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  Whether it’s using touch, sight, smell or taste, children are naturally eager to learn. Their curious minds love to explore, and if their actions bring pleasure or success they’ll want to learn more. It’s important to provide children the right kind of support and encouragement during their...
  We know that what we say to children affects their self-esteem.  Certainly all of us want our children to know that we love them and accept them for who they are.  But can we go overboard?  Or, is there a problem with praising children too much?  Alfie Kohn, a well-known...
Oklahoma is a leader in recognizing the value of education for child care professionals. Education is a key indicator of quality child care in our state. The early childhood years are important in children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.   ...
The stockings that were hung by the chimney with care have all been tucked away for another year.  The decorated trees, glistening lights, and mountains of sweets that greeted us during the season are all gone.  We are left with a bare corner where the tree stood, a few stubby candles,...
  “You are your child’s first and most important teacher.” This is something we in early childhood education say over and over – because it’s true. And as a parent, I’m sure you’ve realized how your child, from the earliest age, looks at you for guidance, reassurance, and fun. As a fellow...
The keynote speaker at last month’s Smart Start Oklahoma conference, Earl Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Read, gave some statistics that reminded me of why we must keep working for our children.   The statistics were: •35% of children entering kindergarten lack the basic language skills they...
From the Birth to Thrive Online:   We now understand that early learning begins long before preschool. A recent TED Talk looks at how learning can actually begin in the womb. The lecture explores the field of fetal origins, a fascinating new area of research on how a woman’s environment ...
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