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My Program

Dot 2 Dot Child Care is a Play Based/Wonder Based program.  This makes my program unique from many others as I fully believe learning happens naturally through play.  There is NO circle time, worksheets, crafts that look the same, calendar/weather charts, flashcards, and forced table time activities. 

What my program DOES look like -- each child using their five senses to discover, wonder and explore.  This is done through sensory tables, free play, messy play, outdoor time, and loose parts. I totally believe in following the interests of the children. 


Research shows that developing a child's social emotional skills is more important than learning their ABC's and numbers at a young age. The skills we focus on are the skills employers are looking for in potential employees:  creativity, critical thinking, patience, sharing, problem solving, trial & error, self regulation, owning discoveries, conflict resolution, compromising, asking for what we need and imagination. 

         When children can imagine, they can envision solutions to problems.  ~ Rae Pica 

Outside Area
I feel spending time exploring nature outdoors is extremely important.  Many children nowadays spend little to no time outside.  We go outside every single day-unless the windchill is extremely cold or the heat index is too hot.
We are also lucky to be co-owners of eight acres immediately behind our house.  This tract of land allows for opportunities of exploration and hiking. 
Our outdoor classroom features a couple of art areas, a mud kitchen, a variety of water play features, a playhouse and room to run. 

Indoor Environment
My indoor environment is ever changing based on the interests and needs of the children.  I use the children as the curriculum and base the environment off them. I have a light table, sensory tables, process art, messy play, and lots of loose parts to promote imaginative play. 
I participate in the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program). "In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability."
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