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Early Childhood Education

Giving Up The Hippo

Early Childhood Education
She's used more than the kettle and has been on adventures far and wide. She is both loved to death and mistreated having had her insides lovingly pulled out, and no longer shows any signs that once she was beautiful and fluffy. She smells most of the time and wears texta on her nose like a badge of honor. She has been dressed in everything from Barbie clothes to tissues, and is affectionately known, as "Hippo". If your child has that much loved "thing" like mine, you too may of wondered how long this will last. Is it something we should be discouraging, or should we simply be giving in to the much loved "thing" err Hippo?Kids who have ended up with that beloved "thing" picked up their interest and attachment for varied reasons. For some kids it has been inspired by a much loved TV charact...

Teaching Values to Kids

Early Childhood Education
Teaching values to children is an important part of a parent's responsibility.Setting aside one evening each week is one way that families can teach values.Following are ideas for preparing a family value lesson. A sample lesson using the value of empathy is also included.Preparing for a Family Value Lesson1. Set the evening aside well ahead of time. This allows everyone to clear his or her schedule. You may want to pick one night a week or a month and permanently plan it in your schedule.2. Choose a value to teach. You can choose the value or let your children suggest ideas.3. Find materials that correspond with the value such as stories and games. Places to search for resources might be:· Theological lesson manual · Faith based stories for children · The Internet · Children's magazines ·...

How to Organize Your Home for Educational Success

Early Childhood Education
Parents need to organize their homes to be conducive to an educational environment for their children. Homes that are conducive to education have developed an environment that will increase the academic preparedness for their children. In our society, children need all the advantages necessary to become well-educated and if children can start the journey from home, all the better.We all realize that the examples we give to our children can play a major part in what kind of person they grow up to be. If we set good examples for our children, hopefully they will observe and learn from those examples. Since parents set the first examples for their children, why not set an example of maintaining a well-organized home that has an educational environment.Parents should realize there may be a dir...

Calming the First Day of School Jitters

Early Childhood Education
As we look towards the end of summer, for many families September brings a big transition as children head off to school. For some kids the first day of school is anticipated with trepidation. How can parents calm the first day of school jitters?- Play act Playing school is a wonderful way to role-play and act out some of the scenarios your child may encounter. You can play the role of teacher or your child can play with an older friend. This positions school as something to look forward to and something that the "big kids" get to do. It's a chance to practice working on problems, reading, and raising your hand to answer questions. Making school seem fun means that it becomes something to look forward to rather than fear.- Take a dry run The unknown can loom large in your child's mind....

10 Tips For Completing School Mission Projects

Early Childhood Education
Why do teachers send home big projects for kids to do, like missions and solar systems? These really aren't projects for the kids... it's just more homework for parents! Well, my son had to do a mission, and after lots of glue, paint, small plants, dirt, and scraps of construction paper all over the place, I think we did a fairly decent job...A few tips I recommend:I DO NOT recommend buying the 'mission' kit... they really suck! Some of the solar system kits are alright, but you have to take out Pluto because, unlike how we were taught in school, it is no longer a planet?!?! Before beginning a mission project, make sure you know which mission it is and you can even look up pictures of what it looks like online! Isn't it amazing what technology allows us to do these days? I do recommend jus...

Preparing Your Child For Reading

Early Childhood Education
The primary goal of reading instruction is not simply the recognition of letters and their sounds but understanding the relationship of the words to their meanings.It's clear that literacy is a process that involves a long period of conditioning and practice and is best served by introducing a child to reading long before formal schooling begins. Development of strong vocabulary and an awareness of narrative are evident in children who have experienced the stimulation of being read to by someone, from an early age. Both subtle and sophisticated concepts of language such as phoneme awareness, diction and pronunciation are more easily absorbed by children who are frequently read to, starting when they are quite young.Studies have also shown that when a parent takes the time to sit with their...

Grading and Kindergarten

Early Childhood Education
Do any quick research on the subject of grading in kindergarten and you'll find lots of articles proclaiming kindergarten to be the new first grade.The latest report comes from researchers for EdPolicyWorks, the center on education police and workforce competitiveness at the University of Virginia. Researchers there say the increased emphasis on accountability led to meaningful changes in the kindergarten experience. So what does that mean? The researchers say they are seeing a transformation at the kindergarten level to where academic skill-building has become the focal point in kindergarten classrooms. Researchers go on to say that this really wasn't the case prior to the late 1990's.The study at the University of Virginia showed that in 1998, 31 percent of kindergarten teachers thought ...

What You Need to Know About Auditory Processing Disorder

Early Childhood Education
Children may suffer from different conditions that prevent them from learning like other people. With that said, you should learn about the different types of learning disorders. Some of the most common types of learning disorders include autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger's syndrome, and attention deficit disorder (ADD).These learning disorders differ in many ways, but one thing they have in common is auditory processing problems. One of the most prevalent types of auditory processing problems is APD.What is APD?Auditory processing disorder or APD is a general term for different disorders that affect the way the brain processes auditory information. People with APD usually have normal structures and functions of their outer, middle, and inner ear. The problem, however, is that they can...

Benefits of Playing With Educational Games

Early Childhood Education
Various educational games for children can be found in the market nowadays. Nearly all youngsters relish the challenge of engaging in these kinds of games, and the process of participating in some of the activities may actually make them wiser and much more capable.Especially for small children, board games and different types of educational games that invite physical interaction play an essential part in enhancing and improving motor skills. Games which often promote manual dexterity and improve sense of balance help little ones coordinate the body with the brain and try out how the two entities cooperate. State-of-the-art video and electronic-game systems also have the advantage of developing hand-eye coordination and visual focus.According to a medical doctor in Boston, interactive game...

Preschool Or Day Care

Early Childhood Education
Educational institutions that provide instruction to preschool children should be forbidden to use the term "daycare". I am sure if you asked around, people would tell you that they associate "daycare" with babysitting. According to Dictionary.com, babysitting is "to take charge of a child while the parent is temporarily away". Anyone can babysit. Sometimes, even a television can become a sort of babysitter. Once you use the word school, the mindset is different. It implies teaching and learning. After working in both preschool and daycare programs, I became increasingly frustrated with the attitudes of some of the families of my students. A good preschool program is more than babysitting. The primary goal of a preschool program should teach a child to be independent; able to do many life ...