Read to your child every day!

What sets A CHILD's Haven apart?

  • ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW AND EXCITING! (I have so many fun and exciting plans.....I can't wait to get started! Never a dull moment around here!!! :)
  • CHILD DIRECTED THEMES AND ACTIVITIES (your child's interests and needs will determine upcoming themes and lessons)
  • A READING TREE! What better place to read a book then a welcoming willow tree?
  • ASQ questionnaires for all children birth to age 6. Ages and Stages Questionnaires are great tools to determine if your child's development is on schedule.
  • ON SITE FIELD TRIPS (a big yard to explore mixed with fun props leads to endless "field trip" possiblities!)
  • THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! (The learning environment and structure with the small group size and lots of individual attention)
  • SPECIAL NEEDS EXPERIENCE (I have children with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease so if your children are dealing with these or other health issues be assured that their needs will be closely monitored!)
  • THIS BLOG! (The purpose of this blog is to share our daily news and activities with parents of children in the CHILD's Haven family. In addition....a place for providers to share and inspire each other to offer the highest quality of care for families everywhere!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Upcoming IDCL Workshop

Imagine ~ Dream ~ Create ~ Learn (Make-N-Take)  
Imagine ~ Dream ~ Create ~ Learn

If you can Imagine it ~ you can create it! Creating age-appropriate learning games, manipulatives, classroom decor, and so much more! Create materials to correlate with your upcoming themes and lesson plans. Leave with lots of new ready to use materials for your FALL themes.

Lots of samples to get you started!

Materials available for your use: Die cut machines with images available for any theme, paper, 12x12 laminator.
Goals and Objectives:
Hours/Credits/CEUs: 5.00 Hours (Self Paced) / 0.00 Additional Hours
Date: Self Paced Training (Available 11/12/2011 to 11/12/2011)

The workshop will start at 12:30PM and end at 5:30PM.
Training Funded By: --
Organization: --
Sara Fink - Registered - Approved
Location: Grace Lutheran Church - Dining Room

8396 Steeple Hill Drive
Larsen, WI 54947
County: Winnebago
Course Details:
Applies Toward: General Course
Tier: Registered
Licensing Type: Early Childhood
Core Knowledge Area(s):
Developmentally Appropriate Practices (5 Hours)
CDA Content Area(s):
Principles of child development and learning (5 Hours)
Target Audience:
Classroom Staff
Family Child Care
Parent Educators
Ages Addressed:
Three Year Olds - (37-48 months)
Four Year Olds (49 - 60 months)
Five Year Olds (61- 72 months)
Elementary (K-5th grade)
Delivery Methods:
Classroom - In Person
Assessments: None Specified
Registration Info:
Registration Required: Yes
Registration Deadline: 11/5/2011
Event Fee: $40.00
Contact Info:
Name: Sara Fink
Web Site:

Facebook Event page:

Workshop can also be found on The Registry website here:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shameless Plug

If you wouldn't mind...I would LOVE it if you would vote for my Apple Bushel number match project over at the Cricut official facebook page.  One lucky educator will receive a free E2 machine.  You can vote once a day. Here is the link to my project:

Thank you so much!!!


Welcome ~ Apple Bushel number match

Hello and welcome to IDCL.  I plan to use this blog to share projects and ideas for my preschool classroom.  Most often I will be using my Cricut to create games, activities, and decor for my classroom.  I hope you enjoy the creations and that you are able to take some of the ideas and run with them in your classroom as well.


Cricut Cartridges used: 
Paper Dolls for Everyday
Just Because Cards
Learning Curve
 Your Story laminator
12x12 laminating sheets
Adhesive (I used glue sticks and an ATG gun and some clear packaging tape)
Eyelets/Eyelet setter (optional)
Velcro dots (or any other adhesive velcro cut into small squares or circles)
Magnet Strips

1.Cut out one tree from Paper Dolls for Everyday.  I cut out the tree twice (once on brown and once on green).  I used my Gypsy to position the tree so that I could make it as large as possible with it still fitting on a 12x12 piece of paper.  I positioned the tree with some of the trunk off of the mat to cut the "green" part of the tree.  Then for the trunk I positioned the tree with much of the "leaves" off of the mat and just cut out the trunk of the tree.  I then laminated the tree using a 12x12 laminating sheet.

2. Cut out the bushels from the Doodlecharms cartridge.  You will need 20 bushels.  Cut out 10 of the bushels using the blackout feature for the backside.  After you cut them out place packaging tape on the "inside" of all 20 bushels.  This will help protect them for long lasting play in your classroom.  Then I cut out numbers 1-10 out of red vinyl or you could just use stickers or cut numbers out of paper and adhere.  Once the numbers are adhered to the front of the bushels you need to add a small amount of adhesive to the bottom of the bushels just to hold them together while you are laminating them.  Laminate the 10 bushels and cut around them.  I then added four eyelets to each bushel for looks and to help reinforce the edges.  One more step to create your bushels.....carefully cut the lamination around the top edge of the bushels off.  This will allow you to open the bushels and fill them with apples.

3. Cut out the apples from the Just Because Cards cartridge (you can find different apples on other cartridges as well).  You will need 55 apples.  Cut out the layer with the leaves in green and the apple layer in red.  Adhere the layers together - laminate - and cut out.

4. Add Velcro to the tree and apples.

5. Place magnet strips on the back of the tree to attach to magnet board.  (Optional.  You could make this work for a flannel board if that is what you have as well with a little bit of Velcro on the back of the tree) 

6.Print out a Apple counting helper to help children correspond the physical number to the number of apples.
You can download my word document here:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

September 24th, 2011 Workshop - CANCELLED :(

The workshop scheduled for September 24th, 2011 has been cancelled due to low registration numbers.  We will be scheduling a new workshop shortly (tentatively mid November).

Thank you to those who have shown an interest in the workshop and I hope that our next date will be more convenient for you all!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Come back soon!

Thank you for stopping by our new blog!  Come back soon to see samples of the endless possibilities you can create at an upcoming Imagine Dream Create Learn workshop.