Message in a Backpack

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Message in a Backpack™ is a column that appears in Teaching Young Children. Print these documents out and send them home with children as a resource for their families!

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Children planting
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2014

Message in a Backpack™ Talk It Up!

Why is a large vocabulary important for children? Because it’s linked to their reading and school success. Try these vocabulary-building ideas at home.
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Children reading a book with teacher
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2015

Message in a Backpack™ Everyone Can Be a Storyteller

In our classroom the children tell stories and act them out. Storytelling helps preschoolers learn new words and get ready to become readers and writers. To further this learning at home, invite your child to tell stories to you and other family members.
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Playing with geometric shaped blocks
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2016

Message in a Backpack™ Focus and Self-Control

Self-control and focus are both important skills for children to practice in order to succeed in school. Here are some that you and your child can do together at home.
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Colorful swings
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Teaching Young Children
August 1, 2018

Message in a Backpack™ Things Every Parent Should Know about Play

Play supports children’s learning in so many ways. Make sure your child has time to play to promote cognitive, language and literacy, physical, social, and emotional development.

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Authored by: Laurel Bongiorno
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Two teachers looking at book with student
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Message in a Backpack™ Guiding Your Child’s Behavior

Your preschooler is learning positive behaviors just like she’s learning new words and skills. It’s important 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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Two teachers looking at book with student
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Mensaje en la mochila™: Cómo guiar el comportamiento de su hijo

Este mensaje es para recortarse, fotocopiarse y enviarse a casa con los niños como recurso para los padres. Está disponible también por internet en NAEYC.org/tyc.

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Authored by: Keri Giordano
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Children blowing bubbles in field
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Mensaje en la mochila™: Receta de burbujas

Este mensaje es para recortarse, fotocopiarse y enviarse a casa con los niños como recurso para los padres. Está disponible también por internet en NAEYC.org/tyc.
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Children blowing bubbles in field
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Message in a Backpack™ Bubbles: Family Play Plan

Support your child’s learning with bubble play! Watch your child play to see what interests him. It’ll also help you figure out what questions to ask to expand his learning.
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Mom and son smiling at each other with map in background
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

Message in a Backpack™ Make Animal Music

There are lots of ways to be playful and support your child’s learning. Here are some ideas for how to connect children’s love of animals to musical exploration.

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Authored by: H. Ellie Falter
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Mom and son smiling at each other with map in background
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

Mensaje en la mochila™: Los sonidos y la música de animales

Este mensaje es para recortarse, fotocopiarse y enviarse a casa con los niños como recurso para los padres. Está disponible también por Internet en NAEYC.org/tyc.

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Authored by: H. Ellie Falter
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Mother and sons cooking a dish
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Teaching Young Children
August 1, 2017

Mensaje en la mochila™: El aprendizaje en actividades cotidianas

Este mensaje es para recortarse, fotocopiarse y enviarse a casa con los niños como recurso para los padres. Está disponible también por Internet en NAEYC.org/tyc.

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Authored by: PBS KIDS and the READY TO LEARN INITIATIVE
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