Category Archives: Early Childhood

Teaching Kids to Garden Teaches Them So Much More!

When we talk about “gardening” with children, we are embracing a whole variety of concepts and lessons that are important to growing minds. Gardening is the coming together of the four parts of our world; earth, water, air and the miracle of life! When you teach children to garden, you teach them about soil and its composites of dirt, sand, clay and nutrients. They

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Nanny Care v. Professional Child Care

Many new parents will need to return to work while their children are young, and many face the stresses of finding a trusted caregiver and/or a safe and loving place to take their child to each day. There are many options and combinations of options to consider. Primarily, the decision comes down to using Family members, a Nanny or babysitters to provide home based

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Turf Wars- What’s in a playground surface?

Playground surfaces are not something most people give thought to. Its ubiquitous nature means that most families accept whatever is in place at face value and at first view. It’s typically only when kids come home from camp, nursery school, preschool and childcare centers with what seems like half of the playground in their shoes and pockets, or we read an alarming Opinion piece

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Teaching Healthy Body Boundaries- Going Beyond “No Means No”

Right now, most upper grade elementary students, middle schoolers, and high schoolers will at some point in each school year attend some sort of presentation in their schools on Bullying and Anti-bullying measures. It is a good thing. But teaching kids to respect other people’s bodies, and how to advocate for themselves begins much earlier than early teens. Toddlers and preschoolers can, and should

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Teaching Infants Baby Sign Language

Studies have shown that infants with normal vision and hearing who learn to use signs and gestures to communicate with adult caregivers before speaking will often speak earlier than those who do not. Baby signs are usually gestures or signs taken from the deaf sign language community and modified to make them easier for an infant to form. Research reveals that effectively learning to

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Whatever The Weather, We Play!

Living in New York and New Jersey means that families and childcare centers are well experienced with all kinds of weather, from infamously humid East Coast summers, to wet and windy autumns, and cold snowy winters. In many day and child care centers, nursery schools, preschools, and camps, the teaching staff is prepared to take children outside to play in sun, rain, and snow.

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Just Checking In – How new apps keep teachers and parents connected regarding child care

Pick up and drop off times are often the only face time parents get with teachers and staff at their children’s preschool, child care, or camp. However, those times are also the most hectic and busy, and every other parent has the same idea. Busy parents might not have enough insight into what their child’s day was like at school or camp if they

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Don’t Throw That Away! -Why Teachers Love Upcycled Art Materials

Ever been to a preschool, child care center, or nursery school and found a basket of toilet paper tubes? How about a bin of old magazines? Maybe even a bucket of small mismatched ceramic tiles? There is a great reason for all of that stuff, plus the other dozen or more recycled materials that teachers collect and treasure for use in art projects with

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Inch By Inch, Row By Row: The Value of the Classroom Garden

Every Preschool, Nursery School, and Daycare Center should definitely be growing some sort of plant, ideally an edible, as part of the enriching environment. It doesn’t matter if it is a window box, a garden, or a muffin pan with paper cups sprouting radishes from potting soil, kids should be growing something in their place of learning. Many parents remember growing chia, or a

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Here Fishy Fishy! The Amazing Benefits of a Classroom Fish Tank

Many Preschools, Nursery Schools, and Daycares have done away with the notion of a Class Pet. It used to be that many child care centers had some sort of resident critter like a hamster, turtle or a parakeet. Modern times have brought allergies, fears of disease, possible liabilities, and too much added responsibilities to the prospect of classroom pets. That’s a shame, certainly, because

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