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Changing Roles in Early Childhood education and care

Take a moment to reflect on what you did when you were 4 & 5, and the expectations adults had for you. For myself, I spent my early years being cared for by my mom. My days were filled with exploration, discovery, creativity and invention.  I played inside and out most of the day. I [...]

By | October 22nd, 2020|Resources, Trending|Comments Off on Changing Roles in Early Childhood education and care

Yikes!!! My child is doing ….

Part 2: How do caregivers support development? Understanding that children develop at their own pace, and through a pretty consistent pattern is very important for anyone working with young children. Sometimes just KNOWING that the child is not being ‘naughty’ but actually working very hard to master a new skill can give caregivers an entirely [...]

By | May 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yikes!!! My child is doing ….

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|Comments Off on Early Childhood Programs Promote Learning Through Play

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 [...]

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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

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. • [...]

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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

Best Practices in Early Childhood Programs

Last week we explored the idea of being purposeful and intentional when providing learning opportunities and activities for children. Using best practices in early childhood education and care provides the foundation for being purposeful and intentional. The following practices are important in providing quality early childhood programming and implementing engaging learning activities for children. They [...]

By | February 28th, 2019|Resources|Comments Off on Best Practices in Early Childhood Programs

Tis the Season of Giving

Reposted from 12/16 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 [...]

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