Wonderful ,Wet Water

Today is dress/talk like a pirate day. Many of our friends showed up in pirate attire. Some of the children used a blue tarp in the yard as water and built a pirate ship on top. Others used natural materials to make a sword. Outside we write a book about pirates And then we went […]

Sensational Sand

You’ve probably noticed – in our yard or at the playground – how much your child likes to dig in the sand. Sand is great fun, but it’s also wonderful material for learning. Children learn math and scientific concepts from playing at our sand area . For instance, when kids pour sand from measuring cup […]

Large Motor Development

Running, jumping, climbing, skipping, hopping, throwing, and balancing come naturally to young children. Kids need plenty of opportunities to practice. These large motor activities are an important part of your child’s day here. With daily large motor experiences, children practice fundamental movement skills that help them develop a good self-esteem and physical competence. A Developmentally […]

Consequences

There are three types of consequences: natural, logical, and problem-solving: Natural consequences require no adult planning or control. Natural consequences tend to be the most powerful motivator for children to learn a new skill. An example of a natural consequence would be a child refuses to put their coat on to go outside. When they […]

Everybody Needs a Rock

I have had reading the book “Everybody Needs a Rock ” on our lesson plans for a few days. It just never seemed to work out. Today it did! Everybody needs a rock is a really cool book it’s especially cool if you’re a kid and you love rocks. The book gives 10 rules for […]

The Power of Play

Have you ever heard someone remark about an early childhood program – even ours perhaps – “all the children do there is play”? At a good early childhood programs there is a lot of play -and there should be! Years of research on children’s learning and development document the many benefits of play for children’s […]

Counting Doesn’t Add Up to Math

Sometimes we tend to think to simplistically about mathematics and young children. You hear someone say ” my daughter knows all her numbers. She can count to 20. ” While counting is an accomplishment, it is only one very small part of knowing numbers. Counting to 10 or 20 or even 100 is called rote […]

Parent conferences

The purpose of parent conferences at Bright Beginnings is mainly just continued conversation that we normally have anyway to discuss goals and expectations for the children. Usually I have data to present such as assessment results. I always warn my parents that I truly believe assessments at this stage are not always indicators of where […]

You can learn so much about children just by listening to the conversations. Today I spent some time sitting at the table with the kids playing Play-Doh , They all were cooking something. One child asked me did I want bacon and sausage . Another child said she was fixing yummy pancakes. Still another child […]

Material Rotation

One of the indicators of a high quality classroom is when the materials change to peak interest. Have you ever taken a toy and just moved it to a different part of the house and all the sudden it’s like new again? We are one month into school and the children seem to still really […]