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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!


Time Goes By So Fast: Play Makes Meaningful Memories

on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 10:31

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. 

Why Every Parent Should Know About NAEYC's Annual Conference

on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 13:45

The Annual Conference is a powerful opportunity for professional growth. I’ve seen the impact attending can have firsthand with my own kids’ teachers and I urge parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to learn more themselves and to consider organizing efforts to send your teachers, directors and childcare providers.

Magic Happens When Grandparents Care for Grandchildren

on Mon, 09/07/2015 - 13:54

Here are some ways I believe grandparents can have unique connections with young grandchildren that foster them to learn and grow.

Transitioning from Kindergarten to First Grade: It’s Not Always Easy

on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 16:03

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. 

Spread the Love (of Books)!

on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:33

Yes, you’ve seen me. I was that kid—the one wobbling out of the library, a mass of black hair barely perceptible behind a crooked tower of borrowed books. From the Spot lift-the-flap books, to, later on, the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, I devoured children’s literature. I grew up in a working-class neighborhood that happened to be situated in a wealthy county—though I didn’t own many texts, I never wanted for reading material. Sadly, that’s not true for many children.

Splish Splash: Science Time Without Spending a Dime

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

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.

"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.