Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Supporting Development through Play

Caregivers interact and support children in many ways every day. Here are some 'roles' caregivers play when supporting children as they play: 1. Stage manager – You provide the environments, time, equipment and materials. You  select and organize so they suggest that play is meaningful to children 2. Observer – Through observation you can come [...]

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Learning to Play – Playing to Learn

What is Play? Play is a child’s ‘work’. It is a critical part of learning. Play is where children learn new concepts, new skills, and to problem-solve. Play enhances a child’s school readiness through cognitive development.  How does Play nurture cognitive development? During play, children use their imagination to come up with ideas and images. [...]

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Changing Roles in Early Childhood Care & Education

Take a moment to reflect on what you did when you were 4 & 5, and the expectations adults had for you. For myself, I spent my early years being cared for by my mom. My days were filled with exploration, discovery, creativity and invention.  I played inside and out most of the day. I [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Changing Roles in Early Childhood Care & Education

Create Some Great Summer Memories …… Go Camping In Your Own Backyard

Is summer starting to get long? There is no better time than now to create some summer camping memories. Here are some easy and fun ideas to help create those lasting summer memories! Create a Camp      You can use a real tent or make one yourself by throwing a long heavy sheet over a low [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Create Some Great Summer Memories …… Go Camping In Your Own Backyard

Cool Summer Fun!

Are there ever enough fun ideas for summer?  Here are some that you may not have tried!  Cool 'Cooking Idea': Ice Cream Sandwiches Ingredients: Graham crackers Ice cream (any flavor) Plastic wrap. Directions: Let the ice cream get to a soft stage then take the graham crackers and spread one half with about ½ cup [...]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Cool Summer Fun!