Going beyond the classroom.
Curiosity: The Fuel of Development Dr. Bruce Perry
"Whas’at? Whas’at?"—A question from a 3-year-old boy asked of his mother over and over as they walked through the zoo.
Children are such curious creatures. They explore, question, and wonder, and by doing so, learn. From the moment of birth, likely even before, humans are drawn to new things. Want to continue reading? Click here.
“Let’s Find Out!”:Three Tips for Raising Curious Kids D. Farmer Kris
Young children are naturally curious. They have an itch to explore their world and figure out how things work. And parents have compelling reasons to foster this inherent inquisitiveness. Want to continue reading? Click here.
Social Skills in Preschool Reading Rockets
In preschool, your child will learn many types of skills. Reading books together in which the characters are going through the same thing can also help your preschooler develop these important skills. Want to continue reading ? Click here.
Supporting Children’s Learning While Meeting State StandardsStrategies and Suggestions for Pre-K–Grade 3 Teachers in Public School Contexts
Lisa S. Goldstein and Michelle Bauml
The current emphasis on standards-basededucation and accountability in public schools in the United States has had a significant impact on early childhood teachers’ practices. Want to continue reading ? Click here.
10 tips for circletime in the preschool classroom D.J. Stewart
For every teacher you ask about how to run circle time, you will get a slightly different answer. Want to continue reading? Click here.
10 Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know M. Cherry
Drawing on paper is one thing, but beyond that, I think a lot of parents are just overwhelmed and afraid that before they turn around there is going to be a new mural all over their living room couch. Want to continue reading? Click here.
Tips for Teaching Scissor Skills V. Levin
Learning how to use scissors plays an important role in developing the fine motor skills young children need in order to hold pencils and crayons. Having strong fine motor skills will help children as they begin the tricky process of learning how to write. It might sound easy, but teaching young children how to cut with scissors is a very complex task. Want to continue reading? Click here.
Nurturing STEM Skills in Young Learners, PreK–3
Young children are avid STEM investigators, eager to explore and invent. Spend five minutes with a 3- to 8-year-old and you will field an astounding array of questions, as their own natural curiosity leads them towards STEM inquiry. “How can we all get a fair share of these cookies?” “How can I make my block skyscraper real tall—but not fall over?” “How can that log float on top of the lake? Isn’t it heavy?” Young children are also the earliest adopters of technology, grabbing for cameras, smart phones, and other tools as soon as they are able. Want to continue reading? Click here.
STEM Education & Activities for Preschoolers
One of the newer educational terms that we see frequently in the news is STEM education. But what exactly is STEM education and is it appropriate for preschoolers? STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM Education, a term initiated by the National Science Foundation, refers to an educational approach which integrates more than one of these disciplines. Want to continue reading? Click here.
What does STEM look like in preschool and what is STEM anyway? D.J.Stewart
According to Dr. Sherri Killins, “What STEM does is give a label to what you are already doing… helping children to explore, observe, ask questions, predict, integrate their learning… its what we’ve always done in early childhood education.” Want to continue reading? Click here.
How to Make a Name Chart V.Levin
Name charts are an important part of any early childhood classroom. Here is how you can make an easy and inexpensive name chart for your classroom that can be used for a variety of purposes. Want to continue reading? Click here.