Content tagged "early learning"

Reflections of Military Life in Children’s Pretend Play

Child Care Updated: September 28, 2015

As Maggie surveys her active 3-year-olds on the playground, she notices one of the boys pointing a toy shovel like a gun out the window of the play...

Helping Young Children Learn to Write

Child Care Updated: September 28, 2015

Children’s writing actually starts with their earliest scribbles. By giving infants and toddlers chances to draw with crayons, child care providers are...

Ways to Get Children in Your Child Care Program Ready For Reading

Child Care Updated: September 28, 2015

Literacy and language develop together in children. Reading and writing develop along with speaking and listening. And it all begins at birth with a child's...

Language Development in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 28, 2015

Child care providers play an important role in supporting early language development. The building blocks for language development are present in children's...

Helping Young Children Learn the Sounds of Letters

Child Care Updated: September 27, 2015

Understanding the basic sounds of individual letters is an important basic skill in learning to read. Child care providers sometimes call this “learning the...

Supporting and Encouraging Emergent Literacy in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 27, 2015

Learning how to read doesn't happen overnight. It is a lifelong process that begins at birth when children are immersed in literacy. Child care providers and...

Helping Young Children Learn New Words

Child Care Updated: September 27, 2015

For children, learning to read means continually building an ever-growing vocabulary of words. Child care providers are a key part in this process of...

Talking with Babies in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 24, 2015

Child care providers sometime feel shy about talking with babies, because they think the babies don't understand what you are saying. But brain research...

Language and Literacy in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 24, 2015

Learning how to read and write is not just a skill that begins in kindergarten. The basics of literacy begins as early as infancy. As a child care provider,...

Ensuring that Children’s War Play Is Healthy, Safe, and Positive

Child Care Updated: September 24, 2015

Three-year-old Derrick thinks about his daddy a lot. Maggie, his teacher, can tell because nearly every day she sees him pretending to be a soldier. When his...

Basic Math Skills in Child Care: Subtraction and Addition

Child Care Updated: September 18, 2015

Teaching preschool children about addition and subtraction should be fun and hands on, as opposed to just memorizing math facts such as 1 + 1 = 2 or 4 - 1 =...

How to Read Aloud with Children in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 18, 2015

There's magic in children's books. Well-selected and well-read children's books add to the child care curriculum by opening children to a world of fun and...

Helping Young Children Practice Science Skills By Planting a Garden

Child Care Updated: September 17, 2015

Gardening can be a great science activity in the child care setting. Whether you create gardens for food or beauty, children can interact with the dirt to...

Importance of Play in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 17, 2015

Children are born naturally curious. By exploring and using their senses of sight, touch, sound, smell and taste, children learn about themselves and their...

Helping Children in Child Care Be Physically Active

Child Care Updated: September 17, 2015

Eating healthy is only one way child care providers can help children maintain a healthy weight. Physical activity is also important. According to Shape...

Using Sensory Activities to Teach Wonder, Investigation, and Discovery

Child Care Updated: September 17, 2015

Beginning in infancy, children in child care build their knowledge of the world around them through scientific exploration. "Wonder, investigation and...

Science in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 17, 2015

Science can be a fun part of everyday learning in child care. Science is a process of exploration and discovery. Young children learn the skills of asking...

Praise Effort Instead of Product When Discussing Children's Art

Child Care Updated: September 17, 2015

When young children are creating art, it's important for child care providers to remember to praise effort instead of product. Praising the product is very...

Easy Ways Child Care Providers Can Help Young Children Build Literacy Skills

Child Care Updated: September 17, 2015

Supporting and encouraging young children's emerging literacy does not have to be difficult. Child care providers can be great role models to help young...

Avoid Activities Masquerading as Creative Art in Child Care Settings

Child Care Updated: September 16, 2015

Creative art is an important part of the child care curriculum because it allows children to practice self-expression, fine motor skills, thinking and many...

Art Is a Valuable Learning Experience for Young Children in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 16, 2015

Art activities might appear to be “just messy,” but creating art is a valuable part of a child care curriculum. Art opens up new worlds for children and...

The Development of Creative Art Abilities in 6- to 8-Year-Olds

Child Care Updated: September 16, 2015

During the early elementary school years, children spend time refining and expanding on creative art skills and interests learned earlier. Understanding the...

Early Learning and School Readiness in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 16, 2015

Young children in child care are always growing, developing, thinking and learning. We now know that the first few years of life are extremely important for...

Helping Young Children Learn to Pronounce Words

Child Care Updated: September 15, 2015

Part of learning to read is learning to recognize and pronounce words. Older preschoolers and kindergartners start recognizing simple, familiar words, such...

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...

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