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The Dual Challenge

Infant and Parent
Blog Post
Date: February 02, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Meeting the Needs of Infants and their Parents In the super busy life of childcare, it’s easy to see why maintaining a good relationship with families sometimes seems like just one more thing on your overcrowded plate. But experienced early childhood educators know that a good...

Making Time for Boredom

Benefits of Boredom
Article
Date: January 26, 2016
Author: Judith Pack
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"?

Making Time for Boredom

Benefits of Boredom
Blog Post
Date: January 26, 2016
Author: Rhonda
“Years ago, in my classroom of 4 year olds,” relates Judith Pack, “little Stephanie walked up to me amid the hustle and bustle of children engaged around the room and said, “I’m boring.” Besides the obvious misuse of the word and my temptation to laugh, I...

How to Make a Sock Horse

sock horse
Blog Post
Date: January 19, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Which child hasn’t wished for a horse to call their own? Stuff and attach a sock to the end of a stick, add some eyes and ears, and send your little cowboy out for a ride! By now you should have received your 2016 Community Playthings catalog. Don’t miss all the beautiful, new...

How to Make a Sock Horse

sock horse
Slide Show
Date: January 19, 2016
What kid doesn't want a horse they can call their own? Here's a simple way of making a hobby horse from an old sock.

Making the Most of Winter

Winter fun
Blog Post
Date: January 12, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Chilling temperatures, gray skies, bitter winds—no wonder many of us are tempted to stay indoors during the winter months. Yet this season is an exhilarating time of year to venture out with your children. There’s a myriad of winter enjoyments missed if you hibernate inside: Crunching...

Ten Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter activities
Article
Date: January 12, 2016
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...

Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior

challenging behaviors
Article
Date: January 05, 2016
Author: Jennifer Fiechtner and Kay Albrecht
As a teacher, it’s important to understand why children may act out in times of stress and how you can handle these behaviors in ways that support emotional development.

Challenging Behavior

Challenging behaviors
Blog Post
Date: January 05, 2016
Author: Rhonda
The busy holiday season is over. Schedules are finally returning to normal. By this time of the school year your children should be familiar with you and your classroom routines. However, instead of a feeling of equilibrium and harmony within your class, you are noticing a sudden increase in...

Celebrating Childhood

Christmas
Blog Post
Date: December 15, 2015
Author: Trevor
“Children are living beings—more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is...

Pinecone Bird Feeders

pine cone feeder
Slide Show
Date: December 08, 2015
Invite nature right to your window with this project that children of any age will enjoy.

Christmas for the Birds

Pine cone bird feeder
Blog Post
Date: December 08, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Transform a tree in your yard into a holiday buffet! This centuries-old tradition of providing edible ornaments for birds is a perfect activity to bring nature right to your window. Some classic items for the holiday feast are chains of popcorn, dried bagels, cranberries, orange slices, and...

The Project Approach to Learning

Project Approach
Blog Post
Date: December 01, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey One of the greatest gifts teachers can give to their students is a life-long love of learning. Although the educational pendulum is swinging strongly toward making education more uniform, early childhood...

Celebrating our Profession

History
Blog Post
Date: November 24, 2015
Author: Rhonda
The air in the conference center was electric with the energy of thousands of early childhood educators. Converging from around the globe to attend the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference, they represented the millions of teachers, researchers, and advocates who serve our youngest learners. The theme of...

Framing Transient Art

Transient art
Blog Post
Date: November 17, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Just because it’s November doesn’t mean an end to the wonderful creative opportunities afforded by nature’s loose parts. Bring them inside! Here’s an inspiring addition to your art area: transient nature art. Simply provide frames or trays and a collection of natural...

Connecting Animals and Children

Animals and children
Blog Post
Date: November 10, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Whether it’s a squirrel chattering in a tree or a beloved family pet, children seem to be universally drawn to animals. A child, upon encountering an animal, is instantly captivated, their eyes light up in an explosion of delight, and all their senses are stimulated. Is it possible to...

Connecting Animals and Children

Animals and Children
Article
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?

An Empty Box

box
Blog Post
Date: November 03, 2015
Author: Rhonda
A cardboard box may appear empty to an adult but, for a kid, it is actually filled with possibilities! Simply getting inside an empty box can transport children to new spheres of creative play. Armed with only their imagination, a child can transform a box into a spaceship, house, cave, train, or...

Pumpkin Song

Pumpkin song
Video
Date: October 27, 2015
Extend children’s learning through singing and movement with this simple pumpkin song. Listen to it here.

Pumpkin Fun!

pumpkin fun
Blog Post
Date: October 27, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Extend children’s learning through singing and movement with this simple pumpkin song. Listen to it here.
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All Resources for All Topics

(324 Results)

The Dual Challenge

Infant and Parent
Blog Post
Date: February 02, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Meeting the Needs of Infants and their Parents In the super busy life of childcare, it’s easy to see why maintaining a good relationship with families sometimes seems like just one more thing on your overcrowded plate. But experienced early childhood educators know that a good...

Making Time for Boredom

Benefits of Boredom
Article
Date: January 26, 2016
Author: Judith Pack
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"?

Making Time for Boredom

Benefits of Boredom
Blog Post
Date: January 26, 2016
Author: Rhonda
“Years ago, in my classroom of 4 year olds,” relates Judith Pack, “little Stephanie walked up to me amid the hustle and bustle of children engaged around the room and said, “I’m boring.” Besides the obvious misuse of the word and my temptation to laugh, I...

How to Make a Sock Horse

sock horse
Blog Post
Date: January 19, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Which child hasn’t wished for a horse to call their own? Stuff and attach a sock to the end of a stick, add some eyes and ears, and send your little cowboy out for a ride! By now you should have received your 2016 Community Playthings catalog. Don’t miss all the beautiful, new...

How to Make a Sock Horse

sock horse
Slide Show
Date: January 19, 2016
What kid doesn't want a horse they can call their own? Here's a simple way of making a hobby horse from an old sock.

Making the Most of Winter

Winter fun
Blog Post
Date: January 12, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Chilling temperatures, gray skies, bitter winds—no wonder many of us are tempted to stay indoors during the winter months. Yet this season is an exhilarating time of year to venture out with your children. There’s a myriad of winter enjoyments missed if you hibernate inside: Crunching...

Ten Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter activities
Article
Date: January 12, 2016
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...

Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior

challenging behaviors
Article
Date: January 05, 2016
Author: Jennifer Fiechtner and Kay Albrecht
As a teacher, it’s important to understand why children may act out in times of stress and how you can handle these behaviors in ways that support emotional development.

Challenging Behavior

Challenging behaviors
Blog Post
Date: January 05, 2016
Author: Rhonda
The busy holiday season is over. Schedules are finally returning to normal. By this time of the school year your children should be familiar with you and your classroom routines. However, instead of a feeling of equilibrium and harmony within your class, you are noticing a sudden increase in...

Celebrating Childhood

Christmas
Blog Post
Date: December 15, 2015
Author: Trevor
“Children are living beings—more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is...

Pinecone Bird Feeders

pine cone feeder
Slide Show
Date: December 08, 2015
Invite nature right to your window with this project that children of any age will enjoy.

Christmas for the Birds

Pine cone bird feeder
Blog Post
Date: December 08, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Transform a tree in your yard into a holiday buffet! This centuries-old tradition of providing edible ornaments for birds is a perfect activity to bring nature right to your window. Some classic items for the holiday feast are chains of popcorn, dried bagels, cranberries, orange slices, and...

The Project Approach to Learning

Project Approach
Blog Post
Date: December 01, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey One of the greatest gifts teachers can give to their students is a life-long love of learning. Although the educational pendulum is swinging strongly toward making education more uniform, early childhood...

Celebrating our Profession

History
Blog Post
Date: November 24, 2015
Author: Rhonda
The air in the conference center was electric with the energy of thousands of early childhood educators. Converging from around the globe to attend the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference, they represented the millions of teachers, researchers, and advocates who serve our youngest learners. The theme of...

Framing Transient Art

Transient art
Blog Post
Date: November 17, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Just because it’s November doesn’t mean an end to the wonderful creative opportunities afforded by nature’s loose parts. Bring them inside! Here’s an inspiring addition to your art area: transient nature art. Simply provide frames or trays and a collection of natural...

Connecting Animals and Children

Animals and children
Blog Post
Date: November 10, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Whether it’s a squirrel chattering in a tree or a beloved family pet, children seem to be universally drawn to animals. A child, upon encountering an animal, is instantly captivated, their eyes light up in an explosion of delight, and all their senses are stimulated. Is it possible to...

Connecting Animals and Children

Animals and Children
Article
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?

An Empty Box

box
Blog Post
Date: November 03, 2015
Author: Rhonda
A cardboard box may appear empty to an adult but, for a kid, it is actually filled with possibilities! Simply getting inside an empty box can transport children to new spheres of creative play. Armed with only their imagination, a child can transform a box into a spaceship, house, cave, train, or...

Pumpkin Song

Pumpkin song
Video
Date: October 27, 2015
Extend children’s learning through singing and movement with this simple pumpkin song. Listen to it here.

Pumpkin Fun!

pumpkin fun
Blog Post
Date: October 27, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Extend children’s learning through singing and movement with this simple pumpkin song. Listen to it here.
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