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6 Practices You Might Not Know about in Your Child's Early Learning Center

[fa icon="calendar'] May 27 at 10:30 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Teachers

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A lot more than teaching and nurturing goes on at early learning centers. See below for six practices that you may not know about!

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4 Risks of Outdoor Play and How to Minimize Them

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17 at 12:29 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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A co-worker once told me a story about three children in his neighborhood playing with a venomous coral snake in a garage. The children were unsupervised, and were picking up the snake and shaking it. One child was poking it with a stick.

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5 Project-Based Learning Activities Utilized by Early Learning Centers

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10 at 11:3 AM / by Claudia Auger

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Project-based learning, or learning activities that take place over extended periods of time, have generally been associated with middle school and high school courses. For instance, many high school science classes’ genetic units involve students breeding fruit flies for certain traits.

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4 More Easy Science Experiments For Your Older Early Learner

[fa icon="calendar'] May 3 at 10:51 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Here are four more easy experiments to try with your older early learner!

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5 Ways Early Learning Educators Promote Auditory  Engagement

[fa icon="calendar'] April 26 at 12:47 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Teachers

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While many learning centers and classrooms focus on visual environments like decorations and displays, some other learning centers have increasingly focused on creating hearing, or auditory engagement in their classrooms as well.

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Doing Your Best to Avoid (or Reduce!) the Child Care Center Crud: 5 Questions to Ask your Child's Early Learning Center about Illness

[fa icon="calendar'] April 19 at 3:55 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Has your child ever come home from their early learning center with the dreaded “child care center crud”?  

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4 Easy Science Activities For Your Older Early Learner

[fa icon="calendar'] April 12 at 3:9 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'] April 8 at 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'] March 21 at 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'] March 16 at 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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