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Monday Milestones-crawling

My little ones crawl super fast!  My oldest crawled at 5 1/2 months.  My son started at 6 months and now at 8 months, he is going everywhere!  My daughter started army crawling at the beginning.  My son didn’t do any of the funny thing!  He just jumped right into crawling.

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When did your little one begin crawling?  Did they begin crawling in an unusual way?

Here is helpful information from zerotothree.org about crawling:

Steps Toward Crawling

Feb 19, 2016

Tips on how to support your baby as they explore movement through crawling.

Between six and ten months old, most babies are really starting to move. At first they may get up on all fours and rock back and forth—like a rocket at countdown, waiting to take off. But unlike a rocket ship, little ones might stay in “countdown” mode for a weeks before they are ready to start moving. The process of learning to crawl is actually pretty complex. Babies need to coordinate the movement of their arms and legs, and develop the muscle strength in their arms, shoulders, and legs to support their weight.

Steps Toward Crawling

A baby’s first jump forward might actually be a scoot backward. As babies figure out how to do that arm-leg-arm-leg crawling movement, they sometimes go backward first, and then learn how to crawl forward. So, for a while, babies might cry in frustration as they somehow finds themselves scooting away from the very object or person they are so determined to reach.

The process of learning to crawl differs among babies as they work out a way to move that is unique to them.

Some ways babies learn to move:

  • The “I’ll Have the Usual” This is the classic crawl—alternating hand on one side and knee on the other to go, go, go.
  • The “Crab” Just like at the beach, the “crab” bends one knee and extends the opposite leg to scoot forward.
  • The “Commando” Look out, this crawler lies flat on her belly and drags herself forward using her arms.
  • The “Rolling Wonder” Who needs to crawl when rolling gets me where I need to go?
  • The “Take It in Stride” Kid Some children skip crawling and go right to walking. No time to waste—here I come!

There’s no right or wrong way to crawl. As long as a baby is making progress in his ability to use his body to get around, that’s what is important.

When Should I Worry?

As with most developmental milestones, it is “normal” for crawling to happen at any point across a fairly wide span of time—anywhere from 6 to 10 months of age. (Remember, some children skip crawling altogether!) Also, if a child is a bit bigger or heavier than is typical for his age, he may crawl later as it is more challenging for babies to push up onto all fours and move their extra body weight. Babies who were born prematurely may also crawl later.

In most cases, there is nothing physically wrong with babies who are slow to crawl. They may just be busy working on other skills that are more interesting to them, like learning to use their hands to figure out how objects work. They may prefer to sit and explore the world visually or by touch (with their hands), instead of exploring through movement. Remember, babies, like adults, have different preferences and interests.

Contact your child’s health care provider if:

  • You notice that your child is using only one side of her body to crawl (she pushes off with only one arm or drags one side of her body as she scoots across the floor); or
  • Your baby is not making forward progress in using her body to get around.

How to Support Your Baby’s Crawling Skills

  • Give your baby plenty of tummy time, starting from birth. By playing on their bellies, babies develop the muscle strength in their shoulders, arms, back and trunk (torso) that helps them learn to crawl.
  • Encourage your baby to reach for and move toward the toys and objects she is interested in. Lay interesting toys at just a short distance from your almost-crawler. See if she is able to move herself toward these objects.
  • Make sure your baby has space to explore that is safe and supervised.
  • Place the palms of your hands behind your child’s feet when he is on all fours. This stabilizes him and gives him something to “push off” from when he is just learning to crawl.

Things to Avoid

  • Baby walkers. Not only are they potentially dangerous, they limit practice time on the floor learning to crawl. Walkers can also hamper muscle development.
  • Spending lots of time in baby seats and baby carriers. Babies learn how to crawl, and later pull up to stand and then walk, when they have plenty of time each day to play, move, and explore.
  • Pushing your child to learn to crawl. Pressing a child to develop a skill he isn’t ready for can actually slow the learning process.

Crawling Means Child-Proofing

Now that your baby is crawling, she will soon be pulling up as she prepares to walk. This means she will be able to get to get her hands on objects that had previously been unreachable and are potentially dangerous.

And remember, even though babies are moving around fairly well on their own, they still aren’t able to follow rules about what to touch or not to touch. So it is very important to make sure your home is child-proofed so that your baby has a safe place to play and explore.

Take a walk through (or better yet, a crawl-through) your home and see what potential hazards may be at your baby’s level. Some obvious things to be aware of include:

  • Electrical outlets
  • Electrical cords
  • Baby gates on all stairs—top and bottom
  • Toilet seat locks
  • Plant stands (as well as other “tippy” tables)
  • Houseplants within baby’s reach
  • Poisonous home cleaning supplies within baby’s reach
  • Sharp corners on coffee tables and end tables
  • Fragile knick-knacks that can be grabbed or knocked over

By making your baby’s environment as safe as possible, you are creating the perfect space to support her growing skills and healthy development.

 


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December Video Playlists

This month we have been learning about Christmas and shapes.  I put together two different playlists of videos to use for teaching or background songs as the children play.  We especially love listening to Christmas music in the background!

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Here is the Christmas playlist:

Here is the shapes playlist:


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Requirements for a Home Day Care

Did you ever wonder how a home day care was approved to be licensed?

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  1. Mature, responsible adult
  2. Must be in good physical, emotional and mental health
  3. Must be 21 years or older
  4. Passed fingerprint background check to national database.
  5. Your fingerprints approved as well as all people in house 18 years or older
  6. Must check all adults in home on the Joshua’s List of Child Care Restricted.  No adults can be on this list.
  7. Application approved  by DHS
  8. Home approved through a walk through with DHS that it meets all requirements per the DHS book
  9. Indoor space min of 35 feet per child.
  10. Outdoor space min of 75 feet per child.
  11. Can be in a rental house, property owned by provider or bottom level of apartment/condo.
  12. Must have graduated from high school or have GED
  13. Allow licensing in home for routine visits
  14. Must have 12 hours of training each year.
  15. Must take CPR and first aid every two years.

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The full list of DHS licensing requirements per the DHS handbook.

How to find a home child care or child care center?

DHS keeps a list by zip code and there is information about each time the home/center has a DHS visit.  Check it out here.

What if you choose not to use a licensed provider?

If your children are with a non relative more than 15 hours a week, DHS isn’t able to monitor the safety of the program.  Here is the exact information from DHS about what a licensed facility is and is not (the information is on page two and overlaps to page 3).  It is also on the DHS website itself that a child cannot be with a non relative for 15 hours or more.

If turned in, the home will be shut down immediately (meaning your children have to be picked up asap) and the provider will receive between a $100-500 fine per day.  Here is a link about the fine for having an unlicensed childcare.

 


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Good Day

This father does an amazing job at encouraging his son to start everyday well!  I love it!!  How do you start your day?

My School Day Pledge Today is going to be a good day. I thank God for waking me up today. I’m going to school so I can learn, go to college and be the leader that God has created me to be. Today, I will be educated, empowered by my teachers with the tools to be successful within my community and throughout the country. I apply myself daily. I study and ask questions when I don’t understand. When I’m confronted with a problem or conflict I think before I react. I ignore all negative influences in the classroom and throughout my school day. I am extremely proud to be the next generation of Christian leaders. I except responsibility and I love the challenge.


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December Learning!

It has been wonderful to get back to all my sweet kiddos after my maternity leave!  I missed them all!  This month we have been learning about Christmas and shapes.

Here are some of the activities we have been doing!

  • We colored paper plates to make angels.

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  • We used pom poms to make Christmas trees.

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  • We pretended with the nativity set.

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  • We colored stockings

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  • We explored pom poms with scoops.  We sorted by colors and size.

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Devon Saturdays with Santa: Family Fun

Don’t forget about the last Devon Saturday with Santa.  This week the focus on on Winter Wonderland.  My little one will be excited to see Ana and Elsa!  Here is the information from their website:

DECEMBER 19, 2015

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10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests who want to visit Santa should register upon arrival at Devon Energy Center. Visits are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own camera to take photos with Santa.

This is the last weekend children can enter Santa’s Workshop to create a variety of holiday crafts, send letters to the North Pole and enjoy live holiday music. Children can enjoy a festive Winter Wonderland and meet special characters.

Parents also can share the spirit of giving as children help assemble teddy bears that will be donated to disadvantaged children throughout the state.

Take a ride over to Myriad Gardens on the Polar Express (weather permitting), where guests are invited to enjoy a variety of activities including free admission to Crystal Bridge. Activities also will be available at the Children’s Garden and other areas on the Myriad Gardens grounds.


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Circle Time: Technology

Since our daughter was little she has enjoyed YouTube videos especially channels like Super Simple Song and ABCkidTV.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me to create my own playlists instead of skipping around.  So of course I watched a YouTube video on how to create a channel and playlists.  Now I can control the videos I want to watch.

We have circle time each day.  We sing and move to 3-4 of these videos each day as we practice different skills such as counting or days of the week.  We then will read 1-2 books that have to do with our monthly theme.  The playlist is below.  You can go through them all or skip around to the ones you like.  I access YouTube with Apple TV or the PlayStation 4 depending on the day.  I will add to this playlist throughout the year.  Explore my channel and playlists here.

What are your favorite educational YouTube channels and videos?

 


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Stages of Play: Growing

Did you know play develops and changes as your child grows?

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There are 5 different types of play:

  1. Solitary– 0-2 years This is when a child plays mostly alone no matter how many other children are near.
  2. Spectator– 18 months- 2.5 years.  This is when a child watches what other children are doing but doesn’t interact with the other child(ren) very often.
  3. Parallel– 2.5-3 years.  This is when children play near each other but not with the other child.
  4. Associative– 3-4 years.  This is when children begin to interact together as they play.  They enjoy having friends and begin to prefer certain friends.
  5. Cooperative– 4-5 years.  This is the age where children play together.  They can work together on one goal such as building with legos or a game.

Remember your child grows physically, emotionally, and socially.  Don’t try to force them to play with other children until they are ready.


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Real Christmas Story

Great event on Tuesday Dec 8th 6-8 pm FREE

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There are a lot of Santa Christmas events, but not as many nativity events.  I’m excited to go to this event with a Christmas story play and a petting zoo.

From the website:

Parents, bring your children to a special night just for them. In the Gymnasium, a live nativity play will take place, along with a live barnyard petting zoo. The fun continues for the children in the Atrium with a hot chocolate bar and a “Decorate Your Own Sugar Cookie” bar, plus you can wear your pajamas and have a family picture taken at the photo booth!

You may bring a blanket to sit on as a family. There is no charge for this event and onsite childcare is not available.