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About the Book: Early Childhood Director’s Guide to Solving Everyday Challenges
Early Childhood Program Directors have to wear many hats on any given day. Whether they're filling in for one of the toddler classrooms or they're having to do maintenance to repair something that has broken in the center, early childhood directors face a wide array of challenges. If you don’t have a clear handle on these, your day could be full of frustration.
In The Early Childhood Director’s Guide to Solving Everyday Challenges, author Thomasa Bond, EdD, seeks to alleviate these frustrations by sharing positive resolutions to real-world scenarios that have occurred at actual child care centers. Learn more about her new book below and how directors can avoid mistakes, oversights, and incidents by learning through others’ mistakes.
Self-Care Tips for Teachers: Taking Your Own Advice
Teachers are usually so focused on making sure the young children in their classrooms are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy that this leaves little time to check in with their own physical, mental, and emotional state. While teachers are constantly advising children on how to regulate their emotions, they sometimes can forget to take their own advice! Cathryn O’Sullivan, EdM, author of School-to-Home Connections: Simple Strategies for Early Childhood Educators, shares quick self-care tips for teachers that they can do in their classrooms with their kiddos without having to think too deeply about implementation.
Why Nature Engagement Increases Quality of Life for Children of Differing Abilities
The belonging and connection found in nature is important for all children, but perhaps especially important for children of differing abilities. Ruth Wilson, PhD, author of Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors shares why nature serves as a strong contributor to quality of life for children of differing abilities.
Rituals to Ease Transitions for Young Children
Dr. Sandra Duncan, coauthor of Inspiring Spaces for Young Children and author of Through a Child’s Eyes: How Classroom Design Inspires Learning and Wonder, discusses three ritual-related activities that can aid children in their transition back into the classroom. When returning to the classroom from an extended holiday break, many children can experience a feeling of disruption and displacement. Rituals and recurring activities can help children gain a sense of stability and predictability, ultimately making their transitions back to school less stressful. Through Duncan’s recommended exercises, children can regain their sense of structure and belonging within the classroom.
3 Tips for Transition Times with Young ChildrenRae Pica, author of Teachable Transitions: 190 Activities to Move from Morning Circle to the End...
Books for Smooth Transitions in Early ChildhoodAny parent, caregiver, or early childhood professional knows that transition times can be tough...
How to Create Inviting, Interesting, & Intriguing Classroom Environments for Deeper EngagementChildren learn by investigating and exploring the world around them, so we need to make sure that...
3 Steps to Creating a Snuggly Classroom Nest for Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year-OldsClassroom learning environments can have a huge impact on the ways children learn, develop skills,...
Books for Creating Quality Care and Learning Environments for Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year-OldsChild-care environments as well as caregiver-child interactions play an extremely important role...
3 Ideas for Creating Nurturing Spaces for Seclusion in the Early Childhood ClassroomSometimes early childhood classrooms can be noisy and overstimulating to young children, leading...
School Reopening: Addressing Behavioral Challenges by Updating School-Wide Discipline PoliciesIn this guest post, Sascha Longstreth, PhD and Sarah Garrity, PhD, co-authors of Effective...
Cooling Down Strategy for Teachers: Pushing Past ItIn those moments when you face challenging behaviors in the classroom, pushing yourself is crucial....
PANEL DISCUSSION: Racism and Implicit Bias in Early Childhood ProgramsWhat If Early Childhood Educators Changed the World? With the recent horrific events related to...
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