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Science is Wonder

science
Blog Post
Date: August 25, 2015
Author: Rhonda
It is said that, on average, a four-year-old asks 437 questions each day. Whether or not this figure is based on accurate research, any preschool teacher can assure you that it is not too far out! Overflowing with an insatiable desire for knowledge, this constant questioning can easily grate on...

Science is Wonder

Science is Wonder
Article
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...

Texture Rubbings

texture rubbing
Blog Post
Date: August 18, 2015
Author: Rhonda
The world is full of different colors and sounds which can grab the attention of a child. Less noticeable perhaps is the great array of textures that can be found out in nature. One of the best ways to explore and appreciate the varied surfaces and patterns of the environment is to do crayon...

Constructive Play

Constructive play
Article
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.

Encouraging Constructive Play

Constructive Play
Blog Post
Date: August 11, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Visually, our preschool yard was very attractive and well-manicured,” reported Kate, a veteran kindergarten teacher. “The kids could swing, run, or climb, but we had no area that could sustain a child’s attention for a longer amount of time. In fact, it seemed that many...

Redefining Play

play
Blog Post
Date: August 04, 2015
Author: Rhonda
As a company whose philosophy is deeply rooted in what is best for children, we love hearing your comments and questions. Here’s a recent response to our booklet The Wisdom of Play from Mary Ann Biermeier of INSPIRE, Early Childhood Leadership Series: Thank you for this timely publication....

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...
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All Resources for All Topics

(293 Results)

Science is Wonder

science
Blog Post
Date: August 25, 2015
Author: Rhonda
It is said that, on average, a four-year-old asks 437 questions each day. Whether or not this figure is based on accurate research, any preschool teacher can assure you that it is not too far out! Overflowing with an insatiable desire for knowledge, this constant questioning can easily grate on...

Science is Wonder

Science is Wonder
Article
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...

Texture Rubbings

texture rubbing
Blog Post
Date: August 18, 2015
Author: Rhonda
The world is full of different colors and sounds which can grab the attention of a child. Less noticeable perhaps is the great array of textures that can be found out in nature. One of the best ways to explore and appreciate the varied surfaces and patterns of the environment is to do crayon...

Constructive Play

Constructive play
Article
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.

Encouraging Constructive Play

Constructive Play
Blog Post
Date: August 11, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Visually, our preschool yard was very attractive and well-manicured,” reported Kate, a veteran kindergarten teacher. “The kids could swing, run, or climb, but we had no area that could sustain a child’s attention for a longer amount of time. In fact, it seemed that many...

Redefining Play

play
Blog Post
Date: August 04, 2015
Author: Rhonda
As a company whose philosophy is deeply rooted in what is best for children, we love hearing your comments and questions. Here’s a recent response to our booklet The Wisdom of Play from Mary Ann Biermeier of INSPIRE, Early Childhood Leadership Series: Thank you for this timely publication....

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...
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