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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Preschool in the Park: Place-Based Learning in Unexpected Spaces

Place-based education uses local cultures, heritage, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences to create a curriculum in which literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, and arts learning occur in the context of place.

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Authored by: Rachel J. Franz
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Teaching Young Children
Vol. 14, No. 4
July 1, 2021

Summer 2021

Empowering Educators & Programs: A Blueprint for Excellence
Teaching Young Children is NAEYC's magazine for anyone who works with preschoolers. Colorful, informative, and easy-to-read, TYC is packed full of teaching ideas, strategies, and tips.
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Young Children
May 1, 2017

El caso de la ciencia del cerebro y el juego guiado: una historia en desarrollo

En particular, el juego libre y el juego guiado, conocidos en conjunto como aprendizaje lúdico, son herramientas pedagógicas a través de las cuales los niños pueden aprender de manera alegre y relevante.

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Authored by: Brenna Hassinger-Das Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
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Young Children
May 1, 2017

脑科学和引导式游戏的案例:正在发生的故事 The Case of Brain Science and Guided Play: A Developing Story

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Brenna Hassinger-Das Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
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Teaching Young Children
January 4, 2021

Message in a Backpack ™ Developing Your Preschooler’s Spatial Thinking

Research suggests that preschoolers’ early mathematics learning—including spatial-thinking skills—is related to later success in both reading and math. Here are some tips for supporting your preschooler’s spatial thinking!

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Authored by: Ashley Lewis Presser Jillian Orr Daglilar Mollie Levin
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Teaching Young Children
January 4, 2021

Navigating Spatial Learning with Preschoolers

Mathematics activities can contribute to later success in both math and reading, but activities focused on math and spatial learning can also be really fun and playful for young children—and for their teachers!

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Authored by: Ashley Lewis Presser Danae Kamdar Ximena Dominguez
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Teaching Young Children
September 16, 2020

Ask Hello. Play in the Age of COVID

If your center is operating fairly “normal,” what have you noticed during play? Are children talking about COVID? Do they interact the same way as before?
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Cover of the October/November issue of TYC featuring teaching in a classroom with two children.
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Teaching Young Children
Vol. 14, No. 1
September 16, 2020

October/November 2020

Partnering with Families, Helping Children through Change
TYC October/November 2020 issue
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September 4, 2020

Supporting Relationships with Puppets, Books, and Self-Care

Our commitment to partnering with families has not changed. We are providing remote services that prioritize relationships and we are connecting with families using social media, sending weekly text messages to all, and reaching out to each family.

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Authored by: Shannon C. M. Banks
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