Face-to-face communication develops language in young children. Face-to-screen does not.
Loose Parts: Simple Materials, Big Outcomes
What are loose parts? Simple, movable, open-ended, engaging, imaginative, and creative materials that produce major outcomes! There are endless possibilities and benefits of implementing loose parts into your classroom and outside on the playground. Check out some natural loose parts to include in your learning environment.
Loose Parts: Simple Materials, Big Outcomes
What are loose parts? Simple, movable, open-ended, engaging, imaginative, and creative materials that produce major outcomes! There are endless possibilities and benefits of implementing loose parts into your classroom and outside on the playground. Check out some synthetic loose parts to include in your learning environment.
Looking for ideas when writing curriculum for your early childhood classroom? Check out 10 of my favorite “go-to” resources. This is not an all-inclusive list, but these are books I use often and recommend frequently.
Why are process-based experiences important? Watch and discover how open-ended experiences such as process-based art can help enhance skills and get children ready for kindergarten.
How do I help my child get ahead academically? How can I make sure my child is on track academically? The answer will surprise you! Let them play! Discover how playing supports all domains of child development and helps prepare your child for school!
I love this video. I share it a lot. I mean A LOT! If you haven’t seen it yet, take time and watch as Dr. Peter Gray so eloquently explains how the decline of play increases anxiety, depression, and narcissism in children and adolescents.
I get asked frequently by parents of young children how can they help their child get ahead? My answer is play. Just let them play. Encourage play. Allow for good, old fashioned, screen-free play. Unfortunately, it is not the answer everyone is looking for. It seems too simple to be true. As a result, children are not getting the opportunities they need and deserve to play and because of that, they are actually lagging behind. Don’t believe me? Watch the video!
How do I find a preschool that teaches my child to write?
As parents, we always want to ensure our children are adequately prepared for school if not ahead. One of the criteria we look for involves teaching children how to write their names and the alphabet. Although this is important and is a skill that is eventually needed in elementary school, learning to create a story and a message and then convey it to paper is just as important and is learned best through play. With this video, discover standards to look for in preschools as well as questions to ask the school administration and staff about their approach to the writing process.
Other information pertaining to looking for developmentally appropriate preschools:
- The 10 NAEYC Program Standards
- What to look for in a program
- 10 Things Every Parent Should Know about Play
- Choosing a Preschool or Childcare Center
I wrote this a couple years ago in response to teachers working with children birth to five expressing to me their desire to be so seen as so much more than just a “day care worker”. I know the pain when someone tells you that you are not a real teacher. This is for all of the hard, dedicated professionals who work with young children. You are “So Much More”!
So Much More
Please don’t tell that I am just
a babysitter or
just a day care worker or
not a real teacher, because
I am so much more.
What I do is important.
It is integral and
it is vital.
I am passionate.
I am loving.
I am nurturing.
I am caring and
I am purposeful.
I can explain the purpose of
my room arrangement,
my lesson plans, and
the purpose of my activities.
I can identify the
long term benefits
of everything I do – because I am that good!
When you ask me why your child has not achieved an unrealistic goal yet,
I debunk the earlier is better myth because
I am knowledgeable about
developmentally appropriate practices,
early learning, and
life success, and
I understand PLAY!
I understand PLAY so much that I embrace
out of the box thinking and
Yes – I embrace everything PLAY promotes!
I allow child-directed learning as it enhances
You are probably wondering what I am doing while the children are playing.
Let me tell you,
connect with the children, and
strong bodies, because
We must develop the whole child!
I am qualified.
I am educated.
I am experienced.
I am skilled.
I am career oriented.
You may call me teacher.
You may call me early childhood educator.
You may call me early learning specialist.
You may call me child development guru – because I am that good.
But please don’t call me
Just a babysitter,
Just a day care worker, or
Not a real teacher.
Because I am so much more!
And those labels do not encompass
THE PROFESSIONAL THAT I AM.
Stacy Benge, M.S.