Teaching toddlers involves careful planning that focuses on their physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development while helping them build their communication skills and even discover their personalities, mostly through play.
As an early childhood professional, understanding developmental milestones for your classroom is extremely important. Not only for knowing whether or not they're on track, but also understanding if there are any potential developmental delays that need to be addressed.
One of the most important things a child takes with her on that first morning of school isn't visible at all: her home languages.
Children are more than busy when they're playing. When your children play with you, they are also learning that they are loved and important and that they are fun to be around.
Whether it's listening to music, singing or playing an instrument - music has a way of striking a chord (pun intended) in all of us! But, its role in early childhood development is especially beneficial.
A growing body of science and research continues to demonstrate the need to begin supports for children as early as possible to promote their healthy growth and development.
It's clear the arts are meaningful to parents and kids. But what also matters to young artists is just how we respond to their artistic work.
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.
Toddlerhood provides a valuable window of opportunity for kids to learn and develop the skills they need to succeed in life.
Is your goal to encourage children's creativity through developmentally appropriate art experiences? Review the differences between process- and product-focused art to help you get started.