The ways that professionals react to children and their families impacts the ways that children think about themselves and their families. It can be easy for professionals to make incorrect assumptions and let personal biases affect what they say and how they treat others.
In the STEM and STEAM educational movements, teachers are being challenged to emphasize science, math, and the arts in children’s play. Brain researchers are uncovering evidence that shows that musical experiences enhance children’s thinking and executive function. What better way to tap into these movements than by making a habit of singing about science and math as children play, discover, and explore?
Preschool Foundations: Understand Physical and Cognitive Development; PYD Foundations: Cultural Competency and Responsiveness
At some point almost all early educators work with a child who receives or needs early intervention (EI) services. Early intervention consists of services and supports designed to help children who have a developmental delay or special need, and their families. Through collaboration with families and related service providers, supportive practices for infants and toddlers who receive EI services can be implemented within existing routines and across environments.
When a child misbehaves, the first (and perhaps only) thing adults may think of is to use time-out. Time-out has become the most used, and possibly the most misused, strategy to respond to a child's behavior.
The name Rube Goldberg has become synonymous with the building of crazy contraptions. How can this kind of wacky thinking inspire early childhood classroom experiences?
Preschool Foundations: Environments and Routines that Work!; Smart from the Start: Teacher Training for Pre-K Wellness Curriculum
Families with busy schedules can struggle for time to put a home-cooked meal on the table, much less find time to include young children in cooking activities. What was once considered a life skill is becoming, for some, a dying art as convenience and processed foods become the norm. Yet, children can learn much more than healthy food choices through early experiences with cooking and there are benefits for families as well.
Did you know that nearly one third of Americans are sleep-deprived, 90% of American high school students are chronically sleep-deprived, and that the side effects of sleep loss in young children point to possible poor behavior, impaired learning, and obesity?
An experienced adult who works effectively with a group of school-age children and youth can be inspiring. The adult seems to have control of the group, while also encouraging and engaging the youth. This is not as easy as it may look. An educational background in teaching or child development is a big help, and experience enhances the adult’s confidence. What about the adult without this type of background? How can adults coming from different backgrounds prepare themselves to interact positively with children and youth in out-of-school settings?
Beyond Counting: Strategies to Support Preschool Math Development now available in On Demand!
Parents often ask why time-out doesn’t work for long with their children. It tends to stop misbehavior in the short run but not for any length of time. Is time-out really an effective discipline strategy? The answer is that it all depends on the outcome parents want.
Trying to figure out what to say to children about recent traumatic events? “These can be complicated, tough conversations to have, but they’re essential,” says psychologist Richard Weissbourd, a senior lecturer at HGSE and HKS and co-director of the Making Caring Common project. Read the article "When Bad Things Happen" by Mary Tamer for tips on talking to kids about the unthinkable and inevitable events in life. Credit: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Usable Knowledge. Visit their website at gse.harvard.edu/uk
A snow day is a great time to get outside and explore nature. Nancy Rosenow encourages early childhood educators to help children see the wonders of the natural world. (Exchange 2011) When it’s snowing, help children wonder about snow!
Children Can Cook; Preschool Foundations: Effective Partnerships with Families
Children and adults have an innate connection with nature. The fresh air, the rustle of the leaves, and the warmth of the sun are energizing and inspiring. Besides development of happier and healthier individuals, there are multiple other benefits to taking a step outside. Then why do families spend so many hours indoors?
A solid understanding of milestones and developmental pathways across each domain of children’s development can benefit child care providers in several ways.
Nutrition Links: A Food and Nutrition Program for Low-income Families; Fresh Harvest: Children Grow in the Garden
“As an early childhood educator, you must continually look forward and look back, even as you stay focused on the real children in front of you and the context of their lives.” (Curtis and Carter 2011)
Foundations of Child Development (available for Child Care Center Teachers & for Family Child Care Providers); Rock Solid: Building Positive Relationships, Birth – 3 years Parts 1 & 2; Go Healthy! It All Begins With You