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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!


 

My Electronics-Free Holiday

on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 15:22

It was December 1995 and my mother—a die-hard early childhood educator—had decided to conduct an experiment. There would be no battery-operated toys for Christmas—at least not in her house. She would not purchase them for me or my brother that year. When grandparents, and other relatives asked her what gifts we wanted she made clear to them to avoid anything battery operated or that required electricity. “We’re trying something new this year. No electronic toys.” she explained. 

Selecting Gifts for the Young Children in Your Life

on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:57

With the holidays quickly approaching, we’ve compiled some ideas on toys, play, and family learning that will come in handy when selecting gifts for the young children in your life.

Giving Thanks to Early Intervention Specialists this Thanksgiving

on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:22

This Thanksgiving, we should hold early intervention specialists in our hearts. These are miracle workers who work through frustrating, galling issues that have the power of changing a child’s life forever.

Generosity Misunderstood Through a Toddler’s Eyes

on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:56

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.

Why Every Parent Should Know About NAEYC's Annual Conference

on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:45

I remember the first time I learned about NAEYC. It was almost precisely five years ago. The reason I know this is because Maggie, my oldest daughter who recently turned seven, was two when she was enrolled at a wonderful full-time childcare center.

Tips for Easing School-Time Anxiety from a Mom Who’s Been There

on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:52

From day one, my son Nick had school-related anxiety.  My happy-go-lucky little boy was transformed into a hand-wringing, hive-ridden worrier.  I truly expected him to bounce on the bus - happy to finally be like older siblings.  Yet what occurred was much different.

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.