About Soil

For this week, I’m taking Free Tip Friday to a new realm. This advice donation is about helping parents with¬†potty training tips from a 25-year veteran childcare provider. I’ve held onto this draft for a few years, waiting for the correct moment. I currently care for ‘potty-trainee’s’ who are blessed with parents who are doing a wonderful job in this child-rearing arena. I could not ask for better cooperation and so in no way is this article for them ūüôā But I can tell you we all have made mistakes in raising our children so take my¬†wisdom¬†at face value. I have no ulterior motive in sharing these tidbits. I hope you enjoy!

  • Please don’t leave your child alone during pottying. They can give you some of the most insightful moments of your child’s life. There’s something about bathrooms and conversations. Girls, just ask your sister. Besides, they shouldn’t be left alone anyway. What if the dreaded worst happened??
  • Do not give your child¬†Polyethylene Glycol¬†(petroleum based laxative) if you want them to have success ‘holding it’ til they can tell you they need to go. Click here (or look it up yourself) on the risks of using these from pretty reputable sources. I can testify first hand that there is a link to behavior and the use of these products. Before I go on and on, just do your homework. Your children are worth it! NONE of them can be replaced.
  • Children don’t Have to have a bm every day. Ask your health professional if you don’t believe me.
  • It certainly helps if they will tell you they need to go. Language skills or even hand signals are a good sign they are ready to work on potty training.
  • Its not mandatory tho. Just try actually watching them. Novel idea for certain parents with attachment to gadgets
  • Incentives help. Sometimes whatever works in desperation. Just wash hands before rewarding treats, please. Yours And Theirs.
  • Rushing can backfire. Once you commit to trying to potty train, don’t back down. Be patient and celebrates small victories
  • It takes everyone involved to work on it. Not just during the day at the child’s daycare even tho they are often there 10 hours of the day.
  • Alert!!They are onto you if you’re not really trying
  • Keep it light hearted and not too serious. In the words of mothers and grandmothers everywhere,You get further with sugar than with vinegar.¬†

Just a few points to ponder for one of the most frustrating times for young parents.

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We like Dramatic Play in my childcare environment. And when you need something to fill the time, you make something the children can take home. But first, we do a ‘Test Run’. After all, it’s more fun to play with friends! Right?!

So showing you how we turned a simple color page into a way to extend our theme of Fire Safety into the Dramatic Play Center. This color page is from about 19 years back so sorry no link for making a copy.

 

But maybe you could find a back issue on Amazon??

 Notice the $5.50 price? Unheard of today.

 

 

Here is a view of supplies needed including a color page. We printed ours on cardstock for more longevity.

 

The color and cut stage

Connect the long tubes on each end ONLY.

Masking tape works best.

For the “People”, firefighters in this instance, use tape loops and attach to the smaller tubes.

Finally, slide the fire truck in-between the longer tubes. It should be a snug fit. Trim the ends if it’s a little long. And there you have it! Individual play sets for your theme to enhance Dramatic Play.

 

Skills Learned from Dramatic Play:

 

  • Learning to cooperate, to control impulses (like tearing it up by ‘crashing’, leads to less aggressive tendencies.
  • Eye/hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills
  • Developing literacy skills with use of new language, role-playing and problem solving
  • Learning to ask and answer questions. This introduces a larger view of the world they are living in. Some of them will relate the events of the evening news they see at home to their play. Great opportunity to¬†‘be there’ to¬†discuss our times.

 

Talk with your caregiver about the importance of Dramatic Play.

This post is being updated and reblogged from my personal daycare blog from Oct. 17, 2015.

Gathering Those Doors

Thursday Doors

The last week I’ve been contemplating this Doors post. ¬†Thought about trying a theme with this subject.

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Toy Doors abound at my home. But maybe I’ll save up for that one later.

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Around here, I know of a few places that still have these sort of doors. But maybe that is too much for tender eyes? Or maybe some of you don’t get this? It’s your age I assure you. So you get the salt and pepper variety. Ask your parents/grandparents. Or Google.

hitching post

And speaking of age, these doors have old hitchin’ posts leading up to¬†the front¬†to tie up your old mare. Love that the owners kept these intact all these years.

Home

But in the end, there’s my boring ol’ door that leads home. It has seen more traffic in and out of it in the last 20 years of daycare than any of you can ever imagine. Over 150 children, their parents, grands, and greats, uncles, aunts,(some of them mine), both rich or poor and everything in between. Even a few pets to ‘show and tell’. Wouldn’t it be wondrous¬†if all the doors we see could tell their story?

Still Waiting/WPC

Cherry On Top

We have waited patiently. Watering. Watching. Hanging Around.

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This shot was on Thursday morning.

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There will be such excitement come Monday morning ūüôā The children’s flowers have finally bloomed!

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But the Behemoth awaits. It is well over 11 feet tall today. No bloom. Praying it doesn’t reach the power lines and get zapped! ūüė¨

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Storm of Separation

Storm

Such total despair¬†can happen when you’re one.

Poor guy just couldn’t cope when my daughter removed him from harm’s way. The storm was powerful but short-lived.

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Charlene

Phase

Phases

Do you remember your earliest childhood friend? Mine was Charlene. She was my babysitter‚Äôs only child and we were as close to siblings as she would ever have. We had tea parties with playdoh French fries, Barbie doll and paper doll afternoons when the ‚Äėlittle kids‚Äô were napping, listening to ‚ÄėThe Monkeys‚Äô on her record player, swimming in the kiddie pool for hours, waiting for Patsy to bring us popsicles and sitting around watching ‚ÄúDark Shadows‚ÄĚ before it was time for my mom to pick me up.

This photo was taken a couple days ago and brought back a waterfall of memories of my early years phase. I hope you lend some precious memories to the little ones in your life. Thankful for mine.

Macoy

Admiration

In your response, depict something or someone you admire. Bonus points if you share a paragraph or two on the source of your admiration.

So I’m taking this challenge and twisting it a bit. I sometimes feel admiration from the children and their families¬†in my occupation as a child care provider. I get to stay home and hold babies and play¬†all day.

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Other times I can see it with their gifts and tokens of appreciation.

Teacher appreciation day

Yesterday was Teacher Appreciation Day and I received a little plant from Macoy. He’s the baby in first picture.

The best party of¬†the day was when I heard it in¬†Macoy’s words,IMG_3992Macoy

“Stephie, someday I’m bringing my baby to you!”

Can you hear my heart melting?

 

 

Wake Up Little Susie Sheet/ Letter W

Way back when I first began my childcare career, one of the first things I learned to make for the children were homemade sheets. The ‘choosing of the sheet’ is like picking out your favorite toy when it comes to naptime. It has became a favorite weekly tradition and it has helped those who aren’t really too fond of lying down be more favorable towards the notion. I’m not immune to pulling all the stops. I’d rather win than be weary.

The timing of this A to Z Challenge worked out well as I have some sheets that are overly used and need replaced. Showing you a pictorial of how I make mine. The instructions are usable for any cot or mattress. You’ll just need to measure them first. Depth, Width and Length. My tutorial is basic and is just a guideline.¬†¬†Hope you’ll be inspired.

Cot Tutorial 1

Photo collage 1

 

Part 2 Cot Tutorial

Photo collage 2

Size small cot

Blankets slip and slide and can bunch up in children’s faces.

Large cot pic

Couldn’t resist¬†sharing a little Everly Brothers this A to Z Wednesday!

 

 

 

Table Talk/ Letter T

Just finished a table runner with some pastels. Went with the baby blue for the binding and machine quilted by stitch in the ditch fashion. Perfect for an outdoor spring setting or even a lap warmer for chilly evenings.

Some past runners

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and a crocheted one…

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All this has me wondering how many still have dinner at the table these days? Do you most of the time or just on special occasions? Or only at restaurants? Would a ‘dressed-up’ table be more inviting to your everyday meals?

Growing up we always ate at the table and so has my own family. I highly recommend dinner together. I’m proud to say that when my grown¬†children are home at lunch during the daycare mealtime, they grab a plate, sit with us at the¬†table and converse. No cell phones. Just plugged-in to our voices. And the little ones¬†take notice, believe me. Of course, Mom’s cookin’ might have a little to do with it.

Sharpies & Super Heros/ Letter S

Ever see something and know you can make it yourself,  And do it in multiples for someone you adore?? Or more than one someone?

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Notice the bedraggled state of my home. My ‘Normal’ on a daily basis. Soapbox moment:¬† Can’t stand messiness? Get an office job.

Who could resist making more dress-up gear for this face??

 

This Sharpie-Wielding Sewer has traced this Super Hero garb and has a Strategy!

Which super hero would you want to be?

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