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Child's Individuality

It is important for each early childhood educator to create a learning environment that fits each individual child’s needs and abilities. Educators must pay close attention to each individual child’s needs to create this environment where everyone has access to the entire classroom.


Basic Math Skills

When we speak about basic math skills we are talking about giving the children a foundation to build upon in their future academic learning. Educators need to make sure that they are teaching children how to classify objects, how to compare and contrast different items, how to seriate and how to make specific sets of objects (Prairie, Isbell, & Raines, 2010).


Creative Art

What does art do for kids?

Why should we teach art? Why should we allow children a daily opportunity to explore through art? Ask that to 100 caregivers and teachers and you will probably get 100 different answers. I am by no means going to give you all of them, but my personal ones. Young children who are encouraged to engage and express themselves through art gain a sense of accomplishment and grow toward achieving independency and autonomy. Where ever you have a group of children, at home, at school, at Church, at a play part, anywhere, they will want to do art! Children are easily observed intensely scribbling, painting, or gluing in an art center. Children are anxious to explore their world, have experiences with materials, and understand their environment by making art. Maybe one of the most important aspects of children enjoying art is that there is no wrong or right way. It is an opportunity for them to express their own ideas and thoughts where adults shouldn’t tell them it isn’t done correctly. When we allow children the opportunity to explore through art, we are providing them the opportunity to promote the development of their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.


Philosophy of Education Theories

I have always been drawn to the philosophy of education and like to learn about the educational theorist who helped shaped what we know about early childhood education.  Many of you have already heard about Piaget or Erikson but today I want to speak about a couple of other theorist.  The more we learn about the theory of early childhood education, the more we are able to help each individual child that walks through our center doors.


The unique and essential relationship between environments and preschool education.

Just like with an infant and toddler classroom, a preschool classroom must feel safe and secure to the children that attend it. When children feel safe and secure they will be able to explore, develop, grow and learn within the classroom. The growth and change that occur during the preschool years in physical, cognitive, social and emotional development are considerable. (Copple, C. & Bredekamp, S., 2009, p. 112). Children, of any age, need an environment that is calm, loving and relaxed. The environment is not just the physical building and equipment, but also the attitude of everyone that the child comes into contact with. It is up to the teacher to make sure the environment is prepared properly with safe educational materials and a warm loving atmosphere where a child is able to explore, learn and grow.


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