Adopting the creative process in your classroom provides children an opportunity for self-expression, while sparking their imagination. This will ultimately enrich their experience when it comes to the arts.
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.
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.
This resource includes Spanish translations of traditional American children's songs to be used in bilingual playgroups for infants, toddlers, and their families.
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?
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.
There has been many articles about the too-common issue of preschool expulsion. Where can early childhood educators turn if they want to better understand the issue, its root causes, and how they can become part of the solution?