Research has identified specific areas of cognitive development that support infants’ interaction with their environment through sensorimotor processes and their natural curiosity to learn about how the world works around them.
What does kindergarten readiness really mean? Does the term refer to a child’s social development, thinking and problem solving skills, academic knowledge or physical abilities? Many different groups have varying views on what children needs to be “kindergarten ready."
Music has an integral role in the early childhood classroom. Not only does it support early learning and growth in multiple developmental domains, but it is also enjoyable and fun! Learn some creative ways to combine music with play in the classroom.
Children with communication disorders and/or other disabilities frequently do not perform at the same level as their same-aged peers. The rise of computer-based software use for children with disabilities has proven that children with disabilities can learn these skills.
For children with physical disabilities, exploring their environment through movement and play can be challenging. Creating an appropriate setting that provides access to materials and independence to explore and interact is essential to prevent learning deficiencies in all developmental domains.
Physical activity is as important in early learning as books, friends and toys. But what if it gets a little “rough"? What does that mean and is it ok for children to “horse around?" Is it safe? Let’s find out!
From making a PB&J to baking a pie to making applesauce, children love to cook. Cooking helps children work toward social, cognitive, academic, language and physical developmental milestones. Let’s review why cooking with preschoolers is such a beneficial way to incorporate learning opportunities.
Activities that are fun, simple, meaningful and developmentally appropriate can nurture brain development in all developmental areas. Read on to see research-based activities that have been proven to nurture the brain and help baby grow.
How can you be sure that story time is effective and beneficial? Are the children engaged and learning? What knowledge or skills are being supported? This article will highlight what it means for children to truly be engaged and describes some research-based strategies teachers can use.
What is sensory integration and why is understanding it important for teachers of young children? How can this knowledge help teachers support the children in their care to interact appropriately to their surroundings and ensure a quality learning environment?
If a child you know has been diagnosed with autism, here are some helpful strategies that can help you set up an appropriate learning environment, aid with communication challenges, and encourage social interactions with peers.
Dramatic play allows children to interact and explore creativity, from building foundational skills to complex, multi-leveled role play. Socio-dramatic play is ideal for integrating real-world literacy and language opportunities to support meaningful and engaging learning for young children.
Touching, feeling, exploring, noticing differences in materials are important and aid in children’s cognitive and fine motor development. How can we improve these experiences? How can we provide opportunities that will enhance children’s sensory experiences and allow for maximum growth potential?
Introduced into kindergarten curriculum over 150 years ago, block play allows children to explore mathematical concepts such as geometry, spatial awareness, patterning, and more. Use block play to support math learning and as a tool to assess children’s mathematical understanding during play.
The push for higher reading and math scores has led to schools pushing traditional academic instruction to the lower grades, specifically kindergarten and preschool. However, are preschool-aged children developmentally ready for such instruction?
Children learn through play. Research supports this idea within the classroom, but what about out of it? What can teachers do to enhance students’ learning outdoors? What qualifies a playground or outside play area as developmentally appropriate and conducive to learning and skill development?
Children who start off poor in their reading abilities rarely catch up. With early identification and prevention strategies, children have a higher probability to have improved reading and comprehension skills.
How can teachers help children with visual challenges enjoy and explore early literacy using adapted materials? How can teachers make books and literature come alive for children who cannot see and cannot experience books in the same manner as a typically seeing child?