There are many lists that describe what a child should be able to do or understand at infancy, as a toddler or as a preschooler, and so on. Many of these are based on Jean Piaget's research. Piaget was a psychologist in Switzerland. The cognitive development stages he proposed reach up to adulthood, and sometimes overlap with each other. Taken from Wikipedia, they are: Sensorimotor stage … [Read more...] about What are cognitive developmental milestones in early childhood?
Daycare doesn’t always mean a classroom full of toddlers and preschool-age kids. It can mean before and after school care too, which means older kids are involved too. At our daycare centres, we implement buddy times, when older kids mentor preschoolers. We do this for a reason; it has many benefits to both the older kids and younger kids at our centres. We thought we’d write an article to explain … [Read more...] about 4 Benefits of daycare ‘buddy time,’ when older kids mentor preschoolers
Early childhood is a wonderful time of life, because everything is new to the learner. That means you can teach subjects that most adults may overlook as nothing special, but are actually quite scientifically interesting! In this article we’ll discuss ideas for teaching preschoolers about shadows. This makes for a great and easy early childhood science lesson. Introducing preschoolers to the … [Read more...] about Teaching preschoolers about shadows – a great early childhood science lesson
These days, parents and educators can be concerned about children spending too much time indoors, and with screens. Experts are beginning to question whether traditional, structured learning is best for young, developing minds. Have we lost touch with nature? Is this how we were meant to learn? And why are we so afraid of spending time outside, especially if the weather is bad? Well, as it turns … [Read more...] about 4 Top benefits of outdoor education in early childhood
Teaching children the alphabet is foundational to learning how to read. Before children can put together sounds or draw together lines that make words, they need to know what they are. If you’ve never taught the alphabet before, the concept may sound abstract: how do you teach something that comes so naturally to you? Teaching letters can be really fun and simple. In this article, we’ll give you … [Read more...] about 5 Easy ways to teach the alphabet to preschoolers
If you’ve read our article on screen time alternatives, you’ll know that we’re not all about getting kids to sit in front of a TV all day. That said, limited screen time can be a way to keep kids occupied and happy, while also giving them a bit of education...or just entertainment (that’s ok too! We all love a bit of relaxation time!). YouTube is a regular go-to for parents and their toddlers. But … [Read more...] about 12 YouTube channels for toddlers and preschoolers