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Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-27-2020, 03:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,013
Posted By CeriBear
I work in a center and our policy is NOT to give...

I work in a center and our policy is NOT to give the parents our personal emails or phone numbers. They can contact me through the center phone during business hours or through the app we use.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-29-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 534
Posted By CeriBear
Iíll be watching. Iíve always been a political...

Iíll be watching. Iíve always been a political nerd óeven before I could vote.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By CeriBear
Of course it will offend someone. People get...

Of course it will offend someone. People get offended over every little thing these days. PC has gotten way out of hand.

Personally, I think the shirt is funny.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,135
Posted By CeriBear
I try my best to ignore constant tattling or to...

I try my best to ignore constant tattling or to make light of it. One day I had a girl come up to me and say “Ms. Ceri. Johnny is crawling around on the playground like he’s a dog.” I laughed and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2020, 06:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,286
Posted By CeriBear
I usually give the same thing to each child....

I usually give the same thing to each child. Books are my favorite thing to give them. My end of the year gift is usually a book and a goodie bag with candy and either crayons or a tub of play dough....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I had to send out a similar one about breakfast....

I had to send out a similar one about breakfast. At my center we serve breakfast from 8:15-8:30. If you want to wait until 8:45 to bring your child. thatís fine just please feed him breakfast at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2020, 04:10 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I once had a child pee on the floor and then...

I once had a child pee on the floor and then another child came and sat in it before I could stop him. It was rather embarrassing having to explain to dad why his child had on a different pair or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-26-2020, 03:18 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I once had a mom get highly upset with me when...

I once had a mom get highly upset with me when DCB got a bit of mud on his shirt. Apparently the shirt was new and she wanted him to be able to wear it to Church on Sundays. Why dress a child for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By CeriBear
I think discipline is different from punishment...

I think discipline is different from punishment as it teaches correct behaviors rather than just focusing on bad ones. Putting Johnny in time out for knocking over Jimmys tower in the block center is...
Forum: Curriculum 08-22-2020, 06:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,422
Posted By CeriBear
Painting on bubble wrap is a fun activity. Iíve...

Painting on bubble wrap is a fun activity. Iíve saved the bubble wrap from things Iíve ordered and then brought it to use for art. Yes, many of the kids will pop it but itís still fun.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-22-2020, 06:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 492
Posted By CeriBear
Thatís I what I do as well. Child: ďI makked...

Thatís I what I do as well.
Child: ďI makked up my cot myself.Ē
Me: ďYou made up your cot all by yourself?Ē

Again for me it depends on the age. Iím more likely to correct a 4 year old than a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-22-2020, 05:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By CeriBear
Reward Jar

Iím thinking about using a reward jar with my new class. I really donít like giving out stickers or other goodies to the kids who are following the rules but I want to do something as an incentive....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2020, 05:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 492
Posted By CeriBear
Depends on the age. I donít correct toddlers or...

Depends on the age. I donít correct toddlers or young preschoolers but by the time they are in pre-k I do. I once had a 5 year old tell me ďhe taked my fire truck.Ē I simply told him ďyou mean he...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 08-17-2020, 03:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 753
Posted By CeriBear
Preschool Lesson Plan Template

Does anyone have one to share or know of a website where you can find some to download?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By CeriBear
Ideas for Dramatic Play Center

I need some ideas to improve my dramatic play center. Since COVID I have had to put away most items in this center. Dress up clothes and baby blankets and bedding are not allowed to be used in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,256
Posted By CeriBear
I work in a large center and we serve breakfast...

I work in a large center and we serve breakfast for the preschoolers at 8:30. If they come at 8:40 we will still serve them but if they walk in at 8:59 and everything is put up then they donít get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By CeriBear
I once had the kids draw on sandpaper with...

I once had the kids draw on sandpaper with crayons and then placed the drawing down on a piece of white paper and used a warm iron to have the design transfer to the white paper. If you are working...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
This is sad rather than a true vent but... ...

This is sad rather than a true vent but...

On Friday a 4yo child asked me if policemen were bad. I told him no, that police officers are good and help to keep us safe. He then said he heard on TV...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By CeriBear
I donít do a lot of crafts either. I believe that...

I donít do a lot of crafts either. I believe that for 3-4 year olds the process is much better than being told what to make. I work in a large center and we are supposed to limit or not even do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2020, 06:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By CeriBear
Art For Preschoolers

I think we need a thread where we can share art ideas. Iím a member of the arts and crafts social group but nothing is ever posted there.
Some of my favorites:

Puffy paint: this is my go to art...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 828
Posted By CeriBear
Nope. Daycare is totally separate. If a parent...

Nope. Daycare is totally separate. If a parent asked me to take away privileges at school just because their child is being disciplined at home Iíd tell them no. Iím not going to change my routine or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 52,164
Posted By CeriBear
I donít think itís a bad word along the lines of...

I donít think itís a bad word along the lines of the F word or the S word but I donít use it in front of the children nor do I allow them to use it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2020, 06:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 723
Posted By CeriBear
I love it when a child says that. Sometimes it...

I love it when a child says that. Sometimes it just makes my day. I was rewarding the children with Frozen stickers one day and one little girl whined that she wanted Elsa not Olaf. Another child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2020, 06:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 776
Posted By CeriBear
Exactly. Most parents donít care what type...

Exactly.

Most parents donít care what type we use but I once had a parent bring in special sunscreen because they only wanted snowflake to use ďthe natural one.Ē No allergies just being picky....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-08-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
OMG! And I tend to get a little mad when a...

OMG! And I tend to get a little mad when a parent sends a girl in a dress without shorts underneath.

My vent for the day. Why do some parents think itís great for 4 year old Johnny to be able to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-04-2020, 07:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,467
Posted By CeriBear
We may have to start wearing them. I donít think...

We may have to start wearing them. I donít think the kids will be required to ( except those 6 and up which doesnít apply to us) but staff likely will.

I donít like to wear them. Iím allergic to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,100
Posted By CeriBear
I never force a child to sleep during nap time....

I never force a child to sleep during nap time. With my 4 year olds all but about 2 of them still nap at least part of the time. I donít think your child not sleeping will be an issue as long as he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,136
Posted By CeriBear
I think you should mention your concerns to the...

I think you should mention your concerns to the parents. The dragging gait and the tremors would have me very worried too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2020, 04:07 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I do this as well. I’m often commenting and...

I do this as well. I’m often commenting and praising the kids who follow the rules rather than getting after those who do little things that are wrong. If a couple of kids are messing around with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2020, 04:37 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I have a 4 year old who is constantly pushing my...

I have a 4 year old who is constantly pushing my buttons with his behavior. Normally I donít let the childrenís actions get to me but this kid is making me go nuts. He can be sweet at times but when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2020, 06:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By CeriBear
Yep. Poking with forks is a big no-no in my...

Yep. Poking with forks is a big no-no in my classroom. Itís too dangerous. Most other misbehaviors at lunch get a warning before being moved to sit alone but not this one. It only takes one poke in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,935
Posted By CeriBear
Yes. Kid had a 12 year old brother and it was...

Yes. Kid had a 12 year old brother and it was his old bag.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2020, 05:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,935
Posted By CeriBear
Iíll bet momís face turned bright red. :D

Iíll bet momís face turned bright red. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By CeriBear
I have the same problem with my 3-4 year old...

I have the same problem with my 3-4 year old class. I have mostly boys and about four of them are loud, extremely active, and tend to play rough and aggressive. Iíve found that separating them into...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 983
Posted By CeriBear
My center really doesnít have a dress code....

My center really doesnít have a dress code. During the main session we are not allowed to wear shorts but other than that almost anything goes. During the summer we can wear shorts as long as they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2020, 04:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By CeriBear
We are not allowed to solicit sales of anything...

We are not allowed to solicit sales of anything while we are on the clock. Itís okay if we leave a catalog in the break room for people to look through but we are not supposed to put fliers in kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2020, 05:00 AM
Replies: 2,108
Views: 346,126
Posted By CeriBear
I had a girl like this a few of years ago. She...

I had a girl like this a few of years ago. She was the sweetest and kindest kid Iíve ever had and her mom, dad, and both sets of grandparents were amazing. Such a great family. I was so sad when she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2020, 04:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,934
Posted By CeriBear
I donít require them to sleep but all the...

I donít require them to sleep but all the children are required to have a rest time as per licensing. This year I am lucky because all my class naps for at least part of the time. Those who awaken...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2020, 04:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,001
Posted By CeriBear
I did the lava lamp experiment yesterday. The...

I did the lava lamp experiment yesterday. The kids thought it was cool but the bubbles didnít last as long as I thought they would. It was an experiment for me too because I had never done it before....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2020, 06:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,935
Posted By CeriBear
My kiddos don’t have diaper bags but they do have...

My kiddos don’t have diaper bags but they do have backpacks that they use to take home bedding in. One time on a Monday a child opened his backpack to take out his clean bedding and out came a half...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2020, 06:12 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
Two words: Bossy introverts. :(

Two words: Bossy introverts. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 07:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,001
Posted By CeriBear
I’ve done the sink or float experiment and the...

I’ve done the sink or float experiment and the kids really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing everyone. I think I’m going to do the balloon and soda bottle experiment soon but I’ll do it outside.
Anyone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 05:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 845
Posted By CeriBear
All toys that are played with are either soaked...

All toys that are played with are either soaked or sprayed with sanitizing solution daily. If it canít be soaked or sprayed it has been put away. No more dress up clothes aside from shoes. Home...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 06-07-2020, 05:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,995
Posted By CeriBear
If you like to read about the Tudors have you...

If you like to read about the Tudors have you tried the Allison Weir series on Henry VIIIs wives? Iím reading the one on Katherine Howard right now.
Iím a Philippa Gregory fan too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 50,822
Posted By CeriBear
Iíd suggest talking with her and maybe sharing...

Iíd suggest talking with her and maybe sharing some duties with her. Talk with her and explain that though you are the lead you would like her input. Maybe let her plan a few activities or do chores...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2020, 07:10 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,039
Posted By CeriBear
Whining and tattling. I donít want to get to...

Whining and tattling. I donít want to get to upset when they tattle because Iím afraid they wonít tell me when I really need to know about something. I encourage them to work things out with each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-27-2020, 06:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,001
Posted By CeriBear
Preschool Science Experiments

I love doing science experiments with my 3-4 year old class and I thought it might be nice to have a thread where we can exchange ideas. Iíve done volcanos, storms in a cup, oil and water, and color...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2020, 05:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,702
Posted By CeriBear
I work at a large center and only children and...

I work at a large center and only children and staff are allowed to enter the building. We have staff stationed at the entrance in the morning to accept drop offs. Each child has a temp check and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
That is terrible! It makes me sick to think that...

That is terrible! It makes me sick to think that some people are jacking up the price of things just because they are in high demand. I saw that someone was trying to sell a six pack of toilet paper...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 05:15 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I think this is a great idea. I wonder if more...

I think this is a great idea. I wonder if more states will do something like this. My state hasnít yet done so.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2020, 06:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,980
Posted By CeriBear
My center is checking each childís temperature as...

My center is checking each childís temperature as they come to the door. Anything over 99.5 and they are sent home before entering the building. So far we have not had to turn anyone away.
Staff...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2020, 05:36 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 65,754
Posted By CeriBear
We are doing this as well. Parents are allowed to...

We are doing this as well. Parents are allowed to come to the door and a staff member will walk the child to the parent. We’ve been doing this for the past few days and most parents are very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2020, 06:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,020
Posted By CeriBear
This child does have allergies. He sniffles and...

This child does have allergies. He sniffles and coughs a lot especially during the spring and fall and mild asthma. All of this is listed on his health form. In the post you are referring to this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 65,754
Posted By CeriBear
I had to do my weekly grocery shopping today and...

I had to do my weekly grocery shopping today and practically all staples were sold out. No milk. No bottled water. No eggs. No Kleenex. No toilet paper. No baby wipes. Meat and other items like pasta...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 859
Posted By CeriBear
I donít just make them say sorry because they...

I donít just make them say sorry because they donít really know what that means. I encourage them to be kind to each other and to try and see how their actions might make other feel. If Johnny goes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2020, 06:31 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 65,754
Posted By CeriBear
My center is lowering the fever threshold from...

My center is lowering the fever threshold from over 100 to over 99.
I went to the drugstore on the way home from work and they had a sign up saying that customers are limited to one package of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2020, 04:34 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 65,754
Posted By CeriBear
Hand sanitizer is in short supply too. Seems...

Hand sanitizer is in short supply too. Seems folks are stocking up on it. I like to keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer hooked on my belt loop because I canít always get to soap and water when we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2020, 04:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,020
Posted By CeriBear
I once had a kid with a sore throat, cough,...

I once had a kid with a sore throat, cough, runny nose, and a 100.9 temperature and the parent saying it was just allergies. Iíve suffered from severe seasonal allergies for as long as I can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2020, 06:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 790
Posted By CeriBear
Iíd tell mommy that we are required to go outside...

Iíd tell mommy that we are required to go outside when the weather permits. Children need to get fresh air and be able to run, jump, climb, and explore. If she is so worried that snowflake might...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2020, 05:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,070
Posted By CeriBear
Did she do it on purpose just to be ornery? Or...

Did she do it on purpose just to be ornery? Or was it a true potty accident. I once had a child pee on the carpet because he was angry with me for making him leave the block center after he knocked...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2020, 05:22 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 65,754
Posted By CeriBear
Concerned yes, but not freaking out worried or...

Concerned yes, but not freaking out worried or stressed. Iím simply going to take the same precautions that I do for influenza A and B.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2020, 05:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 656
Posted By CeriBear
We do lots of science experiments like sink and...

We do lots of science experiments like sink and float, rainstorm in a cup, and making volcanos.

We make playdough, moonsand, and slime as a group.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2020, 05:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 942
Posted By CeriBear
Great advice all. Itís probably best to just keep...

Great advice all. Itís probably best to just keep on doing what Iíve been doing and hope it gets better. I have told all the kids that itís important to tell the truth because if they are constantly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2020, 04:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 891
Posted By CeriBear
My biggest one now is ďkind wordsĒ as I have a...

My biggest one now is ďkind wordsĒ as I have a few who have started saying mean things to each other. Ugh. Girl drama with 4yos. I didnít think it started so young.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 942
Posted By CeriBear
Lies

I need advice. I have 4yo boy who is constantly telling me and my afternoon assistant lies. Once he told her that he had dropped his cookie and as it turned out he had eaten it. Once he came up to me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2020, 05:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,097
Posted By CeriBear
We are required by licensing to have a nap/rest...

We are required by licensing to have a nap/rest time for an all day program. I donít ever force a child to sleep but they are required to lie quietly on their cots and rest. If a child is falling...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2020, 05:53 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,039
Posted By CeriBear
What’s annoying me now? A really bad sinus...

What’s annoying me now? A really bad sinus infection and allergies too. Sinus headache, runny nose, cough, itchy eyes—ugh.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2020, 05:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,854
Posted By CeriBear
I had a 3yo boy who acted similar. He couldnít...

I had a 3yo boy who acted similar. He couldnít see to focus on anything and he would wander aimlessly from center to center sometimes even pushing over other kids creations in the block area or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2020, 06:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,602
Posted By CeriBear
Yep! I cringe when I see these moms and dads...

Yep!
I cringe when I see these moms and dads carrying in these 4 year old pre-k kids. When are you going to stop? Kindergarten? First grade? Fifth grade?
I teach preschool and my kids are all 3.5...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2020, 06:20 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,039
Posted By CeriBear
Sounds a lot like my vent. I have a child who...

Sounds a lot like my vent. I have a child who takes an hour fall asleep and makes a lot of noise by rolling around on his cot. One of my girls has been extra whiny and emotional because mom has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 493
Posted By CeriBear
Try to find a toy or activity that she likes and...

Try to find a toy or activity that she likes and sit with her for a minute. When she seems focused and having fun either walk away and encourage another child to play with her.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2020, 06:33 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I just need to rant here. Yesterday was one of my...

I just need to rant here. Yesterday was one of my roughest days in the 4 years I have been teaching 3-4 year olds at a center. First of all five of the children didnít sleep or even rest during...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 05:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By CeriBear
Iím really into using natural cleaners so I use...

Iím really into using natural cleaners so I use Thieves cleaner available through Young Living essential oils. Iíve never tried it on vomit but it works well on getting urine and poopy smells out.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2020, 05:23 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I wouldnít have but as soon as mom mentioned...

I wouldnít have but as soon as mom mentioned Walmart he wanted to go with her.

Maybe he always gets a toy at Wally World.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I had a 4yo who threw a huge fit when mom came to...

I had a 4yo who threw a huge fit when mom came to pick him up because he wanted to stay and play. So mommy asks him if he wanted to stay with his friends and Ms. Ceri while she went to Walmart....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2020, 05:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 895
Posted By CeriBear
We use Hi Mama and I love it. Itís much easier to...

We use Hi Mama and I love it. Itís much easier to do things electronically rather than having a clipboard with a bunch of papers. Itís easy to sign kids in and out, take pictures and videos to send...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,272
Posted By CeriBear
Three kids? I think I might have laughed at that...

Three kids? I think I might have laughed at that statement. I have to get at least 10 kids out the door every day.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 786
Posted By CeriBear
No, this is not normal for a 4 year old to drink...

No, this is not normal for a 4 year old to drink like this. I work with 3.5 to 4s and none of them have problems drinking from a regular cup.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2019, 05:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,740
Posted By CeriBear
I definitely do not tell a parent every time a...

I definitely do not tell a parent every time a child misbehaves. My kids are 3-4 and they are occasionally doing to test their boundaries. If a child does something repeatedly and is not normal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,338
Posted By CeriBear
Hope you are able to make your trip and that you...

Hope you are able to make your trip and that you stay well. The nerve of some people to bring your child to school or daycare when you know they are sick.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By CeriBear
Yes. Keep reporting. All of it is upsetting to me...

Yes. Keep reporting. All of it is upsetting to me but that part about the Tylenol is especially disturbing. Drugging children so that you can party away. Sick! My heart breaks for these children...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By CeriBear
Itís sad but it does happen fairly often. A...

Itís sad but it does happen fairly often.

A few years ago I had a 4yo who had been sent to the directorís office for pulling his pants down in front of a group of kids out on the playground. It...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2019, 05:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,182
Posted By CeriBear
I have the shoe issues too but for me it is worse...

I have the shoe issues too but for me it is worse in the warmer months. Some parents send the kids in flip flops or crocs which are totally inappropriate for climbing on the playground equipment.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2019, 04:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,683
Posted By CeriBear
Yes. If they are sleeping they obviously still...

Yes. If they are sleeping they obviously still need a nap. I never force a child to nap or wake up a sleeping child before nap time is over.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 936
Posted By CeriBear
I do the same thing. I had a 3.5 yo girl throw a...

I do the same thing. I had a 3.5 yo girl throw a screaming fit the other day because there were already 4 kids in the block area and she wanted to play there now. I told her that throwing a fit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2019, 06:10 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 611
Posted By CeriBear
Girl Drama in Preschool

Slight rant here. Iíve always said that girls are easier to handle than boys at ages 3-4. Preschool girls are usually quieter and more easy going and willing to learn.

This year I have to say my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,831
Posted By CeriBear
This^ Teaching children self- help skills is...

This^
Teaching children self- help skills is just as important as academic skills. Iíd much rather have a 3.5 year old who can blow his own nose and wipe his own bottom rather than name all the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By CeriBear
Yes, kids do get hurt at daycare but you canít...

Yes, kids do get hurt at daycare but you canít expect a parent not to be concerned/upset when their child is involved. Black Cat is right. Unless the mom is blaming you for what happened Iíd just let...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2019, 04:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,224
Posted By CeriBear
Last year our center had a fire drill on a cold...

Last year our center had a fire drill on a cold winter day. We had to go outside ASAP. When we got outside a 3.5 year old boy said ďitís effing cold out here.Ē
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,822
Posted By CeriBear
I teach my kids to say please and thank you when...

I teach my kids to say please and thank you when we serve meals and snacks.

We use our forks and spoons to eat. No fingers unless it is finger foods or something like pizza.

Respect each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2019, 05:39 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
It drives me nuts to see 3.5 to 4 year olds who...

It drives me nuts to see 3.5 to 4 year olds who canít put on their coats, wipe their own noses, or use forks and spoons. What makes it worse is that some of these kiddos are the ones that can recite...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2019, 05:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,453
Posted By CeriBear
My center doesnít close for Halloween but it...

My center doesnít close for Halloween but it seems parents pick up earlier to take the kids trick or treating. As to the day after I just expect a lot of the kids to be on a sugar high and or a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-05-2019, 06:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,120
Posted By CeriBear
I hate having to move the children from one place...

I hate having to move the children from one place to another when an event is going on or things are chaotic. I always wait until the elementary school kids have left for the afternoon before I take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2019, 06:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By CeriBear
How old is this child?

How old is this child?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,260
Posted By CeriBear
Iíve never had someone ask me to shorten naptime....

Iíve never had someone ask me to shorten naptime. I have had a parent ask me how long naptime is and what we do for a child who doesnít nap. I tell them that all children must lie down on a cot...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,480
Posted By CeriBear
Just because a particular child isnít a good fit...

Just because a particular child isnít a good fit for a program doesnít mean the provider is in the wrong profession. Itís the same way with daycare teachers. Some providers prefer to work from home...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2019, 03:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 17,197
Posted By CeriBear
I work in a large center and I am always counting...

I work in a large center and I am always counting heads especially after transitions. When all the classes are out on the playground we have a chalkboard to write down the names of the children who...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
I donít think an employer can require anyone to...

I donít think an employer can require anyone to give a two weeks notice. They can ask that you do and itís always courteous to give notice before you leave but nothing says you have to.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2019, 06:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,278
Posted By CeriBear
Agreed. There are several things Iíve heard other...

Agreed. There are several things Iíve heard other teachers say to their children that make me cringe. Maybe Iím just being a nit pick but I donít think licensing or a parent would approve of a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2019, 05:31 AM
Replies: 5,952
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,607
Posted By CeriBear
We are allowed to have our cell phones on us in...

We are allowed to have our cell phones on us in case of an emergency but we are NOT supposed to use them while supervising children. This particular teacher I mentioned is extremely bad about...
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