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- Young children spend their days learning all sorts of things about the world around them and how to understand it. From birth and at least up through the third grade, opportunities to develop children’s social-emotional skills are essential to helping them thrive not just throughout their schooling but also in life. The “Transforming the Workforce” report explains why these skills are so important to build in young children and how educators can help young students build these skills.
- Children need to play outside every day, even in winter. Going outside to run, jump, yell, and wiggle allows children to use their large muscles and work off extra energy. Moving out into the fresh air is also healthier for children than keeping them inside a closed building where germs can easily spread.
- TV is an important part of our lives—it entertains us and has much to teach. But too much TV and food advertising can make eating right very difficult. Limiting TV time can help your child stay on the path to healthy living.
- The holidays are an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday season, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- Young children don’t need highly specialized or expensive equipment to learn how to explore the natural world scientifically. They do need adults who let them play and work through small difficulties by themselves and who support them as they build an understanding of how the world works.
Children develop math concepts and skills very early in life. From the moment they are born, babies begin to form ideas about math through everyday experiences and, most important, through interactions with trusted adults. Language—how we talk with infants and toddlers about math ideas such as more, empty, and full—matters.
- Every neighborhood has its own unique resources to help children learn about their world. Simply leave the home or classroom and make learning real. Let children explore objects, ﬁnd connections to their own lives, and make new discoveries.
- In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help families manage the ever changing digital landscape.
- Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings, or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics has some valuable tips on how to keep children safe and warm.
- As the American Academy of Pediatrics and other children’s organizations report, tooth decay is the most common chronic children’s disease in the country. It is very important that parents work with their pediatrician to establish good oral health care from the first weeks of their baby’s life.
Parents and teachers are worried. They believe that today’s kids are growing up in an unkind world and that learning to be kind is even more important than getting good grades. Kindness is well-trod territory for Sesame Street. Here is a well-known actor trying to teach a Muppet named Murray about a very big word: empathy.
New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, authors of the book Tap, Click, Read, have developed a toolkit that includes 14 free tip sheets, discussion guides, and other resources for community leaders, educators, and parent liaisons to help young children learn to read.
- Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. Here are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice.
- Introduce Fire Prevention Week (October 9–16, 2016) to students through fun, interactive lessons, activities, and take-home materials.
- Fall can be a wonderful time to explore the outdoors with young children. Here are 10 fun ideas that will inspire your outdoor play.
- Expulsions in preschool? They happen. But they shouldn’t. In Connecticut, PreK centers are consulting with mental health professionals to provide direct advice to teachers on dealing with specific children as well as working with both parents and teachers together to best address challenges in a positive manner.
- Today’s libraries are more about doing than borrowing—more about connecting than simply plugging in. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Visit your library today or visit ILoveLibraries.org
- September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Here are 10 tips for parents to help preschoolers build healthy mealtime habits.
- It can happen at the store, the doctor’s office, or the party your child’s been looking forward to for weeks. Something snaps and your child has a total, tectonic temper tantrum—screaming, kicking, tears. Tantrums are a normal expression of frustration from a little person who wants her way—and doesn’t have the skills to express herself yet. Just because they’re normal, however, doesn’t mean they’re inevitable. Here are the best ways to head them off before they happen.
- This three-piece set of resources, designed for professionals and military parents, provides methods to support young children affected by stress, trauma, grief, and loss because of a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.
- How can parents help their babies and toddlers learn to communicate? Here’s guidance based on a roundup of recent research that provides parents a roadmap for building their babies’ language skills.
- If your child is starting preschool this fall, you may be approaching this major milestone with conflicting emotions, including excitement and sadness. Your child is also bound to have a host of feelings about this transition, feeling proud to be a big kid but at the same time worried about being separated from you and starting something unfamiliar. Here are some ideas to keep the focus on fun during this time.
- Part 2 of the Fostering STEM Trajectories forum discusses two hurdles that emerged from the discussion: a misunderstanding of STEM in early learning and the constraints that today’s educators face. Readers are invited to comment with ideas on priorities and barriers to overcoming the identified hurdles.
- This is part one of a two-part series that highlights and expands on topics from Fostering STEM Trajectories, a recent forum hosted by New America and funded by the National Science Foundation. Throughout the discussion, panelists shared insights on successful early STEM efforts and the future of STEM education in the United States.
- Behavior problems are more likely to hold boys back in school than girls, a new study shows. More support at home and in school could help encourage these boys to develop self-regulation and social skills early in life, the research suggests.
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