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 😉
With my banjo collection currently at 8, you could possibly say I have a problem. Or at least my daughters think so. But I say I am musically motivated. Get out the music and the mood of the room instantly changes. Try it. I highly recommend it.
Note to the World: I do not sing to adults. Children under age 8 are non-judgemental 😉
So how do we use music specifically in my home daycare? Let me count the ways:
- Song Stash Tub— I keep an ongoing list in this tub of songs to sing and learn and repeat. Again, the colored strips keep them eager to join in. Even the shy children want to choose a paper. It’s musical magic 😉
- Singing our addresses— I keep these posted in the bathroom. Lately the ABC song has taken over but you can adjust a name, birthday and address chant to a song like the ABC song or Take Me Out to the Ballgame song or whatever trips your trigger.
- Action songs–At diaper change or while potty training, distraction is key. It keeps baby from wanting to roll (our licensing rules state that no strap is to be used while diapering on the changing table. I don’t ask questions…..Just try to keep write-ups to a minimum) and helps keep minds engaged so boredom doesn’t take over as quickly while we’re trying to get past the diaper stage. It also makes everyone happy. No need for stress.
- Nursery Rhymes–Singing those rhymes helps memorization. It’s the first step in sparking those neurons.
- Music for Meals–This sooths the savage beast. NoThInG like being 2 and being hangry. To avoid becoming a nervous wreck, use Pandora for example. These iphones are a miracle!! They allow you to hit play and not only get your calm on but give the children exposure to all kinds of music genres. There’s everything from Classical and Elvis, to Bluegrass (bestill my heart) and Classic Rock.
- Naptime–Having soft background music during naptime is one way to help children fall asleep faster and get better rest. It also doesn’t hurt to have a little music playing when I accidentally drop something (aluminum crochet needle) during naptime.
Speaking of crochet, here’s the latest accomplishment in my evening needlework. Next up, a fat cat. Been pretty eager to get started on this next project since droppin’ in on a virtual crochet group on Sundays.