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
Many parents worry if their toddler or preschooler isn’t eating enough, or showing signs of obesity. So the question can be raised about whether or not a child’s habits are ok, even if they’re not what we expect them to be. What is good nutrition in early childhood? And how important is it? Didn’t we all ‘get by’ on whatever our parents gave us when we were growing up? A lot has changed about … [Read more...] about What is good nutrition in early childhood? Why is it important?
In our article about gross motor skills development in early childhood, we discussed the importance of developing bodily movements and abilities. Our physical abilities are often a sign of what is going on cognitively, too. And, normal growth means that we develop new skills in multiple areas. Gross motor skills involve the ‘large’ movements of our body, such as lifting or jumping. Kids should be … [Read more...] about What are normal fine motor skills to have in the early childhood years, and why are they important?
Good (or bad) decision-making affects us all. So, without a doubt, teaching kids good decision-making skills in early childhood is a wise practice. Truth be told, many children make decisions based on emotions, or the spur of the moment. It’s a life skill to learn how to make thoughtful choices. It needs to be practiced and taught. But how early do we start teaching children about making … [Read more...] about The importance of teaching kids decision-making skills in early childhood
Sometimes, it’s obvious that the experts do what the experts do best. When running a daycare or preschool classroom, it’s good to give your kiddos small doses of a wide range of knowledge topics. While early childhood educators may be well-versed in teaching things like phonics or counting (though they do a lot more than that!), sometimes, getting a special guest speaker can really put the kids in … [Read more...] about 5 Preschool guest instructors to invite to your early childhood classroom