“Early Childhood Express” October News

And so it is October… our second month of school; mornings and evenings are cooler and we’re not surprised when it rains (though we are surprised when it’s accompanied by thunder and lightning as we had in September.) But we are pleasantly surprised at the beauty as our landscape takes on new colors to warm our days…and make us a little lonesome for August while thinking ahead to thoughts of winter. Fall is always a time of nostalgia for me…and a little regret that perhaps I didn’t ‘make hay while the sun shone’ as the saying goes. Ah, well. There’s always next year.

Early Learning Fellows

If you’re looking for opportunities to learn and grow as professionals and lead others in meeting the needs of children, it’s not too late to apply for Early Learning Fellows.  If this interests you, you can contact Kerri Blankenship at 360-464-6735.

The Children’s Movement

I’ve mentioned The Children’s Movement of Florida before. They now have an ongoing series of articles called Best In Class comprising a variety of articles on schools and families working with and nurturing children. These are archived by the month and you can select a month and see some useful and well-written information. The one I read this morning is How Big Is Your Bounce which talks about trauma and creating resiliency in children.

Halloween Safety

I know it’s weeks away but Halloween will come sooner than you may have planned on. Safekids Worldwide has a great handout of Halloween safety tips for families.

Recency Bias

If you ask a toddler or a child whose functioning is like a toddler, “would you like cake or broccoli?” the answer—most often…will be broccoli.
A new study finds that toddlers are highly subject to recency bias when faced with “or” questions: They tend to pick the last option, even if it’s not what they actually want. Researchers asked 24 toddlers between 21 and 27 months old 20 questions in which they had to choose between option 1 and option 2. When toddlers responded verbally, they picked the last option presented 85.2 percent of the time. When pointing rather than speaking, they chose the last option only 51.6 percent of the time. According to study author Emily Sumner, this difference is related to the development of children’s working memory, which is concerned with immediate conscious perception and linguistic processing. I’m intrigued by how this might affect children’s choices at snack time and even during free play/choice times in the classroom…not to mention meal times at home.

Teach By Design

PBIS Apps is publishing a series of articles called Teach By Design. Though aimed at the K-12 folks, I think the articles have plenty to say to those of us working with the littles. The articles provide a peek into research translated into quality, PBIS focused, practices in schools. The one I’m looking at is pertinent to our topic this month about routines.

“October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins…. Merry October!” — Rainbow Rowel

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