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Early Childhood Education

Things to Consider Before Starting a Home Daycare

Early Childhood Education
Working from home can be a great business opportunity especially for full-time moms taking care of their children at home. Starting a daycare center is a great way to combine your passion for kids while at the same time making some lucrative business for your family as well. A daycare center allows you to earn some income while staying at home and being able to take good care of your kids. But before you can even open and start operating your daycare business venture, there are some things you need to consider first.Licensing your Daycare CenterAcquiring a license for your daycare is one of the most important things that you need to secure first. This can help boost client confidence in you making your daycare business even more profitable. Also, by acquiring a license you can take care of...

My Kids Fight All the Time – Help!

Early Childhood Education
It's only ten am and your five year old is beating up his three year old brother. Again! Both children have been in time out twice, have had several lectures, and worst of all, this fight is over that ball bat that you took away from them yesterday. You told them they could get it back when they behaved themselves and would share. Well, they woke up pretty calm and co-operative but that was three hours ago. They shared the bat for about two minutes and started fighting. You are wondering how to get through this day without taking another Tylenol.Why do children fight? And why don't strategies like taking the toy away or time out or lectures ultimately work?There are many reasons why young children resort to battle.The young child lives in a world of "me, me, me." Everything is about and re...

Preschool Guidance and Education – Your Child’s First Step to Success

Early Childhood Education
Few days back, my sister came to my place along with my niece, who was hardly 3 years old. We spent some quality time together and the intellect of the toddler left me completely flabbergasted. To be frank, I misjudged her words and cleverness and thought she was a bit too matured for her age. However, I was wrong; her aptitude and brainpower was strong enough to challenge the smartness of any adult. Her answers were absolutely prompt and clear, yet she had innocence in her way of conversation. I was so astonished that I couldn't help but ask my sister the reason behind it. Was it a miracle or just an in-born talent? She said that the credit goes to her preschool teachers, who gave her the best guidance possible. Since my son was also nearing the same age and we're planning to admit him in...

Tips on Disaster Proofing Your Kids Party

Early Childhood Education
Kids parties are most popular in the kindergarten grade. It almost seems to be used as an announcement to the world. "I have arrived at big school, and you are my new friends". But kids parties unlike an adults party relies heavily on an agenda carefully planned. While you may be able to tell a group of adults to wait while you rummage for the forgotten matches to light the candles, at a kids party, this can set the scene for chaos.While organisation is vital with every minute needing to be well thought through, this is by no means the only safe guard to the successful kids party. There are many simple strategies you can put into place to ensure a smooth running. Next time planning, consider the following.1. Time. Is it school holidays or the day before or after a public holiday where peop...

Montessori Childhood Development Series: Gardening

Early Childhood Education
All of the teachers at Montessori schools enjoy working in the garden and understand the need for children to work and play in nature. One of the childhood development classes Montessori schools offer is gardening! Children participate in planting the gardens, weed picking, watering from the rain barrels, and learning the various techniques of composting. Children learn about nature while interacting and working in it personally.The goals of the gardening program for Montessori schools are to inspire children to develop a healthy relationship with not only one another, but also with the environment. Working in the garden will work to vitalize their minds and bodies through physical activity, it will expose them to the wonders of nature, and it will provide opportunities for creative and sp...

The Excellent Student: Junior High and High School

Early Childhood Education
As discussed in the previous installment, "The Excellent Student- Grade School", I would like to reiterate the fact that excellent students are created through hard work and dedication, not genes. Having Mensa DNA in your family tree certainly wouldn't hurt, but commitment and consistent effort from your student and yourself will prevail. That's right... You!Face it, raising primates isn't easy. Even if there was a good playbook, it wouldn't be a lot of help because the rules of the game keep changing. Although they take more direct care, in many ways your grade school student is easier since you are able to form good habits early. By the time they are a teenager, poor habits may have already formed or they may have developed a pre-conceived notion of their own academic ability.As professi...

A Letter To My Children

Early Childhood Education
There are a million lessons we want to teach our kids before they go out into the big wide world alone. For each of us, what we want to impart on our children differs. What life knowledge do you want your kids to know before they travel that winding road, and have you ever thought about writing this down for them to read at a later date? Well I have done it. I hope my letter inspires, & gets you thinking about what you would like to say to your own kids.Dear Bella, Aidan and Will*Be a good listener, and people will want to hear you speak.*Money is actually easy to acquire. You work, you get paid. The real challenge is finding a job that you love. Work out a way you can turn that love into a living.*Do not use your life's bad experiences as an excuse for your behaviour. Get up, shake yourse...

Before Your Baby Clocks 5

Early Childhood Education
Take a look at your baby; boy or a girl, toddler or preteen. Take a look again, because you are looking at a very unique gift! No other individual is like him or her. No other eyes or nose, no matter how similar, is exactly the same as your baby's. His laughter and frown; his gait and posture are all so uniquely his that none other can parallel it. But it doesn't end there; it's the same with his traits and habits, likes and dislikes.But have you ever wondered why this is so? Is it just so that we can easily tell him apart from another baby? I think not!Rather, I favor the answer that it is because his path in life is very unique, very his. He doesn't need someone else's eyes because he was not designed to see things the way others do. He has no need for another's laughter, because he wasn...

Closed Minds Are Barriers to Progress and Fresh Ideas

Early Childhood Education
The minds of little children are like sponges and they absorb the things around them to set their course for later in life. What goes in by the age of seven is what stays with them forever. That is what religions use to capture those minds and focus them only on what they want them to know. Today parents are aware about opening the channels as early as possible to give children the best start in gaining an education. Others, however, are closing up the channels so that children are focused only on what matters to them. The brainwashing starts with parents who are so conditioned from birth.The tragedy is that such children are being abused because they are not allowed to expand their brain to gain the most out of life. Entire societies may conspire to force children to accept their faith or...

Stop Bullying

Early Childhood Education
Day of Pink is a day of action that took place this year on April 10. It was created when a youth in a high school in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school. His fellow peers decided to stand up to this bullying, and hundreds of students showed support for diversity and stopping discrimination, gender-bullying and homophobia, by wearing pink. Bullying has an impact on the mental health of our youth and a topic current in the media. Bullying is always intentional and mean-spirited, it rarely happens only once, and the victim cannot hold his own. It is not teasing. If this has happened to your child, they are not alone. One American study suggests one in seven school children is either a bully or a victim. It is starting at younger ages and far more aggress...