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Our Learning Moments is a blog where families share stories about their children’s learning. We’re excited that so many of you have submitted your stories. We post stories from families about young children’s (birth through age 8) learning moments on an ongoing basis. Interested in writing for families.naeyc.org? Review our writing guidelines and submit your idea!


 

Encouraging Your Child to Lead

on Tue, 03/07/2017 - 13:38

When children have opportunities to make decisions and increase their independence, they see that their own identity is important. They are able to build confidence when their thoughts and opinions are valued by those around them.

Splish Splash: Science Time Without Spending a Dime

on Mon, 03/06/2017 - 13:42

Toddlers love water. As a parent, you can either see this interest as an “uh oh” waiting to happen or you can embrace it and turn it into a teachable moment. Toddlers' natural curiosity about what is going on in the world makes them perfect little scientists. As parents we just have to be a little creative in finding experiences that are fun, cheap, and meaningful.

Let’s Eat (Well)!

on Sun, 02/19/2017 - 12:40

If the maxim, “You are what you eat,” were really true, then I would have been a sloppy-joe-tater-tot-greasy-green-bean monster in elementary school. But I’d have been in good company. A large percentage of my classmates who also purchased lunch from the cafeteria would have also been in the same, soggy boat.

"What's the harm if I paint my arm?": A Toddler's Guide to Sensory Activities in the Home

on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:08

Just as infants and toddlers need experience crawling or scooting to learn to walk and babbling and crying to learn to talk, they need to practice using their hands to control art supplies and practice using their minds to figure out how art supplies work. They need the time and freedom to be curious and creative. 

Making the Holidays More Meaningful: How You can Teach Values this December

on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:24

In my experience of teaching young children the deeper meaning of holidays, starting with values is an easy way for adults to remind themselves what holidays are all about, and shape children’s identities as compassionate people of character. Here are some ideas to help your kids (and yourself) enjoy the true meaning of the winter holiday season, no matter which holiday you celebrate at home.  

 

Play with Free Stuff: No Batteries Required!

on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:49

Open-ended materials have an infinite number of uses, limited only by your child’s imagination. By giving your child recycled, open-ended materials to play with, not only are you fostering her creativity and problem-solving skills, but you are saving money, as well.

Sing With Me Baby!

on Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:30

Singing to a child is a great way to encourage musical development; but what are some additional ways to support very young children in this developmental milestone? Here are developmentally appropriate expectations for music development for young children of various ages.

Generosity Misunderstood Through a Toddler’s Eyes

on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:56

Like many families ours has memorable stories from early childhood we repeat every now and then.  This one is about the birthday message my son asked me to write on his cousin's card.

Many Right Ways to Be a Parent

on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 15:10

When it comes to the best way to create a happy home, how to potty train, or how to put your children to bed, I am right, and so are you. There are many right ways to be a wonderful parent. 

Low Cost Learning Materials for Infants and Toddlers

on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 13:54

Determined to find low cost materials that interest my daughter and stimulate her development I started observing my daughter and looking around the house.  I watched my daughter and paid attention to what interested her - belts, items she could shake and rattle, boxes, drawers full of interesting items, and more!