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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Five Low-Maintenance Rainy Day Activities for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/28/16 3:11 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Have you and your early learner been stuck inside lately due to rain or snow? I surveyed my friends and colleagues to find out their screen-free, fun, and easy rainy day secrets!

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6 Dos and Don'ts to Encourage Good Attitudes for Math, Reading, and Writing with Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/19/16 10:11 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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In my career I've worked with countless students, Pre-K through adult, who are led to believe that they’ll never understand or be skilled at math because they like reading better, or vice versa. In a world of standardized testing, it’s easy to see how students can come to feel this way. Students are constantly assessed in math and reading—it’s only natural that those who are more skilled at one than the other could, out of frustration, come to see them as opposites. The belief that “I’m just not good at this” is a difficult hurdle for any learner to overcome. In my experience, this attitude is easier to break in younger students, particularly the earliest years of K-5.

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7 Important Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend VPK

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/5/16 10:04 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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4 Activity Stations to Keep Early Learners (and Older!) Occupied During a Holiday Party

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/8/15 9:26 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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6 (More) Ways to Promote School Readiness at Home!

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/30/15 3:12 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Tips for Traveling with Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/23/15 9:18 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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The holidays are rapidly approaching! For most of us, this means lots of family—either traveling or hosting. If it's the former, travel time can be incredibly stressful, especially for those with early learners. I polled a number of veteran traveler co-workers, friends, and family to find their best secrets and tips for traveling with (and entertaining!) early learners.

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