If you are working with early learners, you know how hectic the end of the day can be, especially when multiple parents arrive at the same time to pick up their children. You can make this time more productive by incorporating easy-to-implement daily communication tools to inform parents about specific play-based learning activities, topics of conversation, and moments of discovery and fun.
In an interview with NAEYC, Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University, shared research about toys and play. He stated that because different toys impact children’s behavior in different ways, teachers can and should be thoughtful about the decisions they make when selecting toys.
How much consideration do you give to the toys you offer to the children in your care? Do you consider how the toys might affect behavior or development? Do you wonder how many toys you should offer? Research suggests that specific toys, as well as the variety of toys offered, can impact behavior and either help or hinder development.