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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!


 

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.

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.