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3 Ways to Create a Literacy Enriched Environment in Your ChildCare Business

Our nation is facing an issue of epic proportion and of critical importance.

It is an issue that affects our economy, reduces the competitiveness of our

workforce and challenges our highest ideals.

The issue is America’s early childhood literacy crisis.

~LUME Institute

According to Emergent Literacy, “Literacy skills are promoted through an environment rich in print and writing materials. Classroom centers may include reading center, writing center, art center, and computer center.”

Today I am going to share with you 3 ways to create a Literacy enriched environment for the children in your childcare business:

1. Labeling

Labeling Containers and equipment in the classrooms with words and pictures is a great way to introduce children to new words. Moreover, Labels may also serve as a guide when toys are being put back in their place.

2. Well Stocked Reading Center(s)

Be sure to provide children with a variety of board books, magazines, predictable books, and books with repetitive themes. Also, only display books that are in good condition. Moreover, be sure to add pillows and bean bags to make the reading center a cozy place to read.

3. A Literacy Enriched Writing Center

Having a well stocked writing  center in the environment is a great way to inspire children to practice writing letters, number, words, shapes and experiment with a variety of writing materials. Be sure that you have lots of paper, magnetic alphabet letters, alphabet stencils, a word wall nearby, pencils, markers, ink pens,etc.

For more literacy ideas, check out this great website: http://www.lumeinstitute.org/publications/america%E2%80%99s-early-childhood-literacy-gap/

With Literacy in mind!

Shiketa

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Activity Ideas For an Earth Friendly Child Care Program

On Friday April 13, 2012, my staff and I were preparing the upcoming theme of “Earth Day” at my childcare facility. Our objective for the theme is to teach the children how to become earth friendly. I thought I would share some of those ideas with you and the activities are as follows:

Circle Time

During circle time pose an earth friendly question of the day such as; Why do we need trees? Be ready for creative responses and ideas!

Sensory Table

Add water, boats, fish and people to water. This is a great way to promote outdoor water activities such as: fishing and pedaling boats. Idea: Ask the kids if it is better for the earth to use a boat with gas or a boat with pedals?

Science

Add a picture of a windmill and discuss how the windmill creates energy! To save energy, consider opening the blinds and having the children to work with only light that comes in from the outside. We do this every year on earth day and the kids love it!!

Art

Create an globe by encouraging the kids to mix blue and green play dough together!

Walls

Post  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle signs. May be a good idea to add a recycling bin in the classroom.

Outdoors

Take the older children outdoors for a walk to clean up trash around your home or childcare center.

Language

Create an Earth Friendly word wall that consist of the following words: Water, Energy, Soil, Trees, etc.

Dramatic Play

You will need some large paper bags. Cut holes in the side of the bags for the kids arm to fit through the openings and on the front of the bag write: I am an Earth Friendly Kid (with Green Paint).

I would love to read your feedback about today’s blog post. Be sure to leave your comments. For more Earth Friendly Kids ideas, check out this Lesson plan idea, click here.

With Creating an Earth Friendly Child Care Business in Mind,

Shiketa

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