Tag: child care

Art Education

The Importance of Art in Early Learning

When we observe children coloring and painting, we often think they are simply scribbling and doodling. What if I told you that some major learning and cognitive development is happening while they create art? What if I told you that children who are involved in art activities on a regular basis are four times more

Health and Safety in Childcare Settings

Starting something new isn’t always easy. Some of us as adults have a hard time starting new things so you could only imagine the feeling as a child. Preschool is fun and exciting. Also, health and safety are often a big first for both parent and child. Hunting for the right preschool isn’t always easy

Giving Children Choices

Giving Children Choices

Before working with school-age children and toddlers, I was a parent and I learned quickly it is about giving children choices. When I began working as a paraprofessional, I was given a brief training on how to handle situations that required a little extra care. They offered ideas such as setting timers, sensory walks, and

First Day of Preschool

First Day of Preschool

Starting something new isn’t always easy. Some of us as adults have a hard time starting new things so you could only imagine the feeling as a child. Preschool is often a big first for both parent and child. Hunting for the right preschool isn’t always easy for the parent with the pressure of making

Covid in Childcare Centers

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected millions of people worldwide. Covid in childcare centers has been on the mind of parents and teachers alike. Healthcare workers everywhere taking care of those patients have been themselves facing great challenges physically and mentally. Not knowing much about this new virus, healthcare workers did not know how to approach

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Fine Motor Tasks In the Classroom

There are an unlimited number of ways to include fine motor tasks into curriculum throughout the day. While in the CDA program you are required to provide an activity that you will use or have used as a teacher in a childcare setting. I wanted to provide some of my favorite, and most simple ideas

Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is a very important part of an early childhood education program. Playing outside is the a great way for children to develop their gross motor skills by running, jumping, skipping, etc.  It also helps  with developing social skills, teamwork, and imaginative play.  It allows children to use their senses to learn about the

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Dual Tasking

Hello! I have talked recently about the importance of movement in the classroom. I want to build off of that idea and talk about Dual Tasking. Some of you may have heard of this term, and for others it may be something new! The idea is in the name, there are studies that show that

The Learning Environment

A part of earning your Child Development Associate credential, is demonstrating competence in various areas. As an early childhood educator, www.cdaclass.org provides specific assignments geared for educating CDA teachers and educators in these competency areas. One such important area of focus, is the learning environment. Early childhood daycare centers and family center homes, need to