Benefits of Gardening with Young Children

Engaging senses: Gardening can be a great activity for engaging all five senses.  What does the dirt feel like on their hands?  How does it feel if you add water to the dirt?  What color is the parsley?  Do you hear the fruit crunch when you chew it?  How does the fruit smell and taste? Encourage Healthier Eating: Children are more likely to pick healthier options when they grow it themselves.  They can sample the fruit or vegetable right from the garden, or you could try a simple recipe that you can make in your classroom. Fine Motor Development: When the kids are picking up little seeds or pulling weeds, that is a great benefit to their fine motor development. […]

Going Green

Why is recycling so important, even for young children? Recycling helps keep our planet safe. Trash like plastic bottles that sit in landfills often contain chemicals that can harm the earth. Here are some helpful tips to teach young children the importance of recycling: Make a plan. Teach them about the most important items that should be recycled and why, for example, plastic bottles.  Show them how and where they should be recycled.  Talk about different items within your classroom that can be recycled. Starting Early. Teach the children in your classroom to recycle early.  Encourage them to look for the recycle symbol on products to help them become aware of what can and can’t be recycled. Make it Enjoyable. […]

Five Senses of Diversity

Some topics can be easier or harder to explain to young children.  With different examples and the help of the five senses, young children can really start to understand diversity.  This lesson is great to use to transition to future Black History Month topics. Sight First, using a brown egg, a white egg, and your sense of sight, ask the children what the difference is between the two eggs.  Ask what they think will happen when you open them up. Will the brown egg have a brown yolk and will the white egg have a white yolk?  Crack open the eggs to discover that on the inside they are both the same! Touch Moving on to the sense of touch, […]

Goal Setting for Professional Advancement

This past year, COVID-19 caused many of us to slow down, with social events postponed, family events canceled, and the closing of many of our favorite stores, restaurants, and places to go. Perhaps you used some of this down-time to reflect on your career and where you hope to take it. Did you find yourself pondering a change within your current position (teaching a different age group) or advancing to the next level (from assistant to lead)? If you have, now is a perfect time to set goals. Use the tips below to achieve your professional goals during 2021. Write it Down With any goal, the hardest part is usually getting started. Write down a specific goal and place it […]

Supporting Children’s Emotions

While many of us are hopeful that COVID-19 will be over soon, the aftermath of this pandemic is still changing several aspects of our lives. Children, teachers, and parents have had to transition into a new way of doing things, and surely all these new practices can put people on edge. Once we become comfortable with new rules, numbers rise, and protocols change yet again. As a parent or teacher, here are a few ways to help guide children’s emotions through this time. Know What To Look For Every child is different, and every child can display their emotions in several different ways. Dr. Michael Mantell, a Behavioral Science Coach, recently wrote a blog for Thrive Global. He stated the […]

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season With These 7 Tips

In addition to COVID-19, It’s also cold and flu season in many areas around the world. This is why it is especially important to practice proper health and safety measures while enjoying the holiday season this year. Here are some simple tips you can take to protect yourself from getting sick this holiday season so you can safely enjoy your holiday festivities.   1) Practice Proper Hygiene Not only do we have to be aware of COVID-19, but it is also flu season. Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer. It’s also essential to keep your hands away from your face (especially your mouth) when you are […]

10 Thanksgiving Crafts to Teach About Thankfulness

Thanksgiving is approaching, and to get all your little turkeys in the holiday spirit, we found 10 Fall and Thanksgiving-themed crafts, all of which can be used to teach the lesson of thankfulness while doing a fun and simple craft. Disclaimer: These crafts should be done under adult supervision, as many of these use paint or scissors.   Handprint Turkey Making handprint turkeys is simple and fun! Children can stamp their painted hands or feet onto construction paper and draw their turkey’s features using fingerpaint. They can also add feathers or googly eyes to personalize their turkey. Cardboard Thankful Turkey Craft A Dab of Glue Will Do has a thankful turkey craft that uses cardboard from cracker or cereal boxes, […]

15 Simple Ways You Can Practice an Attitude of Gratitude

November is perhaps the most popular month for expressing gratitude for the people and things that make our lives better. Surprisingly, practicing gratitude can have actual effects on your health, including improved positivity and better sleep. With the spirit of the season, we thought we would share 15 simple ways you can practice an attitude of gratitude and show what you are thankful for this holiday season: 1) Start a Gratitude Journal. Once a week, write down 1-3 things you are thankful for in your journal. 2) Remind people you love that you are thankful for them. Call your friends and family or send them a card and thank them for being in your life. 3) Keep reminders of what […]

Including Children in the 2020 Election

The 2020 presidential election will take place on November 3rd, and the outcome of this election will significantly impact our country. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the fragile economy, and social injustice unrest, this election’s possible results will leave many frustrated and angry. According to Kelly Burch from Insider.com, these feelings of the political divide can be understood by children as young as three years old. To help children better understand what is happening and become engaged citizens, we have to start by including them in the conversation. This year, involve children in your political discussions, at a kid-friendly level, of course to help children become excited, engaged citizens—even before they are old enough to cast their ballot! When is the […]

Halloween Activities for the Classroom

Halloween is approaching, and the season for spooky-themed classroom crafts and activities is here. Resources are abundant for Halloween-themed classroom activities, so we decided to share some of our favorites. Here are eight easy classroom activities that all your little witches and wizards are sure to love! Spooky Slime Little Bins for Little Hands has a page full of Halloween-themed slime recipes for kids to make. You probably already have most of the ingredients needed to make slime in your home or classroom already. Grab your glue and plastic spiders and create your slime masterpiece!  Tip: For young children, swap out craft supplies with edible supplies (such as corn starch) to make slime that is not harmful if ingested.  Pumpkin Seeds […]