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Developing Young Children’s Self-Regulation through Everyday Experiences

Self-regulation refers to several complicated processes that allow children to appropriately respond to their environment. Learn more about self-regulation, and ideas for supporting the newcomer children in your program in this NAEYC article.

When Children’s Behaviour is Challenging: Online Tutorial Now Available with Facilitator Guide

Sometimes a child’s behaviour challenges us and forces us to step outside our usual comfort zone. Find out what to do when children’s behaviour is challenging you, common mistakes to avoid, and 7 steps to take when behaviour is challenging in your program. We’ve also developed a Facilitator guide that includes 10 Questions for Group Discussion and Personal Reflection to use with your team, extend your learning and help you identify concrete strategies that you can use in your program. Let’s get started!

40 Fine Motor Skills Activities

Before a child can learn to write they need strength in their hands and fingers and hand-eye coordination. Here are 40 fine motor activities for babies to five year olds that help to build these skills. These ideas are not only well-explained but are simple, open-ended and make use of art, sensory play and simple manipulative games.

Video: Building Emotional Literacy

Jennifer Hawkins teaches students to identify and describe feelings by reading Go Away Big Green Monster and engaging in related activities. In this video, we see students looking at themselves in mirrors and developing an understanding of what different emotions look like when expressed on faces.

4 quick recipes for sensory play that you’ve probably never tried before

Children can spend hours exploring with touch, language and imagination, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money and time creating exciting sensory materials.  Here are four sensory play ideas you can make with everyday ingredients you already have!

Program Ideas

Video Playlist: Early Childhood Education
Developing Cultural Understanding: Tips for Administrators
Cross-Cultural Lessons: Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Approaches to Research and Practice
Video Reminders and Tips

Special Needs

ConnectABILITY - Special needs resources for parents and caregivers
Building on Every Child's Abilities

Dual Language Learning

Video: Developing Literacy Skills With Dual Language Learners
Impact of Second Language/Bilingualism at An Early Age
Video: Frontloading for English Language Learners
5 tips for making science meaningful for newcomer children
Second Language Learning and Keeping the Child's First Language
Creating a Language-Rich Environment
How does being bilingual benefit children?

Activities and Routines

Quick Tip Video - Stop Sign: A Conflict Resolution Tool Video: Identifying Feelings Quick Tip Video - Using Emotional Check-ins Quick Tip Video - Attention Getting Games Quick Tip Video - Visual Cues Video: Investigating Nature - Program planning ideas for your program! Video: Hypothesizing About Bugs Video: Reasoning About Garden Observations Video - Making Playdough: Mix, Measure, Describe 211 is your connection to information and services What is Physical Literacy? 10 Books That Bring Diversity to Children’s Libraries Video: Using Math Talk to Support Learning! Video: Preschool Science Experiment - Program planning ideas for your program! Video: Investigating Trees - Program planning ideas for your program! Why Play = Learning The importance of constructive play Video: Investigating Rocks - Program planning ideas for your program! Child Centred Planning: Individualizing for Success The Importance of Child-Centred Learning: Student-Focused Approach to Education