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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2018

Advancing Equity: Playful Ways to Extend Math Learning at Home

Giving young children lots of meaningful and enriching math experiences, both in school and at home, can build a firm foundation for later math learning.

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Authored by: Jessica Mercer Young, Kristen E. Reed
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2018

Preschool Play Plans: Creativity with Cardboard

These are ideas for open-ended indoor and outdoor activities that use inexpensive or free materials—bubbles, mud, chalk, playdough, and cardboard boxes. The activities are appropriate for preschoolers of all abilities.

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Authored by: Blakely Bundy, ​Diane E. Levin, members of TRUCE
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Blog
November 5, 2018

What’s Play All About? Children’s Museums Weigh In

As members of the Children’s Museum Research Network, we helped conduct a study to examine how children’s museums position themselves around play.

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Authored by: Nicole R. Rivera, Alix Tonsgard
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Young Children
November 1, 2018

From Puddles to Pigeons: Learning about Nature in Cities

Parents, educators, and other primary caregivers might not realize that a small patch of grass, a single tree, and a walk to the store are opportunities to observe nature, generate questions, and conduct experiments to find answers.

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Authored by: Marion Goldstein, Lisa Famularo, Jamie Kynn
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Blog
November 13, 2018

Five Easy Ways to Build Authentic and Genuine Relationships

The easiest way to help support effective behavior management is through authentic relationships with your students. Here are some ideas you can use to build real relationships with children and families in your program.

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Authored by: Colleen Schmit
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2018

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 & discussed at a family conference) shows the strengths, progress, and goals of Aiden, who is 3.5 years old.

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Authored by: Marlen Murray, Dionne Gibson, Daniela Arbizzi
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2018

4 Quick Reminders as You Plan for Family Conferences

Whether you’re a seasoned teacher or this is 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
October 1, 2018

Message from Rhian

Now is the perfect time to get to know more deeply the children and families we serve and to form shared goals for children’s learning and development.

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Authored by: Rhian Evans Allvin
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Padre y hijo
Article
Young Children
September 1, 2018

Formar conexiones. La obligación profesional de valorar a familias

Los educadores de la primera infancia pueden cumplir estas responsabilidades profesionales solamente recurriendo al conocimiento y la pericia que tienen las familias acerca de sus niños individuales.

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Authored by: Rhian Evans Allvin
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Young Children
September 1, 2018

Learning from Birth: Ontario’s EarlyON Child and Family Centres

EarlyON Child and Family Centres are free drop-in centers in Ontario, Canada, for children birth to 6 years of age, along with their parents or other caregivers.

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Authored by: Deanna Pecaski McLennan, Clara Howitt
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Young Children
September 1, 2018

Engaging Extended Family and Friends in Young Children’s Education

Our Reggio-inspired lab school, experiments with ways to connect extended family and friends to the school’s everyday practices, curricula, and philosophy.

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Authored by: Will Parnell, Ellie Justice, Laure Pearson Patrick
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