Child Care

Pre-K Adventure at the Zoo

Our pre-K adventure at the Zoo started out with walking to the secret garden that not many visitors know about…a big hit!  We tried to get the brown bear to scratch his back, but he wouldn’t. As we walked to the primate area we guessed what the name of the dinosaur with

STEM – Plate Tectonics

In STEM, we learned about plate tectonics (eerily it was at the same time as Mexico City having a real earthquake on Tuesday). We used brownies and jello as land masses. We then built buildings to see how well they would stand up to a good shake of the “plate” (paper plate)! 

What’s the Hurry?

Educator Rae Pica debunked the notion that—academically and athletically—earlier is better for children. Regarding academics Pica writes, "Kindergarten, according to a study from the University of Virginia, has become 'the new first grade.' And, based on my observations, preschool has clearly become the new kindergarten. All of this is happening despite the abundance of research

Have Kids Changed?

“Kids have changed.” Over the last years we have heard this statement repeatedly from educators, parents, and the media. But have children really changed? In reality, it is society, parents, and schools that have changed. These changes have transformed the way our children play, interact, and learn. This has created issues beyond poor behavior. “The

Prevent Bullying

Bullying happens among people throughout their life span. As adult caregivers/educators, we cannot hear everything or be present to intervene in all that is said or done among groups or pairs of children in our care. I believe that the impulse to enjoy being mean to others in all its forms is innate to human

Individualized Programs in Preschool

Good programs in preschool should be individualized so that each child’s experiences match his or her developmental abilities. Developmentally appropriate programs emphasize the following: 1. Active exploration of the environment. 2. Self-directed, hands-on learning activities. 3. A balance between individual and group activities/active movement and quiet activities. 4. Positive and supportive interaction with teachers and

Help Your Child Play

Decades of research have demonstrated that play is more than just fun and games.  Through play, children learn to interact with others, develop language skills, recognize and solve problems, and discover their potential.  What can you do to help your child play? Reduce screen time. They may be bored at first…but you can make suggestions

Preschool vs. Daycare

I just received another call asking me if Iliff is a preschool or a day care. Why do we as a society try to separate early education and care? After all the best programs are all carefully designed to encourage children's cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development. Maybe part of the reason for the separation is