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Teaching Young Children
January 3, 2022

Making the Most of Teachable Moments

Even the smallest moment has great potential for learning. But what makes a moment “teachable,” and how can early childhood educators transform an everyday occurrence into such a learning experience?

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Authored by: Karen Walker
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December 13, 2021

Four Ways to Use Tablets to Foster Early Math Learning

Here, we describe four ways to use tablets in developmentally appropriate ways to foster preschoolers’ early math learning.

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Authored by: Jessica Mercer Young Ashley Lewis Presser
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Embracing Different Perspectives

This article explains how to cultivate trust in young children so their interactions with other children and their friendships function in healthier, stronger ways.

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Authored by: Teresa Draguicevich
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What Happens If I Touch this Button? Giving the Silenced a Voice

When I explored the options Zoom provided during virtual meetings, I discovered that its Spotlight feature and the mute button were two ways to work toward learning goals and an approach focused on the whole child.

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Authored by: Garnett Booker
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Learning Joy and Resilience Through Kindergartners

We may not be able to control the spread of the virus, the changing mandates, or the inequities and social justice issues intensified by the pandemic, but we can control how much our children feel loved by us.

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Authored by: Larissa Hsia-Wong
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Walking to Joy: Using Our Values as Our Map

Over the course of this past year, there have been many inspiring lessons and joys. In this piece, I want to share my two main takeaways.

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Authored by: Kim Lee Ripley
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Young Children
December 1, 2021

But Can I Trust You? Embracing Different Perspectives (Voices)

This article explains how to cultivate trust in young children so their interactions with other children and their friendships function in healthier, stronger ways.

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Authored by: Teresa Draguicevich
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Young Children
December 1, 2021

Teaching Young Children About Disability

In this article, I explore how young children develop attitudes and understandings about disability.

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Authored by: Sue Mankiw
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Young Children
December 1, 2021

Embedded Learning Opportunities for Children with and Without Disabilities

To be effective, individualized teaching includes a child’s entire educational team—teachers, specialists, and other professionals who collect assessment information, identify learning outcomes, use instructional strategies, and monitor progress.

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Authored by: Christan G. Coogle Emily R. Lakey Jennifer R. Ottley Jennifer A. Brown Mollie K. Romano
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Young Children
Vol. 76, No. 4
December 1, 2021

Winter 2021

Individuality and Inclusive Practices for Early Childhood
Young Children is NAEYC's award-winning, peer-reviewed journal focused on educating children from birth through third grade.
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Young Children
December 1, 2021

Tearing Down Silos: A Model for Interagency Collaboration

This article shares a collaborative approach that two counties in Pennsylvania have taken to tear down the silos and instead promptly and effectively support early learning programs and staff and the children and families they serve.

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Authored by: Alison Mellott
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Rethinking Field Trips: Venturing Out to Foster Meaningful Learning

Knowing that local field trips are a source of curriculum in early childhood education, two teachers venture to a theater with their class, then engage in a project about storytelling, performance, and stages.

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Authored by: Lynette Bagwell Betsy Cahill
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Sparking Creativity with Cross-Area Play

Cross-area play is rooted in the idea that when children are given the freedom to experiment with materials in open-ended ways, their play can transform into elaborate, complex plots and offer rich developmental opportunities.

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Authored by: Lydia Minahan Jessica Byrd Sarah Dwyer Sandra Romp Layney Viets Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Now Read This: What About Children in Foster Care?

The books featured here provide a sampling of books and activities that can be used to introduce foster care and adoption into the early childhood classroom.

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Authored by: Michelle Kimmy
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