Yearly Archives: 2019

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Winter Solstice Sparks Winter Celebrations

In the Northern Hemisphere, winter means less daylight, shorter days and colder temperatures. Consequently, we turn on lights so we can see, and make fires to keep us warm and protected from the winter cold. The Winter Solstice is a celebration of the sun and the end of winter. It is sometime between December 21 [...]

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Cold and Flu Prevention Checklist

Repost from previous years. We are heading into that season where many germs are shared! Here are some strategies that will help us stay healthier, and stop the spread of germs. Although these are practices that should be ‘no brainers’, they can never be said enough! Stay Home If You're Sick We want to teach [...]

By | December 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Cold and Flu Prevention Checklist

Tis the Season of Giving

Teaching children to be generous and caring can help ensure a peaceful and supportive environment where all children grow and develop to their maximum potential. This is not only a great environment for children, but also for the adults that work in it… win-win for all! The following excerpt from ‘4 Ways Children Learn the [...]

By | December 5th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Tis the Season of Giving

Giving Thanks Unit of Study

The Early Learning Success has 120 Units of Study that cover a variety of common early childhood topics. The Giving Thanks Unit of Study centers on our Thanksgiving holiday. It is available at Giving Thanks Unit A complete list and description of the 120 Units of Study is available in the Current  Curriculum Catalogue Giving Thanks [...]

By | November 21st, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Giving Thanks Unit of Study

Dramatic Play in Early Childhood

Dramatic play is essential in early childhood programs. It is one way children use creativity based on their real experiences. It also helps children learn about the world in which they live. Through ‘practicing’ what they are seeing, hearing and experiencing in their everyday life, children are able to make sense of their world. Pretend [...]

By | November 14th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Dramatic Play in Early Childhood

Children Need to Create

Infants and toddlers are constant motion – touching, smelling, tasting almost everything thing they see! They are learning about the world through their senses and sensory play. Often, infants and toddlers ‘experience their world’ through art materials but we don’t think of them as ‘creating’. Offering infants and toddlers a variety of different materials to [...]

By | November 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Children Need to Create

Math and Literacy Ideas for Fall

Early childhood educators and care providers spend much of their time every day helping children develop math and literacy skills. This knowledge and skill development is crucial for school readiness and success. Preschool math skills include: shapes; counting 0-20; comparing; directions/positions; classifying; size; patterning; money concepts; ordering; estimating; and measuring. Early literacy skills include: speaking; [...]

By | October 8th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Math and Literacy Ideas for Fall

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed

John Chapman was a real person who traveled across large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia, planting apple trees as he went. He was aptly nicknamed Johnny Appleseed.  Children love to do apple activities as we celebrate his birthday on September 26. Books [...]

By | September 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Celebrate Johnny Appleseed

Falling into Fun!

Do we ever have enough ideas? Here are some great ideas to get into the swing of fall! Some of these ideas are so good, they are repeats from previous posts! And they all support a child's development while being fun! Apple-Cinnamon Sachets Materials: • ½ cup cinnamon • ½ cup store bought applesauce (homemade [...]

By | September 10th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Falling into Fun!

STEM Programming for Early Childhood

Janice Morrison (TIES STEM education monograph series, attributes of STEM education, 2006) outlined several functions of a STEM education. She suggested that students should be: • Problem-solvers – able to define questions and problems, design investigations to gather data, collect and organize data, draw conclusions, and then apply understandings to new and novel situations. • [...]

By | August 29th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on STEM Programming for Early Childhood