Boredom is useful in that it compels children to invent, to switch gears, to think of something new, and to learn to enjoy their own company. What happens if children are not given the chance to "be bored"?
Enjoying the outdoors is not limited to the summer months. Winter offers a host of thrilling activities and adventures for children. Wearing appropriate clothing is key to being able to enjoy the winter weather so make sure the kids are bundled up to keep warm and dry.
Here are 10 activities to...
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.