Understanding Developmentally-Appropriate Practice and Childcare

Early childhood education should be a priority for every parent, politician, and educator. The value of early childhood education has been recognized in greater proportion over the past few years. Everyone should understand the importance of the foundational education years; so, whether you are a first time parent, a seasoned parent, a grandparent, a law maker, or an educator, you need to read on to learn about a few areas of focus for any early childhood education facility such as www.newportavepreschool.com and other providers of early childhood learning and experience.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Developmentally Appropriate Practice or DAP is an approach to teaching that is solidly grounded in the knowledge of how children learn and grow. So, in layman’s terms, it is taking what science and research knows about how children of various ages {usually birth to age five} develop, learn, and grow. Educators take this information and apply it to both the way a child learns individually and in a group. It is the ‘bar’ by which educators and caregivers can plan their activities and interactions.

Understanding the Individual

While it is good to understand the practice of general children by age group, a good caregiver or educator can look at the child as an individual. Each individual child has specific interests, abilities, and learning styles. A careful caregiver is able to observe how each child plays, what they play with, and their developmental progress. The caregiver, after observing the child, is able to take what he or she observes and tailors the education and activities to the specific child.

Cultural Considerations

While observing the educational practices of varying early childhood educational institutions such as www.newportavepreschool.com or Montessori in Tustin, it is important to see how they not only look at individual and group learning as well as how cultural differences and traditions affect the lives of the children both at home and in school or day care. Understanding cultural traditions is an important part of developmentally appropriate practice. Remember these things about proper learning and care and look for it in every piece of environment for the children in your life.

Jared Quips

Early children education is the cornerstone of how little children will learn later on in life, that is why it is a must to put stock on scientific and research-based early learning program that not only offer progressive ways for little children to learn but also provide tailor-made programs to suit each and every little individuals. Hopefully, when it is time

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kids in doodles: playing with stars

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one of my favorite things to do now is to play with stars, mum loves making them + placing them in bottles to be displayed in our home + while she busied herself with one of her favorite pastimes, i preoccupy myself with her finish products. here you’ll see me placing the little stars in this plastic bottle container. now i’ve moved on to pouring them from one bottle to another, one different container to the next. sure is a lot of fun! plus mum said it also keeps my little hands busy + helps me to work on my motor skills, so i guess it’s all good! 🙂

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apart from counting them up + aiming to shoot them onto the plastic bottle, i also enjoy scattering them on the floor + retrieving them one by one with my mum. they might end up all over the floor + underneath the sofa, but we enjoy picking them up + keeping them in their container afterwards 😉

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so what unsuspecting objects are you playing at home now? do share them with us, along with your doodle stories, too. don’t forget to put one of our kids in doodles badges on your post + visit the other players, too! a great weekend ahead everyone + i shall wait for your entries 😉



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kids in doodles: learning about shapes

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one of the things that i love learning about are the shapes. so far i have learned about the heart, crescent {which i fondly call “moon”}, square, triangle, circle, rectangle, oval + a whole lot more. although, i cannot pronounce them properly yet, i love saying their names + learning about their different shapes. mum is also quick to point out different things around me that has different shapes in them, like the ball, wheels + orange are circle while the door is rectangle.  my tita bel has also gifted me with a glitter shape book which i hope we will be able to share with you in my future posts. i was just reading that book last night after dinner 😉

+ recently, mum + i discovered this exciting video on youtube that teaches kids like me about shapes, too. + choo choo train is also one of my favorites! check out the video + i hope you enjoy learning shapes with it as much as i do!

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an email on baby sign language and early childhood education

i received this email a couple of days back:
and in response i am posting her article her for the benefit of other mums out there. feel free to email me for your questions and clarifications.  

Talk to your Baby without Words

A crying baby is a sound that many people would agree, sends a chill down their spine, and you never want to hear.  Parents these days are so dedicated to their children, and their needs, so they never have to hear that cry.  Luckily, a new trend is helping parents to decipher what a certain cry means, no it is not a machine or pulse-checking test.  It is teaching them sign language in an attempt to start communicating even before their first words.   Teaching children this young, can be beneficial in numerous ways.

A Jump Start

The ability to communicate articulately in a variety of ways and languages to the widest possible audience is a great way to stay ahead and ensure a decent standard of living in our suffering economic state.  This is not limited to speaking different languages but also non-verbal communication: signing.

However, the shortage of qualified interpreters fluent in American Sign Language that has led to more career opportunities is dwindling– and if current trends continue, it’s likely that skilled ASL interpreters will have little problem securing lucrative employment in a society where such a commodity is destined to be in short supply.

Connecting with your Child
 
The benefits of early childhood education through signing are endless.  In addition to giving kids a way to communicate, it also provides them with an opportunity to form a bond with their parent(s).  The hope is that eventually it will become know as one of the “firsts” that no parent wants to miss, such as the first time they walked or their first tooth.  Signing is likely to allow communication much earlier than verbally.  It creates a closeness that will allow parents to be more in sync with their child’s thoughts and needs.

“Ma-ma”, “Da-da”, or Silence

The toddler years and beyond – ages 2 to five –are an ample time to educate children in different modes of communication and language because of their brain development course. This goes beyond the spoken word (though it is an optimal time for children to learn a second language); many young children have an aptitude for signing as well.
American Indian nations have used sign language for centuries to facilitate communication with other tribes with whom they do not share a language. Some paleontologists and anthropologists theorize that Neanderthals – who apparently lacked the vocal mechanism to produce many spoken words – depended a great deal upon hand gestures to communicate. Therefore it is not as strange as one would think.

In fact, recent research suggests that sign language is innate. An article published in the Boulder Daily Camera in 2003 presented strong evidence that babies as young as six months old communicate with their hands:

            “…by 6 to 7 months, babies can remember a sign. At eight months, children
            can begin to imitate gestures and sign single words. By 24 months, children
            can sign compound words and full sentences. They say sign language reduces
            frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves
            before they know how to talk.” (Glarion, 2003)

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development are also referred to by the author, demonstrating that young children who are taught sign language at an early age whether at day care or at home, actually develop better verbal skills as they get older. The ability to sign has also helped parents in communicating with autistic children; one parent reports that “using sign language allowed her to communicate with her [autistic] son and minimized his frustration…[he now] has an advanced vocabulary and excels in math, spelling and music” (Glarion, 2003).

Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas

Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the network of Austin day care facilities belonging to the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose day care schools.  Primrose Schools are located in 16 states throughout the U.S. and are dedicated to delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum throughout their preschools.

i would love to teach jared sign language only if he is old enough to learn it, that is right after he speaks his fluent gibberish, right?
what are your thought? let me know, drop a line at vixenp33@gmail.com
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