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Spotlight on ‘Spiders’

New Blog Series – ‘Spotlight on ELS Units! With over 100 Units of Study to choose from in the Early Learning Success curriculum, I thought it would be helpful to put a ‘Spotlight’ on Units of Study that are perfect for the season or month. Each ‘spotlight’ unit will also have a special price of [...]

By | October 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spotlight on ‘Spiders’

Spotlight on ‘Apples’ Unit of Study

‘Spotlight’ on ELS Units! With over 100 Units of Study to choose from in the Early Learning Success curriculum, there are great Units of Study perfect for the season or month. Each ‘spotlight’ unit has a special price of $6.00 for the month! The ‘Spotlight Unit’ for September is the Apples Unit of Study, available [...]

By | September 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spotlight on ‘Apples’ Unit of Study

Spotlight on ‘Let’s Go Camping’

‘Spotlight’ on ELS Units! With over 100 Units of Study to choose from in the Early Learning Success curriculum, there are great Units of Study perfect for the season or month. Each ‘spotlight’ unit has a special price of $6.00 for the month! The ‘Spotlight Unit’ for August is Let’s Go Camping, available at Let's [...]

By | August 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spotlight on ‘Let’s Go Camping’

Spring-y Ideas

Spring is just around the corner! The following ideas highlight a developmental domain while encouraging children to explore spring activities. 1. Grass Heads – In honor of Earth Day – April 2 Developmental Domain: Cognitive Development – Scientific Thinking and Problem Solving Children use senses to explore materials and the environment; they express wonder about [...]

By | March 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spring-y Ideas

Transition Ideas for Fun and Learning

We can NEVER have enough transition ideas! Not only do great transitions make the day go smoother, children are also gaining different skills and learning through effective transition activities. The first blog article with transition ideas appeared in February 2017. Here are some more ideas to have in your ‘transition bag’. (Thanks goes out to [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Transition Ideas for Fun and Learning

Five Strategies for a Successful Circle Time

There are many different opportunities for children to learn all day long. Some of the activities are independent and child led, others are interactive and more teacher-led. Circle time is a great time to help children develop many different skills from interactions with others to language and literacy skills. Being prepared can help group time [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Five Strategies for a Successful Circle Time

Strategies for Helping Children Develop Positive Social Skills: Bullying Part 2

Children need direct teaching and lots of practice when learning new skills, including social skills.  Caregivers can model the behaviors that are expected, but sometimes they need to specifically talk about or demonstrate the new skill they want their children to learn.  There are many great books that help caregivers talk with children about feelings [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Strategies for Helping Children Develop Positive Social Skills: Bullying Part 2

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 [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Supporting Development through Play

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. [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Learning to Play – Playing to Learn

Mix It Up for Summer!

It’s time to mix up a little fun!  Make sure to include the children in each step – reading the directions, gathering the supplies, measuring the ingredients and mixing up the various concoctions.  As you are doing these activities, think about the learning that is addressing STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) education.  Better yet, [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mix It Up for Summer!