BACKGROUND: Circle time provides a prime opportunity for building young children’s academic and social skills (Benedict, Horner, & Squires, 2007). However, challenging behaviors that often arise during circle time may frustrate teachers. Although challenging behaviors can occur during any circle time activity (e.g., calendar, book reading, songs, discussions) they are …[Read more...]
Our Practitioner Note series serves to improve classroom practice, inform the teaching profession and enable teachers to have a voice in policy decisions that impact their professional lives.
BACKGROUND: Children form attachments to important adults in their lives, and these relationships are important for children’s later social and cognitive skills (NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2006), Children’s prior relationships influence the way they react to new caregivers, including early childhood educators; those who typically have their needs …[Read more...]
BACKGROUND: Potty training is a developmental milestone that can be overwhelming for children, caregivers, and educators. Children begin potty training at different ages, follow different training processes, and often have setbacks such as accidents, constipation, and regressions. It is important for caregivers and educators to offer a consistent routine and …[Read more...]
BACKGROUND: Classroom transitions occur at drop-off and several times each day, and are often challenging for young children, caregivers, and educators. These transitions can often be stressful and create anxiety, particularly for infants and toddlers. To ease this anxiety, educators and caregivers can establish routines involving positive interactions and a …[Read more...]
BACKGROUND: In part one of this two-part series, we discussed planning intentional and differentiated language and literacy learning opportunities based on children’s needs. In this second part, we focus on ways to implement these teaching goals by embedding them within naturally occurring play (e.g., Myck-Wayne, 2010). This requires that educators …[Read more...]