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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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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

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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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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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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Subitizing game
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2016

Message in a Backpack™ Family Math Game: Subitizing

Try this activity with your child to expose them to subitizing—the ability to “see” and recognize a small number of objects and know instantly how many there are without counting!

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Authored by: Deanna Pecaski McLennan
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Child using sculpting techniques
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2016

Message in a Backpack™ Making at Home

Here are some ideas for making at home to encourage children to experiment, explore, and create!
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2012

From a Science Shelf to a Science Museum

Two Pre-K teachers planned an environment that would provoke wonder and invite children to be curious; but, what started as a science shelf changed into a science and dinosaur area, which morphed into an entire classroom dinosaur museum.

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Authored by: Jacky Howell
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