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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2020

Will You Pass the Peas, Please?

I hope to encourage more teachers to use family-style dining as part of their daily intentional teaching.

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Authored by: Nikki Waldron
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2020

Message in a Backpack ™ Nature Play with Sensitive Children

What happens when your child is sensitive to touching natural objects? Use these ideas to spark indoor and outdoor nature play.

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Authored by: Becky L. DelVecchio, Susan Ferguson
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Young Children
March 1, 2020

Farm to Early Care and Education: Growing Healthy Eaters, Classrooms, and Communities

The farm to early care and education initiative includes a variety of strategies that encourage the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and food-based learning activities that promote children’s health and well-being.

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Authored by: Christine Lux, Lacy Stephens
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Teacher helps a boy jump over buckets on a playground
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2020

Healthy Habits

It’s never too early to have conversations about good nutrition.

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Authored by: Lillie F. Geiger, Elizabeth Mirth, Jennefer Gehringer
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Young children in a classroom exercising
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2019

9x: Easy Ways to Integrate Math in the Gym and Beyond!

With a few simple tools—dice, rulers, number lines, and spinners—children can infuse math into big body activities. Here are nine easy activities for integrating math in the gym and beyond!

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Authored by: Deanna Pecaski McLennan
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Three girls playing in leaves
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February 6, 2019

Nature-Based Mindfulness for More Calm & Peaceful Kids

As children explore and observe nature, they become more aware of, and empathetic to, the plants and animals who share the natural world. Try these nature-based mindful activities indoors or outdoors with your tots!

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Authored by: Monica Wiedel-Lubinski
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2018

Children Can Wiggle and Learn

When we find ourselves thinking that sitting and learning go hand in hand for children, we should reflect on our own experiences and remember just how hard sitting can be.

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Authored by: Rae Pica
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child's hands kneading playdough
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2018

Preschool Play Plans: Playdough

Playdough is a fun, easy, budget-friendly material for helping children work on math and literacy skills and get creative.

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Authored by: Blakely Bundy, ​Diane E. Levin, members of TRUCE
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Bringing Active Play Indoors

Increasing core strength and hand–eye coordination can help preschoolers improve their gross motor abilities. Consider these activities for bringing active play inside!

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Authored by: Lisa Mufson Bresson
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Four children playing on tire swing
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Swings!

Back and forth, back and forth—the swings on our school playground are always in use. But did you know that swinging is much more than just fun? There are many benefits that make swinging an important childhood activity.

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Authored by: Condie Ward
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Healthy Young Children: A Manual for Programs, Fifth Edition
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January 1, 2012

Healthy Young Children: A Manual for Programs, Fifth Edition

Promotes the health, nutrition, physical activity, and safety of children, staff members, and families. Includes standards, procedures, and resources like sample forms, letters, and checklists.

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Authored by: Susan S. Aronson
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Three children eating lunch
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

11x: Keys to Supporting Children with Allergies

Allergies are very common among preschool children, so it’s important to know about different ones and how to support the children in your care.

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Authored by: Jeanne Galbraith
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Affordable Fitness Fun
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January 1, 2014

Affordable Fitness Fun

Incorporate fitness into the daily routine

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Authored by: Melanie Hope Greenberg
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