NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children. YC Young Children journal, log-in to read full articles. YC Young Children Journal Website. Early Childhood Education - Childhood Development - The First Six Years. The first six years of a child's life are important to their development and future education.
Children who are cared for and have positive experiences during the early years are more likely to develop and learn in ways that help them meet their full potential. Lifelong learning begins the moment we are born. The first six years of our lives are a time of unparalleled discovery. We learn about ourselves and the world around us. Our personalities take shape and we begin to lay the foundation of knowledge that will support us as we enter the education system. Services, supports and programs for young children and their families are primarily provided by three areas of the Government of Alberta: Alberta Education, Alberta Human Services and Alberta Health.
Alberta Education is responsible for Early Childhood Services (ECS). Alberta Health provides primary and preventative health care from the prenatal stage, through the early years and into adolescence and adulthood. Centre for Family Literacy: Resources. CCBC Booklists. Children's Book Council, Find Books Search. Edmonton Public Library. Toronto Public Library: Early Reading Support.
This is an area of concern for most parents, since there are many children's books published each year, and it's easy to feel intimidated by the wide range of titles available.
Look for books that reflect your child's interests, and abilities. When choosing books for younger children, select books that you like as well, since you may have to read them over and over again! Selecting Books for Young Children - Ready to Succeed. Books are an excellent resource for children.
They can introduce children to different people and places, expand their word vocabulary, stimulate their curiosity and imagination, and encourage their intellectual growth. Books also provide a means for special and enjoyable moments between adults and children. The following tips may be helpful when selecting books for young children: Infants and Toddlers Babies can enjoy picture books about objects in their world. Preschoolers Preschoolers enjoy books that have a lot of actions, pictures and repetitions, and stories about themselves or other children their age. Real life stories (fire engines, animals, weather, bulldozers, seasons, tractors, etc.)Stories about what animals really do and what people think animals mean by their sounds (e.g., "Cut-cut-cut-ca-daw-cut! Additional Resource Books for Selecting Books Many resources can help you make informed choices for quality literature. Reading Rockets: Resources For Preschool Teachers and Childcare Providers.
Reading Rockets: Choosing a Child's Book. Here are some basic points to keep in mind.
Babies and Toddlers Very young children are attracted by brightly colored pictures of simple objects. They are listeners, and respond well to books with simple texts and good rhythms. Wordless books stimulate them both visually and mentally, and encourage them to create their own stories. They are delighted with board books and cloth books, which have the virtue of being practically indestructible.
Preschool and Kindergarten Mother Goose, nursery stories, and other books depicting familiar objects and experiences are enjoyable to children in this age group. Early School Years (Ages 5-8) A few children may learn to read before they are in the first grade. Reading Rockets: Great Read Alouds for Kids: Babies to Grade 3. How do you choose what to read aloud to your child?
The first thing to ask yourself is simply: Do I like it? Then consider if you’re comfortable with the content. Is there something that you may want to omit or that you’d rather not tackle with your child? Children seem to know instinctively when an adult really likes something or if they’re just faking it. Sometimes children respond differently to a book than the adults who try to share it. You might want to keep in mind that if a book resounds with the child, chances are you’ll wind up reading it frequently. Speaking of wearing well, do you like the sounds of the words you’re reading? Is there something for listeners to grab hold of? National Literacy Trust UK: Early years booklists.