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The Teacher's Desk- Free Printables for your Program or Classroom- Welcome to The Teacher's Desk brought to you by 2care2teach4kids. Find all kinds of great printable resources to use in your preschool, daycare, or early childhood program. Sit back, grab a beverage, and check out all the new printable pages for you to download for free! After you look at what is on the desk be sure to take a peek inside The Teacher's Files! There are tons of free printable activity sheets that reinforce early learning concepts and skills. 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?

"Unplug Me" Activity Lesson Description:Students will battle energy vampires by creating reminders to unplug appliances for their schools and homes. they can design original reminder cards and hang them around the room near energy vampires. Eco-fact: The average home has 20 electrical appliances that are “energy vampires”. that's because the appliances continue to suck electricity even when they're off. Energy vampires cost $3 billion a year -- or about $200 per household. To help stop energy vampires, plug appliances into surge protectors that can easily be turned off to cut the flow of energy. Procedure: Sustainability Topic:Energy

20 Brain Break Clips: Movin' and Groovin'! - Image Courtesy of VDRG DANSSCHOOL Hello all! Seeing that my post 20 Brain Break Clips: Fight the Fidgeting! got so much love via Twitter and Pinterest, I decided to compile another list of excellent brain break clips for the classroom. These videos are great to pop on in between lessons and can also be used on a rainy day for indoor recess.

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.

5 Keys to Preschool Classroom Management Preschool teachers know that when you’re faced with a room full of three- and four-year-olds, clear expectations and routines are vital if teaching and learning are going to happen. Implementing classroom management techniques can be a challenge, however, when you’re dealing with 30 high-energy kiddos. Recently, WeAreTeachers founder Sandy Fivecoat sat down with Vicki Gibson, educational consultant and the author of the new “We Can” early literacy curriculum. [Watch the full interview.] Here’s what Gibson says are the keys to classroom management in an early childhood setting: Divide and conquer. Students should spend the majority of their day working in small groups, says Gibson. Technology and Young Children Key Messages When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development. Intentional use requires early childhood teachers and administrators to have information and resources regarding the nature of these tools and the implications of their use with children. Limitations on the use of technology and media are important.

Stop Children From Biting: Strategies and Tips for Parents How to Stop Your Child From Biting You're enjoying a sunny afternoon on the playground when suddenly you spot your toddler with teeth embedded in a playmate's arm. Horrified, you rush to discipline your pint-sized vampire -- but what's the best way to handle the situation? Biting is a normal part of childhood development. Young children bite for many different reasons, from teething to seeing what reaction it will provoke. Many children between ages 1 and 3 go through a biting phase, which they eventually outgrow. Finding the Education in Educational Technology with Early Learners Finding the Education in Educational Technology with Early Learners Lilla Dale McManis and Susan B. Gunnewig

Understanding and Responding to Children Who Bite Biting is a typical behavior often seen in infants, toddlers, and 2-year olds. As children mature, gain self-control, and develop problem-solving skills, they usually outgrow this behavior. While not uncommon, biting can be an upsetting and potentially harmful behavior. Blog Some key findings from the Early Childhood Technology Today survey in 2012 (by the Early Childhood Technology Collaborative: Fran Simon, L. Dale McManis and Karen Nemeth) can help to build awareness about how technology is being used to teach dual language learners (DLLs) in early childhood. 485 early childhood teachers and administrators responded to the survey. Of those who said […] Childrens Authors Children's Authors This page is maintained by Paula Figdor. Tedd Arnold author of No Jumping On The BedAviBetsy Bayersauthor of The Midnight FoxJan and Stan Berenstain authors of the Berenstain BearsJudy Blume author of Fudge-a-ManiaJan Brett author of The MittenNorman Bridwell author of Clifford the Big Red DogMarc Brown author of ArthurMargaret Wise Brown author of Goodnight Moon and The Run Away Bunny Eric Carle author of the Hungry CaterpillarBeverly Cleary author of The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Ramona QuimbyLeo and Diane Dillon authors of Ahanti to Zulu: African TraditionsMem Fox author of Wilfred Gordon McDonald PartridgeKevin Henkes author of Lily's Plastic PurseAnna Grossnickle HinesJoan Holub The 100th Day of School and other booksCrockett Johnson author of the Purple CrayonEzra Jack Keats author of Snowy DayMadeline L'Engle author of A Wrinkle in TimeBrian Jacques author of Redwall AbbeySusan Meddaugh author of Martha SpeaksRobert N.

Early Childhood Education Ensure that teachers have the foundational documents and instructional materials needed to teach to the rigorous college- and career-ready standards. Research details the significance of development during a child’s early years. The foundations for future success are built through interactions with others and the environment.