Classroom ideas for Preschoolers

The Goal of Preschool
Preschool can be viewed as a day nursery and this type of environment has some useful goals for the little ones who attend it. This school environment will provide children with an early education experience that will last for life. Building a strong enthusiasm for learning is weaved into the goals. Children are given an opportunity to develop a broad range of skills in this type of learning environment. Include the gaining of social skills as well as academic skills. A day nursery school is intended to prepare young children for the real school environment by giving them the ability to empathize with their peers, gain strong interaction skills while learning how to communicate and relate to adults as they learn. Children gain so much more from this is type of daycare center. They receive exceptional child care while their parents are away. Children are enrolled in this type of daycare setting between three to five years of age and will gain many useful skills which prepare them for their future education.

Good Ideas: Any Preschooler
A good daycare center will plan some quality activities for the children in child care. Each activity will have a purpose. They tend to be uncomplicated and will be planned around the particular interests of the children. A defined approach will be in place and it will be documented as the learning itinerary. A sample of good ideas include the following:

* cutlery and painting projects; children over the age of two love to experiment with creative patterns. Creative art projects foster creative minds and commitment to completing tasks at an early age. Getting a little messing is added fun for everyone. This craft activity can use paper plates to create magical shapes and art. Art fosters self expression at any age and kids love to create their own masterpieces with ordinary materials

* a paper chain octopus; incorporate a 3D component by having the children work together creating their extraordinary paper octopus. Teamwork and unique styles will be seen in this type of project. Gluing colorful strips of paper together will lead to a grand chain octopus of their desired size. Enjoy vibrant colors and added fun in this project. Colored paper strips and glue will get the octopus project rolling

* a magical and small garden box; teaching children about plants and growth will happen with an uncommon magical garden box. You will need good soil, seedlings and a box to get started. Plastic bugs are an added fun point intended to teach about nature and insects

* incorporate physical activities; teach the young ones about good health by incorporating fun physical fitness. Try some scooter races or simple games of tag. Even a movement hour to encourage healthy habits. Kids love to be active and the kids can even make up new movement games. Encourage participation by having children offer their own ideas. Added activity will prevent many behavior problems because children enjoy feeling connected and engaged through various activities. They wear off excess energy and learn valuable methods for keeping physically fit while preventing mental health issues too. The activities will foster good mental and physical health

* incorporate fine motor skill activities; alphabet lacing with the simple use of yarn and alphabet pieces will help with concentration and foster good engagement for young children. There are many games and tools to include with fine motor skill activities for childcare centers

* make musical instruments; there are many ways to make an uncomplicated musical instrument and foster growth in children. A paper plate can include bells and yarn to make a whimsical tambourine. Punch some holes around the edges and tie little bells with the use of yarn and enjoy the lovely jingles after project has been completed. There are many paper plate instruments to make using yarn, beans, glue and glitter

Children Love Activities and Engage Easily
It is not difficult to keep young children engaged in a nursery school setting. Children love to participate and they are eager to learn new things at a young age. The quality daycare center will never run out of classroom ideas because ordinary materials foster extraordinary outcomes. Enroll your child today

What are microplastics?

Microplastics are plastic pieces scattered all over our planet as a result of long-term pollution. Although they are very small at 5 millimeters or less in length, they have already made a large-scale impact on our environment.

Microplastics are a relatively recent discovery, with the term “microplastics” first making rounds in 2004 by marine biologist Richard Thompson. Scientific interest in microplastics had increased in the 2010s after a series of reports had been released estimating the amount of microplastics that have accumulated in our world today, and its potential for destruction on the environment.

Microplastics are made of carbon and hydrogen bonded together in what is known as a polymer chain, but other chemicals can be present on them. There are two distinct types of microplastics: primary microplastics and secondary microplastics. Primary microplastics originate from human manufactured products, especially those made for our bodies, such as makeup and synthetic clothing like polyester and nylon. If you’ve seen tiny beads in your exfoliating scrub, those would be primary microplastics, often marketed as “microbeads.” Secondary microplastics are the results of larger plastics that have undergone weathering, which is when minerals break down after being exposed to various atmospheric conditions, such as high temperatures and strong winds.

Microplastics are a cause for concern due to the fact they are not biodegradable, or environmentally sustainable. Once they are in the environment, there is no way for its parts to break down and blend back into the Earth. Marine ecosystems are especially in trouble, as oceans are where the majority of microplastics accumulate, scientists referring to it as a “plastic soup.” China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam have been reported to dump the most plastic into the sea out of all countries. Because of its underwater ubiquity, aquatic animals can accidentally consume microplastics that can cause a range of health problems. Microplastics have also been found in freshwater, soil, air, and landfills. By 2050, we could see over 12 billion metric tons of fake plastic mountains littered all over our planet.

Thankfully, there have been many solutions proposed to help slow down the accumulation of microplastics. The United Nations Environment Programme has encouraged over a hundred countries to educate their citizens on plastic pollution, and reuse and recycle plastic products as much as possible. The Microbead-Waters Act of 2015 was passed in the United States, effectively ending the production and sale of personal care products containing microbeads. Several other countries have since followed suit, including Canada and the United Kingdom. With more and more people becoming aware of the state of our Earth nowadays, we can work together to mitigate all kinds of environmental concerns.

Party time once Social Distancing is over

Return To A Life of Socialing after Social Distancing Recommendations End The Centers for Disease Control and prevention in the United States has issued guidelines for what they call community mitigation strategies to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus – the Coronavirus. They’re calling this recommendation ‘social distancing’, which refers to the conscious effort to keep yourself at a distance of 6 to 10 feet from other people so as to reduce the spread of this deadly virus.

This has been interpreted in many ways by government officials and those in charge. Some think that it means no socialization with anybody not in your immediate family. Others say two or three people or even four or five is okay. Others say it’s okay to invite even a small group of maybe 10 friends over for dinner. Overall the consensus is that if you don’t live with the person and don’t have to be around them except for things like shopping and similar situations that you maintain a distance.

It has wreaked havoc on people of all ages. Schools have temporarily closed, The students are studying at home and on the internet. Many people have lost jobs or are working from home. Social events have been temporarily delayed or canceled. Social get-togethers with friends have been canceled for the time being. Birthday parties have been canceled. Bounce house rental companies are temporarily closed. Gym and exercise attendance has severely decreased. Even funerals have seen fewer people at the sites because of social distancing. So how long do we expect this to last until we can finally return to interacting with the people around us?

We are encouraged to be cautious. High School proms and graduations are being postponed. Festivals and celebrations that normally have thousands of visitors may not happen this year, affecting the tent rentals and party industry. Humans are a social animal and interacting with others is part of our experience. The government has begun talking about the time when we will be able to reverse what is happening now as we work to re-boost the economy/ We will see people on dates again. We’ll see birthday parties and kids playing in bounce houses. We will see people wanting to entertain. Initially people will be cautious, as we take a moderated approach to make sure that the virus has been eradicated. Our future holds promise for doing many of the activities that we all miss so much.

It is expected the ways we interact will change to a certain degree, But the general consensus is that we will return to basically a normal life once again. I believe we will see the tent rentals and festivals going on. I believe public access to Parks and Recreation will return to basically normal. Bounce houses will continue to be rented for birthday parties. Company picnic ideas will be tossed around.

How we approach people and interact with strangers at these events may change a little. For example, somebody showing any evidence of an infectious illness will probably be shunned, at least until time has passed and we’re sure that the epidemic is completely over.

Can you imagine not being able to ever go to a festival or fair where we get to enjoy the products and benefits of other cultures? Or to socialize under the entertainment & food tents? What about the annual Easter egg hunt at the local church? Or to not be able to go to discuss company picnic ideas. I believe these things will eventually return to normal. These have provided great times where we have been able to interact with those we know. I remember many major occasions such as Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day and the 4th of July when it was almost impossible to get a picnic table at a park because of a birthday celebration or special events. As an employer I always looked forward to our annual company picnic or outing.

Speaking with friends that work for City Parks and Recreation and several special events planners, they believe these events will continue to happen in the future, but that we will see much more cleanliness before and during the event. At least for a time we will be more aware of the people around us and how we interact with them.

As we become comfortable more and more of us will dine out and meet with family and friends and tell stories about our sacrifices with social distancing. We may never fully return to doing things exactly the same way, but at least now we see a brighter future and are more prepared. Perhaps some of us will take advantage of exercise opportunities away from the crowds where we can enjoy those close to us and take advantage of the incredible systems we have already created for our enjoyment,

I see a bright future. The thing I miss most is watching a new release on the big screen and munching on popcorn.