Jokes are good for your family's healthy. Experts report that a sense of humor is correlated with better coping skills in times of stress and higher self-esteem. Humor can even help combat mood disorders.
With recent temperatures already breaking 100 degrees, seasoned Arizonans can no longer ignore the inevitable. Summer is coming. While teachers and parents in many other states are preparing for outdoor play, we must prepare to spend the majority of our time for the next few months inside air-conditioned classrooms and homes.
Building on a well-established knowledge base more than half a century in the making, recent advances in the science of early childhood development and its underlying biology provide a deeper understanding that can inform and improve existing policy and practice, as well as help generate new ways of thinking about solutions.
When our son could barely speak he communicated what he was thinking by signing. I still remember one particularly memorable story to this day because of what it revealed to me about how toddlers think and learn.
This resource includes Spanish translations of traditional American children's songs to be used in bilingual playgroups for infants, toddlers, and their families.
By providing an environment rich in language and where thinking is encouraged, you can help your preschooler develop important numeracy and literacy skills. Here are four everyday examples of ways to integrate language and math.
For preschoolers in the United States, the pressure is on to learn math early and learn it well. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has put pressure on schools to make sure that all students are meeting state standards for achievement, and this has resulted in more rigorous math curricula and testing, starting in early elementary school.
Research shows that young learners can understand relatively advanced concepts in what educators call STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - and enjoy learning experiences that explore such subjects.
Math is more than just grasping a sense of numbers - it promotes hands-on learning, critical thinking, problem solving, and opens up a different way of looking at the world around us. So, how do you bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to life in and out of the classroom and engage your preschoolers in such an important concept?
Literacy provides a window to the world, ensuring all children seize their potential for future success.