The following classroom activity and its home extension include step-by-step instructions and sample questions to promote conversations about spatial orientation to build children’s reasoning processes and spatial terminology.
Lindsey Perry Eloise Aniag Kuehnert Leanne Ketterlin Geller
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.
The following DAP snapshot and reflection touches on how one teacher built on preschool children’s funds of knowledge in the context of their neighborhood environments to enrich their science curriculum.
Laura Purvis Cynthia Parker Virginia Diez
Digital documentation such as photos, videos, and audio recordings offer windows into a classroom environment and can also help increase families’ respect for and understanding of the work a program does.
Media literacy education is much more than coviewing or teaching children how to decode a few media texts, question advertising claims, or stay safe online. It’s about opening the world—and all its possibilities—to them.
Educators can reflect on and plan anew how the appropriate use of digital technologies and media can promote young children’s learning and healthy development, particularly when embedded in strong relationships and joyful, engaging experiences.
However, decades of research and professional practice point to the potential of technology and media, especially when the content is of high quality and created for educational purposes with young children.
Rachel Konerman Jennifer Horwitz Sarah Clancy Carmen Rietta
Ferlady Wilhelm has worked in early childhood education for more than 15 years. She currently serves as director of early childhood and a pre-K teacher at St. Jerome Catholic School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.