Content tagged "learning centers"

Planning a Successful Dramatic Play Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: December 03, 2015

Dramatic play allows children to express themselves and use creativity. It also introduces symbolic thinking and encourages cooperation among children. In a...

Planning a Successful Manipulatives/Table Toys Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: November 24, 2015

Manipulatives and table toys give children the opportunity to develop their fine motor skills while exploring different numbers, shapes, and colors. This...

Planning a Successful Block Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: November 24, 2015

Blocks are great for every child care classroom. They come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Children in child care can use blocks to...

Different Types of Blocks for Your Child Care Classroom

Child Care Updated: October 16, 2015

Blocks should be a staple material in almost every child care classroom. With a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures to choose from, blocks can...

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...

The Dramatic Play Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 13, 2015

Engaging in dramatic play enhances young children’s development. Pretending builds social skills, makes children more aware of their own emotions, and...

The Manipulatives/Table Toys Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 13, 2015

A wide variety of materials used in child care and early education programs fall into the category of "manipulatives," including different types of building...

The Sand and Water Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Sensory play – including play with sand, water, Styrofoam peanuts, bubbles, beans, dirt, and other materials – can be an important part of the child care...

The Art Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Painting, coloring, sculpting, drawing, and other forms of creative art are an important part of the child care curriculum. Creating art supports young...

Keys to Planning Successful Learning Centers in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Learning centers can be a great way for early childhood educators to help organize their child care space and help expose children to different educational...

Using Learning Centers in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Learning centers are a purposeful way of dividing up your classroom into different subject/learning areas. The location of each learning center, placement of...

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...

Planning a Successful Sand and Water Center

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

The sand and water center, sometimes known as the sensory center, is a great place for young children to explore, experiment, and practice fine motor skills....

The Science and Nature Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 15, 2015

Exploring the natural world through hands-on science is an important way that children learn. Hands-on science activities encourage children to observe and...

The Music Center in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 15, 2015

A music center is an important part of any child care program. Listening to music, singing, playing musical instruments, and moving to music are all...

Basic Math Skills in Child Care: Matching, Classifying, and Measuring

Child Care Updated: September 08, 2015

Teaching young children how to match, classify, and measure is an important part of developing early math skills because these skills help children identify...

Music Activities Teach Important Skills to Children in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 08, 2015

Music is an important part of the child care curriculum. Young children love sound. Music activities and experiences help children practice important skills,...

Planning a Successful Music Center in Child Care

Updated: May 23, 2014

The music center helps children explore sound, movement, patterns, and rhythm while having fun and being creative. Music can be used with both and large and...

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