According to Edith Grotberg, renown developmental psychologist, resilience is important because it is the human capacity to face, overcome, and be strengthened (or even transformed) by the adversities in life. As teachers and caregivers, gaining tools for building resilience in young children, through ChildCare Education Institute professional development, will help us support all young children … [Read more...] about SOC109 Building Resilience in Young Children – ChildCare Education Institute Professional Development
It's almost August and millions of kids, teachers, and parents are preparing for back-to-school time. I'm an educator, but also a parent of six and a grandparent to five young girls. As a teacher, I strive to meet my students just where they are. Real connections with kids take time, energy, lots of patience, and great love. I've learned that passion and heartfelt care for kids go further toward … [Read more...] about Super Kids Movement: Embrace Every Kid’s Light in the World!
The Kindness Elves: Encouraging Kindness through PLAY! Teaching kindness to kids requires daily practice, role play, and many opportunities for adults to model (model, model) acts of kindness. We are honored to introduce the Kindness Elves to YOU. Through daily play and interactions with these adorable little elves, kids will have many opportunities to practice small kindnesses at … [Read more...] about The Kindness Elves: Encouraging Kindness Through PLAY!
This week, The Early Childhood Education Team is offering tips and suggestions for MAKING FRIENDS in preschool! As an educator, I've had many conversations over the years with parents of children who are concerned their child may not know how (or are scared) to make friends with others. With a few suggestions and helpful advice, parents can encourage and guide their children to develop early … [Read more...] about Tips for Helping Preschoolers BE a Good Friend! #TeachECE
The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm is written by Reading Rainbow's co-founder and education advocate, LeVar Burton, and co-written by Susan Schaefer Bernardo, with illustrations by Courtenay Fletcher. The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm brings to parents and their children an uplifting, warm and powerful story that helps kids cope with difficult moments in everyday life. The 32-page hardcover book is … [Read more...] about The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by Levar Burton: Review & Signed Copies #Giveaway
In the back-to-school rush of the morning, the last thing parents (and kids, too) need is to end the morning angry with each other. Helping our kids understand household rules and what choices they DO have will have an impact on how smoothly the household operates.Children and ChoicesAll kids need choices to learn how to be independent. It is about giving them easy, age-appropriate … [Read more...] about Do you negotiate, plead, or bargain over EVERY issue with your child?