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Welcome 2018 with New Goals

Welcome to 2018!! The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on current practices, (personal and professional), and decide what could be done or added to make them even better! Setting goals, and figuring out the steps to achieve them, can help us be more successful. Most of you have heard [...]

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Correct Pencil Grasp

Learning to hold a pencil correctly can be a challenge for many children. Being able to write or print requires the arm, hand and fingers to work together so that there is a rhythm, flow and speed that allows for the correct letter (or number) formation. And all of this coordination requires the visual acuity, [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Correct Pencil Grasp

Learning through Fall Activities

Learning is happening for children all day, every day in every thing they do! There are so many fun activities to do with children in the Fall.  It is important to remember that with each activity, developmental domains and skills are being addressed! Ghostly Toast Fun Halloween Snack Make ghost stencils from cardboard – size of [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Learning through Fall Activities

Easy Fall Ideas that Support Development

Are there ever enough ideas? Below are some easy-to-do things that are great fall activities, AND take little prep or materials! Fall Finger Play Key Developmental Domains Addressed: Language & Literacy; Creativity & the Arts Autumn winds begin to blow (blow). Colored leaves fall fast and slow (move hands to show falling leaves) Twirling, whirling [...]

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Repetitive Reading, Part 2: Resources to Support Literacy

We know that emergent literacy begins at birth and continues to build through experiences that occur in infancy and early childhood. Emergent or early literacy skills refer to the development of listening and language skills that are important for learning to read. Reading to children, singing songs and reciting finger plays, doing puzzles, and scribbling [...]

By | September 27th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Repetitive Reading, Part 2: Resources to Support Literacy

Repetitive Reading, Part 1: The Benefits

Benefits of ‘Repetitive Reading’ for Children Children love to have stories read to them over and over! There are many reasons for this – it may be that they love the story characters, the colors in the pictures, the flow of the words, or even just the joy of being close to you as the [...]

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What is ‘Curriculum’ in the field of Early Childhood Education?

In early childhood education and care, the word curriculum means different things to different people. It can mean a philosophy, a program, an approach, or a set of specific materials and activities that are purchased as a boxed curriculum.  Here are a couple examples of commonly understood definitions: ·       “The curriculum consists of the knowledge [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on What is ‘Curriculum’ in the field of Early Childhood Education?

Lasting Change in Practice Positively Impacts Children

We live in a world that is ever changing… some things are for the better, some things are questionable!  Good or bad, there have been a lot of changes regarding expectations for children entering school. Remembering back 25 years, when children entered kindergarten the focus was on getting along with other children, learning to listen [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Lasting Change in Practice Positively Impacts Children

Ten Transition Tips

Transitions can be chaotic for children and adults. Being prepared to help children move from one activity to the next in a calm and engaging way is not only beneficial for children but makes life more pleasant for the teacher/caregiver! Here are some great tips to help make those transitions go more smoothly. 1) Plan [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Ten Transition Tips

Non-Toxic Pest Control

Now is the time you may be noticing ‘uninvited’ 6-legged guests in your kitchen, bathrooms or other areas.  Most solutions to an ant invasion involve very toxic chemicals.  Try the tip below if you are overrun by those pesky critters. Non-Toxic Ant Remedy Ingredients 1 – 72 ounce box of instant grits per acre Really, [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Non-Toxic Pest Control