Rainbow theme for Preschool

March is a great time to learn about rainbows! St. Patrick’s Day includes the symbol of the rainbow for finding the pot of gold. March is also a good time to do a theme on weather, rain and rainbows.

Rainbow Songs and Fingerplays

Rainbow Song (Tune: Hush, Little Baby)
Rainbow purple
Rainbow blue
Rainbow green
And yellow too
Rainbow orange
Rainbow red
Rainbow shining overhead.
Come and count
The colors with me
How many colors
Can you see?
1 – 2 – 3 on down to green
4 – 5 – 6 colors can be seen!
Rainbow purple
Rainbow blue
Rainbow green
And yellow too
Rainbow orange
Rainbow red
Rainbow shining overhead.

Oh Rainbow (Tune: Tune: O Christmas Tree)
Oh rainbow, oh rainbow,
How lovely are your colors.
Oh rainbow, oh rainbow,
How lovely are your colors.
Purple, red and orange, too,
Yellow, green and blue so true.
Oh rainbow, oh rainbow,
How lovely are your colors.

Rainbow Math and Science

Skittle Math
Have a jar filled with Skittles. Let children estimate how many Skittles they think are in the jar. Sort and make patterns with the Skittles.

Make a Rainbow
Cover the end of a flashlight in painters tape leaving only a slit, for light to shine through. Place a handheld mirror in a bowl of water. Shine the light onto the mirror through the water. Hold a white piece of paper to catch the reflection and it will look like a rainbow.

Rolling Rainbows
Fill clear plastic soda bottles with water and put mosaic tiles in them. Allow children to roll the bottles and watch the rainbow colors swirl.

Rainbow Rice
Dye white rice to create rice of each color of the rainbow. Mix all rice together and add to the sensory table.

Rainbow Magic
Needed: Whole milk, Food coloring, Clear bowl or pie plate, Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (blue).

Pour the milk in the bottom of the dish enough to cover the bottom. Add a few drops of food coloring randomly. Put a drop of Dawn on each color or on the side of the dish near each color. Watch! Although you cannot see it, milk contains fat that do not mix with the watery food coloring. Whenever the dishwashing liquid touches the milk, it breaks up the fat which then spreads out. This allows the food color and milk to mix. It will continue on for quite a while. The children can leave and come back and it still will be in motion. The children will find this amazing & some children will watch for a long time. (Be sure to use BLUE Dawn Dishwashing Liquid).

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Child Care News 2019

Here is a recap of the top child care news stories in 2019. The most common topic was about limiting screen time for young children

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Celebrate Holiday Lights in Child Care

Here are ideas to celebrate holiday lights!

December is time for celebrations for many cultures and lights play a large role in many holidays including:

  • Christmas- In the past, trees were decorated with candles, which symbolized Christ being the light of the world.
  • Hanukkah-For eight days , Jewish people light a special candle holder called a Menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day’s worth of oil burned for eight days in the temple.
  • Kwanzaa-It is celebrated in part by lighting  a candle holder called a Kinara.

 

Christmas Lights-Ask children to use colored paint to make thumbprints on the paper and then you can use a marker to draw a line and connect them to look like a string of lights.

 

 

 

 

Hanukkah Lights-Children can make their own menorah using clay or dough to hold the candles

 

 

 

 

Kwanzaa Lights-Children can decorate recycled paper tubes to create their own Kinara

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Candles

tune- “Frere Jacques”
Eight Candles, eight candles,
I can’t wait, I can’t wait.
Hanukkah is here,
We celebrate each year.
Hanukkah, Hanukkah.
Eight candles, eight candles,
I can’t wait, I can’t wait.
We count the lights,
Shining so bright.
Hanukkah,Hanukkah.

 

Kwanzaa’s Here

tune- “Three Blind Mice”
Red, green, black,
Red, green, black.
Kwanzaa’s here,
Kwanzaa’s here.
The decorations are quite a sight,
We light a candle every night,
The holiday is filled with light.
Kwanzaa’s here

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Preschool Cooking Activities

Preschool Cooking Activities are Educational

Preschool cooking activities with young children is a fun and educational activity. By participating in food preparation, a young child can learn many things

  • fine motor skills
  • nutrition
  • science concepts
  • sensory exploration
  • cooperation
  • measurement
  • shapes
  • following directions
  • fractions
  • telling time
  • More, much more!

Cooking Tips:

  1. Don’t be afraid of messes
  2. Be sure to find many safe ways that children care participate; measuring and stirring etc., Leave the use of knives, electric appliances and heating sources to adults.
  3. Keep directions simple
  4. Practice safe food handling and wash hands before and after.
  5. Always supervise young cooks

What to talk about

    • Have child describe what they are doing. What are we doing with the raisins?
    • Discuss where foods come from.
    • Ask them why. Why do you think we need to stir this? Why do eggs have shells?
    • Ask them to predict. What do you think will happen when we add the milk?
    • Encourage them to observe. Watch how the sauce thickens when we add cornstarch.
  • Discuss how the food will be eaten.

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New Online Child Care Classes

We are excited to announce new online child care classes!!

We listened to child care providers and teachers to hear what professional development training they were interested in. We have worked hard to bring you these newest online child care classes!

    Description – Participants will learn the value of child-initiated play and activities.  This online class includes strategies for employing a child-initiated approach in the classroom.

Learning Objectives- As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List the Benefits of child-initiated curriculum
  • List ways to design an environment that encourages child-initiated play
  • Describe strategies for supporting child-initiated play
  • Identify the steps in the project approach

 

Description- This training will help the student learn about adverse childhood experiences and how to best to respond to children with traumatic stress or PTSD

Learning Objectives- As a result of this online class, participants will be able to:

  • State the prevalence of traumatic stress in the U.S.
  • List the potential causes of traumatic stress
  • Identify signs of traumatic stress
  • Explain the biological impact of traumatic stress
  • Explain the behavioral impact of traumatic stress
  • Explain the learning impact of traumatic stress
  • List strategies for addressing traumatic stress

Description-Block play is a great way to explore STEM concepts. This class includes ideas for promoting learning during block play.

Learning Objectives

  • State the benefits of block play
  • Identify how engineering and science content can be included in early childhood education.
  • Describe guidelines for setting up a block area
  • List the processes and stages of block play
  • Discuss the role of the teacher during block play.

 

Description- This online class will show you ways to integrate music into all areas of the curriculum. Learn the benefits of music and how to promote musical expression!

Learning Objectives- As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List benefits of music in early childhood education
  • Identify ideas for a successful classroom music center
  • Describe ways to use music in the classroom

 

 

 

Description-Directors will learn to set goals and manage their time efficiently. They will gain strategies to set priorities and meet the needs of themselves, staff, children, and families.

Learning Objectives– As a result of this training, participants will be able to

  • List the Common Roles of a Director
  • Identify the Needs You Need to Meet
  • Set Appropriate Goals and Priorities
  • Describe How to Manage Your Time Efficiently

 

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