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INSIGHTS & INSPIRATIONS

If you teach or take care of young children ages five and under, understanding how their brains develop is essential in helping children learn. Having that knowledge can help you better choose activities for children to engage in while also helping you understand why the timing of certain simple interactions can be so important. In the first of this month's featured Insights and Inspirations articles, we share a primer from Jill Stamm, PhD, on how brain development occurs from back to front, inside to outside, bottom to top, and right to left. Read More...
Do you find it challenging to get parents involved in the classroom? Is it difficult to take into account everyone's busy schedules when planning family engagement events? In the second of this month's featured Insights and Inspirations articles, we discuss how you can help parents with busy schedules and parents with financial struggles become more involved in the classroom and their children's education. We discuss several ideas from Anne Barbour, PhD, to help you think outside of the box when it comes to parental involvement and family engagement. Read More...

Challenging Behaviors

Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Prevention Techniques to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Whether a child hits others, uses ...Continue Reading...

Classroom Setup

Choosing an Educational Carpet or Rug
Educational carpets and area rugs can help brighten your classroom or child care center and make the space more ...Continue Reading...

Current Issues

Addressing Bullying In Schools
Recent social movements resulting from teen suicides and traumatic school shootings have brought increased attention ...Continue Reading...

Engineering

Engineering and Design Learning Opportunities
Whether it's a sandcastle or a miniature replica of a famous building, children love to build things. Giving ...Continue Reading...

Faith-Based Programs

Creating a Faith-Based Learning Environment for Children
Creating a calm, safe learning environment is essential to children's overall growth and development. The colors you ...Continue Reading...

Family Engagement

Dealing with Challenging Family Members
As an educator, you are undoubtedly going to feel frustrated with the parents and family members of the children in ...Continue Reading...

Furniture

Choosing an Educational Carpet or Rug
Educational carpets and area rugs can help brighten your classroom or child care center and make the space more ...Continue Reading...

Inclusive Classroom

Supporting Children with Autism
Children who are diagnosed with autism or another type of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with social ...Continue Reading...

Instructional Strategies

Adding Rigor to Gardening Projects
Gardening provides a variety of hands-on, project-based learning experiences for elementary students. Adding rigor ...Continue Reading...

Literacy

Designing Your Classroom Reading Area
How you set up your classroom reading area will ultimately affect how successful reading time is for your students. ...Continue Reading...

Math

Explaining Daylight Saving Time to Children
Explaining why time changes two times each year in many countries and in most of the United States is a part of ...Continue Reading...

Miscellaneous

Criteria for Choosing Items for Children's Use
As a teacher, picking out new items for your classroom is always exciting (and a little nerve wracking). You want to ...Continue Reading...

Outdoor Spaces

Adding Rigor to Gardening Projects
Gardening provides a variety of hands-on, project-based learning experiences for elementary students. Adding rigor ...Continue Reading...

School Readiness

Helping Kids Avoid Summer Learning Loss
The word "summer" invokes images of vacations, spending time with family and friends, and outdoor ...Continue Reading...

Science

Educating Children About Weather and Climate
Children are often scared of thunderstorms, but they love jumping in puddles of water and looking at rainbows after ...Continue Reading...

Social & Emotional Development

Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Prevention Techniques to Address Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Whether a child hits others, uses ...Continue Reading...

STEM

Using Block Play to Promote STEM
Block play has long been a favorite learning center in preschool classrooms and child care centers, but it can also ...Continue Reading...

Teaching Tools

Celebrating Birthdays in the Classroom
How do you celebrate students' birthdays in your classroom? Is there a monthly party for the children with birthdays ...Continue Reading...

Technology

Using Cameras and Video Cameras as Learning Tools
Do you use cameras and video cameras to facilitate learning and support family engagement in your elementary ...Continue Reading...

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