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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.
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Books to Strengthen & Energize Early Childhood ProgramsAfter the stresses and challenges of the past year, professional development is vital for early...
Self-Care Tips for Teachers: Taking Your Own AdviceEarly childhood teachers—you know how it goes! Teachers are usually so focused on making sure the...
Professional Development Engagement Strategies: Anytime ConnectorsIn her book, Lose the Lecture: Engaging Approaches to Early Childhood Professional Learning, ...
How Child-Care Leaders Can Navigate the New Child-Care LandscapeCovid-19 exacerbated and brought to light many of the issues the child-care industry has faced for...
Books for Starting & Leading a Child Care BusinessAs more families shift to both parents working outside the home, the demand for high-quality child...
About the Book–Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias ClassroomsDr. Iheoma Iruka, Research Professor of Public Policy at the University of Chapel Hill, shares the...
Lemonheads and Whoppers—Professional Development Activity on Everyday Racial and Ethnic DiversityThe purpose of the following activity from Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms is to...
Three Tips for Embracing Anti-Biased, Anti-Racist ClassroomsEven though children are resilient in the face of many adversities, early childhood professionals...
4 Suggestions for Cleaning Up Loose Parts in Your ClassroomMany educators—even those who are not “clean freaks”—are often hesitant to implement the use of...
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