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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...

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...

Soundscapes of Learning

Soundscapes
Blog Post
Date: April 05, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Even before birth, infants are attentive to the sounds of their environment. While early childhood educators are intentional in creating visually engaging environments for children, the landscape of sound—or soundscape—is often overlooked because we forget that it is present. When we...

Creating a Soundscape for Young Children

Soundscapes
Article
Date: April 05, 2016
Author: Renee Bock
Early childhood teachers are intentional in creating physical environments for children, but we often overlook the soundscape, not realizing it is there. However, the landscape of sound that surrounds a child is an important learning domain.

What is Quality?

Infant room
Blog Post
Date: March 29, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Imagine the ideal infant room. Natural light streams through the windows. Different shapes and sizes of furniture provide an intriguing, richly textured world to explore. A large, open area invites large motor play. Soft, cozy spaces to sit or snuggle are scattered throughout the room. There is a...

A Little Seed Song

Seed song
Video
Date: March 22, 2016
This song with its simple actions is a perfect way to learn what a seed requires to grow into a flower.

Seed Song

Grass growing
Blog Post
Date: March 22, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Unlike adults whose emotions are often tied to distant happenings and events, a child’s universe is so immediate that even the smallest thing can inspire enthusiasm. Hence, spring—with all its abundant transformations that a child can touch, smell, hear, and see—is one of the...

Everyday Engineering

clothespin activity
Blog Post
Date: March 15, 2016
Author: Rhonda
The best part about the concept of loose parts play is that it is so simple. It doesn’t take much to invite and sustain creative, focused play—sometimes just offering a different combination of everyday materials will open up unexpected levels of exploration and fun. Do you have any...

Building Literacy with Lullabies

lullabies
Blog Post
Date: March 08, 2016
Author: Rhonda
How do babies learn to talk? Infants are not born wired to learn a certain language; rather, they acquire their vocabulary from what they hear. It would seem common sense, then, that the more words a young child is surrounded with, the more words they will learn to speak. A well-known research...

Building Literacy with Lullabies

Lullaby
Article
Date: March 08, 2016
Author: Lois Ingellis and Arlene Rider
From their very first days, infants need to be surrounded by a language-rich environment. There's no better way to do this than the age-old practice of singing lullabies and reciting nursery rhymes.

Outdoor Learning

Forest climbing frame
Blog Post
Date: March 01, 2016
Author: Rhonda
What do you do if your kids are “bouncing off the walls”? Remove the walls! In response to the “indoor-ification” of childhood, nature-based programs are popping up like mushrooms. Spending from 50-100% of the day outside, children receive the benefits of open spaces and...

Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

Nature Preschool
Article
Date: March 01, 2016
Author: David Sobel
In the face of this indoor-ification of early childhood, a cultural and educational movement is emerging—focused on new approaches to nature-based education. This movement offers us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creations of the children’s garden: the nature preschool and the forest kindergarten.

The Project Approach and STEM

STEM and PBL
Blog Post
Date: February 23, 2016
Author: Rhonda
There are countless methods of teaching, but it is clear that children learn best when engaged in authentic and relevant activities. Two well-known approaches, project-based learning and STEM-based learning, hold to the philosophy that true education inspires and motivates children to become...

The Project Approach and STEM

STEM and PBL
Article
Date: February 23, 2016
Author: Sylvia Chard
Two well-known approaches, project-based learning and STEM-based learning, hold to the common philosophy that children learn best when engaged in authentic and relevant activities. While they both have value on their own, when combined they form an even more powerful tool for education.
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(347 Results)

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...

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...

Soundscapes of Learning

Soundscapes
Blog Post
Date: April 05, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Even before birth, infants are attentive to the sounds of their environment. While early childhood educators are intentional in creating visually engaging environments for children, the landscape of sound—or soundscape—is often overlooked because we forget that it is present. When we...

Creating a Soundscape for Young Children

Soundscapes
Article
Date: April 05, 2016
Author: Renee Bock
Early childhood teachers are intentional in creating physical environments for children, but we often overlook the soundscape, not realizing it is there. However, the landscape of sound that surrounds a child is an important learning domain.

What is Quality?

Infant room
Blog Post
Date: March 29, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Imagine the ideal infant room. Natural light streams through the windows. Different shapes and sizes of furniture provide an intriguing, richly textured world to explore. A large, open area invites large motor play. Soft, cozy spaces to sit or snuggle are scattered throughout the room. There is a...

A Little Seed Song

Seed song
Video
Date: March 22, 2016
This song with its simple actions is a perfect way to learn what a seed requires to grow into a flower.

Seed Song

Grass growing
Blog Post
Date: March 22, 2016
Author: Rhonda
Unlike adults whose emotions are often tied to distant happenings and events, a child’s universe is so immediate that even the smallest thing can inspire enthusiasm. Hence, spring—with all its abundant transformations that a child can touch, smell, hear, and see—is one of the...

Everyday Engineering

clothespin activity
Blog Post
Date: March 15, 2016
Author: Rhonda
The best part about the concept of loose parts play is that it is so simple. It doesn’t take much to invite and sustain creative, focused play—sometimes just offering a different combination of everyday materials will open up unexpected levels of exploration and fun. Do you have any...

Building Literacy with Lullabies

lullabies
Blog Post
Date: March 08, 2016
Author: Rhonda
How do babies learn to talk? Infants are not born wired to learn a certain language; rather, they acquire their vocabulary from what they hear. It would seem common sense, then, that the more words a young child is surrounded with, the more words they will learn to speak. A well-known research...

Building Literacy with Lullabies

Lullaby
Article
Date: March 08, 2016
Author: Lois Ingellis and Arlene Rider
From their very first days, infants need to be surrounded by a language-rich environment. There's no better way to do this than the age-old practice of singing lullabies and reciting nursery rhymes.

Outdoor Learning

Forest climbing frame
Blog Post
Date: March 01, 2016
Author: Rhonda
What do you do if your kids are “bouncing off the walls”? Remove the walls! In response to the “indoor-ification” of childhood, nature-based programs are popping up like mushrooms. Spending from 50-100% of the day outside, children receive the benefits of open spaces and...

Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

Nature Preschool
Article
Date: March 01, 2016
Author: David Sobel
In the face of this indoor-ification of early childhood, a cultural and educational movement is emerging—focused on new approaches to nature-based education. This movement offers us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creations of the children’s garden: the nature preschool and the forest kindergarten.

The Project Approach and STEM

STEM and PBL
Blog Post
Date: February 23, 2016
Author: Rhonda
There are countless methods of teaching, but it is clear that children learn best when engaged in authentic and relevant activities. Two well-known approaches, project-based learning and STEM-based learning, hold to the philosophy that true education inspires and motivates children to become...

The Project Approach and STEM

STEM and PBL
Article
Date: February 23, 2016
Author: Sylvia Chard
Two well-known approaches, project-based learning and STEM-based learning, hold to the common philosophy that children learn best when engaged in authentic and relevant activities. While they both have value on their own, when combined they form an even more powerful tool for education.
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