Role play in early years settings

I know you will enjoy this guest post written by Julie Meighan, author of Drama Start! Role Play in Early Years Settings By Julie Meighan Role play is a very important part of a child’s education. The imagination is a powerful tool which as we know is innate in some children but needs encouraging in others. It is important that preschools provide children with the opportunity to develop their imagination. In order to accomplish this they have to equip the children with [...]

By | June 12th, 2011|Categories: Dramatic Play|Tags: , |4 Comments

Parent involvement in early literacy is the key to academic success

Parent involvement in early literacy is the key to academic success by Dr. Erika Burton of Stepping Stones Together Early childhood education sets the stage for future academic achievement. Whether you choose a pre-school setting, home school your child, or a combination of both exposure and parent modeling of literacy skills before, during and after the preschool years is essential. Research A study conducted last spring in over 27 countries and over 20 years confirmed that [...]

Get informed about early childhood education degree programs

Early Childhood Education Degree Programs: What are Your Options? By Brian Jenkins What types of early childhood education programs are available? Many colleges and universities offer accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the subject. You may also have the option of obtaining a professional certificate at certain schools. Programs are available both on-campus and online. The preferred degree depends on your selected area of early childhood education. Let's take a look at the various programs [...]

By | November 28th, 2010|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , |2 Comments

Give the gift of music and language learning to your preschoolers

No Time Like the Present: How and Why to Give the Gift of Language Learning to Your Child(ren) Written by my special guest Carolina Gomez. Learning a language is enriching at any age, but it is more challenging when we are adults. Children are the ones who benefit the most simply because there is a special window of opportunity for learning where everything happens in a very natural process. Children are curious about the world around them, [...]

Including sign language in the early childhood classroom

Including Sign Language in Early Childhood Curriculum Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas One of the keys to thriving in the modern economic climate is versatility – and the ability to communicate articulately in a variety of ways with the widest possible audience. This includes bilingual ability as well as the ability to communicate in non-verbal ways for the benefit of the disabled – primarily the deaf. At the same time, a growing shortage [...]

By | September 10th, 2010|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , |11 Comments

Top ten tips for staying healthy in the preschool classroom

It’s that time of year again, time for teachers and students to start getting sick that is.  You don’t have to wait for cold and flu season to officially begin, illness can strike at any time in the classroom, and it loves the beginning of the school year.  One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is staying healthy enough to actually teach, especially in an early childhood classroom where germs can spread like wildfire. [...]

By | August 30th, 2010|Categories: Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers|Tags: , |9 Comments

Finger painting fun by Carol Brooke

There’s something quite intriguing about feeling paint on your fingers as you spread it onto your canvas. Do it yourself and try not to smile. Feeling the texture, seeing what happens when colors are mixed and the paint is spread across the canvas is important learning… Fun as it may be! You will need: -newspaper -paint -smock or large t-shirt -canvas or recycled cardboard Instructions: Cover the table with newspaper. Put smocks on the children. [...]

By | August 23rd, 2010|Categories: Sensory Play|Tags: , |3 Comments