Looking for some ideas for Valentines Day ideas? View our lesson planning page where you will find a sample lesson plan, products from Pre-K Printable Fun, our readers, and educators from around the web!
Here are some ideas to help you plan your Post Office/Mail week. It's helpful to put a shout out to your Daycare families prior to starting your "Post Office" week. Ask them to save "junk mail", envelopes, small boxes, mailers, Magazines (anything the kids can deliver).
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A big thank you to member Erica P. and our friends at Erica's Educare Learning Center for sharing a photo of the Dramatic Play Post Office Pack in their space!
Member Liza D. created this pretend post office play in her space.
Liza complimented this pack with a variety of props to add to the post office play fun!
Liza also included a variety of activities from the post office play pack to her her space. Thanks for sharing Liza!
Need help planning your Preschool Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes Lesson Plan? On our free lesson planning page you will find tons of ideas to help you build your own personalized plan. You will find: a free sample preschool lesson plan, educational activities, process art ideas, related Pre-K Printable Fun products, and suggested items to add to your learning spaces that are perfect for your home daycare or Pre-K at home lessons!
Starting a New Childcare Business can be a daunting task. You may find that you have just opened your doors to your new Childcare Business and feel overwhelmed. It takes some time to find your groove so be patient with yourself.
The generous Childcare Providers in our Daycare Spaces and Ideas FB Community have kindly shared their advice for helping "New Childcare Providers". Below you will find advice from over 40 Childcare Providers on how to tackle everything from parent Communication to balancing your work and business life.
Whether you ask for an increase yearly, or it's been years since you've ask for one-it can be difficult to discuss a rate change with your client.
Rather than communicating with their clients, many will forgo a rate change even when it is justified.
Some things I suggest to make it easier:
1. Provide plenty of notice to your clients. They will need to re-budget for increased expenses. Be considerate of the time of year you are asking for a rate change. December (Christmas) and April (Tax Time) may be burdensome.
2. Provide written communication, and follow up with each client to see if they have any questions.
3. Be prepared for complaints. Be ready to professionally explain why you are raising your rates-your costs have gone up, you are offering new activities, or you have remodeled your outdoor space.
4. Be prepared to lose clients, and have a back up plan. It's possible your existing clients will not be able to afford your new rates.
5. Plan ahead. In addition to meeting your current costs, do your best to anticipate cost changes in the future. You don't want to struggle with raising rates-only to do it a short time later.
6. Make future rate changes easier by setting a specific time of the year to raise them annually in your contract, this way your clients can anticipate them.
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Need ideas for your arctic animals, igloos, and ice theme? Below you will find a free sample lesson plans, and ideas from Pre-K Printable Fun, our readers, and other educators from around the web!
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This set of polar bear uppercase and lowercase letter matching puzzles can be found inside my Arctic Animals, Igloos and Ice activity pack.
Turn your Dramatic Play space into the Arctic this week. Add White Felt, Winter Clothes, and Create an Igloo (or buy this pre-made one) for your space. Other fun ideas include Ice Fishing. and Creating an Indoor Skating Area.
Pretend Ice Fishing from My Catch a Star Classroom
Dramatic Play Winter Wonderland from Creative Tots
Ice Skating Rink by L.C SLP
This week you can add White Felt (to represent snow), Pretend Arctic Animals, Foam Cubes, and small clear plastic containers (to represent Icebergs). You can spray paint small cube blocks for the children to create Igloos with, cover them with white paper or purchase Rainbow Mags.
This set of arctic animal blocks was created by club member Erica of Ericia's Educare Learning Center.
Pre-K Printable Fun Arctic Animal Patterning shared by member Cassandra S. of Mud Pies & Butterflies
Practice walking like a seal-learn about 13 animal moves to help with your child's gross motor development from Pathways.org
Puffy Paint Polar Bear from Fun Family Crafts
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Inspiration from our readers:
These Arctic Animal Sensory Bins were created by our reader Erica of Erica's Educare Learning Center.
More things to try:
Polar Bear Paw Walk-Alphabet Game by Growing Book by Book
Make Ice Grow by Teach Preschool
Fishing for Ice by Science Kiddo
Fizzy Ice by Toddler Approved
Arctic Animal Rescue by Dirt and Boogers
Build Ice Castles by Fun-a-Day
Polar Bear Winter Craft from Crafty Morning
Arctic Small World Snow Dough from Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Cupcake Liner Igloo by I heart Crafty Things
Crystal Suncatcher by Babble Dabble Doo
Paint with Ice Chalk and Oil by Learn Play Imagine
Ice Painting by Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
How do Arctic Animals Stay Warm in Icy Water? by I can teach my child
Arctic Sensory Play by Safari Ltd.
Polar Bear Number Activity from Fun Learning Printables
Free Arctic Animal Pack Printable pack from Royal Baloo
Arctic Animal Flashcards from Kids Pages
Arctic Animal Preschool Pack from Preschool Powol Packets
Polar Bear Tangram Pattern from Making Learning Fun
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