Category Archives: Early Childhood

What’s the Big Deal About Social Emotional Learning?

By Molly Breen If you are a human teacher—of human children—you must know the foundational importance of social and emotional learning (SEL). If a child does not trust or understand you, or if a child feels as if you do … Continue reading

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12 Ways to Help Young Children Calm Down

By Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., author of the Learning About Me & You, Learning to Get Along®, and Being the Best Me!® series We live in stressful times. One of the most frequent challenges parents and teachers face is with … Continue reading

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Empowering Children Through Active Listening

By Molly Breen Our days spent with young children can often be a bit of an emotional roller coaster: high highs and low lows. Part of our daily work as educators is to provide stabilizing skills and coping that help … Continue reading

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Using Attention Restoration Theory to Provide Rich Summertime Learning

By Molly Breen Early childhood programs around the country are faced with a nearly constant deluge of ever-changing guidance for best practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Even as I write this, our program is uncertain if we will … Continue reading

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Movement Activities for Teaching Listening Skills

By Connie Bergstein Dow, author of From A to Z with Energy! 26 Ways to Move and Play Here are three playful dance games that reinforce listening skills, impulse control, and delaying gratification. In these activities, children listen for and … Continue reading

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