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Our Learning Moments

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 Review our writing guidelines and submit your idea!


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.

Forget the Playroom...Take Them Outside!

on Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:34

Ok, so maybe you don’t need to ditch your child’s playroom all together, but there are so many reasons you should consider more outdoor play time with your child, and here are a few.

Celebrating the Fourth with Young Children: Fireworks Can Be Scary But There Are Plenty of Ways to Have Fun!

on Thu, 06/30/2016 - 15:08

At 23 years old, I can of course sit at the beach and enjoy the fireworks with my family. But still strong is a memory of the first time I experienced fireworks when I was four years old, and it was a pretty scary time. 

Saturday Mornings with Dad

on Fri, 06/17/2016 - 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.

Five Ideas to Encourage Learning This Summer

on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:04

School may be out for the summer, but there are lots of opportunities for young children to play and learn! Here are five ideas.