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 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:
How does play teach my child to write?
Play is the best way to prepare young children for kindergarten. It is amazing the educational skills learned when playing including the ability to write and create stories. Explore how dramatic play, block play, and outside play all provide opportunities for young children to develop creative storytelling skills needed to be successful writers in the elementary, middle, and high school years.
When will my child be able to write?
As parents and teachers, we are all concerned about teaching our children to write; however, before children can write, they must have several foundational skills in place including understanding print carries meaning and conveys a message. Learn ways to promote the writing process with young children and ways we can ensure they are properly developing skills to be successful in school.
So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing by Judith Schickedanz & Molly F. Collins
Learning about Language and Literacy in Preschool (A NAEYC publication)
Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing