Emotional intelligence is becoming a buzzword in the media, especially as it relates to job skills. However, this skill is important for more than just jobs; it affects all our human relationships. While the word “emotional” may, in some people, signal a sense of ‘weakness,’ we are learning that it is not that. We are not talking about unreasonable emotions when we talk about “emotional … [Read more...] about What is normal emotional intelligence in toddlers and preschoolers?
These days, Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is all over the news, and affecting the lives of nearly everyone on the planet. We’re all taking precautions. As adults, we know what to be aware of, and how to prevent the spread of infection, even if we’re not perfect at it. With kids however - especially in the early years - the fear of a pandemic can be an abstract concept. Children are wonderful in their … [Read more...] about How to teach preschoolers about viruses, bacteria and sickness prevention (cold and flu teaching tips)
Teaching shapes in preschool and daycare is simple, yet fun, because geometry applies in so many real-life situations - especially artistic ones. Once your little tots learn the names of shapes, and how to recognize them, they’ll be able to pick up other mathematical concepts easily. For example, they’ll see that shapes can grow, be sorted, or be used to make objects, when added together. The … [Read more...] about Ideas for teaching shapes in preschool and daycare
These days, it seems like a new acronym or slang word is being introduced every week. And, a lot of them seem like they’re part of insular, focused interest groups. It’s almost an initiation process to learn what these short abbreviations of phrases are. The parenting world is no different. Instead of writing out full words, some parents like to be quick and use as few letters as possible to … [Read more...] about How to decode parenting acronyms used on forums and articles (definitions listed)
In the preschool world, there can be debate about whether or not to introduce calendar time into the day. It may be true that children in early childhood are simply not at the stage where they can understand calendars. They will likely pick it up quicker when they are in grade school. However, there are ways of teaching useful calendar concepts in preschool or daycare classrooms. These can be a … [Read more...] about Teaching useful calendar concepts in preschool and daycare
While the concept of numbers being associated with quantity can be hard to grasp at first, children are actually quite good at learning these initial math skills. They just need a little bit of help, and fun, to get them going. Eventually, the knowledge builds upon itself, much like language. So, how do we teach toddlers and preschoolers to count and learn their numbers in the first place? That’s … [Read more...] about How to teach toddlers and preschoolers to count, and learn their numbers