Monthly Archives: February 2011

Foster Excitement in Daycare Age Children on Presidents Day

With Presidents day in the United States, it is a great time to talk to you children some about who and what a president is. It is likely your daycare and childcare will have many activities today revolving around Presidents Day. Capitalize on the opportunity to stir your children’s interest in presidents and a democratic government. It is important for everyone, including our children, to know who and what they are. It is never too early to begin to teach them the wider world and how it run and controlled by the government. Make sure to illustrate how a democracy is a government of the people and working for the people. In a democratic government the people have the power to control how the government helps the people.

If I Were President
A great book to get your children thinking about presidents.

I know it can be all too tempting to avoid politics and government when speaking to others and your children. However, doing this is a great disservice to you, to your children, and the world around you as a whole. Government and politics is what make our world work and it is very important to make sure that everyone is involved. Try to get your child interested in politics. Teach your children in a democratic society how each person gets a vote on how things are run by the government. Explain to your child who carries out those decisions, such as the president. Make sure to teach them how empowered everyone in democratic society can be. Instill a sense of duty and civic responsibility in your children so they will grow up to be good stewards of the country. These are some of the values to hold dear as they are the core of society.

President From Hawaii
Dr. Carolan's latest children's book explores the 44th President's history.

I do warn heavily against injecting any of your own opinions on the current political climate or the governments inner workings today. Daycare age children need to learn the basic function and idea behind government. Children need to understand the process. Your children need to learn the importance of how democracy should provide for its people and how the government goes about doing that. If you interject bitterness, frustration or anger in these discussions you will inadvertently associate these feelings with politics and the government. This is something you should work to avoid. To assure a bright future for your children and the generations of their children after we all must do our best to make the voters of tomorrow excited to be a part of a democracy. So just remember, teach your daycare age children the what and how of democracy and how the presidents lead these nations.

The Everything Kids' Presidents
Filled with fun facts, trivia, and 30 puzzles!

A great place to start would be to talk about our current president of the United States of America, President Barak Obama. Here is a list of quick facts that you can use in your discussion. You can also talk about thee many great presidents in our nations history. There are many worth discussing. After you are done with President Obama look up some interesting facts from your own favorite president.

  • President Barack Obama
  • 44th President of the United States of America
  • Born August 4, 1961 (1961-08-04)
  • He is 49 years old.
  • He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • He is a member of the Democratic Party.
  • His wife is called the First Lady. Her name is Michelle Obama.
  • He lives in The White House. This is where all American Presidents live when they are in office.
Woman For President
In 1872, American women couldn’t vote, but they could run for president.

Talk to them about democratic processes and how they work. You can even take this a step further and demonstrate to your daycare age child how it works. Maybe the family can vote on dinner or what game to play. Vote for a President for a day. That President can be in charge of who is cleaning up what at playtime.

Just keep in mind that your job as a parent of daycare age children is to teach them of the world and get them excited about all the important things that will make a difference in their lives.

Big George
Before he was the face on the dollar bill, George Washington was a shy boy with a hot temper.

As parenting advice from we hope that you will take this to heart and get your children excited and interested in democracy. It is an incredibly important and vital part of our way of life and as it will be your children’s. Foster the excitement and hope that will only serve to make any democracy a better place for its people.

Happy Presidents Day!

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Valentine’s Day at Daycare

valentineValentine’s Day is coming up soon and it’s important that you and your child are prepared for whatever your daycare may be planning. Often times daycare centers have big Valentine’s Day celebrations with crafts, activities, and treats for the kids. Make sure you’re prepared and your child is prepared for the fun day at daycare. It can be quite awkward for child to arrive to special days like this at daycare and not be prepared along with the other children. Missing out on Valentine’s for everyone at the daycare or treats to share with them can be quite sad for your child and embarrassing for you.

Just as with other celebrations at daycare it’s important to touch base with your provider to find out what they prefer to do for their own daycare’s Valentine Day celebration. Depending on if you take them to a childcare center or an in-home daycare provider it is important to know what kind of celebration the children are going to have. Even if you have a nanny or a babysitter that watches your children just for a few hours, make sure that you are ready for this fun day.

Make sure that you child brings a valentine for everyone in their class at daycare. You might even make a couple extra ones just in case there is a mix up. Be sure to talk to day care provider to find out how many to make or get a list of all of the children so they can be addressed to them. When you approach your daycare provider about this information, make sure to touch base on what the Valentines Day celebration will be like and if there is anything you can do to help. You may be asked to bring some treats or something more specific for whatever the daycare may have planned for your children. Talk to them early to make sure you’re ready because you’re likely need to prepare some things for child ahead of time.

It’s a great opportunity to talk to your child about Valentine’s Day and why we celebrate those around us that we care for. It’s a good time to reinforce the idea that selfless giving to others and the celebration of your friendship is what holidays like this are all about. Valentine’s Day is not about getting candy, treats or little stuffed animals. Valentine’s Day is about making a conscious effort to show appreciation for others. Continue to instill these types of values in your children and watch how quickly they grow up into wonderful people.

Daycare Crafting Ideas for Valentine's Day
Check out this great guide to fun crafts!

It is a lot of fun for the whole family to sit down and craft valentines for each other, those at daycare, and even those that might be in your office, workplace or neighborhood. It can be a lot of fun to pull out the crafts and come up with Valentine’s Day cards for each other. Your children will love the time with you and you can help them make special valentines.

Be sure to have your child create a special Valentine’s Day card for their daycare provider, teacher, nanny or babysitter. They will certainly enjoy the special attention from your child and will be touched to be included. This is the icing on the cake for life lessons and why we recognize each other and give without thought of receiving.

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