I know how busy the Holiday Season can be! You don't need to be running around trying to find activities this holiday season!
This 56-page pack is full of activities relating to decking the hall: Decorating the tree, Christmas Lights, Stockings, and wrapping presents.
This is just 1 of 3 Christmas Themed Activity packs that I have available for Christmas! You can also find holiday related activities in these packs: Sweet Treats & Santa and his helpers
Use these easy to assemble, flexible activities for tot trays, place them in your learning centers, or turn them into file folder games.
This pack will help young children work on some of the following Kindergarten readiness skills: Matching uppercase and lowercase letters, improving cutting & Pre-writing skills, Sorting by color and shape, recognizing simple patterns, counting (to 20), 1: 1 correspondence, Identifying shapes, show an understanding of positional phrases, identifying colors and more!
Do you find yourself comparing your business to your colleagues? Are you spending hours changing your space, shopping for materials to make that latest activity you saw on on-line, and trying to keep up with an endless sea of information and new ideas? You many find yourself caught up in this cycle which only leaves you feeling down on yourself, and not ever "good enough".
Less than 10 years ago early childhood educators would purchase books, subscribe to magazines, connect with other providers at training classes to find new ideas to improve their spaces, create activities and improve their business.
With social media, many of those days are long gone! Now you wake up every morning to find over 100 new toilet roll crafts in your newsfeed, and a simple Pinterest query will return thousands of curated childcare spaces even before you take that next sip of your coffee.
The internet is making it easy to find inspiration, but it doesn't put any perspective on the time that went into creating it.
You only have so much time
Most educators take on too much. You are most likely caring for multiple families (sometimes over 45+ hours a week), getting paid little to nothing, meeting licensing demands, possible operating your business, and still need to meet the needs of your family after you close for the day. Realize you need to prioritize what you put your energy into.
You are good enough!
You really are. Whatever you are doing right now, whatever your space looks like, whatever you just served for lunch, is "good" enough. Think back to how far you've come.
Get out of the trap
Should you ditch FB? Cancel your Pinterest account? No, instead we should recognize how we are consuming information, and be more cognizant of comparing ourselves to others. When you find yourself comparing to others instead you can ....
Sometime we need to set healthy limits on ourselves, especially if we are trying to change a bad habit, or create a new routine for ourselves. Schedule a day/time that you check your social media accounts and limit yourself to a specific amount of time (set a timer if you need to).
Make sure you are doing things because they are needed, and not just on a whim. Before making changes-ask yourself questions such as, do I "need" to change my space? What problem am I solving? Will this improve my business? Will this bring me happiness? Will this save me time? Write the idea down and come back to it in a week-is it still applicable?
Lift someone up
If something inspires you, take the time to let someone know! When someone shares something with you-they are sharing a gift. Make connections, build relationships.
Each early childhood educator is like a fingerprint-unique. No matter how big or small your program is, how new or seasoned of an educator you are, how much money you have or don't have-you have something to offer! You might have found a clever way to save time in your business, spend more time with your family, organize something. Be proud of your unique accomplishments. Share with the intent to collaborate, and to help others-you never know who you might inspire.
There are many reasons why IKEA products are popular among home based childcare providers. They are reasonable priced, versatile, and are appropriately sized for home based childcare use.
This post contains some of my favorite IKEA products for use in daycare spaces. Below you can also find a free copy of my IKEA shopping checklist for childcare providers!
A big thank you to the members from our Daycare Spaces and Ideas FB Community that have shared how they are using IKEA products in their childcare spaces.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Melissa. On this site you will find a variety of Pre-K printable games, activities, and resources for early childhood educators.
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