Literacy is important in preschool because the attitude toward reading and writing that children develop during their early years as they interact with language and books is a critical aspect of emerging literacy.
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Cooking with Children: Overnight Oats
Exploring food through smell, taste, sight, and touch is an important part of children’s development. Exposing children to new flavors and textures is beneficial, and engaging in a fun cooking activity can help little ones feel more confident when trying something new. Interested in learning how to create a fun learning experience with overnight oats?
What is a Personal Philosophy Statement?
Do you want to learn more about what a personal philosophy statement is for your CDA Professional Portfolio? And what you should include in it? After you collect your resources and reflective statements of competence, you are ready for the last step in creating your CDA professional portfolio.
What is Baby Sign Language?
Between 9 and 13 months of age, infants can begin associating certain gestures with objects, events, or needs and using these gestures to communicate with other people. Both parties benefit when adults work with infants and toddlers to establish a consistent system of mutually understood nonverbal communication.
Top Reasons to Be a Childcare Provider
The other day our team was discussing the challenges of working in childcare (the low pay! the stress! the parents!) and also the many reasons to be a childcare provider.
We started to list all the wonderful, magical reasons to spend days with children and began reviewing messages from our students. We found more and more positive responses and reasons to be a childcare professional, and our list turned into this blog.
Finger painting is a fun, open-ended activity appropriate for children at any stage of motor development. There is no right or wrong way to finger paint. Every child is a successful finger painter!
Creative Art Activities for Children
When you think of art activities for young children, do you think of coloring books with printed images? Or projects where children attempt to copy a sample created by an adult? Often in these situations, an adult instructs children in creating a desired outcome or product. These types of activities are product-focused. They do not encourage children’s creativity or exploration.
How to become a PD Specialist
The term PD Specialist stands for “Professional Development Specialist,” a trademark of the Council for Professional Recognition (also called the CDA Council). PD Specialists are early childhood professionals who use their ECE expertise to assess CDA Credential candidates’ competencies.
Fun Indoor Activities to Do with Kids
Are you looking for fun indoor activities for kids and young children in child care or at home? We know that caregivers are always looking for new activities that will spark children’s imagination. Try out some of the below art activities and physical activities for kids, and let us know how they go!
Free Online Child Care Training Course: Playing Outdoors
Play offers many benefits for young children, and the outdoors offers limitless possibilities for children’s play. As a result, outdoor play is important even when the weather isn’t perfect.