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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!


 

Splish Splash: Science Time Without Spending a Dime

on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 14:42

By Toni Sturdivant, MA

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.

Here are 3 learning experiences involving water that won’t cost you a dime:

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

on Sun, 07/05/2015 - 11:08

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. 

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

on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 15:08

At 22 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. 

Mud Brought Them Together

on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 16:30

My daughter was a year old - crawling but not yet walking and my son was four.  When we went outdoors that spring my son went to his dirt pile for some serious digging and my daughter played with plastic toys, stuffed animals, books – whatever we placed nearby. 

Five Ideas to Encourage Learning This Summer

on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 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.

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

on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 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.

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:14

May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week! Here are five ideas to show the teachers in your life that you appreciate their work and dedication to young children! 

Let’s Eat (Well)!

on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:40
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.

The Not-So-Magic Word

on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:57

Often in my preschool, while sitting around the lunch table, a child will say, “Open my yogurt.” If I don’t respond immediately he’ll repeat: “Open my yogurt!” I’ll turn and say, “Could you ask me a different way?” And he’ll say, “Please!” with a look of victory on his face.

 

Did Your Children Receive Tech Gifts? What to Keep in Mind As They Play

on Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:30

By: Rhian Evans Allvin

As tablets, smart phones, and large screen televisions connected to the internet transform households across the county, these devices become part of family gift giving. And whether someone purchased a technology related gift for your child or your child used a tablet that was a gift for you, it’s important to think about the quality of the content your children will interact with while using screen media as well as how much time you want your children to spend using tech toys and tools.