The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways and has created a lot of new stress and uncertainty. In times like this, prioritizing mental health is especially important. While so many things are out of your control, taking care of yourself is one thing that you can do to make things feel a little bit less overwhelming. In this article, we are sharing resources and tips for self-care that can easily fit into the busy lives of educators and caregivers.
Spending time in nature can help us to feel more at peace, which is especially important now. If you are still caring for little ones or if you have children at home and are looking for something fun to do, outdoor activities are a great way to enjoy the weather, get some fresh air, and add some much needed variety into your daily routine. In this article, we share some fun ideas for activities and helpful resources to help you feel inspired to get outside.
With many of us still sheltering in place, it’s a perfect opportunity to take some time to clean and organize your environment. This time of social isolation can make us much more aware of what does and doesn’t work well in our work and living spaces. Because there is so much that we can’t control right now, achieving small goals, like discarding items that are no longer needed or making a space more user-friendly, can feel especially therapeutic. In this article, we share a few simple tips to help you tidy and organize your space.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to stay home and keep a safe distance from loved ones. For many ECE professionals whose jobs are built around relationships, this is an especially challenging task. Working in early learning requires building connections and community with the children in our care and their families. During this time, although we might be physically separated, it is still possible for us to connect with each other! In this article, we share a few ideas for ways to stay connected with both children and families, and with your coworkers.
As everyone’s been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is an anxious time for adults and children. While we might think that we are able to shield children from the news and information about COVID-19, children usually catch on to much more than we realize. They are aware that their routines have changed and likely have noticed that their parents or caregivers are under a lot of stress right now. This is why it is so important to have honest and comforting conversations with young children about this pandemic.
As more families are staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring that children are getting high-quality academic experiences has been a big challenge for educators and for parents. Because teaching young children is such a hands-on experience, trying to move to an online format can be tricky. HiMama recently shared a guide to online learning in early childhood, with learners from 0 to 5 years old. It shares what you need to know to get up and running with virtual teaching.
With so many of us sheltering in place and out of our daily routines, it can feel challenging to follow our usual schedules. However, during this time it is especially important for children to stick to a consistent schedule and routine so that they feel safe and secure. Singing songs during these routines can make these transitions fun.You might want to incorporate these songs into your daily activities, or, if your work is closed and you are not teaching, share them with parents who are now caring for their children full-time.
Stress and anxiety are natural responses to the uncertainty and disruption we are all experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you are sheltering in place or still caring for children, this is a challenging and scary time. It is more important than ever to carve out some time to help yourself re-center. In this article, we share a few suggestions for decreasing stress and increasing mindfulness.
In this article, G2K shares a useful list of resources from Early Edge for adults in California who care for very young children during this time of pandemic, to that are “focused on minimizing the impacts on our youngest children and their families, will be helpful to you, and we encourage you to share them within your networks.”
Spring is a fun time to try new activities with young children. The new life and growth of flowers makes this a wonderful time to look at biology and science with young children. To help you and the children in your care find new ways to explore and investigate the changes of Spring, we are sharing some fun STEM-oriented options to try with young children. These each require only a few budget-friendly materials that you might already have on hand!
Sensory experiences are an important part of toddler learning. Young children love opportunities to squish and squeeze to explore different textures. If you are looking for new ways to introduce sensory experiences to the children in your care, we are sharing a list of fun ideas below. Each of the ideas are easy to make at home, require minimal ingredients and use only non-toxic ingredients that are safe for young children to engage with.
The Coronavirus has taken over the news recently, and many are concerned about the spread of the illness. As early learning professionals, we all know how important it is to keep yourself and the children in your care as safe and healthy as possible. In this article, we share tips for communicating with parents, keeping your classroom clean, and additional resources and information that you might find useful.
Children thrive in environments where they feel loved, valued, and safe. By taking time to reflect on the way that we interact, communicate, and connect with young children, we are able to create a classroom environment that supports learning and development. To help guide your reflections on this important practice, check out this article to find tips and suggestions for thoughtful interactions with children in this article.
Toddlers and preschoolers enjoy opportunities to be creative and engage in an open-ended project, and painting is just that! It is a fun, process art activity that also creates an opportunity for fine motor development in fingers and hands as children work with different materials and squish paints between their fingers! You can change up a child’s creative and tactile experience offering stamps, sponges or other items for applying paint. Unusual paint brushes are any materials that children dip in paint to stamp, smudge, or smear.
The field of early learning is in need of qualified, high-quality educators. Many local preschools are actively recruiting for educators, directors, and substitute teachers. If you are new to the field or interested in exploring new opportunities, it might be time to revisit your resume. You will want to ensure that it is professional, polished and up-to-date before you start your job search. In this article, we share some tips and resources to help you refresh your resume so that it makes a positive first impression.
Valentine’s Day is a reminder that feeling valued and loved helps young children develop a positive sense of self. When children feel loved by their teachers, their parents, and their peers, it helps them to feel secure and comfortable with themselves as individuals. As educators, one of the most important parts of our job is modeling love and kindness toward the children in our program and toward ourselves.
Early learning professionals spend several hours a day with the children in their care and have opportunities to develop deep, meaningful relationships. The connection can become second nature with providers anticipating children’s preferences before they are even verbalized. These reactions, and the way that children experience the world, are referred to as temperament. Understanding each child’s temperament can help us set up to most effectively support the children in our care.
Foundational math skills are an important part of early learning and kindergarten readiness, and number sense is the first step in math awareness. It describes the basics of learning about numbers, including counting, in order to understand the relationship between numbers. This week we share three different activities that use budget-friendly materials to enhance counting, number sense, and 1:1 correspondence skills among early learners.
Behavioral issues are one of the most difficult parts of working in an early learning environment. Our job as early learning professionals includes tapping into constructive ways to support children as they learn to process their big emotions and deal with the challenges of peer relationships. This week, we are sharing 5 helpful resources to support you in your work with young children with challenging behaviors.
Looking for a fun, new activity to try with the children in your program? How about a pizza party? Not only is making pizza fun, but it allows children an opportunity to practice fine motor skills as they sprinkle cheese and add toppings. There are a variety of fun and simple ways to make pizza with young children and we are sharing a few of our favorites! Each recipe is quick, budget-friendly, and requires only a few ingredients to make.
The term play-based learning has become increasingly popular in early learning circles as more and more classrooms adopt this curriculum style. In this article, we explore what play-based learning really looks like and identify the benefits of learning through play.
An important part of our work as ECE professionals is being thoughtful about the way that we connect with children and families who have experienced trauma. Unfortunately, many ECE professionals do not feel well-equipped to identify signs and symptoms of trauma, or lack the knowledge they need to address the needs of children who have been victims of trauma.
Reflection is an important part of our work as educators to help us develop more awareness about ourselves, our feelings, and our biases. A few weeks ago, the team of Good2Know Network hosted a professional development opportunity with the help of StarVista. In this article, we share some of the information that was shared to help us gain a better understanding of reflective practice.
The topic of inclusion has become very popular in early learning. Many preschool programs are moving towards a curriculum that welcomes all children, rather than separating typically developing children from those with disabilities. Inclusion is a big, complex topic with many variables to consider. In this article, we share a few basics to help you start thinking about how to create more inclusivity and equality in your program.
Early learning classrooms are full of energy, noise, and lots of activity. While this can feel fun and exciting, it can also feel overwhelming. We all want children to feel welcome to explore and move in the classroom, but also want to ensure that we maintain a healthy energy level that does not get out of control. To help, this article shares some recommendations for maintaining balance and encouraging a more peaceful classroom environment.
Sending newsletters to your program’s families is a great way to keep everyone in the loop about what is going on and to maintain an open line of communication. If you do not currently have a program newsletter, it might feel intimidating to create one. In this article we share a few quick and easy tips to help you get started.
As early learning professionals, our goal is to support children in developing skills to build healthy relationships. Even at a young age, early social emotional skills emerge naturally as children experience relationships with other children. These experiences can be encouraged and reinforced by educators to support children as they learn how to build healthy relationships.
Zero to Three shares that when children ask questions, they are taking an active role in their own learning and developing important skills in critical thinking and communication. To support children’s curiosity, early learning professionals facilitate experiments that encourage exploration of STEM concepts, while utilizing the steps of the scientific method to investigate.
Are you looking for new activity ideas to incorporate into your classroom or program? Vroom is a free resource for parents and caregivers that shares tips and activity ideas to support learning in everyday situations. The evidence-based activities support cognitive, language, and social development during caregiving routines in the first 5 years.
Preschool is a time when children acquire important foundational skills that they will carry with them into elementary school and beyond. In addition to learning academic concepts, children also learn social-emotional skills that help them resolve conflicts with peers. As caregivers and educators, it is our job to give children the tools to resolve conflicts when they arise.