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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.

Playing With Rainbows

Playing with Rainbows is a national play program developed by the YWCA of Canada for children who have experienced war. This kit (available at a cost of $30) contains everything you’ll need to develop your own play-based group for children who have been traumatized by experiences of war or migration. It is adaptable for children from ages 4–12 and includes activities and exercises to hold a 12-session children’s group.

Teaching Diversity without the Tourist Approach

One of our greatest strengths in CNC programs is our diversity. Unfortunately, even with our varied backgrounds, caregivers sometimes fall into the trap of teaching children about diversity mainly through special cultural holidays or events. This is referred to as the “tourist approach” because it gives a narrow view of a culture. This article, Teaching Diversity without the Tourist Approach, shares some ideas for how to integrate culture into child care programs in a more holistic way.

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.

WEBINAR: Trauma-Informed Early Education Classroom Design – Designing Spaces for Recovery from Trauma

This webinar is part of the Trauma Reduction in Early Childhood Series. Educators will look at creating spaces that support children who have been impacted by trauma. It’s an opportunity to look at play and space design principles for children who have experienced trauma and to brainstorm ideas for your program space. The webinar is 1.5 hours and there is a certificate of completion.

Quick Tip Video – Stop Sign: A Conflict Resolution Tool

In this 2-minute video, learn how and why to use a stop sign as a conflict resolution tool in your program!


60 Free Watercolours of Diverse Families

Painted by artist, Claire Fletcher, these beautiful watercolours show images of diverse families engaged in a variety of activities - going to the doctor, reading time, dads group, family games, hand washing and cooking together. They are free for non-commercial use, so you can print them to display in your program, or use them in parent newsletters/resources!

Video: Identifying Feelings

Through a read aloud, Jennifer Hawkins has her students identify and describe the feelings of fictional characters. Jennifer reads the book No David and asks her students to hold up face puppets that show the emotions of the characters in the book. Watch how this lesson helps students to develop empathy!

20 Short Videos Document Dual Language Learning

Teaching at the Beginning is dedicated to educators of young dual language learners. They have developed a series of videos that show language learning in action - from teachers learning the languages of the children, to children creating connections between languages! There's also a 45-page training guide that you can use with the videos as an individual, or with your team for professional development. It includes, questions and suggested reflections that allow you to really expand your thinking and knowledge of second language learning with children!

Bundle Up and Get Outside: Why is Outdoor Play Important in Winter?

In the winter weather, play is often limited to the indoors - especially for newcomer children! Adult fears about safety and negative attitudes towards the cold are often a barrier. But outdoor play shouldn't be restricted to warm weather - try these ideas to welcome the winter with a playful attitude!