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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!


 

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!

The Hurry up Button - Communicating About Learning Styles

on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:51

My middle daughter, Ella, doesn’t have a “Hurry Up Button”.  When I think about how early in her life this little quirk emerged, I am all the way back to her infancy.  She was in no hurry to eat, no hurry to roll over, no hurry to start walking or talking.  For a while we worried about her and wondered if she had a delay that we needed to address.  

How a Cooking Class Became a Lesson in Engaging Children

on Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:04

This summer, my family and I were fortunate enough to spend a week in Tulum, Mexico, with my best friend and her family—four adults and four kids (three under 8 years old) under one roof, enjoying the beautiful beaches, ruins, and jungles in the area.

On our second night in the country, we attended a cooking class. Having no idea what to expect, we drove to a neighborhood of colorful concrete houses with a multitude of cats and dogs roaming freely (amid a cacophony of barking and meowing), and chickens clucking in the background.

Transitioning from Kindergarten to First Grade: It’s Not Always Easy

on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 11:12

School related anxiety is real, and sometimes it can be worse for some children more than others. One NAEYC intern recalls her experience transitioning from Kindergarten to First Grade and provides some helpful tips to ease your child's qualms about school. 

From Rolling Over to Jumping in Puddles: Moving and Grooving with Infants and Toddlers

on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 05:00

From rolling over to jumping in puddles, from gripping your finger to stacking blocks, infants and toddlers astound us with their day-to-day achievements as they grow in their abilities. Here are some ways that families can support these exciting new skills as they develop.