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Teaching Young Children (TYC)—NAEYC's award-winning magazine for classroom educators—highlights current thinking on best practices in early childhood education, innovations in the field, research and its implications, and interesting ideas for and from preschool teachers.

 

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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Rethinking Field Trips: Venturing Out to Foster Meaningful Learning

Knowing that local field trips are a source of curriculum in early childhood education, two teachers venture to a theater with their class, then engage in a project about storytelling, performance, and stages.

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Authored by: Lynette Bagwell Betsy Cahill
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Sparking Creativity with Cross-Area Play

Cross-area play is rooted in the idea that when children are given the freedom to experiment with materials in open-ended ways, their play can transform into elaborate, complex plots and offer rich developmental opportunities.

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Authored by: Lydia Minahan Jessica Byrd Sarah Dwyer Sandra Romp Layney Viets Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Now Read This: What About Children in Foster Care?

The books featured here provide a sampling of books and activities that can be used to introduce foster care and adoption into the early childhood classroom.

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Authored by: Michelle Kimmy
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Stepping Back to Nurture

Stepping back from children’s play, rather than always inserting ourselves into it, gives us time to intentionally observe, listen to, and record children as they play.

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Authored by: Krystina Tapia Emma Pickering Jesse Robert Coffino
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Using Nature Contact to Support Children Under Stress

Contact with nature can help mitigate the negative effects of stress. Through nature-based encounters, we can provide children with strategies to use while they are in our care and beyond.

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Authored by: Becky L. DelVecchio Susan Ferguson Wesley Knapp
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Exploring Nature Indoors with Observational Drawing and Scientific Thinking

One valuable way we can support children’s exploration of nature is by teaching them how to observe carefully and create observational drawings, which encourage children to understand and question their world.

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Authored by: Kendra Nenia Melissa Clucas Walter
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this months feature teacher, anshu williams
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Feature Teacher: Anshu Williams

Anshu Williams is a lead preschool teacher at Active Louisville Kids in Louisville, Colorado, where she has worked with children and families for 10 years.
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Message from Rhian

Throughout the past year and a half, as early childhood educators innovated within their learning communities and beyond their programs' walls, many have rediscovered the possibilities of outdoor and nature-based experiences.

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Authored by: Rhian Evans Allvin
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Teaching Young Children
Vol. 14, No. 5
September 1, 2021

Fall 2021

Nature Learning Indoors and Out
TYC Fall 2021 issue
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Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Message from the TYC Editorial Team

The Fall 2021 issue features articles on encouraging risks in nature play to empower children, using outdoor play as a form of support for children under stress, incorporating cross-area play into your classroom setting, and more.
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

DAP With Apps and Other Tech Tools: Making Choices that Make Sense for Preschoolers

Tablets, apps, and other digital technology can help children learn—as long as you carefully plan the content, and monitor how children use them. Read on for ideas for using apps and other digital technology in your classroom!

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Authored by: Jennifer Garrette Lisy Kathleen A. Paciga Mary Quest
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Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2021

Building Reciprocal Relationships with Communities

Building relationships with the community has multiple benefits: Your organization or school builds name recognition and a positive reputation; you are informed of local events and community resources; and your organization’s credibility is enhanced.

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Authored by: Ludmila Battista
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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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