Category Archives: Featured Article

Connecting Children to Their Cultures and Communities

This post by Frances Wardle, Ph.D. describes many ways to help children learn about the concept of community in the classroom and to help them connect with cultures and communities, both their own and others.

One way to use the community is to solicit a variety of student aides from local colleges and universities. On one Thanksgiving, members of a local Native American Nation visited the school, talked to the students about their perspective of Thanksgiving, and then we all sat down and ate the Thanksgiving meal together.

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Activities for Celebrating the Harvest

This post from Susan Root will give you plenty of ideas to celebrate the harvest in your classroom or at home!

The abundance of natural items in the fall makes it the perfect time to extend children’s learning, both indoors and out. In fact, learning will abound as you collect and explore fall items, and extend activities into different areas of the curriculum.

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Back to School – Welcome to Preschool!

This article by Mary Jane Tenerelli will give you a few ideas to help ease the transition for preschoolers coming into your classes from their eventful summers!

Summer’s over, and your classroom will soon be filled with children who are eager to learn, but a little unsure of the new classroom environment and their place in it. Ease the transition and set the tone for a school year full of fun and learning with the following activities….

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Summer Learning

This article by Dawn Buckingham, M.A. will give you some summer activity ideas that will give your students something to ponder over the summer!

Summer is often a time ofchange; the school year ends, famililes begin their vacations, and everyone relaxes a bit from the standard schedule. It is important to remember that even though the weather changes and regular programs end, children’s interests and abilities to learn do not slow down. Summer is a great time to continue stimulating learning with new and exciting outdoor opportunities.

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Family Vacations Can Be Early Education Adventures

This article by Sharen Hausmann will help parents and their kids get the most our of family vacations!

No matter where you and your family travel for vacation, time away from the everyday routine will lead to new learning adventures for your young children. Visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things away from home are all part of the learning process for children, especialy for those under the age of five. Getting the most out of your journey requires some planning, not only to help avoid boredom and whining, but to encourage different ways of thinking and looking at the world. Click here to read more about how to plan your family vacation!

Building Partnerships: Teachers & Parents Working Together

This article by Carolyn Tomlin will help parents and teachers work well together!

Teachers want parents who are supportive of their teaching techniques; who extend classroom activities and learning opportunities at home; and who volunteer when needed. Parents want the best education possible for their children. They want a loving, caring teacher who shows respect for children; who is knowledgeable about child development; and who demonstrates a professional attitude in the classroom. Regardless of “needs” and ‘wants” by both teachers and parents, one thing is certain: both want what is best for the child. Read More…

Songs and Rhymes as a Springboard to Literacy

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Pam Schiller, Ph.D., tells us that music is an integral part of quality early childhood curriculum. It plays a role in setting the tone of the classroom, developing skills and concepts, helping children make transitions, and building a sense of community. Of course, if you ask the children, they will tell you singing is a fun part of their daily activities. Read More…