10 Classroom Theme Ideas for the Upcoming School Year

One of the most exciting and important decisions an educator can make at the beginning of the school year is what decor or theme they want their classroom to be! You want a theme that is exciting, creative, and, most importantly, inclusive, and recognizable! We know that it can be stressful to come up with an idea on your own.  Here are 11 of our favorite classroom themes that can be used for any age group of students:   Under the Sea Take a deep dive into the ocean with an under-the-sea themed classroom by Dawn Oakes on Pinterest! This would be especially great for any science-themed classrooms, and kids are sure to love the bright colors and engaging decor! […]

Back-to-School Resources

As we head back into the school year with new regulations and practices, it is essential to take extra time to prepare parents and students for everything new coming their way. Listed below are some resources that can be used to help make transitioning back into the school year easier for parents, students, and teachers.   Back-to-School Checklist It is crucial to be prepared with all the necessary school supplies before school starts. One way to encourage parents to prepare for school is with a checklist. We like this checklist by Country Hill Cottage. Syllabus Template You can use a template like this one from Teachers Pay Teachers to make the perfect syllabus for your students this school year. This […]

Reopening Schools During the Pandemic

Although the country is starting to re-open, the after-effects of the Coronavirus pandemic are just as impactful as ever. As schools open back up, it is vital to think about a few preparations to welcome these parents and their children back to a safe and comfortable environment. Prepare Yourself. Children have been home with their parents for months, and their regular routines have been interrupted without the proper time for transitions. It is essential to understand how COVID-19 has affected the daily lives of children and expect that it will take time to transition them back to the routine of school. Here are some things you can expect as they return to school and what you can do about it: […]

How to Effectively Motivate Your Staff

Keeping your staff motivated is not always easy. However, it is an essential part of your company’s overall success. As an administrator, it is vital to make sure that your staff is motivated to provide the best possible service to your customers. If you are looking for ways to increase motivation or looking for some tips to share with others, here are some easy ways to motivate your staff:   Make Yourself Readily Available One of your main roles as an administrator is to do your best to make your staff’s lives easier so that they can provide the best possible care and education to the children. Consider checking in monthly, biweekly, or weekly with your staff to ask them their […]

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a festive time in America and filled with fireworks, family time, gatherings, and food! Although school is out and kids are on summer break in most places, a lot of kids still visit childcares throughout the week while their parents are at work. If you are trying to find activities to keep kids engaged and learning while at your daycare, or simply want to keep your kids entertained at your Fourth of July parties, check out these themed activities that are perfect for kids of various ages:  Word Search Mix quiet time with patriotism with this free printable by Puzzles to Print Fourth of July themed word search that includes both festive and historical vocabulary! This would […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums are something that no parent, teacher, or child care provider is a stranger to. Although tantrums are very normal for children, dealing with them the proper way can be difficult and frustrating. Temper tantrums first occur around the ages of 12-15 months and are relatively easy to handle and quick to stop. They peak at around 18-36 months of age when they become longer, more frequent, and grow in intensity. However, as the language skills of the child develop, tantrums are often exhibited less frequently. Bedtime, rushed transitions between activities, mealtime, and playtime are all things that can trigger temper tantrums. Here are some do’s and don’ts that may help you prepare for and respond to temper tantrums […]

Science Experiments Using Things You Probably Have At Home

Hands-on science experiments make for a fun and engaging science lesson. However, they sometimes take a lot of planning in advance to make sure you have all the supplies you need. If you need a quick experiment with supplies you can find around your house, here are some options:  Note: All these experiments should be done under adult supervision.  Lemon Volcano The best part of this activity by The Best Smelling Science is that it produces a small bubbly eruption using citric acid which is found in citrus fruits and baking soda. Therefore, this “volcanic eruption” is less messy and does not use dangerous supplies. All you need are lemons, baking soda, dish soap and food coloring. It does not […]

Activities to Celebrate World Reef Awareness Day

June celebrates World Reef Awareness. Although coral reefs only currently cover less than 1% of the ocean, they are home to 25% of all known marine species. If you are looking for a fun and engaging lesson for your students, consider these activities to help them practice their skills while they learn about coral reefs and the marine life that depends on them:  Coral Reef Play Dough Mat This Simple Everyday Mom has a free printable that can be printed, laminated, and used to create magnificent play dough creations! However, there is more than one way to use this printable. If you do not have play dough on hand, or want a less messy activity, you can print and cut […]

Virtual Field Trips For Your Classroom This Summer

As a result of the global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many recreational and educational venues remain closed making virtual field trips more popular than ever. Virtual field trips enable you to visit places like zoos, aquariums, parks, and museums in other parts of the world. If you are looking for free virtual field trips to pair with science, history, or art lessons, here are a few ideas to get your search engine started: Zoos: From apes to pandas, koalas to tigers, virtual zoo field trips provide opportunities for children to learn about favorite animals while watching live or recorded footage of them. Many zoos have webcams with live feeds in various locations including animal habitats. Additional features on websites […]

7 Reasons Routines Are Essential For Children

Children thrive with security and communication and often fear the unknown. Routines are an important part of a child’s life. Whether in the classroom, daycare, or at home, it is important to create routines to help children succeed in their daily lives. Keep reading to learn more about how essential routines are for children and the people that surround them. Routines Establish Expectations All caregivers know that there is a significant power struggle that can accompany getting children to do things they do not want to do, especially when a child is tempted by something fun. Bath time, bedtime, and clean-up time are interruptions to fun and play for a child. One way to combat the temper tantrums that come […]