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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!


 

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.

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.