It isn’t surprising to find a wide range of food allergy information on student’s health forms these days. Studies show that food allergies affect up to 2 1/2 million children. Six foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions to foods in children: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soy. Most children will outgrow their food allergies with the exception of peanut and tree nut allergy, which are considered life-long.Read More
One of the biggest transitions for young children is the one from preschool to kindergarten. You can help make this transition easier for children and families by helping children learn what will be expected of them when they enter kindergarten and by incorporating the following suggestions into your daily curriculum.Read More
Creativity is one of those words that is bursting with VITALITY. It's full of life, full of passion, and full of spirit. Creativity has positive associations for nearly EVERYONE.
Do YOU make a habit of CREATIVITY? Do you ever think or say, “On our playground, creativity is a priority?” If creativity is one of your priorities, here are Seven Good Things for You to Know about the value of arts and crafts in child development.Read More
Our work as men and women raising children is important because our influence lasts a lifetime. But what are the most important gifts we give our children? Self-love, self-concept, and self-esteem.Read More
As a parent, you become immediately aware that you are your child's first teacher. Then it should not be surprising that your child's initial important learning environment is your home. Your home setting can be a comforting, warm cocoon where your child very naturally learns about love and trust while you snuggle together reading a book in bed. Or it can be a stimulating place in which he learns to satisfy his curiosity while sinking toys in the bathtub.Read More
Burton White of the Harvard Preschool Project said, "If play is the best way children learn, then why not make all their work their play." Math is one of those areas.
Gone are the days when young children learned through rote memorization and endless black and white masters. Today's teachers rely on sensory aids to help children visualize the relationship in a particular problem situation. A child who learns by manipulating and discovering how laws are related and how relationships change exceed children who are subjected to the use of the chalkboard and worksheets. In addition, sensory aids stimulate curiosity and understanding--important for developmentRead More
As we well know, young children are very active and egocentric, need lots of hands-on opportunities to learn, and require constant challenges and stimulation (Wardle, 2003). When the traditional calendar activity is presented, one child gets to identify the day, week, month, year, and other information—for example, the weather for that day—while the rest of the children quietly observe.Read More
Exploring science is an exciting and wondrous part of early childhood. Innately curious, young children seek to investigate and discover “how their world works.” They question; they look; they listen; they talk about their findings. They investigate the passage of light through various materials; how insects crawl on the ground; and what sinks, what floats, and why!Read More
Circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles are everywhere. By using the children’s immediate world to discover shapes in things that are familiar to them, they will have the opportunity for a hands-on approach to learning both two- and three-dimensional shapes. With a close look at nature, school environments, and even common items found at home, many shapes can be observed and explored.Read More
As seasons go, spring is generally considered to be the symbolic time of new beginnings and fresh starts. However, for young children and their parents and teachers, no season can compare with fall and the jittery excitement of starting school!
Even if children have been in summer childcare or are simply moving to a new level within their current school, a new school year can be a time of some stress and anxiety for all concerned. Parents and caregivers may have concerns about new schedules, new teachers and the bittersweet emotions they have about their child’s increasing independence. Teachers, whether novice or well-seasoned, face a new dynamic every year and the excitement of developing relationships with new children and parents. Of course, children are likely to be the most anxious about this adventure: new teachers, a new daily schedule, new friends and the broadened expectations that are placed on them may counter their anticipation to begin school.Read More
ntegrate! Motivate! Authenticate! Sometimes it seems as if mandates to improve our early childhood curriculum are hurled at us from all directions like pedagogical Frisbees. What's a teacher to do? Adopt the project approach? Go Reggio? Climb onto High Scope? Switch to Waldorf? Modify Montessori? Forget curriculum? The answer may not be so drastic. Increasingly teachers in a broad spectrum of programs have decided that they can integrate their curriculum, motivate their children, AND provide authentic experiences by teaching with themesRead More
Children love to follow the natural changes that the world offers each month and classroom decorations reflect this. From cut-out suns in summer to scissored snowflakes in winter, most veteran teachers have tried-and-true ways to bring children into the spirit of the season. It’s fun to supplement kid-made décor with the real thing, too, and there’s no better way to do this then with a nature table.Read More
Seasons and holidays provide wonderful chances to redecorate the classroom and to change up classroom themes. Make the space interesting with decorations for bulletin boards, walls, doors, ceilings, windows. You can design and create your own pieces, or have the whole class join in the fun. Here’s some ideas for how to decorate your classroom.Read More
Yes, you can design learning spaces by finding needed items at garage and yard sales. I should know. Several years ago, when I developed a pilot kindergarten program in West Tennessee, I was assigned a room that contained furniture for upper elementary students. The only educational item the room held was a cigar box of broken crayons. When I asked the principal about supplies, he said, “There is no money. And there’ll be no money until after Christmas—if then! Make the best of what you have!”Read More
It’s important to know how to prepare for the school year. Don’t wait until the last minute! There are always things that unexpectedly pop up that you didn’t even think about. Make the most of your summer break and cut the anxiety by starting early. Here’s how to prepare for back to school.Read More
STEM subjects have been talked about a lot in recent years, so what is all the buzz about? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, math. These subjects are vital to our world, but are sometimes overlooked because of their intimidation factor. However, STEM can be fun! It might just take an activity or two to grab a child’s attention. Getting kids familiar with STEM not only broadens their horizons, but an interest in STEM could also lead to a fulfilling hobby or in-demand career. We have entertaining, hands-on STEM crafts that could do the trick.Read More
Summer vacation is the best. It’s a time to rest and refresh. However, you want those lazy hazy days of summer to be productive too. With students out of the regular classroom routine for weeks, it’s good to have some planned educational activities to keep their minds sharp. Below we have a few craft ideas for teachers leading summer school, summer daycare, or to do at home.Read More
In no time at all, a baby’s first wobbly steps turn into running and jumping. A productive way to direct toddlers’ boundless energy is to participate in activities that develop their gross motor skills. Improving gross motor skills will help prepare them for school, whether it’s sitting properly in a chair or interacting with other kids on the playground.Read More