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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|0 Comments

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

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

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

Day-to-Day Care of Young Children’s Brains, Part 2

Early childhood educators spend critical time with the children in their care and program. Being intentional and purposeful in the learning activities and experiences should support all areas of development. Although this article was intended for parents of young children, there are good tips for all who interact with young children. Research on early brain [...]

By | August 22nd, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Day-to-Day Care of Young Children’s Brains, Part 2

Brain Development and Young Children, Part 1

The research is pretty clear and consistent about how brain development impacts children in their early years. The following article excerpt from the University of Maine, Extension office provides information on how the brain develops AND guidelines for the care of young children to promote healthy brain development and school readiness. Children and Brain Development: [...]

By | August 8th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Brain Development and Young Children, Part 1

Power Camp – A Curriculum to Support Social & Emotional Learning

I'm so excited to share with you a new resource from Early Learning Success, LLC! Many years ago, (in another lifetime LOL!), I worked in a school-age program with kids that were pretty much out of control. Over the course of the year, and some specialized training, I hit upon some strategies that turned an [...]

By | August 1st, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Power Camp – A Curriculum to Support Social & Emotional Learning

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 [...]

By | July 18th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Learning to Play – Playing to Learn