In this digital age, there are an abundance of apps claiming to be educational for children. With so many options, it’s hard to know where to start, especially if you are looking for an app to help your young child learn, and not just play aimlessly. Not only that, but we have discussed before just how important it is to limit screen time for young children. So, you probably don’t want to waste … [Read more...] about 13 apps to help young kids learn
In the education world, it is well known that children benefit from having multiple ways of engaging with content and showing their understandings. Some may explain this simply by saying that each child has their own ‘learning style.’ In other words, some kids may be identified as wanting to move around all day, while others might prefer to sit down and read a picture book. But what is this talk … [Read more...] about How to identify and encourage multiple intelligences in early childhood
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
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