4 Easy Science Activities For Your Older Early Learner

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/12/16 3:09 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Whew! There are some complicated science crafts out there! I quizzed my friends, co-workers, and relatives for the best and easiest science-related crafts that they do with their early learners.

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5 Ways to Introduce the Value of Money to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/8/16 10:39 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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In my work with early learners to college students, I consistently find a knowledge gap with students—money. Although students in pre-kindergarten (and even some three-year-olds!) and older can identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, many struggle with the concept of money in the abstract.

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4 Emergency Situations to Plan for with Your Early Learner

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/21/16 4:37 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Does your child know what to do in different emergency situations? Each family plan for each situation is different, but whatever plan you choose, make sure both you and your child know it by heart. See below for four examples of emergency situations that your early learner should be prepared for.

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5 Ways to Reduce Risk Aversion in Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/16/16 12:14 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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In a world of almost constant supervision, protected playgrounds, and “be carefuls,” many children are developing what psychologists call “risk aversion.” Risk aversion is the avoidance of actions or opportunities that have the chance to create negative consequences.

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6 Reasons to Embrace Outdoor and Nature-Based Education

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/7/16 10:01 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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In a world of ever-increased standardized testing, several early education professionals have come forward in favor of “outdoor-ification.” In other words, they believe that the indoor classroom limits the creativity and learning of students, particularly early learners. See below for six positive reasons to bring early learners outdoors!

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4 Situations Where Early Learners and Early Learning Education Saved Lives

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/1/16 10:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Does your early learner know what to do in an emergency? Although ideally there will always be an adult around to handle dangerous circumstances, sometimes unexpected situations arise. See below for four stories involving early learners saving lives in emergency situations!

 

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4 Ways Early Learning Center Workers Connect with and Support Parents

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/17/16 10:20 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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(Adapted from Karen Miller's "The Dual Challenge: Meeting the Needs of Parents and Babies, "http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2009/the-dual-challenge-meeting-the-needs-of-parents-and-babies)

 

Karen Miller's article, "The Dual Challenge: Meeting the Needs of Parents and Babies," discusses the importance of the relationship between the caregiver and the parents in the case of early learning education and child care. See below for four ways that your high-quality early learning educator should, and will, offer support for your early learner and your family.

 

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Using Playdough to Teach Your Preschooler Important Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/16/16 9:39 AM / by Beth Lobdell posted in Child care

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4 Must-Have Manipulatives for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/9/16 12:31 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Manipulatives are objects used to assist learning and engage early learners in play-based and hands-on learning. They are used in classrooms from early learning all the way through high school to introduce and assist with different concepts. Some parents are unaware that they already have learning assistive manipulatives at home, while others may be looking to add to their collection of learning-based toys. At-home manipulatives (disguised as toys) can help your child to advance more quickly in learning their letters, numbers, colors, and shapes; progress in hand/eye coordination and motor skills; and even begin to build musical aptitude. See the list below for four must-have manipulatives for early learners!

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5 Indications Your Early Learner May Need Extra Help

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/1/16 11:41 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Serving as a director for a tutoring center, I often found bewildered parents in my office wondering how their child could be struggling all of a sudden. This was especially true for early learners leaving voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) and entering kindergarten. I once spoke with parents whose child's teacher had just told them that if she doesn't pass the next benchmark assessment, they may want to consider waiting to enroll her in kindergarten. They were confused—"it's only pre-k…she was doing so well earlier." I often thought that if only the parents had known the warning signs of academic struggle, the issue could have been addressed earlier or the parents could be more prepared to hear that their child may need another year of VPK before moving on.

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Grammy Tammy’s tips for keeping your child learning all summer long

It’s summer time and the living is easy! But that’s why most children tend to fall behind in their schooling for the upcoming year. This “summer slide” refers to the way children can forget what they have learned during the previous school year over their summer break. We’re not just talking about the little things like knowing their state’s capital or how to write their name, but more important skills such as math and reading. For preschoolers, especially, these are the skills they need to keep building for the following school year.


 

 

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