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Early Childhood Programs Promote Learning Through Play

Play is a very important part of early childhood programs, and should be a major component included every day! Children are learning through all of the activities in which they are involved. The early childhood educator play a variety of roles that enhance play, and ensure that it is ‘intentional and purposeful’. Early Childhood Educator [...]

By | March 26th, 2020|Resources, Trending|0 Comments

Safe Guarding All of Us During this COVID19 Outbreak

As we are all concerned with the COVID19 virus outbreak, I wanted you to have the current information from Child Care Aware, the national organization for child care professionals.  Please click on the link below to see the information they are sharing. https://info.childcareaware.org/blog/coronavirus-how-does-it-impact-child-care-providers-and-ccrrs   Other things you can do is make sure you are following [...]

By | March 11th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Safe Guarding All of Us During this COVID19 Outbreak

Setting the Stage for Success

When I am pondering something, there are questions I ask myself in order to find an answer: • What • Why • How These questions work well when thinking about quality in early childhood education and care settings. Quality settings are key in helping children be ready for school. What does ‘setting the stage for [...]

By | February 27th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Setting the Stage for Success

School Readiness Activities

Part II: School Readiness Activities The following activities are from the Minnesota Parent Center, MN PIRC, a project of PACER CENTER. The activities are fun, easy to do, and do not require any special materials. They were written for a parent/child relationship but work equally well for any early childhood situation. Language and emergent literacy [...]

By | February 21st, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on School Readiness Activities

What Is School Readiness?

This is the first of a 2-part series. It seems that parents, caregivers, and the community-at-large are often confronted with the idea of ‘school readiness’ and how important it is for our children. Many State’s education departments have dedicated substantial time, effort and money to support school readiness in early childhood so that children are [...]

By | February 14th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on What Is School Readiness?

Taking Care of Yourself

Pamper yourself… just a little every day. At the end of a long day of childcare, take time to relax with one of these bath-soak recipes! Peace of Mind Bath Salts Recipe Ingredients • 2 cup fine grain sea salt • 3 tbsp dendritic salt (very fine-grained salt) • ½ teaspoon Rosemary essential oil • [...]

By | February 6th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Taking Care of Yourself

Peace Keepers – ELS Unit of Study that Supports Developing ‘Personal Power’

Positive self-esteem ….. Membership in a group or community ….. Successful communication skills ….. Celebrating and inviting diversity ….. These are all components to develop Positive Personal Power. This Early Learning Success Unit of Study is an introduction to the development of Positive Personal Power. Children and adults that are able to develop, recognize and [...]

By | January 30th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Peace Keepers – ELS Unit of Study that Supports Developing ‘Personal Power’

Literacy for All Ages

One of the most important gifts we can give our children is a love of learning. Developing language and literacy skills is one way to instill this love of learning. This starts in infancy, and hopefully will continue throughout their entire lives. When we talk, touch and sing to our infants, toddlers and preschoolers, they [...]

By | January 23rd, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Literacy for All Ages

Winter Snow and Ice Fun

Many of us are still in the season of 'ice and snow'.  Winter weather, snow and ice can bring lots of fun, discussion and science learning. Make the most of this season through some great activities. Questions to Ask: What do you think will happen? Where does ice come from? What happens when ice and [...]

By | January 16th, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Winter Snow and Ice Fun

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