Where care is most like home.

Our “Structured” portion of pre-School focused on several areas. The children worked on their fine motor skill.

  • The left and right hands.
  • Drawing a straight line by following the dotted line.
  • We did a craft involving items used in a Doctor’s bag (we used our play bag as an example to they could make the connection)
  • We also made a Horse craft which required the children to not only color and use tape properly, but also learn and practice the pinching skill of a clothes pin.

Both children did GREEAAT!!!!   And as you are aware, we continue learning throughout our day.

There   are only a few outside photos, because my Memory card was full (big shocker). Always glad to be outside though.

As always, I hope you enjoy the BLOG and photos and feel free to comment.

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Emergency Preparedness Plan

With Winter coming upon us, and the weather be oh so unpredictable. I thought it was a good time to send out some information to help keep your family safe in the case of an emergency.   Nancy

You may be thinking why? What do we need to be bothered with a plan for? Simple answer is Family Safety.

Making a Plan:

  • Talk about what might happen in your area: fire, blizzard, flood, etc.
  • How would you find out about it?
  • Do you know how to contact family members?
  • What would you need if you cannot get out for a few days?

Building a Disaster Kit:

  • 3 day supply of non-perishable food that does not require cooking* (unless you have a nonelectric cooking source)
  • 3 day supply of water (1 gallon per person, per day) *Don’t forget pet needs.
  • Portable, battery powered radio (have extra batteries)
  • Flashlight (more batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Phone that works if power is off
  • a way to keep warm (sleeping bags, extra blankets, heavy outer clothes)
  • 3 day supply of all medicines
  • special items for infants (formula, diapers, etc)

Extra: gasoline (if you have generator and snowblower)

Be sure everyone knows where the kit is. Have it easily accessible. Check it regularly. There are many online sites with extension resources for disaster kit development. Maine Red Cross is just one of these.

Now what if you have to leave?

  • pillows, blankets and snacks until shelter site is fully functioning
  • financial papers, check books, credit cards, medication, identification, cash, etc. (*Reminder – if power is out that means gas stations down and no access to ATMs or banks for money)
  • special needs of family members (*remember your pets)
  • take extra food and water for pets

Today during the “Structured” part of Pre-School, we worked on the color Blue, and the letter “G”, Goose and Goat. The craft was a Goat. We spent most of the day outside playing and learning. A few of the kids especially liked to rake, then jump in the pile, as well as take down the Halloween decorations. There was also a fort that got a lot of attention. And so much more.

Another great day at Lil’ Caboose. Enjoy the photos. Please feel free to leave a comment, either here or on the post on Facebook. I love to read them.

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Our Halloween Party

Phew!!!  I am ready for a good night sleep.  We had our annual Halloween party. It was a BLAST!!  We had games, crafts, dancing, my daughter, she took over as Tigger this year,  was a great DJ (and had amazing strobe light speakers),painting, eating and so much more. All the children were able to be here, which was GREAT!!! I was very happy about that.

I think you will be able to figure out who is who, haha.

Another great day at Lil’ Caboose. Please leave a comment, if you would like. I love to read them.


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In our “Structured” portion of Pre-School we worked on the letter “F” and counting on Friday. Monday we continued with the letter “F” with a “F”ox. And learning other words that begin with the letter “F” by watching and listening to some pre-school Letter videos. Those really do help quite a bit. For example it helped the children to better understand the sound a Duck makes when they see it and hear it, instead of me attempting to make to correct sounds for all animals etc.  After we were done our fox project we moved on to an entirely different subject all together.  We worked on “Hot & Cold” and what items are which. We identified objects that were hot and some that were cold. Then the fun craft project we worked on was an Ice Cream “Cold” and a Fire “Hot”. The kids clued orange crinkled paper to the fire flames and added Sprinkles to the Ice Cream (the ones that didn’t go in their mouths.)

We played outside right after naps and had even more fun wen the school aged kids got off th buss. My daughter, Gorham’s newest football player, was playing with the kids and teaching them how to pass and catch the football.

Another great day here at Lil’ Caboose. I hope you enjoy these posts and pictures. If so, please leave comments.

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My two year olds do a “Structured” curriculum each day then continue learning throughout the day.  This is two days of them working on their projects. The first day we worked on the letter “E”, and made an “E”lephant project. They also worked on counting to two and did a Spider project with “Two” spiders on a web.  The second day we worked on sizes, Largest to Smallest. We did two papers on that subject. The kids did a great job, and used a large variety of colors. Even my littlest, who is one, does pre-school with us (sort of).

There is also outside play. We did the parachute, made a fort over the climber, rode bikes/Toys, even had a Soccer player and a very young photographer. Two of the little ones enjoyed looking at themselves in the mirror as well.

We used many skills, from fine motor to large motor, listening, following directions and Learning, importance of play-even in learning, arts and crafts and more.

Another great day (or two days).  I hope you enjoy the BLOG/photos. I would love any comments you have.

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Last Friday was a no School day. So, as always, I get requests for Pajama day. The kids love it and I don’t mind it myself. We did all sorts of fun things. The kids all did several coloring pages,  we made cinnamon rolls for breakfast and the children got to help frost them.

The kids could not wait to have dress up/Fashion show. You will see we had quite the selection of characters. The older kids also made masks with my daughter.

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