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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although time-out may sound effective in that it removes a child from a challenging situation, it does nothing to prepare the child for navigating such situations in the future.
Music and movement are an essential part of any early childhood program, and they can be enjoyable for children and adults alike.