Childcare By Judy

The Struggle of Food

Most people enjoy eating. Some enjoy it too much! Then there are the Ectomorphs who can breathe heavily near a steaming pot of soup and be filled up for a week..God Bless them; they are enviable in some respects, but I enjoy food too much to actually be jealous. Eating is supposed to be a pleasurable experience. That’s the natural order of life…think about
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The Power of Play

Every new school year in August, when the very little children arrive for preschool, it’s always an eye opener for parents, because there is a vast crevasse between what teachers expect and what children are able to do. Nature gives us guidelines for development many parents just don’t see. The first year of a child’s life is meant to teach safety. The child needs and
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The New School Lunch

There has been a lot of palaver about the so called damage Michelle Obama has perpetrated against the national school lunch plan. The school lunch program started after World War II. It helped kids get a meal when there were no meals at home. The USDA Child and Adult Food Program started in 1948 to ensure that children in care outside their homes had
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Make Cooking Easy – Organize Your Space and Your Time

One of the things we both take seriously and pride ourselves on at the Garden School is the scratch cooking we do. We even teach our teachers how to cook while we turn out lots of really healthy foods for the kids.Scratch cooking scares some young moms and dads. They think it takes forever to do, and the mess and cost are too far
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The Inscrutable Work Ethic

One of the great questions good parents ask generation after generation is, “How do I instill a work ethic in my child?” The two fold answer is simple, “Model one for your child that he can copy, and be consistent.” In other words, “This is what I do, and what I expect from you every day.”  The every day part is usually the tough part.
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What Goes Through Your Mind…

Every year, there are days when school needs to close simply because teachers or students have a real hardship getting there or being there. “So what,” you say, “roads bad, buck up little private.” It’s the same thing with illness…”Just take a pill, and it will be over before you know it.” And my favorite, “No power? Well, when I was a child…” Closing
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The Garden School is a Group Activity Place

Every once in a while, I re-evaluate the Garden School, and I am always reminded that our little school, which so many people put effort and love into building, is a true work of art. When I ask myself who we are, I come back to the same response, “We are a group activity place.” When I ask myself what this means, I have
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It’s Play Time Again…

For many early childhood places, “It’s Play Time” would probably mean something along the lines of “free play…again” a regular morning or afternoon activity.  At the Garden School, Play Time is one of two times during the school year when we suspend our regular academics, and get the whole school together to do a real live play! That’s because the play offers more kindergarten activities
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Teaching Communication Skills

There is a death knell for communication…I’ve heard it ring for years. Lots of people have quit communicating in any meaningful way and seem to resort to what we call “tweeting” in every day speech. My fear is the result: that children are losing the ability to listen and to respond, in other words, to communicate in a way that’s beautifully human, real, and
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Steadfast…An Old Word

This has been an interesting week. My church got a new Pope…He issued an incredible blessing few knew what to do with… and I had a disagreement…well about something called steadfast and lost an old friend. When I examine my daily life with everything that comes into play, the word steadfast often pops into my scrutinizing mind. It’s a word I re-upped while writing an historical novel
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