When we talk about home values for child development, we are not talking about the prices of property, nor any school district catchment area. Home values in the context we will write about here have to do with the behaviours that are deemed ‘important’ to a child’s family, while they are in their home environment. These practices, understandings and cherished behaviours can extend into a child’s … [Read more...] about Why are ‘home values’ important for child development and in early childhood education?
Teaching lessons on space at preschool? We’ve got craft and activity ideas to make space extra cool and applicable. Here are ideas used at our daycares and preschools: 1) Make a paper planet wreath to teach our solar system at preschool This one is easy, yet so effective. Show the preschoolers the order of planets in our solar system, by making a space wreath. Cut out the inside of a circular … [Read more...] about 12 Space-themed crafts & activities for preschool or daycare classrooms
Why play organized sports in preschool? It’s true that three and four year-olds may not have the capacity to understand the intricacies of organized sports rules. Their physical abilities are also going to be limited, naturally. They also get great benefits from unstructured play and outdoor play. However, organized games that lead up to traditional sports game rules can be ‘watered down’ for … [Read more...] about Preschool sports ideas to play in early childhood, and their benefits
The weather is cooling down for us in the North West, and that means: it’s time for winter-themed activities at our learning centres! We thought we’d share some of our go-to, easy preschool winter craft ideas for this age group. We’ll also share some creative winter and snow projects we’ve found online. 1) Construction paper themed ‘glue together’ shapes - a gingerbread man, an apple, a tree, a … [Read more...] about So many easy preschool winter craft ideas to try at daycare or at home
We humans are negatively biased, did you know that? We see the world as ‘glass half empty.’ So, to switch that around takes practice. And, we can assume that a head start early in life can help us see the world more positively. So, while Thanksgiving may have come and gone in your country, or is yet to arrive, we thought we’d share on a topic that’s important regardless of a holiday to remind us … [Read more...] about How to teach preschoolers to be grateful, thankful and glad for what they have in 3 simple steps
We recently wrote about, ‘what is good nutrition in the early childhood years?’ But, what about children who seem to never eat what’s right for them? How do you help a picky eater in the early childhood years? Below we’ll give some ideas and clues on this common issue. 1) Involve children in meal preparation as a fun activity, and explain food to them in the process This is a really simple idea, … [Read more...] about 7 Ideas to help a picky eater in the early childhood years