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VELS Curriculum

The Vermont Early Learning Standards, or VELS, are the statewide standard for early childhood education.  It takes advantage of a child’s natural urge and innate curiosity to play, meshing it with contemporary learning techniques to produce learning outcomes designed to teach critical thinking from an early age. VELS consists of eight domains: Approaches to Learning; Social and Emotional Development; Language, Literacy and Communication; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies; Creative Expression and Physical Development and Health.

How to cope with temper tantrums with young children

We know how frustrating and difficult it is to deal with a child having a temper tantrum. The first thing to do is not to have a tantrum of your own. Children have temper tantrums for many reasons. 
Being told no is a bad word in their small world. How dare you deny them what they want? Telling a child they can have a dessert after they eat dinner. They want the sweet treat now, not later. The child will scream and holler at the top of his lungs because another child is playing with the toy they want. They don’t want to look for another toy.

Learning Centers

A child care facility offers a number of activities so that kids can learn while they play. A good program should have group activities, reading opportunities, a nice play area, and key areas where children can study science and nature.

Benefits of Classroom Group Activities

When children solve puzzles as a group, they learn new strategies, which enhance their puzzle-solving abilities. The biggest benefit is that some kids can easily learn new skills without any supervision if they continuously solve certain puzzles. 


Babies usually react differently to separation; some of the most common reactions include display of tantrums and weepy goodbyes. Compared to infants, babies generally cope better when it comes to separation, provided their needs are met. It is instructive to note here that parents are probably more anxious of being separated from their young ones than the babies. When kids are around 4 to 7 months, they normally develop a sense of object permanence. This sense instinctively helps babies to acknowledge that people and things only exist when they are in sight. 

Toilet Training

After breathing, it may be our bodies' most natural function. And most of us have been doing it for so long, we don't spend much time thinking about it.

New Infant Room

Bluewater Early Childhood Program is excited to announce the opening of a new infant room at the center.  Jen Litch-Besaw is the head teacher and is looking forward to starting a new classroom beginning Monday, February 3rd.  There is still one opening available in the classroom! 

The Gift of Laughter

Humor is an important part of our everyday lives at the daycare!  As early childhood educators, we know the value of laughter in changing a mood, enhancing a learning situation, or building a sense of community.  Humor is more than just a chuckle or a belly laugh.  It releases pent-up energy and permits the expression of ideas and feelings.  Growing up is stressful, and good mental health - which includes a sense of humor - allows the childdren to cope with sources of conflict and distress.  We hope you find time to laugh with your children!

Closed for In-Service Day on Friday

Just a reminder to all of our parents that Bluewater Early Childhood Program will be closed on Friday so that the teachers may attend Continuing Education classes.  We'll see you all bright and early Monday morning!


A Little Bit about Biting

Biting is a behaviour that is disturbing to all concerned. Although most children do not bite, especially after age 3, biting is by no means rare in groups of young children in a daycare setting.  When it does occur, we do not ignor it.  Children bite for different reasons, usually they feel frustrated or threatened. We try to help the children recognize their feelings and learn to use words to express them. We want all parents to know that we take biting very seriously and take immediate, consistent action to eliminate the behaviour.  

Staying Warm in Cold Weather

The Northeast is experiencing severely cold weather.  At Bluewater Early Childhood Program, the children stay inside when it's below 20 degrees F.  If your children want to be outside, be sure to dress them in layers. Be sure their head, neck and hands are covered with appropriate clothing.  Also, make sure they don't get wet through the multiple layers. Finally, be sure to keep them hydrated. It won't be long, and we'll be back outdoors, enjoying the sunshine! 


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