When children play, it can seem random. But research has shown that it’s not. It can be indicative of where your child is at, in terms of growth and development. It can also signal the need to introduce more types of play into your child’s routine, for better learning acquisition. But what are these types of play? And, why are they important for caregivers to know about? On the web, you can … [Read more...] about What are the common types of play in childhood? Why are they important?
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Hitting, reactionary throwing, screaming, temper tantrums, running into the street, not paying attention and not thinking about the consequences of actions can all be signs of impatience, lack of self-control and social incompetence (maybe even ADHD). But, for four and five year olds, are we to expect these behaviours? The answer here can be complicated, and situational. Nonetheless, it is still … [Read more...] about How to teach impulse control in early childhood
Sometimes, being safe is obvious to adults. But kids are not always aware of the ‘what if’ scenarios that we’ve become accustomed to. We may take for granted that there are street signs, crosswalks and sidewalks. And we know how to be alert to oncoming traffic. But kids need to be taught these skills. They also need to be taught how to use the tools available to them to prevent injuries on the … [Read more...] about Tips to teach street and road safety at preschool
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