Message in a Backpack

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Message in a Backpack™ is a column that appears in Teaching Young Children. Print these documents out and send them home with children as a resource for their families!

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Father and daughter doing math activities
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2018

(Message in a Backpack™ Fun, Easy Ways to Play with Math at Home) رسالة في حقيبة الظهر™ - طرق مسلية وسهلة للعب بالرياضيات في المنزل

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Jessica Mercer Young, Kristen E. Reed
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Two children playing outside
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2019

(Message in a Backpack™: Going Beyond the Playground: Math, Science, and Outdoor Fun) رسالة في حقيبة الظهر™ - ما بعد الملعب: الرياضيات والعلم والمرح في الخارج

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Rachel J. Franz
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Teacher with preschool children
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2020

Message in a Backpack ™ Nature Play with Sensitive Children

What happens when your child is sensitive to touching natural objects? Use these ideas to spark indoor and outdoor nature play.

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Authored by: Becky L. DelVecchio, Susan Ferguson
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Three children with recycling bin
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2019

Mensaje en la mochila: Ayude a su hijo a aprender a ser responsable

Para ser responsables, los niños deben darse cuenta de que es necesario hacer, pensar en opciones útiles y sentirse orgullosos de sus contribuciones. Aquí, le mostramos cómo fomentar la responsabilidad.

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Authored by: Marie L. Masterson
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Father and daughter doing math activities
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2018

Mensaje en la mochila: Maneras divertidas y fáciles de jugar con la matemática en casa

Los niños tienden a imitar las actitudes de los padres sobre la matemática. Cuando juegue a estos juegos, ¡diviértase! Si se divierte, los niños también se divertirán. Trabajar en un desafío es también lo que hace que se disfruten los juegos.

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Authored by: Jessica Mercer Young, Kristen E. Reed
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Colorful swings
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Teaching Young Children
August 1, 2018

Mensaje en la mochila: Lo que los padres deben saber sobre el juego

El juego apoya el aprendizaje de los niños de muchas maneras. Asegúrese de que su hijo tenga tiempo para jugar y de esta forma promueve el desarrollo cognitivo, del lenguaje, de la alfabetización, físico, social y emocional.

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Authored by: Laurel Bongiorno
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Three children with recycling bin
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2019

Message in a Backpack™ Helping Your Child Learn Responsibility

To be responsible, children must notice what needs to be done, think of useful options, and take pride in their contributions. Here’s how to encourage responsibility.

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Authored by: Marie L. Masterson
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Colorful swings
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Teaching Young Children
August 1, 2018

Message in a Backpack™ Things Every Parent Should Know about Play

Play supports children’s learning in so many ways. Make sure your child has time to play to promote cognitive, language and literacy, physical, social, and emotional development.

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Authored by: Laurel Bongiorno
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