Sometimes inclement weather keeps us indoors, but that doesn't mean learning for children has to take place sitting down at a desk. In fact, research shows that the most effective way for children to learn concepts is to experience them physically. Active learning benefits the whole child by supporting cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development and spans across the early childhood curriculum including language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, creative representation, and social skills. In this list, you will find resources for inspiring, motivating, and facilitating indoor active learning through music, activities, games, dances, and more.
Children are naturally joyful, active, talkative, and energetic. As teacher of young children, one of our most important and challenging roles is to guide them through the many transitions in a day. When we prepare children for transitions and focus their attention in positive ways, we eliminate many disruptions. Positive communication is key. Dr. Jean Feldman shows us how to make transitions fun by focusing children's energies through fingerplays, songs, and games.
Any parent, caregiver, or early childhood professional knows that transition times can be tough for children! This includes not only big transitions like those from preschool to kindergarten, but also small daily transitions from waking up, to circle time, to activity time, to clean up time, to nap time, to departures. For young children, these small daily transitions and segments within the day seem quite big! In this list, you will find resources to help take the stress out of transition times by providing teachers with effective strategies to help children focus their attention in positive ways, engaging transition activities, as well as creative chants, songs, fingerplays, games, and more!