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Celebrating the Spirit of Adventure: Amelia Earhart’s Birthday

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Beth Simon with assistance from chatGPT

Amelia Earhart, an aviation pioneer and trailblazing adventurer, continues to inspire generations with her courage, determination, and passion for exploration. As early childhood educators, we believe in nurturing children’s curiosity and encouraging them to dream big, just like Amelia did. On July 24, 2024, we celebrate Amelia Earhart’s birthday, commemorating her remarkable achievements and sharing her spirit of adventure with the children in our care. Join us as we embark on an exciting journey to honor this fearless aviator and inspire the next generation of adventurers.

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Let them PLAY! (Part 1)

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Erin DelRegno Evans

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers

 Who doesn’t remember playing when they were young? Coming up with your own games, playing outside almost every day whether sunny, snowy, or rainy. We were free to explore, try new things, make our own decisions, and it wasn’t directed by our parents. Sadly, children don’t have as much freedom to play as we once did.

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Talking in Early Childhood Classrooms

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By Rochelle Deane

The way you communicate with children teaches them how to communicate with others because children learn to communicate through everyday interactions and a language rich environment. Surrounding children with a rich language environment is important beginning in infancy. Talking, singing, reading, and offering many opportunities throughout their day, across all activities can help set the foundation for children to become successful readers and communicators. Ways this can be done in early childhood is by:

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Engaging Science Activities for Engaging Young Children                   

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Natalie Grebe

In a classroom setting, there are many ways to engage toddlers and preschool children in age-appropriate science activities. This can be a fun and interactive way to introduce science concepts and foster a love of learning. Here are some ideas for activities that can be incorporated into a preschool classroom and spark a young child’s curiosity about science.

Science center: Set up a science center with age-appropriate books, materials, and tools for children to explore science concepts. This could include items such as magnifying glasses, objects from the outdoors, magnets, or simple science experiment materials.

Nature table: Set up a nature table where children can observe and explore different natural objects such as rocks, shells, and leaves. Encourage children to share their observations and talk about their discoveries.

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Going “Old School” to Build Peer Relationships

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Leah Zabari

Yesterday I was in a toddler classroom when two children slowly walked by me. One of the toddlers went up to the other and gently took hold of his friend’s hand. They proceeded to walk around the room together holding hands and interacting. It was such a sweet moment that was only captured by me, the observer. It’s not often I get to see those subtle and sweet peer relationships and it truly made me smile the rest of the day.

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Let’s Talk Quality! On-site Assessments

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The Program Quality Assessment (PQA) Team is available to support you in the Internal Assessment Process (IAP) by completing an on-site assessment in your program. In addition to the Environment Rating Scales® (ERS) and Classroom Observation Scoring System® (CLASS®) this opportunity is available for all Program Observation Instruments (POIs) listed in the Keystone STARS Standards.

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