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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season With These 7 Tips

In addition to COVID-19, It’s also cold and flu season in many areas around the world. This is why it is especially important to practice proper health and safety measures while enjoying the holiday season this year. Here are some simple tips you can take to protect yourself from getting sick this holiday season so you can safely enjoy your holiday festivities.   1) Practice Proper Hygiene Not only do we have to be aware of COVID-19, but it is also flu season. Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer. It’s also essential to keep your hands away from your face (especially your mouth) when you are […]

10 Thanksgiving Crafts to Teach About Thankfulness

Thanksgiving is approaching, and to get all your little turkeys in the holiday spirit, we found 10 Fall and Thanksgiving-themed crafts, all of which can be used to teach the lesson of thankfulness while doing a fun and simple craft. Disclaimer: These crafts should be done under adult supervision, as many of these use paint or scissors.   Handprint Turkey Making handprint turkeys is simple and fun! Children can stamp their painted hands or feet onto construction paper and draw their turkey’s features using fingerpaint. They can also add feathers or googly eyes to personalize their turkey. Cardboard Thankful Turkey Craft A Dab of Glue Will Do has a thankful turkey craft that uses cardboard from cracker or cereal boxes, […]

15 Simple Ways You Can Practice an Attitude of Gratitude

November is perhaps the most popular month for expressing gratitude for the people and things that make our lives better. Surprisingly, practicing gratitude can have actual effects on your health, including improved positivity and better sleep. With the spirit of the season, we thought we would share 15 simple ways you can practice an attitude of gratitude and show what you are thankful for this holiday season: 1) Start a Gratitude Journal. Once a week, write down 1-3 things you are thankful for in your journal. 2) Remind people you love that you are thankful for them. Call your friends and family or send them a card and thank them for being in your life. 3) Keep reminders of what […]

Including Children in the 2020 Election

The 2020 presidential election will take place on November 3rd, and the outcome of this election will significantly impact our country. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the fragile economy, and social injustice unrest, this election’s possible results will leave many frustrated and angry. According to Kelly Burch from Insider.com, these feelings of the political divide can be understood by children as young as three years old. To help children better understand what is happening and become engaged citizens, we have to start by including them in the conversation. This year, involve children in your political discussions, at a kid-friendly level, of course to help children become excited, engaged citizens—even before they are old enough to cast their ballot! When is the […]

Halloween Activities for the Classroom

Halloween is approaching, and the season for spooky-themed classroom crafts and activities is here. Resources are abundant for Halloween-themed classroom activities, so we decided to share some of our favorites. Here are eight easy classroom activities that all your little witches and wizards are sure to love! Spooky Slime Little Bins for Little Hands has a page full of Halloween-themed slime recipes for kids to make. You probably already have most of the ingredients needed to make slime in your home or classroom already. Grab your glue and plastic spiders and create your slime masterpiece!  Tip: For young children, swap out craft supplies with edible supplies (such as corn starch) to make slime that is not harmful if ingested.  Pumpkin Seeds […]

13 Children’s Books About Diversity and Inclusion

When discussing diversity and inclusion, many people do not know that the best time to start teaching individuals about these values is when children are young. Growing up in an environment where there is a constant conversation about equality, kindness, and respect, children are more likely to become adults that treat others with kindness and respect. This conversation can start in the classroom by incorporating diverse materials into the learning objectives. There are many ways to integrate more inclusive materials in the classroom as an educator or childcare provider. You could have toys or objects from different cultures or even find books or other educational materials to educate children about diversity. To promote this, we decided to make a list […]

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?  Sensory Processing Disorder (or SPD) is a neurological disorder that affects how sensory information is perceived by an individual, causing abnormal responses. Individuals with SPD tend to respond inappropriately and out-of-context to sensory information.  Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder A few signs of Sensory Processing Disorder include:  ● Touch aversion – sensitive to certain textures or feelings like tags on clothes or grass on their feet.  ● Poor motor coordination – clumsy or unbalanced.  ● Lack of boundaries – tend to touch everything around them and invade personal space. ● High pain tolerance – might not notice or react when feeling pain.  ● Easily distracted – fidgety and unable to sit still or focus on […]

How to Practice a Safe Halloween

The pandemic, COVID-19, has caused us to miss out on many important events to keep ourselves and our families safe. With Halloween coming up, many are wondering how they will participate in activities while being safe. Whether you are planning on staying home this Halloween or participating in local Halloween activities, we have a list of tips that may help you have a spooktacular and safe Halloween:  Ideas For Those Planning On Staying At Home This Halloween:  Decorate You can go out and buy decorations to put up around your house or classroom, or you can DIY your own Halloween decor. Pinterest has thousands of DIY Halloween decor projects with their supplies list and instructions. Decorating is the perfect way to get […]

Safe and Edible Sensory Bins

Sensory bins allow children to explore, create, and imagine all while engaging their senses. These bins are especially perfect for young children, such as toddlers or preschoolers. If you are looking for sensory bin ideas for the young ones that use safe materials but will keep them engaged, here are some ideas:  Note: Although these sensory bins use edible materials to prevent children from eating dangerous materials, they still should be under adult supervision. Additionally, make sure that whatever you add into your sensory bin is big enough not to be a choking hazard for the children’s age. If you want any of these sensory bins to be totally edible, replace any plastic animals/insects with candy animals/insects.   Pond Sensory […]

The Serving Leader Institute

AIR Child Care Training Solutions is a proud supporter of OhioAEYC’s The Serving Leader Institute. The Serving Leader Institute is a proven leadership program – a simple yet powerful framework providing leadership principles to motivate teams. This year the Serving Leader Institute is coming to you! Hear from industry experts Dr. John Stahl-Wert, Qianna Tidmore, and Kimberly Tice throughout the virtual sessions to hear key concepts reinforced, workbook applications explored, and your questions answered. Sign up for The Serving Leader Institute to gain advice making your program a great place to work, discover strategies to improve job satisfaction, learn how to create a culture of empowerment, teamwork, and accountability. Participants will also review metrics on increasing profitability and customer satisfaction/retention, […]