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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 […]

Why You Should Promote Coloring for Children

National Coloring Day is September 14th. Most people think of coloring as a fun activity. However, coloring does a lot more than providing entertainment to children and is an essential tool for childcare providers. Here are some other ways that promoting coloring as an activity can help children:   Coloring Develops Hand-Strength and Improves Fine Motor Skills Holding the pencil or crayon and learning to grip correctly helps develop the hand muscles children need for many of their daily activities. Some of the daily activities coloring help with include typing, writing, cooking, or even household chores. Hand-strength is essential for these hand-related fine motor skills, and coloring can help strengthen them. Coloring Stimulates Creativity and Self-Expression Giving a child a […]

Distinguishing Seasonal Allergies From COVID-19

With the symptoms for COVID-19 being remarkably similar to the symptoms for seasonal allergies, many are concerned about how they will tell the difference between COVID symptoms and seasonal allergies as they ramp up this fall. Although the symptoms are somewhat similar, educating yourself about seasonal allergies and symptoms may help you to distinguish them from COVID symptoms better.   Seasons Where Specific Allergens Are Most Prominent: Spring: February – May: With springtime comes breathing difficulties, skin allergies, and congestion issues. Tree pollen season occurs during this season in Ohio when the trees begin pollinating. This does not just affect you when you are physically outside, but even having windows open in the house can affect your springtime allergies. Summer: […]

Silly Spirit Day Ideas for the Classroom

Everyone loved spirit week at school growing up. Dressing as your favorite sports team or wearing your pajamas to school became some of the many popular spirit days in American schools. With the school year starting, we thought it would be fun to list some silly spirit day ideas to get students and teachers back in the school year spirit!   Opposite Outfit Day Host an opposite outfit day where students (and teachers) can wear their shirts and jackets backward, and they can even wear their socks inside out or two different shoes and write their names backward. Wacky Hair Day Have your students come to class with wacky hairstyles. The best hairstyle wins a snack or the ability to […]

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: […]