Welcome to this year’s A to Z Challenge! This year I’m talking Child Care. I’ll be blogging topics related to my many years in the family home daycare profession. I hope you can find a tidbit of information that is useful in caring for children whether you’re a parent, grand or another important person in a child’s life. And to end each post, I’ll share a bit of my creative side/relaxation time. Taking time for yourself is good for your health–both yours and your family’s 😉
As a regular practice in early childhood, teaching self-help skills is a very important part of kindergarten readiness. I’ll give you an example. The use of a regular drinking cup (not sippy cups) is a big boost to a child’s self-esteem as well as great way to master some eye-hand coordination. Warning: if they haven’t stopped throwing that sippy cup, you might want to hold off a bit. There’s no sense in stressing out you or anyone else in harm’s way. Trust me when I say the liquid can reach unknown destinations! Also, Do Not Turn Your Back. They are watching you. You better believe it!
A couple extra points to ponder in your cup usage is to have plenty available and have a decent dishwasher that can sanitize those viruses away. Simply handwashing is ok if you do it correctly, with the correct bleach formula and if you have room for them to air dry. These are licensing rules you’ll need to read up on in your own state’s manual. Local health may also dictate that you only dry on a rack and not on a cloth towel or drying mat. (happened to me)
If you are having one of those days, coffee can be your go to for that mental flash of escape. The caffeine can do the body good. I know your doctor may not recommend too much for health reasons, but there’s always decaf or hot teas with health benefits. Have your own mug just for a ‘moment’ to stop and regroup after the 10th time in 30 seconds that you hear the word “MINE”.
Party cups can bring a little fun to the atmosphere. Paper 3 oz cups make great ‘win-it-in-a-minute stackers and the large fast food plastic cups can be saved, sanitized and used for bowling games. Hide the ping pong ball under 3 cups for a great attention-getter or when you are needing to transistion to new activities. And play cups are not only good for tea parties, but learning to balance on saucers in relay games. Also fill and dump activities using those larger cups we all have way too many of are great with pom poms or cotton balls. Really, just use what you have and even salsas and dips in cups give a little extra treat atmosphere, especially when you want to reward children for an exceptional good day.
Yesterday I decided to jump on the wagon and make some masks. Yesterday’s count was 9. Today I’ll be making some more. The following were sent off to Wichita, Kansas to some good friends. They have April birthdays, so what better way to send a birthday wish during this pandemic?! Thanks to Lacartera for sharing this pattern on Instagram! I’m sure many others are going to want do their part with this contribution so check out her video on Instagram.