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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.

Awakening the Senses

senses
Blog Post
Date: May 05, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Have you ever smelled snow before?” Brandon asked, poking his head out of a tunnel he was digging in a snowbank. “No,” I replied, “what does it smell like?” Wrinkling up his nose in thought, he answered, “It smells really quiet.” From birth,...

Vintage Vase

vase
Blog Post
Date: April 28, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Bringing home a hand crafted gift for Mother’s day is a tradition not to be missed! Here is a fun project that’s been around for decades and is a success every time. The end result—a “vintage” vase—really does look stunning, and when it’s made by your...

Rediscovering Kindergarten

kindergarten
Article
Date: April 21, 2015
Author: Tiffeni Goesel
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.

Rediscovering Kindergarten

kindergarten
Blog Post
Date: April 21, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Less than two decades after the first Kindergarten was established, the institution was outlawed by the ruling government. Why did the Prussian autocrats feel threatened by a child-centered, play-based, progressive philosophy? Friedrich Froebel, the un-sung creator of Kindergarten, protested the...

Vintage Vase

table
Slide Show
Date: April 15, 2015
Bringing home a hand crafted gift for Mother’s day is a tradition not to be missed! Here’s a fun project that’s been around for decades and is a success every time. The end result—a “vintage” vase—really does look stunning, and when it’s made by...

Symbolic Play

mini blocks
Blog Post
Date: April 14, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Here’s a delightful story we received from one of our readers: “I got many stuffs in here—many peoples,” announces Shavonne as she loads her favorite mini unit block shapes into a little bucket. She shrugs her shoulders with excitement, her eyes shining. Just shy of her...

Creating a Yes Environment

yes environment
Article
Date: April 07, 2015
Author: Teresa Gonsoski
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.

Creating a Yes Environment

Yes
Blog Post
Date: April 07, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Children love to push at boundaries. They want to know where you draw the lines, what you expect of them, and how you respond to daily occurrences. Think how many times each day you have to tell a child, “no”. Are there some days when you feel like a police officer, constantly...

STEM is Everywhere

STEM
Blog Post
Date: March 31, 2015
Author: Rhonda
I recently attended an early childhood conference about STEM education and was surprised to realize that the acronym simply labels skills that are actually second nature for young children. They are constantly observing and experimenting (Science), exploring simple tools (Technology), solving...

The Learning in Loose Parts

Loose Parts
Article
Date: March 24, 2015
Author: Heather Fox and Susie Wirth
Vast learning occurs when children are able to interact and play with loose parts. Exposing children to the many and varied materials the natural world offers is both stimulating and enriching.

The Best Toys

Loose Parts
Blog Post
Date: March 24, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“The Lego was fought for, stringing beads spilled in anger, plastic animals broken by grabbing. . . . as a teacher I was at my wits end with this particular group of children. They simply could not play harmoniously together,” relates Martha, an experienced preschool teacher....

Inviting Learning

PreK Activity Areas
Blog Post
Date: March 17, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Learning doesn’t happen sitting down—at least not when you’re four years old! The preschool years should be ones of active, hands-on discovery and exploration. This requires a stimulating environment that offers choices to children, invites them to engage in a number of...

Pom Pom Chicks

chicks
Slide Show
Date: March 10, 2015
There are many ways to make pompoms but this is by far the simplest and fastest method I have come across. All you need is a fork, some yarn, and a pair of scissors.

Easy Pompom Project

pom pom
Blog Post
Date: March 10, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Don’t miss this great project for spring! There are many ways to make pompoms but this is by far the simplest and fastest method I have come across. All you need is a fork, some yarn, and a pair of scissors. Older kids will quickly manage the whole project independently. Your younger kids...

Compassion Deficit Disorder

CDD
Article
Date: March 03, 2015
Author: Diane E. Levin
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.

Compassion Deficit Disorder

CDD
Blog Post
Date: March 03, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Kids seem to have fewer social skills than they did 15 years ago,” remarks one kindergarten teacher. “I find I’m spending more and more time helping my children settle disputes.” What is going on? What can explain the rising levels of bullying and teasing being...
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All Resources for All Topics

(271 Results)

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.

Awakening the Senses

senses
Blog Post
Date: May 05, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Have you ever smelled snow before?” Brandon asked, poking his head out of a tunnel he was digging in a snowbank. “No,” I replied, “what does it smell like?” Wrinkling up his nose in thought, he answered, “It smells really quiet.” From birth,...

Vintage Vase

vase
Blog Post
Date: April 28, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Bringing home a hand crafted gift for Mother’s day is a tradition not to be missed! Here is a fun project that’s been around for decades and is a success every time. The end result—a “vintage” vase—really does look stunning, and when it’s made by your...

Rediscovering Kindergarten

kindergarten
Article
Date: April 21, 2015
Author: Tiffeni Goesel
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.

Rediscovering Kindergarten

kindergarten
Blog Post
Date: April 21, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Less than two decades after the first Kindergarten was established, the institution was outlawed by the ruling government. Why did the Prussian autocrats feel threatened by a child-centered, play-based, progressive philosophy? Friedrich Froebel, the un-sung creator of Kindergarten, protested the...

Vintage Vase

table
Slide Show
Date: April 15, 2015
Bringing home a hand crafted gift for Mother’s day is a tradition not to be missed! Here’s a fun project that’s been around for decades and is a success every time. The end result—a “vintage” vase—really does look stunning, and when it’s made by...

Symbolic Play

mini blocks
Blog Post
Date: April 14, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Here’s a delightful story we received from one of our readers: “I got many stuffs in here—many peoples,” announces Shavonne as she loads her favorite mini unit block shapes into a little bucket. She shrugs her shoulders with excitement, her eyes shining. Just shy of her...

Creating a Yes Environment

yes environment
Article
Date: April 07, 2015
Author: Teresa Gonsoski
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.

Creating a Yes Environment

Yes
Blog Post
Date: April 07, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Children love to push at boundaries. They want to know where you draw the lines, what you expect of them, and how you respond to daily occurrences. Think how many times each day you have to tell a child, “no”. Are there some days when you feel like a police officer, constantly...

STEM is Everywhere

STEM
Blog Post
Date: March 31, 2015
Author: Rhonda
I recently attended an early childhood conference about STEM education and was surprised to realize that the acronym simply labels skills that are actually second nature for young children. They are constantly observing and experimenting (Science), exploring simple tools (Technology), solving...

The Learning in Loose Parts

Loose Parts
Article
Date: March 24, 2015
Author: Heather Fox and Susie Wirth
Vast learning occurs when children are able to interact and play with loose parts. Exposing children to the many and varied materials the natural world offers is both stimulating and enriching.

The Best Toys

Loose Parts
Blog Post
Date: March 24, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“The Lego was fought for, stringing beads spilled in anger, plastic animals broken by grabbing. . . . as a teacher I was at my wits end with this particular group of children. They simply could not play harmoniously together,” relates Martha, an experienced preschool teacher....

Inviting Learning

PreK Activity Areas
Blog Post
Date: March 17, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Learning doesn’t happen sitting down—at least not when you’re four years old! The preschool years should be ones of active, hands-on discovery and exploration. This requires a stimulating environment that offers choices to children, invites them to engage in a number of...

Pom Pom Chicks

chicks
Slide Show
Date: March 10, 2015
There are many ways to make pompoms but this is by far the simplest and fastest method I have come across. All you need is a fork, some yarn, and a pair of scissors.

Easy Pompom Project

pom pom
Blog Post
Date: March 10, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Don’t miss this great project for spring! There are many ways to make pompoms but this is by far the simplest and fastest method I have come across. All you need is a fork, some yarn, and a pair of scissors. Older kids will quickly manage the whole project independently. Your younger kids...

Compassion Deficit Disorder

CDD
Article
Date: March 03, 2015
Author: Diane E. Levin
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.

Compassion Deficit Disorder

CDD
Blog Post
Date: March 03, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Kids seem to have fewer social skills than they did 15 years ago,” remarks one kindergarten teacher. “I find I’m spending more and more time helping my children settle disputes.” What is going on? What can explain the rising levels of bullying and teasing being...
Load More