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NAEYC Publishes Book on Integrating the Learning Stories Approach

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

DAP With Apps and Other Tech Tools: Making Choices that Make Sense for Preschoolers

Tablets, apps, and other digital technology can help children learn—as long as you carefully plan the content, and monitor how children use them. Read on for ideas for using apps and other digital technology in your classroom!

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Authored by: Jennifer Garrette Lisy Kathleen A. Paciga Mary Quest
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Building Reciprocal Relationships with Communities

Building relationships with the community has multiple benefits: Your organization or school builds name recognition and a positive reputation; you are informed of local events and community resources; and your organization’s credibility is enhanced.

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Authored by: Ludmila Battista
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Preschool in the Park: Place-Based Learning in Unexpected Spaces

Place-based education uses local cultures, heritage, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences to create a curriculum in which literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, and arts learning occur in the context of place.

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Authored by: Rachel J. Franz
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Two Homes, One Classroom: Inclusive Practices that Work

It’s not uncommon to have children in your program who spend time with parents in two different homes. Individualizing communication is an effective way to recognize and welcome diverse family structures.

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Authored by: Katia González
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Becoming Your Best: Building Professional Competencies

We’ve gathered the following be-your-best ideas for busy teachers regarding competencies, professionalism, and support.

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Authored by: Meghann Hickey
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Healthy Habits

Healthy habits are important life skills. As an educator, you can help young children start developing these healthy habits in fun and engaging ways.

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Authored by: Lillie F. Badesso Elizabeth Mirth Jennefer Gehringer
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Preparing to Meet with Aiden’s Family: Strengths, Progress, and Goals

During a family conference, it’s important to provide a detailed—but not overwhelming—picture of a child’s progress. The following example (shared and discussed at a family conference) shows the strengths, progress, and goals of a young student.

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Authored by: Marlen Murray Dionne Gibson Daniela Arbizzi
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

4 Quick Reminders as You Plan for Family Conferences

Whether you’re a seasoned teacher or this will be your first year, these reminders will help you plan the many steps of family conferences—from preconference scheduling to follow-up.

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Authored by: NAEYC Professional Learning Team
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Teaching and Learning with Hip-Hop Culture

Through music and language, movement, and the visual arts, rap and other elements of hip-hop culture can support preschoolers’ learning and development in all domains.

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Authored by: ​Anthony Broughton
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Message in a Backpack™ Guiding Your Child’s Behavior

Challenging behaviors often happen when children feel they don’t have another way to express their feelings or another way to get what they need. Here's how to stay calm, patient, and consistent as you help your child understand your expectations.

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Authored by: Keri Giordano
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Instead of Discipline, Use Guidance

Using guidance instead of discipline means helping young children understand they can learn from their mistakes, and it starts with showing them how to do so.

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Authored by: ​Dan Gartrell
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Feature Program: Culver Family Learning Center

This month's feature program is Culver Family Learning Center, one of 12 NAEYC-accredited early learning sites owned and operated by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (EVSC) in Indiana.
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Teaching Young Children
Vol. 14, No. 4
July 1, 2021

Summer 2021

Empowering Educators & Programs: A Blueprint for Excellence
Teaching Young Children is NAEYC's magazine for anyone who works with preschoolers. Colorful, informative, and easy-to-read, TYC is packed full of teaching ideas, strategies, and tips.
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June 10, 2021

A Road Forward: Five Democratic Life Skills for a Civil Society

Five democratic life skills provide a model for the holistic education and development of children, guiding them along a continuum from showing resilience in the face of trauma to demonstrating intelligent decision-making as members of society.

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Authored by: Dan Gartrell
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