Every parent experiences temper tantrums at least once (ok, maybe usually more than once!). They can be embarrassing and frustrating. They can get you those ‘bad parent’ stares. Or they can interrupt your outing. And, certainly they can put a downer on your day. But if all kids do this, we have to ask, what are ways to understand and solve temper tantrums in toddlers and young children? It … [Read more...] about 3 Key tips to understand and solve temper tantrums in toddlers and young children
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Humans not getting along is as old as history. And, humans learning to form bonds is also just as old. We are social creatures after all. So, as our kids grow and start entering social situations (like at daycare), it’s important that early childhood educators help kids get along and feel included. At home, this can be something for families and siblings to work on. But in daycare and preschool … [Read more...] about 3 ways early childhood educators can help kids get along and feel included
We all know how proud we get to see our little one recite the alphabet, draw very nicely, or figure things out on their own, like Rubik's Cubes. “They’re so smart!” we can proclaim. Or boast to everyone around us. But where does the boundary lie between ‘normal’ development in a child, to being intellectually gifted? And, how young can an ‘unusually smart’ child be identified as something special? … [Read more...] about Is my toddler or preschooler gifted? What are the early signs of intellectual giftedness?
In a recent article, we delved into teaching kids about food safety. As a follow up, it’s important to also teach kids about food cross contamination and cleanliness. This is such a major topic, it deserved its own article! Young preschool-age kids should also learn that that our cleanliness as humans also affects how easily we can get sick from foods. This is because those ‘tiny little bugs’ … [Read more...] about Teaching early learners about food cross contamination and cleanliness
In the past we have written about managing your child’s allergies at daycare. However, aside from allergies, all kids at daycare can be susceptible to food-borne illness, if precautions are not taken. The government of B.C. requires licensed daycares to practice food safety guidelines, which they publish here. As childcare facilities, we can do our part to prevent food contamination with our … [Read more...] about Teaching daycare kids about food safety
As parents, we know toy costs can build up! But thankfully, you can make educational DIY toys from home materials! These can be just as effective as keeping kids busy with store-bought toys. And in some cases, they can be made with your child as an activity, for even more creative fun. You may have thought of doing this before, but never got around to it. Well, today we’re going to show you some … [Read more...] about 8 Educational DIY toys you can make from home materials