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 Teaching Preschoolers : Development

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Preschooler Development - Three and four-year-old children are often called preschoolers. Preschool children are making developmental strides and express an interest in the world around them. They want to touch, taste, smell, hear, and test things for themselves. They are eager to learn. (Added June 17, 2000)

Power Play: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - One of the most frequently heard complaints among caregivers is that young children insist on playing super hero or fighting games. Around the age of four, a perfectly sweet and wonderful group of children can transform into a miniature commando unit, arms and legs flying as they challenge anyone and everyone wandering into their territory. It's as predictable as puberty, and often just as frustrating for adults. (Added June 17, 2000)

Ages & Stages - Individual Differences - Developmental milestones give a general idea about what to expect from children of different ages. However, there will always be differences between individual children. Some children begin to walk at 10 months, some at 15 months. Some toddle along quickly and smoothly, getting the "hang of it" right away. (Added June 17, 2000)

After The Storm/ Helping Your Child Cope With Disaster - It is normal for children to be afraid, especially after a major storm. The fear may last for an extended period and is best dealt with by kindness and understanding on the part of the parents. Children should be encouraged to talk about their feelings and otherwise express their fears through play, drawing, painting, or clay/playdough. (Added October 12, 2000)

Encouraging Creativity in Children - YOUR CHILD IS GROWING UP. From the first exuberant slap of a fat baby hand in the oatmeal, through tentative crayon marks and collages of sticky-back paper, made-up songs and more-than half-believed-in imaginary playmates, your child is growing in the ability to explore the world and to have an impact on it. (Added March 18, 2001)

Biting Hurts! - Biting is quite common among young children. It happens for different reasons with different children and under different circumstances. The first step in learning to control it is to look at why it may be happening. (Added March 25, 2001)

Cleaning Up - How do you get children to pick up toys and clean up after themselves? Each provider has a bag of tricks. Here are some ideas. (Added March 25, 2001)

Weighted Down: Achieving Preschool Academic Excellence - I see them trudging through campus, weighted down with the cares of the world, as if their foreheads are being slowly pulled to the ground. (Added April 22, 2001)

Board Games For Preschoolers - Many of us have tattered boxes of board games from our childhoods in the attic waiting for the day when our children are old enough to play.  (Added May 6, 2001)

Helping Children Adapt To A New Sibling - "Yes, but when does Joey go back to the hospital?" At times, parents may ask you for advice in helping their children adjust to a new brother or sister. Most children welcome new siblings with excitement and affection, but the changes in their lives may also frustrate them.  (Added March 17, 2002)

Helping Children To Love Themselves And Others - You have one of the world's most important jobs. You help children feel strong, able, and loveable. Your positive, caring attitude is catching. As caregivers, your job is to encourage children to think about how people are alike and different, to ask all kinds of questions, and to find answers they can understand. Your words and attitude tell children that differences are wonderful. (Added March 17, 2002)

Helping Children Cope with Stress - While some stress is normal and even healthy, children today seem to encounter many stressful life events at earlier ages. Stress shows itself in children by complaints about stomachaches, being nervous, trouble sleeping, anger flares, and infections. (Added March 17, 2002)

Puzzles in early childhood education: Putting the pieces together - When children work on puzzles, they are actually "putting the pieces together" in more ways than one. Puzzles help children build the skills they need to read, write, solve problems, and coordinate their thoughts and actions—all of which they will use in school and beyond. (Added March 23, 2002)


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