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- Outdoor learning environments stimulate the diversity of children’s play experience and contribute to their healthy development. This InfoSheet discusses the benefits of connecting children to nature and presents examples of simple ways to naturalize outdoor learning environments in childcare centers.
- The word “volunteering” may not make much sense to your young child, but even children as young as age 3 can learn the value of helping people and places in need. Now is the time to start a lifelong commitment to giving, not only during the holiday season but also year round.
- Children can easily drink a lot of juice because juice tastes good. However, too much juice in your child’s diet can contribute to other problems, like poor nutrition, obesity, and tooth decay. The American Academy of Pediatrics has new recommendations on fruit juice for young children.
- The Early Childhood Hearing Outreach Initiative has developed tools to share with providers about hearing screenings and follow-up. These tools can be shared with parents, teachers, and other early childhood providers.
- A speech-language pathologist who works with children in poverty shares insights based on her similar childhood. She offers social and behavioral strategies and treatment strategies for therapists and other service providers to use when working with young children who live in poverty.
- Have you ever wondered how many animals are there in the world? How many species of animals are there on Earth? Which animals outnumber human beings? We already have an idea of how many humans there are on Earth, but how many animals of all kinds are there in the world?
- Outdoor time matters. The time we spend outside can do amazing work getting our brain ready for the time we spend inside, both at home and in the classroom. Here are several ways to encourage the power of the outdoors for your children.
- Why is a large vocabulary important for children? Because it’s linked to their reading and school success. Families can foster children’s vocabulary through conversations, reading aloud, and singing. Try these vocabulary-building ideas at home.
- The excitement of learning that comes from curiosity and wonder is undeniable, and Wonderopolis helps create learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs. For example, have you ever wondered why a dog’s nose is wet?
- 30 Days of Families Learning Together, developed by the National Center for Families Learning, provides a month’s worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together. A PDF calendar is available to download.
- Families are the first and most important teachers for children. Find resources to help support your child’s early learning and school readiness and to support your family as learners.
- You’ve probably read about it in newspapers and seen it on the news: In the United States, the number of obese children and teens has continued to rise over the past two decades. And as parents or other concerned adults, you may also ask: What steps can we take to help prevent obesity in our children? This page provides answers to some of the questions you may have and provides you with resources to help you keep your family healthy.
- National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Here are several ways you can help children learn about nutrition and its importance.
- Infants and toddlers are natural scientists. They are curious and they love to explore and learn. Adults can help infants and toddlers find answers to their questions and discover more about things that interest them.
- Developing kindness and compassion for others is a critical part of your child’s growth. The ability to accept others, even if they are different, and feel compassion for them is an essential element of social competency.
- This article provides activities for kids, tip sheets, fact sheets, and lesson plans for early childhood teachers to use to educate young children about home safety.
- Falling televisions can injure and even kill young children. Here are some great tips to protect your children from preventable injuries.
- As your child’s parent and first teacher, you’re in a good position to observe and assess whether he’s developing skills appropriate for a 3- to 4-year-old child. The milestones and tips that follow will help you understand what your child should be doing and learning—and how you can support his or her development.
- When young kids have weak gross motor skills, it can get in the way of having fun. Running, jumping and throwing all require using large muscles. Help build gross motor skills with these eight activities.
- 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.
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