Dear Dr. Day Care, I enrolled my four year old daughter in a new day care. During the tour, the administrator of the program suggested I should follow the philosophy of the school - teaching my child through play. What does that mean? I didn’t want to ask at the time for clarification, but now I am doubting myself. Don’t children play all the time? Am I doing it wrong? Signed, Love to Play with my Daughter Dear Love to Play with my Daughter, Many child care centers are embracing the idea of learning through play, sometimes referred to as purposeful play. This simply … [Read more...]
Spring Flowers – contest for our families
Spring time is here and flowers are in bloom. One of my favorite things to do in spring has always been to plant a flower garden with children. As part of my educational curriculum I had the children in my child care bring home a pot of flower seeds they planted. I encouraged parents to transplant the pot of flower seeds as they began to grow in their yard and watch the flowers grow with their children! Take time through the seasons to count with your child how many flowers bloomed - teaching child hands-on math lessons. My favorite flowers to plant were morning glories because they … [Read more...]
Learning about Cranberries!
DDC Smithfield's Preschool One learned all about cranberries! We measured them, watched how farmers harvest them in bogs, guessed if they could sink or float and even tasted them! When we were done we graphed our information together. … [Read more...]