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Outdoor Classrooms and Their Positive Impact on Behavior

Often when I connect with my fellow professional colleagues, there is one topic which always gets discussed, the behaviors of children. The negative and challenging behaviors are what gets discussed most often and how it affects the classroom dynamic, the other children, the relationships… Continue Reading “Outdoor Classrooms and Their Positive Impact on Behavior”

Playdough Fun with Books

Playdough might be the most perfect universal material for the early childhood classroom. It is so versatile! Here’s a great way to scaffold the learning of the children in your early education programs. For younger students, math is still an abstract concept.  Being able… Continue Reading “Playdough Fun with Books”

Using Daily Routines to Teach Preschool Academics

As a Reggio-inspired program, we use the environment and daily routine as additional  teachers. Our space is set up so that each child care be successful, as is our day to day routine. Within the routine, the children have expectations; hang up your jacket,… Continue Reading “Using Daily Routines to Teach Preschool Academics”

Family Child Care: A Professional Career Path

I always had one passion in life, for as long as I can remember I wanted to be a teacher. I remember playing “school” with my younger brother. I would write math problems on the windows for him to solve. Throughout high school I… Continue Reading “Family Child Care: A Professional Career Path”

Our Newly Updated Outdoor Classroom!!

I first intrigued with outdoor classrooms back in 2014. That is when I first learned about Nature Explore. I was at the National Family Child Care Conference and I overheard another provider talking about her certification. I decided right then, outdoor classroom certification would be… Continue Reading “Our Newly Updated Outdoor Classroom!!”

Bridget Goes to Conference…

Conference 2018 Thoughts… This was my fourth time attending the National Family Child Care Association’s Annual Conference. This year was an entirely different experience, as I attended not just as a provider, but as a board member of Family Child Care Association, Maine. In… Continue Reading “Bridget Goes to Conference…”

Community Partnerships Can Change Lives: My Beach to Beacon Story

If you don’t know about this race, let me fill you in. The Beach to Beacon is an iconic race which has been a staple in Maine since 1998. Joan Benoit Samuelson is the founder. Who is Joan? She was the first woman to… Continue Reading “Community Partnerships Can Change Lives: My Beach to Beacon Story”

Connecting Across the Nation

Family child care providers, by and large, work solely by themselves. Though I now have employees, this was the case for my first several years as a provider. It’s hard work to work with young children each day by yourself. It can be quite… Continue Reading “Connecting Across the Nation”

Math Books for Young Children

These are a few of my favorite math books! I have linked them to the Maine Early Development and Learning Standards. I created this annotated bibliography as part of a math assignment for my college course. Campbell, S. C., & Campbell, R. P. (2014).… Continue Reading “Math Books for Young Children”

Outdoor Books for the Outdoor Classroom

An Outdoor Classroom means we spend all day outside, which includes story time! As we transitioned to our all day outside curriculum the book issue became quite apparent, quite quickly. Between weather, dirt, moisture, and well, 12 children a day, our books were not… Continue Reading “Outdoor Books for the Outdoor Classroom”

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