Early Childhood Express November News

Rain, freezing temperatures and frost!…has winter arrived so early? Winds blew leaves off of many of our trees before they even had a chance to change colors so it seems like a very short ‘leaf peeping’ season. And with the changing of the seasons it’s time to think about what we do about the upcoming holidays…for our own families and the families we work with. What do we emphasize? What are family traditions we may want to know about? What are some of the needs of families that we may be able to find resources to help?

Need to Share Information on Early Childhood Development in More Than One Language?

The US Department of Education-funded Center for Parent Information and Resources has a resource library with information that families and professionals can use, including webinars, articles, stand-alone pages, and publications. A search feature allows you to look for resources in specific languages. The center also has an extensive section of resources in Spanish. Sign up for the Center’s bimonthly electronic newsletter about news and new resources.

The Impact of Poverty

An interesting piece of research noted in Education Week provides information about the impact of poverty on school success.  Poverty Not Race Fuels the Achievement .

Quality Transition Practices

It’s never too early to begin thinking about transition…whether children are just moving up in preschool or headed for kindergarten. OSPI’s Early Learning newsletter is addressing quality transition practices across the state using data from the state scan of practices done in partnership with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

Using Technology to Benefit Learning

Technology is ubiquitous in our 2019 lives. We carry around computers in our pockets and purses and have instant access to information and communication. How do we use this to benefit children’s learning?  The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media have done their research and published a position statement, Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children From Birth Through Age Eight. It takes a close look at the issues involved in using technology with young children and provides principles to guide the appropriate use of technology tools in teaching and in children’s access.

A Case for Play-Based Experiences

Are your administrators or parents concerned about your child-directed, play-based approach to your classroom (or home visits, too?) An interesting article, Don’t Let Your Preschoolers Forget How to Play, makes a strong case for play-based experiences for young children, comparing two groups of children’s approaches to play when a group of preschoolers transfers from more formal, academic environment. I think this is an interesting article to share with those who believe we are not structured and formal enough because ‘the kids are just playing.’

If you have any comments, any things to share, or topics you’d like to have addressed in the future EXPRESS please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness.  It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul. 
– Amy Collette

This article was contributed by Mary Perkins for the Early Childhood Express newsletter.