Sometimes you may be greeted from our friendly family pet. He is separate from the daycare space but he visits the children from his spot on the stairs. He is a wonderful golden retriever and really enjoys the kids. It’s also been great to see the bond with him, and the families in our care.
Over the past several months we have been busy making big changes to our classroom! We have created a classroom library, expanded our block area, revamped our art area, and moved our fish tank inside a wall to open up more space for science! Please check out what our space looks like now.
Outside space makeover pictures coming soon!
We are a part of The Child and Adult Care Food Program we only serve proper portions of nutritious meals and snacks. We serve two meals breakfast and lunch h and two snacks times through out the day. The goal is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of children in care while promoting the development of good eating habits. Below is some photos of some of our meals we have served before.
Fire safety month
Learning to make yarn
Keeping cool on hot days
We are excited to start construction on this pocket bathroom for our classroom. This has been a project we have always thought about doing but never took the leap. We will update this as the construction takes place and I can provide progress pictures. basically a new exterior door that swings out and a pocket door and sink toilet and wall mount changing table. Below is a quick outline of the space that this bathroom will be done.
So, it's really happening. As of July 1st 2018 all childcare providers who accept subsidized childcare payments will be required to use either the free electronic attendance system provided through the Department of Early Learning, or an approved system listed on their website.
This transition has been difficult for many family home childcare providers. Many have found it hard to get into the online trainings, or feel they need more support. SEIU 925 has created a petition to request an extension on the July 1st deadline, and is asking the DEL to provide more in person trainings for providers.
Pauli's Playschool participated in the beta testing on the DEL's system in May of 2017, and we became early adopters of their system in February 2018. After trying out the states system we made the decision to move over to Brightwheel. We have found that their sign in platform is much easier to use, and the additional features are perfect for our needs. Its easy to add children and parents to, sign in is a simple four digit code followed by a signature capture, and it tracks staff hours as well! The best part? Their attendance tracking feature is FREE!
I will keep updating as our adventures in electronic attendance continue, but for now check out the amazing makeover of our sign in area now that we don't need a big sign in book anymore.
Sometimes I like to try out new recipes on my own children before I bring them into our program. They get to be my beta testers and I can figure out how how long it takes to make, how messy the cleanup is, and if things like clothes and hands get stained after they use it. Our youngest son had two of his friends over on Saturday and I took advantage of three six year old critics to test this one out.
They had so much fun taking turns stirring and dumping the glitter and balls in! When it was ready they thought it looked like galaxies or the ocean when they stretched it out. The cleanup wasn't bad, and it left no traces of color on their little hands after they played.
Our preschool friends loved it as well and have been asking for it during center time every day! We are going to try out variations in colors and textures next!
I found a recipe for green slime on savvysavingcouple.net But we decided to make ours blue and to add glitter and slime balls to add more texture and fun to it.