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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2017, 07:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,133
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Oh, my gosh...this is cracking me up. This is a...

Oh, my gosh...this is cracking me up. This is a serious pet peeve for me. I had my evacuation maps posted (so stupid!), and yet I got in trouble because I'd missed a new rule that said I needed...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 08-14-2017, 02:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,237
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
This is who I use. They've been easy and helpful.

This is who I use. They've been easy and helpful.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2017, 07:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Wow. That's impressive.

Wow. That's impressive.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 936
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Also...another thing to try. You can build up...

Also...another thing to try. You can build up his endurance. Play with him, then have some chore you need to attend to for two minutes: "I've got to go stir the soup. I'll be right back!" Go, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 936
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I'd agree with the idea to give him jobs he can...

I'd agree with the idea to give him jobs he can do to help you.

It might also help to put something really appealing right next to where you are for a while--a sensory bin, for example.

But I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2017, 06:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 939
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Thank you, everyone, for helping me to think this...

Thank you, everyone, for helping me to think this through. It's a tricky one!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2017, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 939
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Thank you, that's helpful. How would you define...

Thank you, that's helpful. How would you define "near?"
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2017, 06:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 939
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
That does make sense. How do you define "right...

That does make sense. How do you define "right before?" What if they leave a day or a few days' buffer to get around it?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 939
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yes--I agree about simpler is better. My policy...

Yes--I agree about simpler is better. My policy is worded something like your example. Unfortunately, it doesn't stop them from giving notice 2 weeks before my vacation, and therefore not paying...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-08-2017, 06:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 939
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Help With Wording Policy--End Of Care Around Vacations

I am re-thinking (again) my policy regarding parents giving notice. Parents are expected to give me (at least) 2 weeks' notice if their child is leaving. They are also expected to pay for my 3...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,318
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
When my daughter hit kindergarten age, I dropped...

When my daughter hit kindergarten age, I dropped Fridays so I could have one day dedicated just to her. My kids were all part-time anyway (not my choice, just happened that way), so I was able to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2017, 06:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Talk To Me About Paypal

A parent just asked if I can accept a payment through paypal. I use paypal personally, to pay for things, but currently take only cash or checks for tuition. Does anyone use paypal and have advice?...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2017, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 588
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I use these methods: --Group email. (I use...

I use these methods:

--Group email. (I use yahoogroups, though there's probably something more up-to-date; I've been doing this a long time!) I send an email daily to the whole group, giving...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I'll try to take a picture of it tomorrow when...

I'll try to take a picture of it tomorrow when the light's better. In the meantime, I found these:
http://daycare.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=237&pictureid=1794
Drying rack is on the wall on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Oh, man...I was just about to refer you to the...

Oh, man...I was just about to refer you to the awesome drying rack I bought when I began working at home (I'd had a huge wire one at school, but wanted something more attractive in my home), and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2017, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 697
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yes, I bought a wicker nest-like dog bed at IKEA,...

Yes, I bought a wicker nest-like dog bed at IKEA, and a sheepskin to go inside. Put it underneath a low countertop in our studio, with a curtain in front, and it makes the perfect secret...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2017, 05:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yay! Congratulations!

Yay! Congratulations!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2017, 05:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,901
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
And...if you'd gotten strep, you wouldn't have...

And...if you'd gotten strep, you wouldn't have been able to visit your mother at a time when you especially need to! Makes her decision even more selfish and inconsiderate.

SO glad you caught...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2016, 08:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,243
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
When giving parents a choice on a permission...

When giving parents a choice on a permission slip, I am really upfront about my reasons for asking, in essence, saying "this is what we do; I need your permission." For example, I have a 2-part...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2016, 06:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 883
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I have children ages 3-8. Half are preschoolers,...

I have children ages 3-8. Half are preschoolers, half are homeschoolers. Like you say, I wanted my daughter (7) to have peers during the day.

I found it very difficult to find homeschool...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2016, 09:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,226
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Cassiesue...I understood your post wasn't against...

Cassiesue...I understood your post wasn't against me; thank you! :-)

I wimped out on calling, but sent a very firmly worded email to the parent who'd dropped off. (Parents are divorced.) Turns...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,226
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Oh, yes, I have a very clear medication policy,...

Oh, yes, I have a very clear medication policy, and forms they are to fill out. He had written it himself, but mom must have given him the medicine, I would imagine. And yes, I took it away and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,226
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Self-Medicating Is Fine At 6 - Right?

Grrrr....just had a 6-year-old tell me that if his throat hurt during rest time, he'd need to take some medicine. I asked if he had medicine, and--yup!--out of his backpack comes liquid ibuprofen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2016, 05:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,063
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
My older-kid favorites are: mud kitchen...

My older-kid favorites are:
mud kitchen (beloved by all ages; always most used by all),
hula hoops,
badminton,
sleds,
bikes,
art cart (IKEA Raskog cart full of art supplies we keep in the shed...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 11-18-2016, 11:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,895
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Thursday's my last kid day of the week, and...

Thursday's my last kid day of the week, and Thursday-afternoon snack is leftovers. I put everything on a tray on a stool near their tables, and they come get what they want buffet-style.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2016, 05:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,848
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I have noticed parents underdressing kids in the...

I have noticed parents underdressing kids in the past...I think a lot of it stems from the fact that they're outside themselves just long enough to get from the car to the house, and spend the rest...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2016, 09:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,848
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Only if the weather report says it's dangerous to...

Only if the weather report says it's dangerous to be outside. We go out in almost everything; just vary how long we stay out.

Snowpants and coat, or snowsuit (preferred). Hat, good waterproof...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 10-31-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,625
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Oops. That didn't seem to work. Trying...

Oops. That didn't seem to work. Trying again.https://www.flickr.com/photos/12677127@N04/30576585402/in/dateposted-ff/
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 10-31-2016, 10:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,625
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Fun with Lunch Today for Halloween

https://www.facebook.com/FreetobeaChild/photos/a.166927850122713.37820.166915523457279/706318706183622/?type=3&theater
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2016, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Cornstarch is a good one to add, because the...

Cornstarch is a good one to add, because the texture when mixed with water is so interesting. Also it looks a lot like baking soda, so it's interesting to note that only one makes the reaction with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2016, 07:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 823
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
We read a new presidents book today, just right...

We read a new presidents book today, just right for preschool: "This Little President."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2016, 05:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,831
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Not too harsh. But I think it should say...

Not too harsh. But I think it should say starting at 5:00, because if you give them 5 minutes leeway, it's pretty much inviting them not to follow your policy. (i.e. I'd be more harsh.)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2016, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 823
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Ummm...I can spell "mnemonics." Really I...

Ummm...I can spell "mnemonics." Really I can.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 823
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Presidents came up over lunch today, so I thought...

Presidents came up over lunch today, so I thought of this question again.

I had put out one of those laminated presidents placemats, up like a poster near our table, because as I said earlier, my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2016, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 809
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I like really big blocks of time so kids can get...

I like really big blocks of time so kids can get deeply involved. My schedule is flexible and adapts according to mood, weather, kids' engagement, etc, but is generally:

8-11 Outside play (with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2016, 04:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 882
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I have a potential family coming to visit that...

I have a potential family coming to visit that day. I thought about saying it wasn't a good day, but hated to come off as all negative ("the kids'll be horrible!"). Crossing my fingers it's not too...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2016, 11:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 823
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I have somewhat older children...I'm doing some...

I have somewhat older children...I'm doing some election stuff with my homeschoolers: 6, 7, and 8 (though my 3 and 4 year olds listen in as we read). Here's what we've read so far. But some of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2016, 08:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I have a huge stash of formica tile...

I have a huge stash of formica tile samples--small rectangles of formica with a hole in the top. (Free from a home store; discontinued colors.) I put one on the basket with a binder ring; makes a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2016, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Thank you. Some goes home; some stays here...

Thank you.

Some goes home; some stays here to be re-used. Sometimes it depends how long they've been here. A child who's been using a field bag for 5 years is going to take it with them when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2016, 09:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yes...this is what I do. The problem in my head...

Yes...this is what I do. The problem in my head is that if a child is starting quickly, unless I ask for the deposit the day I meet them, it doesn't cover me if they back out three days later after...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2016, 04:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Thanks! :-)

Thanks! :-)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Starting quickly doesn't throw me off, but I do...

Starting quickly doesn't throw me off, but I do do a lot to prep and once had someone change their plans after I'd done it all--but before they'd paid me anything--which was annoying and got me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2016, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
thinking about "holding fee" with a quick start

I have always charged a 2-week "holding fee" which I apply to a child's last two weeks, to protect against getting ripped off with a family leaving without notice. But lately I've had a few parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2016, 05:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 736
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Baby sign is not the same as ASL, and just as...

Baby sign is not the same as ASL, and just as with speaking, I think it's much better to use the real words yourself, whether or not the baby/child can use them yet. They'll adapt a version that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2016, 06:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 887
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
We eat out WAY too often, because I simply can't...

We eat out WAY too often, because I simply can't cook/clean another thing by the end of the day!!

We have a scheduled family game night on Wednesdays. We call it "snacks and games," and we eat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2016, 07:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 857
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I have dropped down to only three kids on Mondays...

I have dropped down to only three kids on Mondays this year (how many fit in my car), so we can go on more field trips. Today was our first summer field trip--a hike followed by a few hours on a...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 06-26-2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,654
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Thought of more. There's a great story in "The...

Thought of more. There's a great story in "The Alfie Out of Doors Storybook"...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 06-26-2016, 07:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,654
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Ooh...good list! I wanted to add "On My Beach...

Ooh...good list! I wanted to add "On My Beach there are Many Pebbles" by Leo Lionni.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2016, 08:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yes...all this, and they don't nap! I have...

Yes...all this, and they don't nap!

I have a 12 year old who asked to come back this year to "volunteer" for 2 weeks, and I allowed it b/c I have room and she'd actually be very helpful. But I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2016, 05:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I wouldn't plan it for them. They'll have plenty...

I wouldn't plan it for them. They'll have plenty of ideas! But I would supply the environment with stuff that might support what they're doing. I added a solid (no gaps between boards) pallet to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2016, 09:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,431
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I'm so jealous! I live on a quiet street and my...

I'm so jealous! I live on a quiet street and my yard is surrounded by clear boundaries (strip of trees, raspberries, some fenced parts, etc.) and I can only let 7-and-up outside without me. Could...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2016, 08:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 772
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I have a different approach. I take dictation...

I have a different approach. I take dictation from children as long as they prefer it. Right now, that includes preschoolers, kindergartener, and first grader. Kids' writing "voice" is so much...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2016, 05:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 658
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Have you seen the book "The Curious Kids Science...

Have you seen the book "The Curious Kids Science Book...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2016, 09:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,678
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
No way on earth would I open at 4:30. But I just...

No way on earth would I open at 4:30. But I just wanted to chime in that I charge $15/hour outside of my normal operating hours, and only if it works with my schedule. Even then, it's barely worth...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2016, 08:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,138
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Oh, I'm so glad! :-)

Oh, I'm so glad! :-)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2016, 05:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 824
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
a) You make a really good point. I like this way...

a) You make a really good point. I like this way of connecting parents to their kids' feelings.

b) I was really scared by the title of this post...wondered what the heck did you do last night???...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,138
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yay! I hope you love it! :-) My daughter...

Yay! I hope you love it! :-)

My daughter especially loves it when I send her out to the garden to choose the bouquet.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2016, 07:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 736
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
My oldest kids LOVE the "preschool-y" types of...

My oldest kids LOVE the "preschool-y" types of sensory stuff they don't get to do anymore (except at my house): play with shaving cream, "cook" in the mud kitchen, etc.

They have free access in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2016, 02:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,138
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
No, it's real--the tea and treats are what's so...

No, it's real--the tea and treats are what's so enticing to the kids.

Tea: anything herbal. My kids' favorites are "Throat Coat," "Licorice Spice," and Peach. We once did hot chocolate (though...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2016, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,138
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
We love so many!! Here...

We love so many!! Here (https://www.pinterest.com/mcghol/very-favorite-poetry-collections-so-far/) are some of our favorites.
Also,
I am not allowed to set the table without the Mary Englebreit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2016, 06:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,251
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yes--I forgot to say that: we are open M-Th. So...

Yes--I forgot to say that: we are open M-Th. So Thursday afternoon snack is "leftovers." I use whatever little bits were left throughout the week and serve it buffet style; they come get what they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2016, 06:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,251
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
some kind of milk or yogurt (usually almond milk)...

some kind of milk or yogurt (usually almond milk)
greens (usually spinach, sometimes kale, cucumber, lettuce)
slightly more fruit than there were greens--anything! At least part of that should be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2016, 06:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,251
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Snacks are usually very simple here, and usually...

Snacks are usually very simple here, and usually have 2 items. Kids can have one or both, and portions are not limited (within reason; sometimes I do have to say that's all there is). However, if...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-23-2016, 12:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
That's the hardest part, because so much of what...

That's the hardest part, because so much of what makes Reggio great is collaboration between teachers! I moved from a co-teacher model in classrooms to home, and really had to rethink a LOT of...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-23-2016, 12:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
The more you trust children with beautiful...

The more you trust children with beautiful materials, and the more you observe them using them when given that trust and belief in their competence, the more you will see just how competent they are....
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-23-2016, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
You're welcome. I have some outdoor pictures on...

You're welcome. I have some outdoor pictures on this site, too, here (http://daycare.com/forum/album.php?albumid=95) and here (http://daycare.com/forum/album.php?albumid=185).
I have deep shade in...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-21-2016, 09:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
What a gift to your son. :-) I have only a...

What a gift to your son. :-)

I have only a minute, but will reply more later. For now,

A few of the great books I loved:
Authentic Childhood,
In the Spirit of the Studio (these 2 are about...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-21-2016, 08:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I taught in Reggio-inspired preschools for for 12...

I taught in Reggio-inspired preschools for for 12 years before opening my Reggio-inspired fcc 10 years ago. There are definitely differences and challenges at home! Do you have specific questions? ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2016, 09:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,069
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Oh, I'm so sorry. I know how it feels; I am...

Oh, I'm so sorry. I know how it feels; I am going through a weird year like that, too.

I decided to embrace it. On the days I have only 2 or 3 kids, we can take field trips in my small...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 04-13-2016, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,142
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Hah! I just saw this. That's exactly my kid...

Hah! I just saw this. That's exactly my kid right now. And he wants to lick everything on the plate twice and consider that a meal! Seriously? You can't hate everything.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 04-13-2016, 03:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,142
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Oh, what a bummer! Sorry. I do have a...

Oh, what a bummer! Sorry. I do have a not-so-picky crowd; just one super-picky one.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2016, 08:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 891
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
If you want pretty eye candy, you should get the...

If you want pretty eye candy, you should get the catalog from the Arbor Day Foundation: Nature Explore (http://shop.natureexplore.org/Natural-Products/). Dreamy outdoor stuff that I don't know how...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 04-11-2016, 01:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,221
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I have given recipes to my 8-yr-old summer kids...

I have given recipes to my 8-yr-old summer kids and pulled out ingredients and had them make snack while the younger kids nap--usually muffins. They've done a great job without any help, even when I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2016, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 915
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I bought the ones in the sky link above, here...

I bought the ones in the sky link above, here...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 915
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Love this...

Love this (http://sewliberated.typepad.com/sew_liberated/2011/10/things-we-do-after-nap-painting-the-sky.html) (painting on mirrors which reflect the sky).

Mirror "books."...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 04-05-2016, 09:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,142
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yes! As I'm cooking, I'm thinking "he's not...

Yes! As I'm cooking, I'm thinking "he's not going to even eat a bite...maybe I shouldn't use so much garlic...is that too much spinach?" and then my true self kicks in and says "I'm not cooking...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 04-05-2016, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,142
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Delicious Pasta--Even for My Pickiest Eater

We just had a yummy lunch, and the miracle is, my super-picky eater (whose lips, I swear, have never let a vegetable pass) ate seconds! Thought I'd share in case you've got anyone who won't eat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2016, 07:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,063
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I despise tattling and frequently call children...

I despise tattling and frequently call children on it, telling them that it is tattling, and sending them back to the other child to discuss it directly.

I recently read a really good description...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,251
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I sympathize. I've got a great reputation and...

I sympathize. I've got a great reputation and have been doing this for ages, but even still, I've got fewer kids than I want right now. Dry spells come.

I do have a bit of advice. I think, even...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2016, 12:09 PM
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Views: 1,456
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
What kind of shoes is he wearing? I have found...

What kind of shoes is he wearing? I have found that the toddlers who go barefoot or wear Robeez or the like rarely fall, while those in stiff shoes fall all the time. If that's a possibility, I'd...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2016, 11:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,138
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Totally love it. I have some great pictures of a...

Totally love it. I have some great pictures of a 6-year-old boy reading nursery rhymes to the group, but I don't have permission to share. Super cute! He's one of my most-enthusiastic teatime...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,138
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Something Fun to Try: Poetry Teatime

Just had to share this wonderful routine that we've added this year, and have fallen in love with. It's one of our favorite parts of our week: poetry teatime.

I got the idea from Julie Bogart,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2016, 05:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I went into fcc knowing I was going to homeschool...

I went into fcc knowing I was going to homeschool my daughter, so started with infants and toddlers and have been slowly increasing the age range. As of this year, I only accepted new 3-yr-olds and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2016, 05:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,198
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Close-knit family. Large blocks of...

Close-knit family.
Large blocks of uninterrupted time.
Ability to learn about the things that interest you in depth.
Ability to spend many hours outdoors.
Ability to learn in the way best suited...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2016, 10:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 901
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Whenever they are interested. Usually around...

Whenever they are interested. Usually around 14-15 months. At that age, if they want to use them, they sit on my lap and I hold the paper. By 2, free range. I don't use safety scissors. I find...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-20-2016, 09:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,890
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Casseroles almost no one will touch. Soups...

Casseroles almost no one will touch.

Soups are a success. Favorites are tomato, black bean, split pea, or potato (we're vegetarian).
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 01-19-2016, 06:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,630
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I like my Miele canister vacuum. Bought it after...

I like my Miele canister vacuum. Bought it after several cheaper ones died untimely deaths. This one's going strong, despite daily use.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-06-2016, 06:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 935
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
A roll per day. I buy it...

A roll per day.

I buy it subscribe-and-save by the case on Amazon, and when UPS pulls up everyone gets all excited--a huge package!! Nope--just the toilet paper.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2016, 05:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,074
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yeah, but then you'd need another one that says...

Yeah, but then you'd need another one that says "don't hit the sign." :-)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2016, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,295
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
A few additional ideas that helped me: a wool...

A few additional ideas that helped me:
a wool blanket on the snow to play on,
a pack-n-play set up in the snow for napping,
a wading pool as a dry place to play if the snow's too wet/cold to crawl...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I had no special baby equipment when I had...

I had no special baby equipment when I had infants. I would lay down a nice quilt or something for the baby when they visit, and set out a few simple toys on it for her. Then it's clear you're...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 686
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
I'd seat her right beside me so I could help...

I'd seat her right beside me so I could help without too much interruption. I'd also place her cup just out of reach and have her ask for my help when she wants a sip, until she better grasps the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,327
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
It was too stressful for me to try to get it all...

It was too stressful for me to try to get it all cleared before families arrive; it can take me hours. I knew I'd never be able to manage it, so I decided it was well worth it to hire a plow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 733
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Favorite books: "Demolition" by Sally Sutton...

Favorite books:
"Demolition" by Sally Sutton (She has several; all good. Great rhythm, very catchy, and lots of women workers.)
"Building a House" by Byron Barton (also "Machines at Work")....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 495
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Thank Goodness for Grateful Parents

I had only 1 child (plus my daugher) today, as everyone else had left early for Thanksgiving. We made it fun: went to the library and out to lunch, came home for nap, and ended the day with a poetry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-23-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 875
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Argh! I did that my first year open. Completely...

Argh! I did that my first year open. Completely forgot! So sorry you missed the time you deserved!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 787
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Yes! That IS their play at that age. It...

Yes! That IS their play at that age. It supports what they're learning: walking, climbing, throwing... They have to move.


Why not? It's not a "lazy" response just to make clean up easier. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 970
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Mine haven't gotten splinters from the pallet mud...

Mine haven't gotten splinters from the pallet mud kitchen, pallet "stage," or pallet playhouse. But they do get them as we play in the woods, or walk through a weedy field, or rake the yard. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 970
Posted By nothingwithoutjoy
Beautiful!

Beautiful!
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