Early childhood educators tell me a lot of stories when I keynote or train. And since I’ve been speaking and training for almost four decades, you can imagine just how many stories there have been. Lately, though, I keep hearing the same three stories from teachers throughout the country.
Children first learn to listen, to speak, to sing, to enjoy rhymes, stories, and books before they can read or write. What we often forget is that this foundation in oral language is a critical step in developing literacy.
In this final article of our Model for living series we focus on learning, a much debated aspect of life in the early years. What are we doing to give children access to quality learning experiences, ensuring that they make stage-appropriate steps while allowing them freedom to inquire, explore,...
Children's play tells family members and early childhood teachers so much about development.
Heuristic play is rooted in young children’s natural curiosity. As babies grow they move beyond being content to simply feel and ponder objects, to wanting to find out what can be done with them.
What a privilege to get glimpses into the lives of individual children who personify the marvel of life and learning that is so bountifully supported by the outdoor environment.
Babies love to play and some bought play resources can be very useful. However, many suitable play items do not need to be purchased.
The Treasure Basket is made of sturdy wicker, strong enough for a sitting baby to lean an elbow on without flipping the basket.
Experienced caregivers who work with infants or toddlers often list their relationships with the parents of those babies as both the most difficult and the most rewarding aspect of their work.