Branching Out
Issue 15
Dramatic play is an essential part of early childhood education development. Not only is dramatic play fun for children, but it also supports a number of skills needed for adult life such as social and emotional skills, language, empathy, and more. Featured below are a few of the many resources the ECCDC offers to bring Dramatic Play to life within your early learning environment.
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Issue 14
Block and Construction play is an open-ended, creative and beneficial play learning experience for children. The opportunities for block and construction play are endless. Check out some resources the ECCDC offers to extend block and construction play in your early learning environment.
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Issue 13
The transition back to early learning programs, school, or starting them for the first time can be challenging for children, families, and educators. Many feelings may arise such as fear, uncertainty, anxiety, etc. The ECCDC lending library offers resources that can help educators, children, and their families with transitioning back. We invite you to check out the provocation for learning kits below.
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Issue 12
Birdwatching with children is a great outdoor experience. Children will love seeing the variety of birds in their early learning environment all while exploring the natural world around them. Building from children's natural curiosity will help extend these learning experiences and perhaps even create a lifelong hobby for the children beyond the early years.
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Issue 11
With the warmer weather here, children and their families have begun enjoying the summer sunshine! It's a time of exploration and the discovery of summer critters and crawlers. Below we have shared some resources that the ECCDC offers which provide children with the opportunity to further investigate the summer season creatures.
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Issue 10
Spring is that time of year when things start to feel new and fresh so what better time to share with you some of the new resources that the ECCDC has to offer through our Resource Lending Library and our E-store. We are always working on developing new resources so if there is something new you would like to see offered for borrowing through the library or an item to purchase through E-store, we would be pleased to hear from you. Click here to send your ideas to the ECCDC.
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Issue 9
As we are navigating through the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are a lot of conversations happening about the effects on our mental health and wellness and that of the children in our care. We do not yet know the extent of them, but we can certainly offer opportunities to explore concepts such as mindfulness, relaxation, empathy, and resilience, which will provide us with the tools we need to support the families and children we work with.
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Issue 8
We are spending a lot more time outside these days with the children, so what better time to explore the four natural elements: fire, water, air, and earth? The ECCDC has resources to support this learning both in our resource lending library for borrowing and on our e-store for purchasing.
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Issue 7
During this global pandemic it has become apparent that people feel a need to express themselves through art. We have seen sidewalks and windows become canvasses, backyards and living rooms become dance studios, and kitchens become music studios. Somehow, we can all relate to each other through the expression of art. In this issue we will share some resources and tips to support the Arts with young children because we know how important it is for everyone to have opportunities to express themselves artistically.
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Issue 6
As child care programs begin to reopen, we know that providing a fulsome curriculum in a time when physical distancing is required may be a challenge for educators. We wanted to share some ECCDC resources that we selected that would support individual play or could be used in a physically distanced way. We hope you find these helpful and inspiring
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