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Connecting Animals and Children

Animals and Children
Date: November 10, 2015
Author: Patty Born Selly
Something special seems to happen to children in the presence of animals. They are calmer, more curious, and more joyful. Why?

Beyond Science

Beyond Science
Date: October 06, 2015
Author: Dr. Ruth Wilson
There's little doubt that the natural world is a great place to learn science. But, we also know that the benefits of nature for children go far beyond academic learning.


Date: September 22, 2015
Author: Jennifer Fiechtner and Kay Albrecht
Learning to handle transitions is an important life skill.

Empowering Mathematical Minds

Date: September 08, 2015
Author: Pradnya Patet
Research shows that early math skills may be a better indicator of later academic success than early reading skills. So how should teachers prepare young children for math education?

Science is Wonder

Science is Wonder
Date: August 25, 2015
Author: Mike Huber
The best way to teach science to preschoolers is to inspire them to wonder. Let them be scientists. Let them come up with questions. Let them explore. What’s in the Box? In my book, All in One Day, the teacher, Walter, hands each child a box that is taped shut. There is something inside and...

Constructive Play

Constructive play
Date: August 11, 2015
Author: Francis Wardle
Constructive play is what young children do naturally. While other forms of play can be justified as preparing children for later academic and life successes, constructive play should be encouraged and supported because it lets children simply be children.

Engineering Experiences in Early Childhood

Date: July 28, 2015
Author: Betty Zan & Beth Van Meeteren
When children are absorbed in play and problem solving, they are naturally engaging in engineering experiences.

The Childs Love of Mystery

Date: July 14, 2015
Author: Judith Pack
As you work with children, keep in mind that mystery heightens curiosity and teachers are crucial players in creating places where children and adults can pursue these mysteries together.


Date: June 30, 2015
Author: Joan Almon
Why do some children manage to succeed in life, even against great odds, while others do not? How can educators cultivate a spirit of resilience in a child, enabling them to meet and overcome life's challenges?

Supporting Social and Emotional Development

SET for Life
Date: June 16, 2015
Author: Jennifer Fiechtner and Kay Albrecht
As an early childhood educator, you have so much power to influence how children feel in your classroom! A classroom environment which helps children feel welcome, safe, and secure is critical to supporting ongoing emotional and social development.

The Value of Loose Parts

loose parts
Date: June 02, 2015
Author: Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky
Loose parts spark children's creativity and innovation, making them valuable as learning tools. This article highlights how they can be incorporated into each of the main curriculum areas.

What Does it Mean to Care

Date: May 19, 2015
Author: Carol Garboden Murray
There is a misperception in our society that child care and early learning are two different things based on the view that child care is custodial and preschool is educational. What we know is that high quality, responsive, intellectually stimulating programs are doing the same thing—simultaneously caring for and educating young children.

Awakening the Senses

Date: May 05, 2015
Author: Alice Sterling Honig, PhD
A child's earliest learning is through their senses. Guiding young children in safe sensory experiences will further their learning and expand their awareness of the world around them.

Rediscovering Kindergarten

Date: April 21, 2015
Author: Tiffeni Goesel
To rediscover Froebel means to rediscover the true essence of childhood. The “Children’s Garden” needs to become again the place where children are nurtured through play, hands-on exploration, and loving care.

Creating a Yes Environment

yes environment
Date: April 07, 2015
Author: Teresa Gonsoski
A classroom must provide an environment where the children are able to feel successful through opportunities to explore materials in their own way. They need to be allowed to make messes and make mistakes.

The Learning in Loose Parts

Loose Parts
Date: March 24, 2015
Author: Heather Fox and Susie Wirth
Vast learning occurs when children are able to interact and play with loose parts. Exposing children to the many and varied materials the natural world offers is both stimulating and enriching.

Compassion Deficit Disorder

Date: March 03, 2015
Author: Diane E. Levin
Why does it seem like children are having more and more trouble with social skills? Why are teachers having to spend more time and energy on classroom management than in the past? What is causing these social behavior disturbances? Several factors are addressed in this article.

Lessons from the Bowerbird

Date: February 17, 2015
Author: Sandra Duncan
What can an early childhood classroom teacher learn from an Australian bowerbird?

The Power of the Woodworking Bench

work bench
Date: February 03, 2015
Author: Judith Pack
“Clunk, clunk, zzzz-zzzzz—thunk!” These are sounds of kids using tools at a woodworking bench. Sounds once familiar and pleasurable to me during my teaching days. I no longer hear those sounds during my visits to schools, nor do I see woodworking benches as part of the classroom...

Inclusion: Finding a Common Understanding

Date: January 27, 2015
Author: Melissa Crist
Finding a shared definition of early childhood inclusion is crucial in ensuring that every child gets the best possible start.
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