Dear Dr. Day Care, My child just turned three years old and is drawing a picture of himself with his head bigger than his body and his legs and arms are coming out of his head! He didn’t draw any details like fingers or toes. Should I be alarmed at his portrait of himself? Signed, First Time Mom Dear First Time Mom, Actually, it sounds to me that your son is right on target! Most children at his age are drawing the same type of images of themselves. Did you know that children go through stages of drawing just like any other stages of development? … [Read more...]
Introducing Meditation to the Classroom Introduce the concept of meditation and mindfulness to Preschool and Pre-K students. The benefits gained from learning concepts of mindfulness at a young age can open the door to understanding strong emotions later on. The goal is a sense of mindfulness and self-awareness to the classroom through exercises like controlled breathing and practicing thankfulness. Meditation in Curriculum The tools that Preschoolers and Pre-K children gain from learning meditation will assist them in learning to calm and relax their bodies inside and outside. As a … [Read more...]
Summer Water Play!
Every year we are excited to start water play! Children love playing in the water, especially while playing outside. Water play offers children the opportunity to learn so many different skills while enjoying this fun activity. Children are drawn to playing with water and it is important to provide children with meaningful learning opportunities. How can you encourage your child's learning through water play? Provide a variety of toys and materials and encourage children to play with them. Start simple with recycled materials (make sure they are safe and unbreakable first) such as … [Read more...]
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