Have you noticed some children naturally want to learn to write while others have no interest? Sometimes this is developmental and sometimes they just need to develop the skills that support writing to gain confidence. With expectations for children entering Kindergarten higher than ever, preschool teachers are challenged with the task of helping children develop emergent writing skills.
by Kelley Jilek
When you recall your childhood, do some of your fondest memories revolve around unstructured outdoor play? Did you make dandelion soup and mud pies, create sand castles, and run through sprinklers? Was your favorite grade school subject “recess?”
Although it is still just as exciting, young children today are spending less and less time outdoors. There are many possible explanations for why this is happening. Here are just a few:
by Kelley Jilek
Arts and crafts help children experience and master a wide range of skills such as small motor control, eye-hand coordination, and concepts about color, size, shape, form, and texture. Art projects also help with language skills, sensory perception, independence, confidence, social skills, problem solving, and self-expression.
by Judy Mullican
There are so many fun ways to use jar lids and other lids for early learning. The best thing is that using them keeps them out of the landfill and doesn’t cost you a dime! They are even washable. If you work with younger children, just be sure that the lids are large enough not to cause a choking hazard. Whenever you buy jelly, jam, peanut butter, baby food, or other foods that come with lids, simply wash and save the lids. Ask the children’s families to save lids too and you’ll soon have a great collection. Here are 14 ways to use them for fun and learning: