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Early Learning Success Spring Units

The Early Learning Success curriculum is a 'standards based' approach that supports each child's development, is easily adaptable to most settings, uses materials that are commonly found in early learning environments, and is very affordable. Check out the Units of Study that will make Spring come alive! Baby Animals BirdsCaterpillarsEarth WiseFarm AnimalsFrogsGardeningMudSpringSpringing UpStewards of the EarthThe [...]

By | May 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Early Learning Success Spring Units

Oodles of Play Dough Recipes

'One Hundred and One Recipes for Fun' is a great collection of fun and messy recipes that can be integrated into your daily planning and activities. These are not my original ideas; I have compiled these recipes over many years of snipping from magazines, borrowing ideas from fellow caregivers, and searching through resource books and internet [...]

By | April 23rd, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Oodles of Play Dough Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

Mix It Up for Summer!

It’s time to mix up a little fun! Make sure to include the kids 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 happening that is addressing STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) [...]

By | July 11th, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on Mix It Up for Summer!

Summer Skill Builders

Summer can be lazy days …. playing in the sun, splashing in the water, watching clouds go by, picnicking under the shade of a huge tree. Use these great lazy day activities to support your children’s development.  Make sure that you are including activities that address the different developmental domains every day. • Shadow dancing [...]

By | June 13th, 2019|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Summer Skill Builders