Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New childcareland.com Website!!


My website childcareland.com was established in 2000 and for the most part it had pretty much stayed the same for the past fourteen years.  This summer I decided it was time for a change and so I have created a website that combines both my blog and my printables.

I believe the new website (which also includes a mobile version) is easier to navigate and will provide more opportunities for interactions with you.  All of the goodies are still here ... my free printables ... my latest videos ... and my teaching ideas and soon the download and cd store will be up and running.

There are still a ton of things for me to add to the site before it is truly finished but I will get it done with time and your patience.


I will no longer be posting to the childcarelandblog.com site as the blog has moved to the childcareland.com site.

If you previously signed up to my newsletter prior to August 5th 2014 please sign-up again to the new list so you can continue to receive my newsletters.

I hope you enjoy the new site and if you have any questions or comments please let me know.

Thank you!!

Shelley Lovett
childcareland.com

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Number Tracing Calendar and Numbers


I have posted August's Number Tracing Calendar and Calendar Numbers along with other August items to my free printables page (if you do not see them at the bottom of the page please refresh your browser).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Water Painting


Today was such a warm day so I put together a water activity that the children could do outside. I filled several buckets with water and added paintbrushes and other painting tools.  

I set the buckets out in different areas of the play ground and the children started painting with the water.  I used buckets that were small enough for the children to pick up and move around with.


They painted everything that they could and had such a great time.  I love this activity not only because it was so easy to set up but also because the children worked together and talked to each other thereby building their social skills.

You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:

http://youtu.be/L0oPI7rSE0s

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Special



I'm having a summer special for my entire cd collection!!  The special for all 60 of my cds on two cds  If you have time please check the special out here.  It ends midnight Sunday July 20th.

Playdough Scissor Skills


Today we did an activity that worked on both  scissor skills as well as fine motor development.  The children rolled various colors of playdough into what we call "snake" shapes.  They then took scissors and cut the playdough snakes into sections.


When they were done cutting the playdough they sorted through the playdough to find the matching colors and counted how many were in each color group.  The final step was to put the playdough pieces back together again. This activity is super easy to set up and you can use either homemade or store bought playdough.

You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:

http://youtu.be/UIAcL-9EcEA

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Watermelon Pick and Count


We work in outdoor centers for part of the day today and for our math center I made a watermelon pick and count activity.  I free cut the watermelon pattern from red and green cardstock paper and glued them on to a sheet of blue cardstock paper.  I glued a blank square on the upper left corner of the watermelon mat and then laminated the mat.  I printed out the number squares and also laminated them.  You can find the patterns for both the watermelon and the number squares 1-30 here.

For our counters we used small black pom poms but you can also use black pony beads (remember to use supervision for children three and under and those still in the stages of putting small objects in their mouths).


Children picked a number card and put it in the blank square on the watermelon mat.  The next step was to put the same number of black pom poms on the water melon.  They continued until they had used all of the number cards. This is also an excellent activity for fine motor development.

You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:

http://youtu.be/Rv-oirJJC4w

Friday, June 27, 2014

Membership Special


Many of you have written to me asking for me to run my membership special again.  The special is for a twelve month membership for the price of a six month membership.  You will receive access to all of the material that has been added to the member's section for the past ten years as well as the new material that is added each week.  The special ends midnight Sunday June 29th. Please click here for more information and to join.
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