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|Attachment: Supporting Parent Child Relationships and Separation
|During Part 4 of our series on attachment, Dr. Mary Harrison shifts the focus of our conversation to the topic of separation, and ways early childhood educators promote parent child relationships during arrivals and departures.
|Curriculum from the Perspective of Infants and Toddlers: Part Three
|In part 3 of this three part series of podcasts on infant and toddler curriculum, Cindy Croft, Priscilla Weigel and Beth Menninga describe three important learning contexts and the use of a cycle of planning, observing and adapting to implement curriculum.
|Curriculum from the Perspective of Infants and Toddlers: Part Two
|In Part 2 of this three part series of podcasts on infant and toddler curriculum, Cindy Croft, Priscilla Weigel and Beth Menninga describe how three key developmental tasks can inform curriculum planning.
|10 Routines That Will Strengthen a Parent-Child Relationship
|We all crave those close moments with our children that melt our hearts. Connection is as essential to us as it is to our children. When our relationship is strong, it's also sweet, so we receive as much as we give. That's what makes parenting worth all the sacrifices. Researchers remind us that we need five positive interactions to each negative interaction to keep a relationship healthy. Here are ten that don't add time to your day, but do add connection.
|10 Things Every Child Needs (Videos)
|At birth, an infant's brain is only 25 percent of the size of an average adult's brain. Incredibly, by age 3, a child's brain has grown to 90 percent of that an adult's brain. During infancy and early childhood, children are flooded with new experiences that impact their brain development. The first 3 years of a child's life offer parents and other caregivers an amazing opportunity to shape the child's growth and form healthy habits that will last a lifetime. This site offers 10 videos discussing ways to facilitate child development from birth to three.
|11 Tips for Teaching Preschool Online
|"From scavenger hunts to obstacle courses to read-alouds, many activities from the classroom can be adapted for little kids learning from home." Here are some great ideas from Jessica Young at Edutopia.
|12 Ways to Support Language Development with Infants and Toddlers
|This short, sweet list is a helpful resource for families and early care and education professionals.
|15 Adorable Facts About How Babies Learn
|This article, in Mental Floss, offered this and other insights: "A 2012 study of 1-year-old infants found that interactive music classes lead to better communication. The babies learned to play percussion instruments and sing songs with their parents in an early music class. Compared with a control group, these children showed a greater sensitivity to musical structures and tones, along with better early communication skills like waving goodbye or pointing to an object they wanted."
|20+ Halloween Activities for Toddlers
|Looking for activity ideas for toddlers? Check out this website for some fun ideas.
|4 Books That Inspire Algebraic Thinking in Young Children
|"When someone says something like algebra begins in pre-kindergarten (or before), immediately others may begin to question their sanity. But the foundations of algebraic thinking do begin with core concepts that take shape early, such as comparing and ordering objects or patterns and the rules they are governed by." Check out this great resource from the Erikson Institute Early Math Collaborative.