Why Sensory Play is so Important to Child Development Rose sat quietly running her fingers through the milk spilled on the highchair. Her eyes fixated on the patterns being formed as her fingers streaked through the liquid. The milk puddled around an open marker. Rose’s eyes lit up and a smile brightened her face. The purple tint from the marker bled into the white milk. Rose slowly lifted her hand and held it above the swirling colors. She wanted very much to touch this new color, but her fascination in watching the colors meld together was very soothing to her.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month Nothing warms the heart quicker than the smile of a child. But… that pearly white smile takes a lot of maintenance. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and dentists must work together to ensure that smile remains healthy. One way we do this is by shining the spotlight on this cause… February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Though we want you to be concerned with your child’s teeth every day of the year, February is the month we shine the light on children’s dental health, hopefully, the information you receive here will keep you and
Have you considered a career in Early Childhood Education? Are you aware of what Early Childhood Education is and why it is so important? Do you know what the requirements are to become an early childhood educator? In this article, I hope to provide you with the information you need to make the choice to take that leap and move into the field of Early Childhood Education. What is Early Childhood Education? The quote below clearly defines what Early Childhood Education is and why it is so important. The contribution by early childhood educators is of immense importance to a
Indoor Winter Activities for Kids Do you have those snow day blues? Are your children bouncing off the walls? Are you sick and tired of answering the question, “Can we go outside now” or hearing “I’m bored”? Well, it’s time to get creative!! Let’s put them busy hands to good use! Now, is a great time to find that teachable moment with fun through indoor winter activities for kids! Reading If you are wanting something to quiet them down… pull out a book! Now, is a great time to read to the kids. Make it a family event! Take turns
Is it Bad Behavior or ADHD? As parents and caregivers, we have to know if the behavior we are witnessing is just outright bad behavior or is the result of a condition. Unless you are in the medical profession or have experienced the aftermath of ADHD behavior, one has to learn the difference and become informed. So, in this article, we will attempt to learn… is it bad behavior or ADHD. What is ADHD? According to WebMD, “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of
Screen Time for Infants to Toddlers At what age do you believe screen time is appropriate? There are many studies out there that show screen time for infants to toddlers should be zero. Society, on the other hand, seems to disagree with the study. “Everything within limits” is a thought I hear echoing in my head. The truth of the matter is that times are changing, and more and more is being learned about early childhood development; what is acceptable and what is not. What does an infant get from screen time, anything, too much, too little? Do the pitfalls
Enhancing Family Time Through STEM STEM is important to early childhood education simply because children are explorers by nature and that exploration starts at birth. An infant, born a blank slate, begins learning the moment they are born. It’s that natural progression and enthusiasm in learning that needs supporting by the early educators. Childcare centers, such as Kidz World, who are focused on education, use STEM to aid in the child’s development and encourage that exploration. “All young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators,
Parenting – A Success Story Many people will tell you that parenting doesn’t come with a manual, however, Google “parenting” and you will find more information than you will ever be able to read in your lifetime. There is plenty of information. What most of those wonderful sources of information don’t tell you is that not every piece of instruction, advice, tip… will work for you. As a parent, your job is to determine what does work for you and your child. It’s all trial and error… even from one child to another in your home. Finding the Right Tool