preschool 

Caught on tape: Teacher behaving badly

If you work in education, then you know this is the time of year that educators start planning for the following school year. It may seem early, but March is prime time for preschool and kindergarten round up. After weeks of angst (on my part), I thi...

Preschool party gratitude

Let's be clear: Emily Post I am not. My wedding invitations broke at least three etiquette rules, and I've forgotten to reply to more than one invitation because they got lost at the bottom of the mail pile. However, I take gratitude seriously, and a...

Putting your unborn child on a daycare waiting list

Can you imagine putting a child that you've not yet conceived on a daycare waiting list? It sounds absurd, but that's exactly what some families are doing to do to reserve their spot in quality childcare centers in certain parts of the country. More ...

Teaching routines to a preschooler

Getting out the door with children poses a lot of challenges. They need to be ready. You need to be ready. You need all the STUFF that seems to come with toting children around. And, in an ideal world, you manage to do all that and still get wherever...

School bans polka dots and stripes

My husband likes to joke that I have 'easily annoyed syndrome.' I prefer the term 'highly sensitive', but crowds, whining dogs and rap music (among other things) totally stress me out and make me tense. I might be easily ruffled by some everyday sigh...

Toddler's pet bunny stolen in circus protest

The preschool at the Community Building Children's Center in Spokane, Washington, kept a pet rabbit named Sugar Bunny. However, instead of feeding or playing with the classroom pet, yesterday the children and teachers held a memorial service in memor...

Does your preschool let out for the summer?

I have long been avoiding a certain reality this summer. I knew the time would come, but deep down I fancied that if I ignored the problem it would fix itself. But it didn't and the time has come, August has arrived and with it so has my youngest son...

Homemade "match game" for toddlers

I'm constantly looking for new ways to keep my daughter entertained during the day. At just-turned-three, she's not at the age where she understands how to play most games. But, I figured I could take a game from my youth and make it simple enough th...

The Baby Billionaires Preschool

This month's New York Observer has a hilarious article on a fictitious Baby Billionaires Preschool, where the goal is "to provide a positive, age-appropriate experience in an environment which nurtures social and educational learning while preparing ...

Blogging Baby Size Six: The flawless drop-off

For those of us who have children in day care or preschool, we deal with separation anxiety for both ourselves and our children. Sometimes it is a chronic issue, other times it is circumstantial. Whatever the case, there are steps we can take to ease...

The terrible two's have struck our home

For the most part I truly love this mothering gig. Sure the pay is dismal and most of my three clients don't appreciate my efforts, but they love me and most days are extremely rewarding. But I have to draw the line at the terrible two's. How is it t...

Daycare teacher tied toddlers to chairs

Ask any parent that has ever left a child in the care of another person and the worries listed could probably fill a book. As parents, that's what we do. We have kids and we worry about them. So, when I heard about a preschool/Mother's Day Out progra...

Highlights starts magazine for preschoolers

Highlights Magazine, the magazine of choice for the well-read child in the doctor's office waiting room, is now opening up shop for the preschool set. Highlights High Five, the newest (and possibly only) magazine aimed at kids from two to six-years...

Watch out! There's a biter amongst us!

The other day I heard the noise of screams emanating from the living room. I immediately knew that it was no idle scream, it was the scream of pain that makes every mother's blood run cold. Expecting to find a pool of blood and perhaps a missing limb...

Papaku: Afterschool Play

A dozen young boys All playing different games Laughing together After school, Jared and his mates like to run around on the lawn outside the building. Yesterday, as I watched from the sidelines, I was struck by how they all had their own ideas of w...

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