Big Questions

Some questions only elicit rote answers and therefore will not spark a meaningful conversation or connection. Others encourage thought-provoking conversations and ideas. Questions are powerful tools and they encourage children to think at a higher level. The types of questions that you ask young children can affect the quality of your conversation with them. Having … Continue reading Big Questions

High Level Questions for High Level Thinking

Most children have a “Why” stage where they ask why to literally everything a person says. Sound familiar? Despite how frustrating that can be at times, answering those “whys” is really beneficial to the child’s curiosity. Do you know what is also really beneficial to the child? Asking THEM questions! Tables have turned and now … Continue reading High Level Questions for High Level Thinking

Be Well to Teach Well with Mindfulness Practices

As a guiding teacher for Cultivating Healthy, Intentional, Mindful Educators (CHIME) with Nebraska Extension, I have the pleasure of guiding early childhood teachers as they learn about, explore and practice the concept of mindfulness. What is mindfulness? “Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention here and now, with kindness and curiosity, so that we can … Continue reading Be Well to Teach Well with Mindfulness Practices

Sparking Interest in STEM through Animals and Literacy

What sparks your curiosity?  What sparks the curiosity of your children?  I would venture to guess that nature and animals might rank pretty high on the list of interests for you and the children you work with every day.  Using animals and nature with children is a wonderful opportunity to teach empathy, conservation and environmental stewardship.  Fortunately, Nebraska Extension … Continue reading Sparking Interest in STEM through Animals and Literacy

3 Teaching Strategies for Supporting Children’s Tinkering, Making, and Engineering in Makerspaces

Direct link for video: https://www.pexels.com/video/two-kids-building-a-gingerbread-house-3198432/ Picture this. Child and caregiver are at the table using their Makerspace baskets. Both sit side-by-side, exploring the materials in front of them when the following question is asked… Child “I can’t decide if I want to stick the pipe cleaner or the paper towel to my board.” Caregiver “Well, … Continue reading 3 Teaching Strategies for Supporting Children’s Tinkering, Making, and Engineering in Makerspaces

More than Counting: Incorporating Math into Daily Interactions with Preschoolers

Many parents report that time is their biggest barrier to teaching their children. Because there are limited hours in the day, math is the topic that often gets left out. However, it is important to recognize that we do not have to set aside specific time dedicated only to math. Math concepts can be incorporated … Continue reading More than Counting: Incorporating Math into Daily Interactions with Preschoolers

Code-a-pillar! Where Development Comes into Play

  Preschool teachers, imagine turning your room into an obstacle course and preschoolers working together for 45 minutes problem solving and programming. The Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange and rearrange the easy-to-connect segments. This learning toy helps children to learn that the arrows indicate different directions. This … Continue reading Code-a-pillar! Where Development Comes into Play

Helping Children Cope With Severe Storms

What Do Parents Need To Know? The more parents encourage their children to talk about severe weather, the better children will feel. Start talking to them right away: When a storm is on the way, after the storm has passed, and time and time again afterwards. Children need to keep talking about their experiences. It … Continue reading Helping Children Cope With Severe Storms