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Hey everyone! My name is Chantelle. I’m thankful that you are here!

That is me, on the right.

A little about me: I have grown up and continue to live in the same small community in Illinois for my whole life. As a child I spent a lot of my time outside in the woods on my parents' farm. I would often pretend that I was an explorer on a trek through a wild unknown land.

This is a picture of a time that my dad came to check on me. (I’m in the white shirt.) I had talked my friend into climbing a large “cliff” only to find that when we reached the top it was overgrown with multiflora rose and we were basically stuck. :-)

I met my husband and best friend in high school and we were married in 1993 shortly after my eighteenth birthday and high school graduation.

A few years later we had a sweet baby girl.

A few of my favorite things are:

  • Jesus
  • my family
  • my friends
  • making lists (especially bullet-pointed ones) :-)
  • organizing
  • attending any yard sale, thrift shop, & flea market
  • almost any type of animal
  • reading
  • playing games
  • laughing as often as possible

My professional life: I have been a licensed early childhood educator providing care for children in my home for over twenty years. I currently serve on the Child Care Resource & Referral of Midwestern Illinois advisory council. I have a Nature Explore certified classroom, as well as participate in a variety of other programs.

Why I started this blog: I’ve created this blog as a way to help other early childhood educators by sharing ideas about how to organize and set up environments that are the most beneficial to children. I also wanted to share ways in which I achieved NAFCC accreditation and other credentials. I am constantly striving to learn and evolve the way that I do things on a regular basis. If you have a passion for children and early education, you will love it here. :-)

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