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 Ideas

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. 

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.

How to Manage Stress in Childcare

When a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion aris­es, it can feel over­whelm­ing to man­age it on top of your reg­u­lar day-to-day respon­si­bil­i­ties. By iden­ti­fy­ing the source of stress and being strate­gic with your prob­lem solv­ing, you can help avoid stress­ful sit­u­a­tions in the future and become more effi­cient at man­ag­ing stress.

The Benefits of Play in Early Childhood

Play accel­er­ates children’s brain devel­op­ment and pro­motes learn­ing in all domains. You can play an impor­tant role in pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of children’s play by select­ing appro­pri­ate play mate­ri­als, pro­vid­ing an excit­ing learn­ing envi­ron­ment, and being respon­sive to children’s interests.

Music and Movement Activities for Children

Music and move­ment are an essen­tial part of any ear­ly child­hood pro­gram, and they can be enjoy­able for chil­dren and adults alike. 

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