Content tagged "early learning"

The Book Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 16, 2015

The book center is an important part of every child care environment. Children should always have access to a variety of different types of books in the...

Three "Bs" in Child Care: Blocks, Balls, and Books

Child Care Updated: October 16, 2015

Some of the best toys for kids have been around for a long time. Blocks, balls, and books are simple, durable, and fun and can help children build skills....

Age-Appropriate Toy Ideas for Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 13, 2015

Choosing the best toys for children of different ages is one of the most important jobs of a child care provider. Matching toys to children's age, ability,...

Dramatic Play in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Dramatic play is an excellent way for children to develop their imagination and creativity. Children also have the freedom to express their feelings through...

Basic Math Skills in Child Care: Shapes and Spatial Relations

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Some child care providers may think of geometry as an advanced math concept learned in high school. But even young children are aware of basic concepts...

The Development of Creative Art Abilities in 0- to 3-Year-Olds

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

During the first three years, young children develop their artistic skills by having fun experimenting and learning all the wonderful things they can...

Balancing Process and Product in Creative Art Activities

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Well-planned art experiences are a valuable part of the child care curriculum. Early childhood art activities need to balance process and product. Process is...

Fingerplays and Songs for Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Welcome to the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care database of fingerplays and songs for child care. Is there anything more enjoyable than watching...

Ways Child Care Providers Can Encourage Children Who Don't Like Art

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Art is a favorite activity for most children in child care. However, a few children may be little hesitant to join in the fun. Some children don't like the...

Ways Child Care Providers Can Support Children Who Are Critical of Their Own or Another’s Art

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

A common dilemma child care providers face is children who are critical of their own or another child’s art. These children may dislike their own art, have...

Keeping Children Active Indoors

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Child care providers often dread those days when the weather is bad and the children can’t get outdoors to play. But children need to have active times every...

Things to Consider when Choosing Toys and Materials for Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Choosing appropriate toys and materials is an important part of the child care provider's job. There's no one right toy for all ages. To decide on the best...

Making Creative Art Available to All Children in a Child Care Program

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Creative art is an important part of the child care curriculum that helps children explore their feelings, practice creativity and problem solving, and...

Ways to Strengthen Children's Creativity in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Every child is born with creative potential, but this potential may be stifled if child care providers and parents are not careful to nurture and stimulate...

Play and Creative Expression in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

As most child care professionals know, play is much more than a way to keep children busy between "important" activities. Hands-on exploration through play...

Math in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Math is everywhere, and it's more than just learning numbers. When children sort crayons by color, put puzzles together, build with blocks, count their...

Toys and Materials in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

When picking out toys and materials for your child care program, there are some things to remember. The best toys are ones that help children play and learn...

Choosing Books for Young Children in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Child care providers can introduce young children to the world of reading by choosing books that match their age, development, and interests. A child’s book...

Play Helps Young Children Be Ready for School

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

With the increasing pressures of school readiness, many child care programs are actually cutting back on unstructured free play time. Pressured teachers...

Seeing Themselves: Reflecting the Military Side of Young Children from Military Families

Child Care Military Families Updated: October 01, 2015

Being a military kid is a big deal for a child! Big enough, in fact, for child care providers as caring adults to acknowledge and support it as part of the...

Helping Young Children Understand What They Have Read

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

As children become more familiar with books, their abilities to remember and comprehend stories will improve. Comprehension means that children understand...

Teaching Science through Exploring Smells, Sounds, and Tastes

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Young children learn so much by exploring the world using all of their senses. Child care providers can encourage children to explore the world using sensory...

Children Need Social and Emotional Skills for School Success

Child and Family Learning Network Updated: September 29, 2015

Being ready for kindergarten is more than just learning letters and numbers. Child care providers support school readiness by helping young children learn...

Ways Child Care Providers Can Support Children Who Have Trouble Getting Started with Creative Art

Child Care Updated: September 29, 2015

Sometimes children in child care settings can have problems getting started in creative art experiences. They may not know what to make, want an adult to do...

Ways Child Care Providers Can Support Children Who Run into Problems Doing Art

Child Care Updated: September 29, 2015

Children in child care settings can sometimes run into problems while they are doing creative art activities. They may finish early or want to work longer on...

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