Looking For Craft Ideas For Your Daycare Center? Try These 2 Delightful Ideas

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’re around kids enough that you know that they love to make handcrafts. One of the best things about kids’ handcrafts is that they make great gifts to give to parents for birthdays and holidays. It can tough to find crafts that are easy for kids of all ages to make. Here are just a couple craft ideas for kids to make. Photo Books If you have old hardback books laying around, they can be turned into delightful photo holders. They’re easy to make and require very few supplies. Supplies You’ll Need Old hardback books Scrapbook paper of various colors and textures Decoupage glue Foam paint brushes Safety scissors Tape measure Old pictures Directions Have the children fold all the pages of a book in half lengthwise into the center of the book. Use the tape measurer to measure the dimensions of the inside covers. Have the children cut two pieces of scrapbook paper to fit the measurements (for young children, you can do the cutting) Apply a thick layer of decoupage glue to the backs of the paper. Place the papers on each inside cover and press down firmly. Allow the decoupage glue to dry for several hours. Lay the book flat and allow the folded pages to open freely. Place pictures between the folded pages for display. Burlap Handprint Pillows Handprints are the perfect way to memorialize childhood. These burlap handprint pillows are fun to make. The children will love decorating them with their own handprints. Supplies You’ll Need Two 12″x12″ squares of burlap per pillow Several bags of pillow stuffing Craft paints in a variety of colors Paper plates Sewing machine Directions Take two pieces of burlap and sew three sides together. Leave one end open for stuffing. Give each child an empty pillow form. Place paints on paper plates. Have the children place their hands in the paint. Have them press their hands down firmly on their pillow forms. Allow the paint to dry for several hours. Have the children fill their pillows with stuffing. Sew the pillows closed. When you run a daycare center, one like Mountainside School, you’re constantly looking for crafts that children of all ages can enjoy doing. Finding handcrafts that can be given as gifts is even better. These easy to make hand crafts are the perfect gift for any occasion. Older children can make these projects on their own. Younger children will benefit from some assistance during these...

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Common Questions Asked During A Private School Interview

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

While the admissions process can vary from private school to private school, one of the most common parts of the admission process is the interview. Usually, students will need to meet with the admissions officer for a one-on-one interview. There are also some quality education private schools that perform the interview in a group setting. Regardless, your child will need to be prepared for the interview to maximize the chances that your child will be admitted into the private school. Your Child’s Favorite Subjects One of the most common questions that private schools ask is what subjects your child might be interested in. This is done to determine if your child can speak intelligently about the subject in question. For this reason, your child will want to practice discussing his or her favorite subject with you. Each time your child talks about a favorite subject, he or she might come up with new ideas that can make the process even easier. Your child should be aware of specific details. For example, if your child’s favorite subject is reading, he or she should have favorite books that he or she could talk about. His or Her Least Favorite Subjects When your child is asked about his or her least favorite subject, coach your child not to focus on not liking the subject but to instead focus on the fact that he or she struggles with it. Then have your child talk about the ways that your child has attempted to overcome these difficulties. Schools want to know how your child meets obstacles and overcomes them. Also it is important to avoid mentioning a specific teacher when talking about a disliked subject. Your Child’s Understanding of Current Events Older students are usually expected to follow current events. Therefore, it is common to ask students about whether there is a current event that the student considers interesting. You will want your child to get into the habit of regularly reading the newspaper and remaining informed so that this question will be easier to answer. Also many private schools require that students read the paper regularly. Your Family Your child might be asked about his or her family. For example, many children are asked about what their parents do for a living even if the interviewer already knows. Your child should know to focus on the facts and to not focus on making an emotional response, such as commenting on whether he or she likes his or her parent’s work schedule. Preparing your child takes a lot of practice, but the hard work will pay off with your child being more likely to be...

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2 Ways To Encourage Learning With Children During Their Summer Break

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Learning often takes a back seat during the summer months when school is no longer in session. Just because it is summer, however, does not mean that your children should waste their brain power on video games and TV. Instead, here are 2 home education programs to encourage learning so that your children have active minds all year long. Reverse the Roles First, one of the best ways to encourage learning is by letting your children be the teachers. Each week, put one child in charge of teaching something to his or her siblings and to you.  This could be a science experiment, math, cooking, doing a physical activity with the proper technique, or writing poetry. There are endless ideas that your children can choose from, and the best part is that they have to learn about the concept in order to teach their siblings. Give your child at least a week to prepare their lesson, and then they can hold a class for up to an hour with their siblings. Remember that it is still summer, so they are not going to spend all day learning as they would at school. Your child can then demonstrate and teach the new lesson to his or her siblings. Make sure that you give any necessary help if your child needs supplies for the lesson. Summer Reading Another great idea is to incorporate reading into your summer. Even though schools may not assign any books, you can create your own reading charts and rewards for every day your children read. Let your children design their charts for each month with fun stickers and colors so that they get excited about reading. You can then ask your children what rewards they would like to earn for reading, or you can select rewards if you have some in mind. Each child should earn points for reading the allotted time you have set for each day. If you desire, award the points at the end of each week for rewards, or wait until the end of the summer to give rewards. Just make sure that you are doing something big enough, such as a day at the water park or going to a movie. This will encourage your children to read instead of watching TV as much, which will increase their vocabulary and their ability to imagine.  With these ideas, you can easily encourage learning in your children even when they are not in school. By the time schools starts, your children will have sharp minds and will be ready for intensive learning...

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