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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2019

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

Schools like Tiny Trees that offer place-based education rely on the surrounding landscape to teach life skills, such as staying warm and contributing to the community.

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Authored by: Rachel J. Franz
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Young Children
March 1, 2019

A Guided, Exploration-Based Visual Arts Program for Preschoolers

This article describes a program that combines exploratory art experiences with intentional teaching moments and offers suggestions for how teachers can organize their own programs.

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Authored by: X. Christine Wang Keely Benson Corinne Eggleston Bin Lin
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Summer Learning

This summer, discover learning activities for the classroom and explore resources to add to your teaching toolbox and enhance your professional development.
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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
February 1, 2019

Start StoryMaking to Join the Maker Movement

StoryMaking is a fun and easy way to introduce the maker movement to early learners.

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Authored by: Robin Chappele Thompson Michelle Compton
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2019

Getting the Most out of Your Mud Kitchen

Read our top tips for getting the most out of mud play in your setting.

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Authored by: Claire Martin
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Blog
January 2, 2019

Spotlight on Games—Kindness Rocks!

As early childhood educators, we often have stories to tell about our own children as we play and learn with them at home. Here is a story from Julia Luckenbill about her family’s experiences with a rock hiding and finding activity.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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January 1, 2019

Serious Fun: How Guided Play Extends Children's Learning

Guided play is a powerful tool educators can use to help preschoolers and kindergartners learn essential knowledge and skills in the context of playful situations.

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Authored by: Marie L. Masterson Holly Bohart
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Father and daughter doing math activities
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2018

Message in a Backpack™ Fun, Easy Ways to Play with Math at Home رسالة في حقيبة الظهر™ - طرق مسلية وسهلة للعب بالرياضيات في المنزل

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: Jessica Mercer Young Kristen E. Reed
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2018

Preschool Play Plans: Creativity with Cardboard

These are ideas for open-ended indoor and outdoor activities that use inexpensive or free materials—bubbles, mud, chalk, playdough, and cardboard boxes. The activities are appropriate for preschoolers of all abilities.

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Authored by: Blakely Bundy ​Diane E. Levin members of TRUCE
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