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The Benefits of Mud Play

Mud
Article
Date: June 28, 2016
Author: Michelle Rupiper
Embrace the mess of playing in the mud—it’s okay for children to get dirty. In fact, when you look at the benefits children gain from mud play, it’s not just okay, it’s important. And the joy on the children’s faces will reinforce your efforts and make the mess worthwhile.

Make Your Own Paintbrushes

Clothespin Paintbrushes
Blog Post
Date: June 21, 2016
Author: Rhonda
If art is all about process, why limit creativity by limiting the tools? Add an innovative twist to your next painting project by omitting the store-bought paintbrushes. On an outdoor table, provide paint, paper, and clothespins. Demonstrate how clipping a flower, leaf, or bunch of grass in a...

A Solid Foundation for STEM

Block Video
Blog Post
Date: June 14, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Young children cannot be taught STEM skills. For a five-year-old, the practical application of science, technology, engineering, and math is something they can only absorb through experience. “You live STEM, when you engage with tools and materials,” explains Hal Melnick from Bank...

Building STEM Skills

Video
Date: June 13, 2016
In this educational 3-minute video, Hal Melnick, Susan Wood, and Yvonne Smith explain why every school that is serious about STEM education needs to have a strong block play component in their curriculum.

The Value of Risk Taking

Risk-taking
Blog Post
Date: June 07, 2016
Author: Rhonda
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller For some reason, children relish the exhilarating feeling of climbing to scary heights, spinning crazily on a swing, or dangling from monkey bars. The feeling of freedom, with just the right degree of perceived...

The Importance of Risk

Risk-taking
Article
Date: June 07, 2016
Author: Teresa Gonsoski
Risk is a vital component of children's play. It allows children to be challenged, to face uncertainty, to problem-solve, and think outside the box. All of these qualities become the building blocks for later learning and success.

The Power of Fairytales

oral language
Blog Post
Date: May 31, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Once upon a time, a woman approached the famous physicist Albert Einstein and asked him what she might do to prepare her young son for a successful career in science. “Read him fairytales,” he replied. “And, if you want him to be very intelligent, read him more...

Oral Language: The Foundation of Literacy

Telling stories
Article
Date: May 31, 2016
Author: Joan Almon
In the history of human development, oral language—conversation, poetry, story-telling, and song—arose long before written language. In children we see the same pattern of language development. Children first learn to listen, to speak, to sing, to enjoy rhymes, stories, and books before they can read or write. What we often forget is that this foundation in oral language is a critical step in developing literacy.

Gardening with Children

gardening with kids
Blog Post
Date: May 24, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Every child should have the opportunity to get their hands in dirt, plant seeds, and experience the wonder of growing things. But put aside your romantic ideas—gardening with small children “is seldom as calm, intentional, or controlled as most teachers hope it will be,” writes...

Babies are Scientists

Babies are Scientists
Blog Post
Date: May 17, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Science is about making and testing hypotheses. This is what infants do all the time! They are continually experimenting and investigating, fueled by curiosity and an innate drive to figure out their world. The first time a baby knocks a cup of milk from the table, it’s an accident. The...

Infants and Nature

Babies and Nature
Article
Date: May 17, 2016
Author: Heather Fox
Those who work with infants know that babies plus nature equals joyful learning. We tend to keep this age group indoors all too often, however, missing many learning opportunities.

The Potential of Playdough

Playdough
Article
Date: May 10, 2016
Playdough is fun. The soft, colored dough is a staple in most early childhood classrooms, but does it receive the attention it deserves as a valuable tool to prepare kids for school? The malleable properties of playdough make it appealing for exploration and creativity while at the same time...

The Potential of Playdough

Playdough
Blog Post
Date: May 10, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Playdough is fun. The soft, colored dough is a staple in most early childhood classrooms, but does it receive the attention it deserves as a valuable tool to prepare kids for school? The malleable properties of playdough make it appealing for exploration and creativity while at the same time...

Screen Free Kids

live streaming
Blog Post
Date: May 03, 2016
Author: Rhonda
This week many families and schools are participating in the annual “Screen-Free Week”. Trying to eliminate, or at least reduce, digital entertainment for a week is a worthy goal. It is also a good reminder of all the connections our children miss when plugged into electronic devices....

Children and Screen Media

Screen Time
Article
Date: May 03, 2016
Author: Shannon Lockhart
In a technology-driven age, infants’ and toddlers’ exposure to “screen time” is a hot topic. As caregivers in the classroom, we may be pressured by parents who use screen media with their children at home—parents who would like us to help their children acquire...

The Keys to Good Design

Design of Classroom
Blog Post
Date: April 26, 2016
Author: Rhonda
It's probably likely that the child care program you attended was in a church basement or some other repurposed place. Today, however, many early childhood facilities are found in intentionally planned and constructed buildings. Even so, some new facilities are still far from perfect. Instead of...

Time Outside

Nature Play
Blog Post
Date: April 19, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Longer school days, more homework, urbanization, organized sports, and daily access to technology. . . . we all know the statistics: children are spending less time in nature than ever before. Studies confirm that kids now spend up to 90% of their leisure time inside. Sadly, many schools...

Laying the Groundwork

Outdoor play
Article
Date: April 19, 2016
Author: Lauren Maples
Time in nature should not be seen as just a luxury; it is an important platform for learning and development.

Ten Rainy Day Activities

Rain Activities
Article
Date: April 12, 2016
Rainy weather offers a deluge of new experience that are not to be missed! Here's ten ideas to get you started.

Rain Painting

Rain Painting
Blog Post
Date: April 12, 2016
Author: Rhonda
At least for us in the northeast, April brings spring showers but that is no excuse to stay inside! Rainy weather offers a deluge of new experiences for children that are not to be missed. (Apologies to all you readers from dry climates.) One not-to-be-missed activity is rain painting. This is...
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All Resources for All Topics

(360 Results)

The Benefits of Mud Play

Mud
Article
Date: June 28, 2016
Author: Michelle Rupiper
Embrace the mess of playing in the mud—it’s okay for children to get dirty. In fact, when you look at the benefits children gain from mud play, it’s not just okay, it’s important. And the joy on the children’s faces will reinforce your efforts and make the mess worthwhile.

Make Your Own Paintbrushes

Clothespin Paintbrushes
Blog Post
Date: June 21, 2016
Author: Rhonda
If art is all about process, why limit creativity by limiting the tools? Add an innovative twist to your next painting project by omitting the store-bought paintbrushes. On an outdoor table, provide paint, paper, and clothespins. Demonstrate how clipping a flower, leaf, or bunch of grass in a...

A Solid Foundation for STEM

Block Video
Blog Post
Date: June 14, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Young children cannot be taught STEM skills. For a five-year-old, the practical application of science, technology, engineering, and math is something they can only absorb through experience. “You live STEM, when you engage with tools and materials,” explains Hal Melnick from Bank...

Building STEM Skills

Video
Date: June 13, 2016
In this educational 3-minute video, Hal Melnick, Susan Wood, and Yvonne Smith explain why every school that is serious about STEM education needs to have a strong block play component in their curriculum.

The Value of Risk Taking

Risk-taking
Blog Post
Date: June 07, 2016
Author: Rhonda
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller For some reason, children relish the exhilarating feeling of climbing to scary heights, spinning crazily on a swing, or dangling from monkey bars. The feeling of freedom, with just the right degree of perceived...

The Importance of Risk

Risk-taking
Article
Date: June 07, 2016
Author: Teresa Gonsoski
Risk is a vital component of children's play. It allows children to be challenged, to face uncertainty, to problem-solve, and think outside the box. All of these qualities become the building blocks for later learning and success.

The Power of Fairytales

oral language
Blog Post
Date: May 31, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Once upon a time, a woman approached the famous physicist Albert Einstein and asked him what she might do to prepare her young son for a successful career in science. “Read him fairytales,” he replied. “And, if you want him to be very intelligent, read him more...

Oral Language: The Foundation of Literacy

Telling stories
Article
Date: May 31, 2016
Author: Joan Almon
In the history of human development, oral language—conversation, poetry, story-telling, and song—arose long before written language. In children we see the same pattern of language development. Children first learn to listen, to speak, to sing, to enjoy rhymes, stories, and books before they can read or write. What we often forget is that this foundation in oral language is a critical step in developing literacy.

Gardening with Children

gardening with kids
Blog Post
Date: May 24, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Every child should have the opportunity to get their hands in dirt, plant seeds, and experience the wonder of growing things. But put aside your romantic ideas—gardening with small children “is seldom as calm, intentional, or controlled as most teachers hope it will be,” writes...

Babies are Scientists

Babies are Scientists
Blog Post
Date: May 17, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Science is about making and testing hypotheses. This is what infants do all the time! They are continually experimenting and investigating, fueled by curiosity and an innate drive to figure out their world. The first time a baby knocks a cup of milk from the table, it’s an accident. The...

Infants and Nature

Babies and Nature
Article
Date: May 17, 2016
Author: Heather Fox
Those who work with infants know that babies plus nature equals joyful learning. We tend to keep this age group indoors all too often, however, missing many learning opportunities.

The Potential of Playdough

Playdough
Article
Date: May 10, 2016
Playdough is fun. The soft, colored dough is a staple in most early childhood classrooms, but does it receive the attention it deserves as a valuable tool to prepare kids for school? The malleable properties of playdough make it appealing for exploration and creativity while at the same time...

The Potential of Playdough

Playdough
Blog Post
Date: May 10, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Playdough is fun. The soft, colored dough is a staple in most early childhood classrooms, but does it receive the attention it deserves as a valuable tool to prepare kids for school? The malleable properties of playdough make it appealing for exploration and creativity while at the same time...

Screen Free Kids

live streaming
Blog Post
Date: May 03, 2016
Author: Rhonda
This week many families and schools are participating in the annual “Screen-Free Week”. Trying to eliminate, or at least reduce, digital entertainment for a week is a worthy goal. It is also a good reminder of all the connections our children miss when plugged into electronic devices....

Children and Screen Media

Screen Time
Article
Date: May 03, 2016
Author: Shannon Lockhart
In a technology-driven age, infants’ and toddlers’ exposure to “screen time” is a hot topic. As caregivers in the classroom, we may be pressured by parents who use screen media with their children at home—parents who would like us to help their children acquire...

The Keys to Good Design

Design of Classroom
Blog Post
Date: April 26, 2016
Author: Rhonda
It's probably likely that the child care program you attended was in a church basement or some other repurposed place. Today, however, many early childhood facilities are found in intentionally planned and constructed buildings. Even so, some new facilities are still far from perfect. Instead of...

Time Outside

Nature Play
Blog Post
Date: April 19, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Longer school days, more homework, urbanization, organized sports, and daily access to technology. . . . we all know the statistics: children are spending less time in nature than ever before. Studies confirm that kids now spend up to 90% of their leisure time inside. Sadly, many schools...

Laying the Groundwork

Outdoor play
Article
Date: April 19, 2016
Author: Lauren Maples
Time in nature should not be seen as just a luxury; it is an important platform for learning and development.

Ten Rainy Day Activities

Rain Activities
Article
Date: April 12, 2016
Rainy weather offers a deluge of new experience that are not to be missed! Here's ten ideas to get you started.

Rain Painting

Rain Painting
Blog Post
Date: April 12, 2016
Author: Rhonda
At least for us in the northeast, April brings spring showers but that is no excuse to stay inside! Rainy weather offers a deluge of new experiences for children that are not to be missed. (Apologies to all you readers from dry climates.) One not-to-be-missed activity is rain painting. This is...
Load More