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- Many children are naturally playful and open to humor, but some are not. This quality must be nurtured in order to thrive. The benefits of laughter are endless, helping to build self-esteem and connecting kids with others. This article presents several ways to encourage a sense of humor in preschoolers.
- Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illness like the flu.
- With the holiday gift-giving season upon us, it is critical to remember to consider the safety and age range of toys. Check out these guidelines for choosing safe toys for all ages.
- Young children can learn many valuable skills through making, looking at, and talking about their artwork or the art of others.
- Kids who grow up hearing music, singing songs, and moving to the beat are enjoying what experts call “a rich sensory environment.” And researchers believe this forges more pathways between the cells in their brains.
Redshirting is a term that, until recently, has been associated almost exclusively with college sports. Today, academic redshirting also refers to holding back kindergarten-eligible children for one year, assuming the child would benefit from additional time for intellectual, emotional, or even physical growth.
- Prepare to be amazed by these milestones, and learn how to take them to the next level.
- Check out this site, specifically for kids! You’ll find fun facts and common questions about skin, hair, nails, and more.
- You will never run out of fun activities to do with your kids this fall. This list includes activities and things to make with leaves, apples, and pumpkins. It also includes kid-friendly recipes.
- Parent University, a six-week program, gives parents a digital tap on the shoulder via text messages reminding them to interact with their kids to boost literacy—and close that ever-widening word gap. And it’s working, according to a recent, not-yet-published study that compared parents who received the program with those who didn’t.
Many children are injured in the home each year. These devices can help to keep your family safe. (Also available in Spanish)
- Songs and rhymes can help to make transitions easier for young children. The songs and rhymes here can be used both in a classroom and at home.
- Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. Young children who are not old enough to talk will indicate inner ear pain in different ways.
- Infants’ brains start laying the groundwork for the physical requirements of speech long before they utter their first words, a new study finds.
- Harvard University’s Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group has recently developed a series of one-page documents entitled Lead Early Educators for Success, which provide comprehensive professional development recommendations to enhance early learning.
- Even if your new preschooler will be away from home for just a few hours, the first day of school is a big step for someone wearing such little sneakers. Help him ace it (and the days and weeks ahead) with these get-ready-for-school strategies.
- With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. Get organized now for the best school year ever! Use these ideas to prepare your home and family for the busy days ahead.
- A new study has found that having the television on while you play with your toddler could hinder the child's language development.
- In April, 16 neuroscientists presented three key messages to UNICEF about the influence of early experience on brain development and function, providing many insights into why early childhood development is so important for individual and societal development.
- Plan to attend the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children’s statewide conference for early childhood professionals taking place in Springfield, Illinois, on October 23–25, 2014.
- Over the course of just one school year, a new study finds that preschoolers with disabilities who attended inclusive classes with highly-skilled peers were using language on par with their classmates without disabilities.
- An online orientation is available for licensed child care programs to find out more about the quality rating and improvement system, ExceleRate Illinois.
- Find out about research being done on Illinois education from prekindergarten through higher education at a forum taking place on October 7–8, 2014, in Bloomington, Illinois.
- Find out how Illinois compares with the other states in enrollment in, quality of, and spending on state-funded preschool.
- Illinois Early Learning Project Quarterly News
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