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NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children
News & Highlights From the NAEYC blog Caring for every child's mental health. April is National Poetry Month! ​Make time to rhyme! Encourage the poet within your child with these books and ideas.

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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.

The world's largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens #Own Voices: SLJ in Conversation About Publishing Diverse Books By SLJ on April 11, 2017 Leave a Comment Tuesday, Apr. 18th, 2017, 12PM-1PM ET / 9AM-10AM PT Join Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal‘s reviews manager, for an in-depth conversation with editors and publishing insiders, Francisca Goldsmith of Library Ronin, Christopher Johns of Tuttle Publishing, Cheryl Klein of Lee & Low and Carrie Gleason of James Lorimer & Company. Early Childhood Learning: Activities and Articles for Birth to Age 5 Easter & Passover Get ready for fun classroom crafts: Easter and Passover are both approaching! Passover begins Friday, April 14 and Easter is Sunday, April 20. Poptropica Teaching GuidesPoptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island. April Calendar of Events April is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum.

Forest kindergarten A forest kindergarten is a type of preschool education for children between the ages of three and six that is held almost exclusively outdoors. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in a forest or natural environment. The adult supervision is meant to assist rather than lead. It is also known as Waldkindergarten (in German), outdoor nursery, nature kindergarten, or nature preschool. Activities[edit] A forest kindergarten can be described as a kindergarten "without a ceiling or walls".

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! How Process Art Experiences Support Preschoolers Is your goal to encourage children’s creativity through developmentally appropriate art experiences? Review the differences between process- and product-focused art to help you get started. Characteristics of process-focused art experiences • There are no step-by-step instructions • There is no sample for children to follow • There is no right or wrong way to explore and create • The art is focused on the experience and on exploration of techniques, tools, and materials • The art is unique and original • The experience is relaxing or calming • The art is entirely the children’s own • The art experience is a child’s choice • Ideas are not readily available online What children might say “Look what I made!”

Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom By Kimberly Moore Kneas, Ph.D. and Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. Early Childhood Today: Are young children's brains (ages three through six) well suited to the use of technology? Copenhagen's Kiddie City is Urban Shangri-La for Little People For kids 0 to 18, one architecture firm is taking the concept of growing up in a city to a whole new level. In collaboration with NORD Architects, PK3, and Grontmij, COBE has conceptualized Prinsessegade, a city for kids that will take over a plot of land in Copenhagen's Christianshavn, right next to the utopian square free town, Christiana. The idea for this mini city—essentially a daycare center for around 600 children and young adults—came in response to Copenhagen's rapid population growth.

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. Here’s Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads and Why You Shouldn’t Either The post was originally published on If you fall within the Gen-Y era like us, chances are you’ve given a bunch of thought as to how you would raise your own children in this day and age (assuming you don’t have children already). Especially with technology, so much has changed since our childhoods in the 90s.

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