Joy with Bubbles!

Seeing bubbles floating in the air always brings out smiles, especially for our toddlers!  Playing with bubbles can be both an exciting and a calming activity for children.  Bubbles are such fun to pop with your finger, chase as they float, hit with your hand, and blow with your breath.  However, blowing bubbles involves forcing air out of the lungs, which regulates breathing, and has a calming affect.

Bubbles are not only fun, they also involve children in learning!  The most effective sources of early learning are immediate, meaningful, and involve children’s discovery and choice.   Many science processes such as, investigation, discovery, experimentation, observation, definition, comparison, and classification can be learned simply by playing with bubbles.  Bubbles help children develop self-concept as they learn about themselves and the world around them, and language development is enhanced when children learn new words to describe bubbles.

Bubbles can also be enjoyed inside, as well as outside.  Break open a jar for an engaging time of joy and experimentation with your child!

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Sponge Painting Fun!

Children love art because it’s fun and provides them with authentic self-expression!  Besides enhancing creativity, imagination and self-esteem, art also encourages cognitive learning!

What makes art such a great teaching tool? Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Sensori-Motor skills. Art is a cooperative learning experience that provides pleasure, challenge, and a sense of mastery. Instruction in the arts is one of the best ways in which to involve the different modes of learning; through art, children learn complex thinking skills and master developmental tasks (Belden & Fessard, 2001).

Here our Busy Bee children are creating their own colorful school bus by sponge painting.  The children thoroughly enjoy experimenting with paints and other materials to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces!


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Grandparents Day!

Grandparents share a special relationship with their grandchildren and every fall we celebrate them!  The children invite their grandparents or other special family members to the center for fun, games and crafts.

Grandchildren love to spend time with their grandparents because grandparents make them feel like they are the center of attention and there is no one else more special!  Grandparents also provide a sense of family continuity and history, contribute to children’s sense of belonging and security, provide additional role models, and often have more time for reading stories, teaching new skills and playing games.

It is important for the children to be able to introduce grandparents to the people and places that are important to them!  It is also helpful for grandparents to see their grandchildren’s learning opportunities and have time to experience the center environment, which is new to many!  We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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Busing to Care-a-lot!

Did you know that Care-a-lot partners with your local school district to provide care for school-agers, before and after school?  Parents may bring children to the center as early as 6:30 am!  Breakfast is served and children are encouraged about the day before leaving on the bus.  In the afternoon, there is time for games, outside play, arts/crafts and a snack. Our staff will also help and support homework so you have more family time at home!

When school is closed, like for the upcoming Columbus Day, Care-a-lot also offers a fun and active Vacation Club for children.  Call one of the centers if you are interested in loving care and a fun environment for your child 6-12 years old!

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Snake Skin!

The children in the Moons classroom had a hands-on experience with real snake’s skin! Their teacher, Ms. Crystal, has a 9 foot snake living in her house that recently shed its skin. She brought the skin into the classroom, along with pictures of the snake so that the children could see and learn about the snake!

The Moons children were so excited to each see and feel the skin! They described the texture as feeling like paper. The skin will remain in their science center so they can continue to observe and experience this natural material!

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