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Play: Where Learning Begins!

Play: Where Learning Begins!
Browse this selection of articles on play based learning from Young Children and Teaching Young Children. Assessing and Scaffolding Make Believe Play: Mature make-believe play provides unique learning opportunities Read more » Chopsticks and Counting Chips: Play and foundational skills don’t need to compete for the teacher's attention Read more » Playdough - What's Standard about It?: Using playdough to address early learning standards Read more » Block Building and Make-Believe for Every Child: Encouraging boys and girls to try out the learning centers they don’t usually visit Read more » Block Off Time for Learning: When children play with blocks, they learn math, literacy, social skills and so much more Read more» Recess—It’s Indispensable: Test scores do not improve when recess is cut Read more » Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best?

The Mud Kitchen - A Recipe for marvellous Outdoor play Hello lovely blog visitors. Welcome! I am sharing the newest edition to Dimples out door play area today. The awesome and totally messy mud kitchen. Here is the DIY mud kitchen that we built for Dimples in a few hours using recycled materials. The mud kitchen is built from off cuts of wood that I painted with chalk board paint, they're butted in to a old sink that came from a wrecked caravan, you could grab one from the wreckers or the buy back at the tip. Nearby I have up cycled an old sand pit as a mud pit. How awesome, an endless supply of mud on hand for hours and hours of messy outdoor play. For more outdoor play ideas you may like Happy Outdoor Adventures.

Ms. Conway's Kindergarten Website: About Play-Based Learning It has long been known that there is a strong link between play and learning. Children are full of natural curiosity and they explore this curiosity through play. When kids are playing, it's the perfect time to learn. Play teaches kids how to problem solve, how to make friends, how to express themselves, how to enjoy the world around them, and how to recognize letters and numbers. In the kindergarten program, teachers structure play to create learning moments. Both child-initiated free play and more structured play-based learning opportunities are integral parts of the early learning classroom. As children move naturally from noticing and wondering about the objects and events around them to exploring, observing, and questioning in a more focused way, the teacher helps them develop and extend their inquiry process.

let the children play Families and Teachers as Partners / Browse Our Publications / Publications & Resources This Early Childhood Digest, produced by the National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education of the Office of Educational Research and Development in the U.S. Department of Education, is based on Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) materials, New Skills for New Schools. About This Series These one-page digests focus on ways that families and schools can work together to help young children learn and grow. Children, families, and schools all benefit when families and teachers work together. What Can Families Do to Work Better With Schools? What is my relationship like with my young child's teacher or caregiver? How Can Teachers and Families Work Together? About families—who they are and what they want for their young child. Research on how teachers learn to work with families shows good examples of families and teachers as partners and the important role that families play. Free.

CSEFEL: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Promoting Social and Emotional Competence: These modules were designed based on input gathered during focus groups with program administrators, T/TA providers, early educators, and family members about the types and content of training that would be most useful in addressing the social-emotional needs of young children. The content of the modules is consistent with evidence-based practices identified through a thorough review of the literature. Preschool Modules (English and Spanish Versions) Infant Toddler Modules (click here for Spanish versions) Modules last updated: May 2006 View Module Archive for Modules from 2003. The Archive has has Spanish and HTML versions available. Click here to see the Teaching Pyramid Article View Ordering Information (PDF)

Play is Children's Work 3 Month Old Baby Talks To Daddy What Are the Steps to Follow When I Diaper a Child in Child Care? HALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets: The Safer Way to Sleep® 20 Genius Baby Hacks to Make Your Life Simpler | The Fussy Baby Site I have to admit I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time lately reading ‘hacks’: tips or tricks to make life easier (or at least more fun). I know my husband has LOVED hearing how to pull out a sliver using baking soda, use bread clips to organize power cords, and how to microwave leftovers for even heat distribution. But what’s missing from the web? Hacks to help us help our fussy babies with eating, sleeping, crying and all the other fun stuff we get to deal with on a daily basis. Some of these hacks are geared towards newborns, others to slightly older kids. But hopefully you’ll find a few parenting hacks below that will make your life a little simpler, no matter your child’s age! 1. Hack: Source: Women and Newborn Health Services 2. Source: Indiana State Department of Health 3. Source: Cheezburger 4. Hack: Put a little bit of apple sauce in the middle of a cloth, roll it up, and freeze it. Source: HowDoesShe 5. Source: Baby Center 6. Hack: Put sprinkles on pretty much everything! 7.

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds Sing-along Songs One of the most fun group participation activities for family and friends is to engage in sing-along songs. The essence of a sing-along song is that it has a simple enough melody and memorable lyrics for everyone to easily learn. Many of these popular songs have been around for over a century and are taught to children as part of their grade school music education. "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" is a very well known sing-along song. It was a traditional folk song written in the 1860s that became a huge hit in the early 1960s by The Highwaymen. She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain Not many songs over a century old are still as popular as "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain," which originated in the late nineteenth century by an unknown composer. What A Wonderful World The song "What A Wonderful World" was first popularized in 1967 by Louis Armstrong and in 1999 was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Louis Armstrong enjoyed one of the longest recoding careers of any singer in history.