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Teaching Young Children
January 4, 2020

Beginning (or Continuing) the Journey to a More Equitable Classroom

Knowing that we all have implicit biases and, simultaneously, have the capacity to change our thinking and improve our practices, we’ve outlined four steps that early childhood educators can take to understand our own biases and to advance equity.

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Authored by: Janis Strasser, Llariley Coplin
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Teaching Young Children
January 4, 2020

Message in a Backpack ™ Developing Your Preschooler’s Spatial Thinking

Research suggests that preschoolers’ early mathematics learning—including spatial-thinking skills—is related to later success in both reading and math. Here are some tips for supporting your preschooler’s spatial thinking!

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Authored by: Ashley Lewis Presser, Jillian Orr Daglilar, Mollie Levin
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Teaching Young Children
January 4, 2020

Navigating Spatial Learning with Preschoolers

Mathematics activities can contribute to later success in both math and reading, but activities focused on math and spatial learning can also be really fun and playful for young children—and for their teachers!

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Authored by: Ashley Lewis Presser, Danae Kamdar, Ximena Dominguez
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Blog
January 4, 2021

Focus on DAP: Joyful Learning in a Tough Year

What does engaged joyful learning look like when many child care centers around the country are struggling, and educators, families, and children are navigating virtual school and social distancing?

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Authored by: Susan Friedman, Julia Luckenbill, Nicol Russell
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Young Children
November 18, 2020

The Toads: Refocusing the Lens (Voices)

In this article, I describe the moment where I learned to hear and respect the voices of children and to hear and respect my own voice as well.

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Authored by: Amanda Jo Messer
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Article
Young Children
November 18, 2020

Incorporating Knowledge from Children’s Homes and Communities: A Home-to-School Approach for Teaching STEM in Preschool

In this article, we explore a project whose goal is to use home- and community-based knowledge and concepts with which children are already familiar to introduce new topics around science and engineering in preschool.

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Authored by: Christine M. McWayne, Jayanthi Mistry, Sunah Hyun, Virginia Diez, Cynthia Parker, Betty Zan, Daryl Greenfield, Kimberly Brenneman
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Issue
Young Children
Vol. 75, No. 5
November 18, 2020

December 2020

Knowledge-Rich Curriculum: Supporting Identity Development & Advancing Equity
The December issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles with perspectives on enriching curriculum by connecting lessons to children's social and cultural contexts.
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Article
Teaching Young Children
September 16, 2020

Message in a Backpack™ Helping Your Child through Change

We gathered insights from individuals with various perspectives and roles in early childhood. Here, you will read excerpts of what some of them would share with families about supporting children during this period of rapid change.
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Article
Teaching Young Children
September 16, 2020

The Power of “Good Morning”

The practice of an intentional morning greeting is something that can empower young children to embrace their day and their learning. Young children may be experiencing challenges or anxieties beyond the classroom, whether we are aware of them or not.

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Authored by: Sarah Calzone
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Article
Teaching Young Children
September 16, 2020

Supporting Anxious Children in the Preschool Classroom

The three de-escalation activities detailed here can be useful in targeting anxiety—two are used for de-escalating children’s anxious behaviors, and the third assists children in identifying the cause of their anxiety and in developing coping skills.

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Authored by: Sierra L. Brown, Allison McCobin, Stephanie Easley, Kara E. McGoey
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Article
Teaching Young Children
September 16, 2020

Conversations that Matter: Talking with Children About Big World Issues

Children need help making sense of what they are seeing and hearing. These conversations also offer us important teachable moments to engage young children in discussion about their identities, human diversity, fairness and unfairness, and the right of pe

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Authored by: Julie Olsen Edwards, Louise Derman-Sparks
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Issue
Teaching Young Children
Vol. 14, No. 1
September 16, 2020

October/November 2020

Partnering with Families, Helping Children through Change
TYC October/November 2020 issue
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