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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!


 

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. 

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.