The Great Experiment

I love social experiments.  Hence, my undying fascination with reality tv shows.  That’s why I try to avoid them.  They’re like an addiction for me.  But that’s not what “The Great Experiment” is about. As you probably already know, I am a home daycare provider in a tiny little town in Ontario.  I’m doing it…

You Know You’re A Home Daycare Provider If …

1. You speak in third person between the hours of 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 2. You narrate everything you do between the hours of 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 3. It takes you until 5:30 pm to realize you’ve got two chocolate pudding handprints on your torso — but nobody else knows…

Our Natural Playscape Experiment

My last post was about our Little World, an area of the backyard dedicated to the creation of miniature tableaus for pretend play primarily for our daycare kids .  The rest of the backyard has also been undergoing a slow transformation to an environment that incorporates as many natural elements as possible.  We have a…

Adventures in Little World-ing (or, Stealing From Teacher Tom)

Natural Playscaping is an increasing trend in Early Childhood Education right now.  Natural Playscapes are simply that:  safe areas to play where children can interact with natural features (hills, streams, dry river beds, digging pits), natural foliage (trees, herbs, flowers), and natural playthings (rocks, shells, branches) and/or toys, climbers or swings made from all-natural products,…