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Guiding Children by Using Questions

Asking a child about his behavior can stop the behavior as it is happening and get him to think about it. The best questions are ones that require more than a yes-or-no answer. Here are some examples.
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January 2, 2019

Spotlight on Games—Kindness Rocks!

As early childhood educators, we often have stories to tell about our own children as we play and learn with them at home. Here is a story from Julia Luckenbill about her family’s experiences with a rock hiding and finding activity.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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Child playing with recyclable materials with teacher
November 5, 2018

What’s Play All About? Children’s Museums Weigh In

As members of the Children’s Museum Research Network, we helped conduct a study to examine how children’s museums position themselves around play.

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Authored by: Nicole R. Rivera, Alix Tonsgard
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Young Children
November 1, 2018

From Puddles to Pigeons: Learning about Nature in Cities

Parents, educators, and other primary caregivers might not realize that a small patch of grass, a single tree, and a walk to the store are opportunities to observe nature, generate questions, and conduct experiments to find answers.

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Authored by: Marion Goldstein, Lisa Famularo, Jamie Kynn
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October 1, 2018

Play with Free Stuff: No Batteries Required!

There are many, many items you dispose of every day that could be perfect toys for your young child.

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Authored by: Toni Sturdivant
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