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Learning looks a lot like play!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

LifeSpan Child Care shared Richard Cohen’s “Zen and the Art of Early Childhood Education”

Published by Nicole Fetherman · · April 29 at 2:53pm ·

Learning looks a lot like play!

LifeSpan Child Care shared Richard Cohena

Let’s Bring Learning to Life at Home and in the Classroom: 12 Great Resources!

Monday, December 14th, 2015


Hello fellow educator!

Can’t believe I’m saying this already, but Happy Holidays! (Where has the time gone?!)

I’ve been a cheerleader for math (and, really, education as a whole) for as long as I can remember (in fact – that’s ultimately why I started my own site!). Over the last several years, I’ve tutored 100s of students to make math more attainable and fun.

Teaching becomes increasingly difficult during the holiday season when thoughts of sugar-plums are dancing in our students’ heads! 🙂 That’s why I decided to put together a list of resources to help educators keep a classroom full of excited children focused and (hopefully!) ensure that learning still happens during this somewhat chaotic time! 🙂

Please enjoy! And feel free to share with others (on your site:, and any other medium you prefer)!

Different Learning Styles in Education

Eight Key Strategies for Deepening Your Effectiveness in the Classroom

A Guide to Classroom Technologies that Increase Learning: An Educator’s Resource

12 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom, Even for Technophobic Teachers

Embracing Technology in Education and Government (Video)

Lesson Plan Library from

Lesson Plans on Finances & Real Estate

Science & Technology Lesson Plans

Engineering the Future: The Educator’s Guide to Building and Construction

Lesson Plans for Teachers from the Humane Society

Serve Up Classroom Nutrition Activities

Make a Splash in the Classroom: A Hands-on Curriculum with Lessons and Activities on Swimming and Pools

I hope these resources ease this somewhat chaotic time for learning!

Keep Calm and Teach On! 🙂 Stacy

EMail me at (or snail mail: 500 Westover Dr #9372 Sanford, NC 27330) if you have suggestions for my site or if you’d rather I not email you in the future.

Grandparents raising their grandchildren

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Here at LifeSpan we have noticed an increase in the numbers of extended family members, namely grandparents, who are raising their grandchildren.  Many grandparents are stepping in to raise their grandchildren because their parents are not able to do so. In fact, the U.S. Census of 2000 found that over 2.4 million grandparents have responsibility for their grandchildren, in Pennsylvania, about 79,000 grandparents are raising their grandchildren. Some 60 percent of grandparents served as caregivers to their grandchildren over a ten-year period, and of that group, a whopping 70 percent offered care for two years or more, according to a new study from the University of Chicago based on a National Institute on Aging survey of more than 13,000 people age 50 and older. Many are serving as part- time babysitters or caregivers to help reduce the financial cost of child care while others have taken on more primary caregiver roles.  We hope to assist you in managing it as best you can. It can present some unique challenges and we have gathered some resources here to guide you through this time. (more…)

Check out this great new resource provided to Pennsylvania families.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Guiding your child’s learning and growth from the start – the Early Learning GPS

  • ·         What do you do if your baby won’t stop crying?
  • ·         Is TV good for toddlers?
  • ·         I like my child’s preschool teacher, but is that enough to make sure he’s ready for kindergarten? Early Learning GPS

With young children, questions like these can come up every day. You want what’s best for your child, and you want to prepare them for kindergarten, but may not know what you need to know or even where to start.

Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children’s Early Learning GPS can help. GPS stands for Guiding Parents Smoothly – helping families set the right course for their children’s success in kindergarten and beyond. It’s great for anyone who has a young child in their life- grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors. You can get started at

So how does it work? You answer up to 10 questions about your baby, toddler or preschooler. After you answer a question, you receive helpful tips and links to reliable resources. You can also complete a short worksheet with ways you want to use these tips in your daily life. The questions address the most important things you should know and can do to help your young child learn and grow. (more…)

LifeSpan is…

Monday, October 8th, 2012

So much more than day care!

As an early childhood educator, I am often challenged by the term “day care” so often used to describe the services we provide. When I hear that word, it is as if someone is scraping their nails down a blackboard. While it is true that we provide custodial care to young children while their parents are at work, we do SO much more during the time we share with them.

First, we begin each day by helping the child join their friends in a new setting and separate from their parents at drop off time. We transition them into their classroom with engaging activities and learning opportunities intentionally embedded in their play experiences. We link that learning to their current knowledge and expand that cognitive knowledge by making new connections to their world.

Yes, we PLAY but in doing that we LEARN.

We share meals while teaching manners and ways to positively socially interact with others. We enjoy the outdoors and using our gross motor skills to walk, climb, jump, run and swing. We learn important life lessons like how to share, show empathy to a friend who is sad and how to express our feelings in a safe and positive way. We teach them how to be a good friend, how to accept other people and solve problems together. We build things and we tear them down. We count things (lots and lots of things), we explore patterns and begin to learn early math. We read stories and do finger plays and sing songs. We think about science by experimenting with trial and error and cause and effect. We lay the foundation for all future learning. Above all, we hope that we instill in them the love of learning for a lifetime. But it all starts here…

After all “Teaching is the profession that creates all others!