In early childhood, it’s common to be unaware of social norms that we adults like to call, “manners” or “being polite.” However, these types of behaviours to show respect need to be taught, and learned. They are different than empathy, which also can require some training and awareness exercises. Displays of outward respect and thankfulness are often culturally based. So, when your kid forgets to … [Read more...] about What are age-appropriate manners for preschoolers in early childhood?
Colours may seem like an obvious part of our world, but that’s only because we’re used to them, as adults. For children, learning how to name and identify colours can be a bit of a challenge, as we’ll see below. The best time to teach colours is in early childhood. So, in this article, we’ll explain how to teach colours to toddlers and preschoolers. Understand how a child’s mind works: colour … [Read more...] about How to teach colours to toddlers and preschoolers
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 … [Read more...] about What are the common types of play in childhood? Why are they important?
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?