The influence of technology and media in our daily lives is not going away anytime soon. Hand a two-year old a cell phone or a tablet and chances are, they are going to know how to use it, maybe even better than you. In 2013, it was reported that children younger than two spent an average of one ( 1) hour a day on screen media. Children between the ages of 2 and 8 spent two (2) hours a day on average consuming screen media. It has been suggested that in the last nine( 9) years those average numbers have increased significantly, especially following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic
From the moment a child is brought into the world, social interactions influence their development. Learning social cues, communication, verbal and nonverbal skills, play, sharing, and attachment all are formed in different ways by socializing with others.
A sunrise welcomes the day and invites us to start again. Each day is a chance for a new beginning. When everything comes together, it can be breathtaking. The new Wyoming Early Learning Standards are also the chance for a new start.
How many times in the classroom are you fighting the current of your students’ learning interests? Forcing yourself forward into the goals and expectations you have set only to feel like you’ve made no progress? What would happen if we collaborated with children and their interests instead? Dancing forward with our goals and sideways with theirs. What would our classroom look like?
The Week of the Young Child® is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 60,000 members and a network of 52 Affiliates
Young children have mental health needs, which means there is a need to support the people who care for those children. Early childhood professionals, educators, and staff are often the ones who are the first to notice mental health struggles for families and their children. There is a need to support the mental health of these children, which means there needs to be support for the professionals and the parents who work within the early childhood services provided in Wyoming.
Early childhood educators and caregivers know the importance of strong, trusting relationships for children’s learning and development. What are some of the ways you are intentional about nurturing relationships with children and families? Read about how the partnership between a teacher and a family supported the transition to school for one Wyoming preschool student.
As educators arrived, settled in, and waited for the session to begin, they were encouraged to flip through pages of a journal to familiarize themselves with the questions we would reflect on and discuss that day.
Educators around the state are feeling fatigued and burnt out. With the additional stress of navigating the circumstances of a pandemic on top of their regular daily responsibilities, educators are finding themselves discouraged. Facilitator Heather Kibler reminds us how important vision is in our work as early educators and how we can use our vision to reignite our spark.
The holidays are full of opportunities to connect more deeply with the families and children we serve. Each family brings their own unique rhythms to this time of year. In this post, one family shares the many ways they celebrate with their diverse and rich traditions and provides educators a window to see how families can be a part of holiday celebrations.