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Encouraging Engineering

Engineering
Blog Post
Date: July 28, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Engaging young children in science and math activities seems reasonable, but engineering? If we’re honest, the very concept makes us panic. We have this perception that it takes a specialized college degree to engineer. Wrong! Just look at preschoolers! When absorbed in play, they engineer...

Engineering Experiences in Early Childhood

Engineering
Article
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.

Art You Can Wear

hat
Blog Post
Date: July 21, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Here’s a unique way to display a child's creativity: on their head! Your kids will love decorating and embellishing their own hat and then parading around with their finished masterpiece. The base of the hat is formed with sheets of newspaper that are molded into shape with a simple paste....

Art You Can Wear!

4
Slide Show
Date: July 21, 2015
Here's a great way to display a child's creativity: on their head! Create hats out of newspapers, formed into a rigid shape using a simple paste. Provide plenty of art materials: paint, ribbons, colored paper, pipe cleaners—whatever you have on hand. The kids will love decorating and...

The Power of Curiosity

mystery
Blog Post
Date: July 14, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“I am neither very clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious!” Albert Einstein “In early childhood we often say that the process is more important than the product—usually referring to children’s art. However, it is important to recognize that...

The Childs Love of Mystery

mystery
Article
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.

What do you use your tables for?

Sand and Water
Blog Post
Date: July 07, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Picnics are fun, but that’s just the beginning of what you can do with an outdoor table. Instead of considering tables and benches as static outdoor furniture, try imagining their possibilities as loose parts or props for creative and dramatic play. What could that look like? Watch this.

Resilience

Reslience
Article
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?

Weathering Storms

Resilience
Blog Post
Date: June 30, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Life is full of unexpected challenges. Despite our best efforts, it is impossible to protect our children from every adversity. How can we prepare them to not only weather the inevitable storms of life, but emerge stronger and more resilient in their wake? “There is concern,” reports...

Art: Process or Product?

Painting with water
Blog Post
Date: June 23, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso Exploration and experimentation are crucial to the creative process. Art projects that focus too much on the product can greatly inhibit the Picasso waiting to flourish in each child....

Supporting Social and Emotional Development

SET for Life
Article
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.

Setting Children up for Success

SET for Life
Blog Post
Date: June 16, 2015
Author: Rhonda
As an early childhood educator, you have great influence on how children feel in your classroom. A safe and welcoming environment is critical to supporting ongoing emotional and social development. A child must first feel confident that his basic needs for safety, love, and belonging are met....

First Steps

Pushcart
Blog Post
Date: June 09, 2015
Author: Rhonda
The evidence that this triumphant toddler has only just “found his feet” is on the knees of his jeans! And the glowing look on his face is evidence of his thrill in taking his friend for a ride! You probably wouldn’t believe that it took several months to design this Push Cart....

The Value of Loose Parts

loose parts
Blog Post
Date: June 02, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Catalogs overflow with wonderful and inspiring—but often pricey—learning materials for early childhood classrooms. Unfortunately, teachers are often expected to reach into their own pockets to provide these resources for their classrooms. Loose parts, in contrast, “can often be...

The Value of Loose Parts

loose parts
Article
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.

Pebble Mice

pebble mice
Blog Post
Date: May 26, 2015
What child wouldn’t like a pet mouse—or, better yet, a whole family of them! With a few lines from a permanent marker and some imagination, rocks and pebbles can suddenly become alive! You can turn them into any creature, from lady bugs to guinea pigs or even toads—but pebble...

What Does it Mean to Care

caring
Article
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.

Childcare vs Preschool

caring
Blog Post
Date: May 19, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“A parent approached me a couple years ago and explained, in an apologetic tone, that she was pulling her daughter out our of our accredited campus child care center to put her in a ‘real school,’” relates Carol Garbonden Murray. “I mustered up all my...

Start Your Summer with a Splash

water
Blog Post
Date: May 12, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Waterfalls have fascinated mankind since the beginning of time. But they don’t have to be very big to capture the imagination of children. And, they don’t have to be very big to be a lot of fun! There’s something about manipulating the movement of water that is irresistible....

Awakening the Senses

Senses
Article
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.
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All Resources for All Topics

(287 Results)

Encouraging Engineering

Engineering
Blog Post
Date: July 28, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Engaging young children in science and math activities seems reasonable, but engineering? If we’re honest, the very concept makes us panic. We have this perception that it takes a specialized college degree to engineer. Wrong! Just look at preschoolers! When absorbed in play, they engineer...

Engineering Experiences in Early Childhood

Engineering
Article
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.

Art You Can Wear

hat
Blog Post
Date: July 21, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Here’s a unique way to display a child's creativity: on their head! Your kids will love decorating and embellishing their own hat and then parading around with their finished masterpiece. The base of the hat is formed with sheets of newspaper that are molded into shape with a simple paste....

Art You Can Wear!

4
Slide Show
Date: July 21, 2015
Here's a great way to display a child's creativity: on their head! Create hats out of newspapers, formed into a rigid shape using a simple paste. Provide plenty of art materials: paint, ribbons, colored paper, pipe cleaners—whatever you have on hand. The kids will love decorating and...

The Power of Curiosity

mystery
Blog Post
Date: July 14, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“I am neither very clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious!” Albert Einstein “In early childhood we often say that the process is more important than the product—usually referring to children’s art. However, it is important to recognize that...

The Childs Love of Mystery

mystery
Article
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.

What do you use your tables for?

Sand and Water
Blog Post
Date: July 07, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Picnics are fun, but that’s just the beginning of what you can do with an outdoor table. Instead of considering tables and benches as static outdoor furniture, try imagining their possibilities as loose parts or props for creative and dramatic play. What could that look like? Watch this.

Resilience

Reslience
Article
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?

Weathering Storms

Resilience
Blog Post
Date: June 30, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Life is full of unexpected challenges. Despite our best efforts, it is impossible to protect our children from every adversity. How can we prepare them to not only weather the inevitable storms of life, but emerge stronger and more resilient in their wake? “There is concern,” reports...

Art: Process or Product?

Painting with water
Blog Post
Date: June 23, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso Exploration and experimentation are crucial to the creative process. Art projects that focus too much on the product can greatly inhibit the Picasso waiting to flourish in each child....

Supporting Social and Emotional Development

SET for Life
Article
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.

Setting Children up for Success

SET for Life
Blog Post
Date: June 16, 2015
Author: Rhonda
As an early childhood educator, you have great influence on how children feel in your classroom. A safe and welcoming environment is critical to supporting ongoing emotional and social development. A child must first feel confident that his basic needs for safety, love, and belonging are met....

First Steps

Pushcart
Blog Post
Date: June 09, 2015
Author: Rhonda
The evidence that this triumphant toddler has only just “found his feet” is on the knees of his jeans! And the glowing look on his face is evidence of his thrill in taking his friend for a ride! You probably wouldn’t believe that it took several months to design this Push Cart....

The Value of Loose Parts

loose parts
Blog Post
Date: June 02, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Catalogs overflow with wonderful and inspiring—but often pricey—learning materials for early childhood classrooms. Unfortunately, teachers are often expected to reach into their own pockets to provide these resources for their classrooms. Loose parts, in contrast, “can often be...

The Value of Loose Parts

loose parts
Article
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.

Pebble Mice

pebble mice
Blog Post
Date: May 26, 2015
What child wouldn’t like a pet mouse—or, better yet, a whole family of them! With a few lines from a permanent marker and some imagination, rocks and pebbles can suddenly become alive! You can turn them into any creature, from lady bugs to guinea pigs or even toads—but pebble...

What Does it Mean to Care

caring
Article
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.

Childcare vs Preschool

caring
Blog Post
Date: May 19, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“A parent approached me a couple years ago and explained, in an apologetic tone, that she was pulling her daughter out our of our accredited campus child care center to put her in a ‘real school,’” relates Carol Garbonden Murray. “I mustered up all my...

Start Your Summer with a Splash

water
Blog Post
Date: May 12, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Waterfalls have fascinated mankind since the beginning of time. But they don’t have to be very big to capture the imagination of children. And, they don’t have to be very big to be a lot of fun! There’s something about manipulating the movement of water that is irresistible....

Awakening the Senses

Senses
Article
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.
Load More