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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!


 

Big and Small – Adventures with a Toddler

on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:06

I’m gonna run away from you!  I’m running away!!!” shrieks my twenty one month old toddler.  “Ok, “ I grin, “I‘ll come get you!”  Just blink and the summer will be over; school in session again. This parenting thing is a fast ride! 

“My Teacher Made me Draw a Nose!” And Other Tales of Starting School

on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:47

My son got off the bus after his first day of kindergarten and told me he didn't want to go back to school if he had to draw a nose.  He was pretty upset about it. It took me a while to figure out what he was talking about but finally I pieced it together.

Engaging Toddlers in Nature Play

on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:00

Your child is watching your every move and picking up cues based on how you interact with nature. If your aim is to instill respect and love for all things wild, try these simple activities with your children.

Time Goes By So Fast: Play Makes Meaningful Memories

on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:31

When your kids are little everyone says, “Treasure this time. It goes by so fast.” When in the midst of changing diapers or getting the call to pick up a sick child from school, it’s hard to believe that being there, wanting you, needing you is a period in time. It’s over all of a sudden. 

How Has a Teacher Impacted Your Child's Learning?

on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:10

When my son was a preschooler, I learned he didn’t join in with the group during singing or movement time when I dropped off a forgotten lunch box. He sat and watched while all the other children sang and danced.

Delighting in My Child’s Interests: Trucks!

on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:43

Talk to any parent. Children can get really into a type of toy, a theme, an interest.  For some it might be dinosaurs. For other it might be outer space. For my son, it’s trucks!

Low Cost Learning Materials for Infants and Toddlers

on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 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!

Saturday Mornings with Dad

on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:14

As a new father navigating the yet unknown and mysterious waters of parenthood – I thought a group just for dads and their infants and toddlers would be beneficial, for many reasons, so I started Saturday Mornings with Dad in Anchorage, Alaska.

6 Words You Should Say Today

on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:40

Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family. But this one did. It was not from Henry Thoreau or some renowned child psychologist. It was invaluable feedback from children themselves. And if I’ve learned anything on my Hands Free journey, it is that children are the true experts when it comes to grasping what really matters in life. 

Evaluating Children's Media: How Do You Decide What's Educational?

on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:00

As children spend more time using screen media, how can we evaluate what our children are learning?