Nancy Dougherty

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Part 2: Approaches to Learning, Temperament, and School Readiness

How does the Approaches to Learning domain and Temperament impact 'school readiness'? In order to answer that question, we need to define “school readiness”. The National Education Association defines school readiness as the “academic knowledge, independence, communication and social skills children need to do well in school”, defined as: • Academic knowledge – children have [...]

By | May 16th, 2019|Trending, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Part 2: Approaches to Learning, Temperament, and School Readiness

Approaches to Learning and Temperament: Part 1

When educators talk about ‘approaches to learning’, they are referring to the attitudes, behaviors and learning styles children (and adults) use in social situations, in acquiring information and knowledge, and being flexible and resilient when confronted with change or conflict. Your child’s approach to learning is greatly impacted by their temperament. What is temperament? Temperament [...]

By | May 9th, 2019|Resources, Trending|0 Comments

Approaches to learning…. What does this mean?

Early learning standards look at what a child should know or be able to do based on common development domains. One of the domains is ‘Approaches to Learning’. When educators talk about ‘approaches to learning’, they are referring to the attitudes, behaviors and learning styles children (and adults) use in social situations, in acquiring information [...]

By | May 2nd, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on Approaches to learning…. What does this mean?

Child Development – Fine Motor Skills

Stacking blocks…. Eating with a fork and spoon…. Putting on socks…. Brushing teeth or hair.... These are all accomplishments that use fine motor skills and are an important part of your child’s development and school readiness. Fine motor abilities allow for increasing independence by being able to open doors, zip and button clothes, self-toilet and [...]

By | April 25th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Child Development – Fine Motor Skills

Nature’s Classroom

Nature’s Classroom by Nikki Shapiro Repost from 2015 Children and the outdoors are meant to go hand in hand. They love to explore new things, watch insects fly, look at the colors of a flower and the shapes of leaves. Their sense of wonder is amazing! The outdoors is a perfect classroom for a childcare. [...]

By | April 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nature’s Classroom

Nurturing Cutting Skills In Young Children

Rip, Snip, Cut – Heling young children develop scissor skills Yes, preschoolers, and toddlers with close supervision, should be using a scissors! Helping children to become independent means helping them master skills and safety rules for using many different tools. This is a key piece of development for school readiness and success, as well as [...]

By | March 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nurturing Cutting Skills In Young Children

Mud and Kids – This is Spring!

A bucket of water, a pail of dirt ….. Mix all together for ….. Mud squishing between our toes ….. Who has not done this before? Or at least found a puddle and walked in it to make mud?? Great childhood memories come from simple things like dirt and water! Children are drawn to mud [...]

By | March 26th, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on Mud and Kids – This is Spring!

Purposeful and Intentional

As a caregiver, you spend many hours planning for and then providing activities and learning materials for the children in your care. Understanding the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ behind what you do can help these activities be even more meaningful for children. I call this ‘Purposeful and Intentional’. Excerpt below is from the Early Learning [...]

By | March 20th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Purposeful and Intentional

Weather Ideas for Spring

Many of us wait all winter for spring! This year I think we may be even more anxious as we try to wait out the end of Winter! As you plan for Spring, here are some great weather ideas that support the developmental domains for early childhood. The Early Learning Success Unit of Study Weather [...]

By | March 7th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Weather Ideas for Spring

Best Practices in Early Childhood Programs

Last week we explored the idea of being purposeful and intentional when providing learning opportunities and activities for children. Using best practices in early childhood education and care provides the foundation for being purposeful and intentional. The following practices are important in providing quality early childhood programming and implementing engaging learning activities for children. They [...]

By | February 28th, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on Best Practices in Early Childhood Programs