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As COVID-19 continues to take over the news and our daily lives, many children have questions and concerns about what has been happening. Talking about scary events might seem daunting, as we worry about saying the wrong thing or instilling more fear in children. To help start the conversation, we are sharing a few books to discuss worries and concerns and also a few mindfulness books to help children learn to cope with their emotions.
Many of us are at home with a lot of extra time on our hands while schools and child care centers are shut down. Staying at home can be challenging, but it also provides an opportunity to take some extra time for yourself, enjoying new hobbies and new books. In this article, we are sharing books for ECE professionals to read while at home to continue to grow in your teaching practice so that you can return to work feeling refreshed with new ideas to bring into your classroom or program.
As of March 19th, we are officially in Spring! This season is a fun time of year for young children who enjoy exploring the colorful flowers and splashing in rain puddles. If you are looking for an easy way to bring Spring into your classroom and help children learn about the new season, check out the list in this article for some of our favorite books to enjoy with early learners.
The toddler stage of development is full of big emotions, lots of activity, and strong opinions. Working with children of this age can be challenging for caregivers. The Emotional Life of the Toddler, written by Dr. Alicia Lieberman, provides insight into development, temperament, and challenging behaviors. You will find the information in this book valuable if you are a toddler educator, have toddlers in your program, or if you are the parent of a toddler.
February is Black History Month. This celebration was initially introduced as National Negro History Week in 1926, in an effort to raise awareness of the contributions of African Americans to US history, and was expanded to a full month in the 1970s. This month provides an important opportunity to introduce conversations with young children about African American heritage and history.
Many educators are familiar with the work of Sandra Boynton. Her board books are a favorite in many classrooms, especially for toddlers. The fun characters, simple illustrations, and sing-song rhymes quickly capture the attention of young readers. The stories are short and sweet, just long enough for young children to stay engaged.
The Elephant in the Playroom is a series of short essays written by parents of children with special needs. The stories help us to better empathize with the challenges that come with raising a child with special needs. If you work in an inclusive classroom, this book is an important read to create deeper, more understanding relationships with parents of the children in your care.
Are you looking for new ideas to engage young children; or struggling to come up with fresh, new art projects that inspire curiosity and creativity? Play, Make, Create: A Process Art Handbook is a fantastic resource book for any educator or child care provider. The book includes activities and invitations for children to create and an in-depth guide for facilitators that shares how to set up materials in an inviting way.
Young children love to hear the same stories over and over again. In addition to enjoying the stories and illustrations, research suggests that re-reading stories can also help children to learn new vocabulary. Choosing books that are interesting, engaging, and fun to re-read are keys to supporting children’s learning. While there are many to choose from, we are sharing a few of our favorites.
Cooking with children offers an educational, fun, and enjoyable experience for children to practice early math and social-emotional skills. To tie recipes into your curriculum, choose some of your children’s favorite books and find recipes that relate to the story! Children quickly engage in activities that stem from stories and characters they already love. To help you get inspired, we are sharing a few of our favorite books to cook with.