This is How We Roll

I’m a mom of four, with another on the way, and a home daycare provider for the last seven years. To say I’ve done a lot of research into large strollers would be a major understatement! I’ve owned multiple models, brands and sizes and each has its pros and cons. If you’re in the market for a large stroller, you have many options to consider. I’ve owned a Foundations Triple, a Foundations Quad, a six-passenger Bye-Bye Buggy and, finally, my pride and joy, a six to eight-passenger Runabout.

Foundations strollers definitely have their place in the market. They are relatively affordable and – their biggest plus – they fold up for storage. If you have no outside stroller storage, Foundations is the way to go. The downsides to these strollers are that they can be a bit heavy, and I struggled sometimes in the snow when it was fully loaded.

I was thrilled to own a six-passenger Bye-Bye Buggy (four-seater pictured). It turns very easily due to fully rotating front wheels and moves smoothly for its size. The weight (150 lbs before passengers) is a con for me, as is the limited storage space. The accessories (sun canopies, storage cover, and infant seat) can all be purchased separately.

Two years ago I had finally saved the funds to purchase a Runabout. I’m confident this amazing stroller will outlast my daycare career. The six to eight-seat model offers multiple seating arrangements, including being able to turn two seats backwards. The seats all have five-point harnesses and recline, so no need to purchase an additional infant seat. The large air-filled tires are the best by far in snow, and at eight months pregnant, I can push my stroller loaded with six toddlers with one hand.

The large storage basket is very useful, and I love the removable sun awning and rain shield. There is a learning curve with Runabout strollers; they are back-heavy, and so must be loaded from the front to avoid tipping backwards. Sharp turns require tilting the stroller onto its back wheels to pivot, which takes some getting used to. If you pop a tire, all four wheels easily pop off with the push of a button and replacement parts can be ordered through Quality Classrooms. The Runabout’s frame is one long metal piece, but it’s still really light, and the easily removable seats, wheels, storage and awning offer flexibility when you’re trying to cram it into your minivan to bring home.

With its larger price tag, a Runabout is obviously an investment in your childcare business. The brand’s superiority and flexibility, however, will make it the last stroller you will ever own. While the other strollers have their benefits and could work for other childcare centres, the Runabout is the stroller that fits my needs. I am looking forward to many years of daily use.

Written by Erin Rifkin, owner of a Reggio/Montessori daycare in Ontario 

Learn Geography with Global Address Nesting Boxes

Daisy is struggling to figure out where she fits into the world. She knows she lives in Canada but the smaller details are fuzzy.

“We have to drive all the way from Kuwait to Canada for my ballet”
stated Daisy as we were about to leave the beach (in Manitoba)!

Yikes, I thought we had the whole ‘where we live’ thing well explained. Apparently not! My best friend, who I met while teacher training, currently teaches in Kuwait. Her home is in Manitoba, Canada and we spent time there with her during the summer and recently for a holiday. On the last day of our holiday, my husband was getting ready to leave with the kids when Daisy exclaimed her dismay at the prospect of a long drive back to Winnipeg. For her, 1 hour is still long. She seemed to think she had to travel all the way from the Middle East to Winnipeg. We will be focusing on Geography activities over the next month.

I found this idea at Mommy Moment and thought it was great. I am new to Montessori but am finding I have used a lot of the theory and teaching ideas in the past without knowing. I am enjoying learning about this style of education.

I collected these boxes we had kicking around the house (yes I am a hoarder; it is the teacher in me) and made sure they all fitted inside each other.

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Boma is visiting from Luxembourg so she and Daisy worked together on this activity. There was a little bit of friction initially as you can see here on Daisy’s face. They are very similar characters. They both wanted to do the same part of the activity. Boma is an amazing artist in clay and therefore a perfectionist. Daisy is too. As soon as I saw the conflict starting I began to sing I’m Not Perfect from A Mom with a Lesson Plan‘s blog. I love this song and I am hoping my 2 Flowers will too! Daisy identified with the song and relaxed and Boma became aware of how Daisy was feeling and tried to help her work through it.

Boma made the 2 flowers from scrap card.

Daisy decided to make the Rural Municipality look like a cow. We saw some gorgeous cows at the weekend. I will share what we got up to next week.

By the time we got to the Canada box we were singing The Wonderpets Theme Song. What’s gonna work – teamwork!

Gluing the napkins on. I will put a layer of watered down glue over the top to secure it all in place.

This Manitoba flag was a challenge, or rather the Union Jack Part of it was. This was the 3rd attempt but everyone was happy. Again a little glue will make it last longer.

Our Global Address Nesting Boxes:

  • Daisy and Rose
  • Live in a Pumpkin coloured house
  • In an RM where cows live!
  • In Manitoba
  • In Canada

Check back to find out what we do with this creation.