Stephanie Mckinstry from My Caterpillar Clubhouse, a Certified Nature Explore Classroom, shares how she incorporating books and images of nature into her program. Listen below for her tips.
Research shows the importance of providing children with many language opportunities, including talking, reading, and singing. This tip sheet, created by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services in partnership with Too Small to Fail, gives excellent practical tips on facilitating a rich conversation with preschool children, including using questions, expanding the child’s words, and interactive reading!
Family child care provider Melody Robinson shares the following information on a tip sheet for parents when their child is ready to start learning to use the toilet. She has found that sharing this information has helped parents support their child’s success in her family child care and also when the child is at home.
Helpful Tips for Potty Training for Parents
This list of do’s and don’ts will help you and your child to be more successful at potty training. This is a new learning experience for your child, and you can make it less stressful for them by being patient. They will learn the necessary bathroom skills.
Potty Training Reminders:
No suspenders or overalls
No onesies t-shirts
No body shirts
No hard to unsnap clothing
(These items hamper the child’s success at potty training)
Potty Training Do’s
Wear only pants with elastic waist
Wear easy to lift or pull down clothing
Wear pull-ups, velcro diapers, or panties with rubber covering in case of accidents
PLEASE SEND EXTRA CLOTHING IN CASE OF ACCIDENTS
This tip sheet from Illinois Early Learning offers information and insights about why children express separation anxiety and how it is a typical developmental behavior. There are also helpful suggestions for how to ease anxiety during separations. This is a resource that is useful for both child care professionals and families. Illinois Early Learning is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and offers many other tip sheets as well as a variety of resources for professionals and families.