so sending a child home can keep others from getting it.  (I also spray bleach water on every...

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Art - process or product or both?

Posted by tarastoyland on August 1, 2015 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I love art.  I actually was an art teacher at a school for two years.  I have a minor in art and an art education endorsement.   I love to do art, I love to look at (most) art, I love how there are great stories behind famous art, I love to do artsy things.  

I also firmly believe that art can be used to teach almost every concept there is in early childhood education.  It can tie the curriculum together, it can make all the parts of a lesson become solidly form...

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Circus Theme

Posted by tarastoyland on June 9, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

*We started today by watching a Kid's Songs video about the circus. While we watched we listed what we saw, heard and what we would have smelled, touched and tasted.

 

We also learned that unicycle means one wheeled because uni means one. We made our own unicyclists.

 

Then we popped popcorn and talked about why it popped (it has a tiny drop of water in it and the heat made the water expand then burst). We sand a fun popcorn song tha...

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Jungle/Rainforest

Posted by tarastoyland on June 7, 2015 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We just finished up our Rainforest theme.  I had been wanting to do this theme for a super long time but never had a time when it seemed right.  I had a really good time with it. I liked how I was able to combine  reptiles, bugs, plants, animals, and so much more all in one unit.  Those are usually my spring themes separately so it ws neat to combine them.  

Here are my daily updates I posted for the parents during the unit:

 

Today we learned t...

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Toilet Learning

Posted by tarastoyland on May 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My Philosophy - Potty training

 

I fully believe in early training.  Since I do home daycare I have trained LOTS of kids, more then the

 

Duggars,  so I have developed some opinions on the matter.  I try to start as soon as the child is able to

 

sit  solidly.   At first I just have them sit often at set times, like when they wake, before or after we go

 

outside,  after lunch, after nap...

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Potty Training Articles (NOT mine)

Posted by tarastoyland on May 20, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Early Potty Training Key to Success

 

John K. Rosemond

 

What's it going to take for American parents to realize that just as it's far easier to house train a 4-

 

month-old puppy than a one-year-old dog, it's far easier to toilet train a 20-month-old child than a 3-

 

year-old?

 

Fifty-four years ago, according to a study conducted at the time by Harvard University, nearly 90 percent

 

of ...

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Outside time

Posted by tarastoyland on May 20, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I love when the weather warms up enough that we can play outside for hours at a time.  I have a facebook page that is only for parents of enrolled kids and relatives/friends they want to let read the things I write.  This is a great tool for me to share tidbits of our day, tell the parents what we did that day in preschool and share pictures of our day.   I was looking back at some of those old postings and thought I would share a few that had to do with outside....

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Today's Discovery!

Posted by tarastoyland on April 22, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The kids opened up the water table to find a surprise! The seeds they had played with in the dirt/mud had sprouted. And they were HUGE. The third picture is the seed in a bag on the window which you can see is no where near that big. We discussed what may have made the seeds in the table grow so much more then the ones on the window. We decided that the window is colder and that maybe the lid being on had something to do with making a good environment and that the dirt probably had a lot...

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This Day in History

Posted by tarastoyland on April 21, 2015 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I have a facebook persona (Tara's Toyland) which is only for daycare stuff.  I only allow people connected to the children currently enrolled to "friend" Tara's Toyland so it's all people that somehow know the kids.  It's really neat to be able to give little antedotes of our day or tell everyone at once what we did for our lesson that day.  I post pictures often too.  Parents use it to connect with other parents for playdates or just to keep in touch after they leave my d...

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Pirates theme

Posted by tarastoyland on April 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We had started a Pirates theme when I came across this HUGE box. I dragged it home and went to work creating a pirate ship.  The kids loved steering the ship, sailing on the high seas and exploring for treasure.

Decorating treasure chests and showing off our pirate hooks


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