Monday, September 26, 2011

Baby Program for Walkers

This program differed from my baby time for lapsitters in the following ways.  I used a book to reinforce our opening song "The More We Get Together."  The "Thank You" rhyme and "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" circle time song were used to encourage the little ones' independent mobility.  I also used a CD for our standard middle song ("The Noble Duke of York") which changed up the song's pace: fast--slow--fast.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Child Development Reminders

Copied from http://connect.ala.org/files/ABCs%20of%20Early%20Literacy.pdf

In professional families --2,153 words per hour…11 million
In working class families --1,251 words per hour …6 million
In welfare families heard an average of 616 words per hour…3 million

•By kindergarten, a child from a welfare family could have heard 32 million words fewer than a classmate from a professional family.

•By age three, cumulative vocabulary for children:
professional families 1,100 words.
working class families750 words
welfare families it was just above 500 words.

•Children in professional families heard a higher ratio of encouragements to discouragements than their working class and welfare counterparts.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Babies: Lapsitters (Play and Print Awareness Tip)

After much consideration, we've divided our baby program into "Lapsitters" and "Walkers."  With baby programs, I try to include four or five types of rhymes/songs from the following catageories:

clapping
nursery rhyme
tickle
diaper ditty
bounce/slide
name game
body parts/toy vocab
lullaby

I try to use visual aids for one or two of the rhymes and always present one board book.  In this case, I am doing "Baa Baa Black Sheep" as a sticky board story and am using a crow stuffed/sound making animal for the "Jump a Little Crow."

 

Below is the lapsitters program focusing on the play and print awareness early literacy skills.  It is also available to download from "Baby Programs" in the side bar on the right.

Poster Read and Watch

Available to download from the "Graphics" folder in the side bar to the right.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Customer Is the Most Important Visitor (Quote)

"A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so."

This quote is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, but the exact source cannot be pinpointed.