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The transition of sending a child to preschool for the first time can feel anxiety-ridden and strange for both parents and kids. We enlisted expert educators to provide tips for helping them both survive on day one.
There has been a lot of hype around the topic of universal pre-k in recent years. So, with all the support, why isn’t universal pre-K available yet? Join us as we explore this complicated topic.
Why do toddlers bite? Why do they delight in throwing their toys? And what secret joy do they find in resisting bedtime? These are the mysteries that remain in our modern age. Lucky for you, we’re here to uncover why tots do what they do and how you can address toddler behavior problems for good.
Teaching preschool requires a combination of education, experience and certain intangible traits. While education and experience will come with time and hard work, you may already have some or all of the necessary traits to become a preschool teacher.
Choosing a degree that leads to the career of your dreams is a big decision for many - and not something to take lightly. The degree you decide on could influence the career you choose and ultimately, your future lifestyle.
Conversations about the importance of early childhood education (ECE) have been circulating for quite some time. But more and more studies are coming to light that reveal the ever-present learning disparity between students who reaped the benefits of ECE and those who didn’t. Take a look at what we found in support of a thriving future for our country's young minds.
You want to open a daycare, and now's the time to do it. Fewer than 1 in 3 toddlers stay home with a parent during the day, as the number of single-parent homes continues to rise and more dual-parent homes require dual salaries.
As outdoor activities go, gardening is hard to beat for promoting well-rounded development in youngsters. Whether the garden is in pots on an apartment balcony, a community patch or right out the back door, kids who engage with it are harvesting a whole lot more than food and flowers. Learn some data-driven reasons to get your kids out in the garden.
As the snow melts and the trees begin to bud, there are plenty of fun, innovative spring activities for preschoolers that will get them up off the couch and embracing the new season. If you’re up for some fresh, lively activities to keep your little ones busy, you came to the right place!
Child life specialists truly make a difference to the families they serve. As someone with a passion for young children, this could be the perfect use of your skills and abilities. But to help you decide, we’re giving you all the answers you need to consider a career as a child life specialist.
We rounded up the similarities and differences between Montessori schools and Reggio schools to help you navigate these compelling learning models. Read on to learn which one might be a better fit for you.
If you're curious about the types of careers available for ECE degree holders, you came to the right place! Read this article to learn more about what an ECE degree is and how it can unlock a variety of career opportunities.
Just as you teach your little ones, you know the best way to face your fears is to meet them head on. In order to do so, you’re looking to educate yourself on the best methods of dealing with difficult parents. Check out these expert tips on how to handle these sticky situations.
You’re on board for starting this important process with your young ones. But where do you even begin? We took to the Internet to identify some of the best literacy activities for preschoolers. Bookmark this list for a rainy day and you’ll always have an entertaining and educational activity ready when you need it!
We compiled our readers’ favorite posts from the past year to help bring you up to speed on the ground we’ve covered in 2015. So whether you’re a parent or an educator, a loyal follower or a new reader, there’s something for everyone in this highlight reel!
Whether you’re a preschool teacher, a childcare provider or a frazzled parent, you need a few tricks up your sleeve for getting kids to eat healthy. We talked to experts in childcare and nutrition to uncover the answer to the question we’re all asking: “How do you get kids to eat healthy?”
The cold months are upon us and you're struggling to entertain your toddlers indoors. But take comfort! The blogosphere is glowing with brilliant holiday activities for toddlers to help make this season the joyful time it’s meant to be.
We know it’s hard to think of the perfect gift. That’s why we did the heavy lifting by compiling this list of gift ideas. Your childcare provider is sure to love one of these 12 great gifts!
Take a look at this breakdown of careers in nursing and early childhood education (ECE) to make an educated decision about which path is the best fit for you. We can’t make your decision for you, but we’ve got all of the information you need to choose between these two rewarding professions.
Your kids’ pirate adventures may just seem like some simple afternoon of fun, but they’re actually engaging in a positive learning experience called dramatic play. We have the scoop on what dramatic play entails, why it matters and how you can encourage this activity with your kids.
Now that you’re exploring an early childhood education (ECE) career, classroom management has become a topic of interest. The key is being prepared ahead of time and learning from experts who’ve paved the way before you and identified some tried and true techniques for classroom management.
Getting kids to “work out” can be challenging. But there’s no need to stick to run-of-the-mill, boring exercises like jumping jacks, push-ups and sprints. We put together a list of some fun and creative fitness activities for kids that will get them moving in no time at all.
The happy faces and cheerful colors will likely have you intrigued by this education method. But what is Reggio Emilia exactly? Allow us to enlighten you in this child-driven approach to early childhood education.
Tantrums are inevitable, but you can still stay in control of your classroom. We’ve talked to seasoned teachers to collect their advice on how to diffuse these difficult situations. Check out these 10 expert tips for dealing with tantrums so you can be prepared the next time a meltdown threatens to strike your classroom.
There are scores of exciting science activities for kids out there. We made it our mission to gather a sample of simple ideas that will have your child laughing and learning.
You know that being a preschool teacher would be rewarding. But what you don't know is how to become one. Consider this your lesson plan containing everything you'll need to get your career started.
Just because this behavior is productive, it doesn’t mean it has to come in the form of a giant, unexpected mess. Help facilitate your child’s sensory learning by providing them with plenty of fun opportunities to engage their senses. We rounded up some of the best sensory activities for toddlers the web has to offer. These ideas will be sure to keep your toddlers engaged and learning!
We connected with seasoned nannies and the families who employ them to help us identify the nanny skills and abilities that are most desirable. These talents go above and beyond the traditional nanny duties, so possessing them will help you stand out among the sea of candidates.
Separation anxiety in toddlers is completely natural; however it can make life difficult for you as a parent as your toddler makes the transition into the preschool classroom. We’re here to help with these tips for parents to ease separation anxiety in toddlers.
Whatever your reason is for choosing this career path, there’s still one more decision you need to make: home-based child care versus center-based child care. We connected with some childcare experts to diagnose the differences so you can choose which direction is best for you.
We connected with some real teachers to hear both the serious and sweet attributes their spouses appreciate. Take a look at some of the appealing advantages of enjoying life with a teacher by your side.
We asked experts who are experienced working with special needs students to provide a little insight into their daily duties so you have a better understanding of what it takes to succeed in this specialized teaching field.
Having a wide array of light table activities at your disposal will help ensure your preschooler stays educated and entertained. We identified 35 perfect projects to help you get started.
Earning a child development associate (CDA) credential is a great way to launch a successful career in early childhood education (ECE). Learn more about what it takes to earn your CDA credential and how it can benefit your future as an ECE professional.
How do you know which children’s TV shows are educational? Don’t let your kids watch just anything. We spoke to industry expert Dr. Emily Levy, director of specialized tutoring program EBL Coaching, to find out which children’s TV shows make the grade.
There are plenty of teachers and parents who choose to incorporate mobile devices into their classroom curriculum or their own children’s at-home learning routine. If you fall into that category, we enlisted some early childhood educators to share some tips and tricks to help you navigate this new territory of preschool technology.
How do you diffuse the situation when a child starts acting up? Or better yet, how can you avoid the tantrum altogether? We enlisted education experts to share some tips and tricks for dealing with a difficult child.
A little laughter can go a long way in a classroom full of young children. Learn about the benefits of humor in the classroom and get some ammunition with this handy list of kid-friendly jokes.
You know you want to work with kids someday and you might even think that an early childhood education career is in your future. And whether it's something you've known for a while, or it's a new revelation, it's exciting to know that you're on your way to achieving your dream.
Just like choosing a preschool for your child isn't easy, determining what kind of educational philosophy you want to follow can be difficult, and it's important to consider all factors. Weighing the pros and cons can be the perfect place to start-after you know exactly what Montessori entails, that is.
Having a wealth of resources, creative support and imaginative talent at your fingertips is a must when it comes to teaching preschoolers, and blogs are an excellent way to get your fix. We identified 15 preschool teacher blogs that we think you'll enjoy!
Corralling a classroom of crazy kids is no easy feat. But it can be done with plenty of practice, hands-on training and some good advice, We enlisted a panel of preschool teaching pros to share their favorite teaching strategies.
In a profession dominating by women, many believe that men have no place in a preschool classroom. We spoke with men who work in the early childhood education field to hear their thoughts on the stereotypes.
What exactly will you learn while earning your early childhood education degree? What types of ECE classes can you expect to take? Learn about five critical courses included in the Rasmussen College ECE curriculum.
If working with kids as a preschool teacher is your dream job, there are some things you should know first. We got the inside scoop from two experts on what becoming a preschool teacher is really like.
One Wausau campus early childhood education graduate recently earned Wisconsin's highest rating for quality in-home child care-and she's the only child care provider in Sauk County to receive such a rating.
Three staff members from the Wausau campus joined together to paint the restroom facilities at the HeadStart child care facility in Marathon County mid-August.
Rasmussen College will be hosting a live Baby Safety Google+ Hangout on Air with a panel of experts discussing important baby safety issues and tips.
As a parent you already possess many of the skills needed to teach toddlers. Even if you doubt your abilities, it's likely you have strengths, skills and experience that have already molded you into teacher material.
The influence of early childhood education will likely have a dramatic affect on the fabric of American society. In the majority of states, however, the cost of center-based child care exceeds 25 percent of state median income for married couples.
Rasmussen College is joining the international discussion on ECE and the impact it has on teachers, students and families.
Choosing one ECE program over another is a big decision. You've got to weigh the pros and cons to make sure you're heading down the right path. Here are 10 reasons why Rasmussen College's ECE program should be on your shortlist.
Sometimes you can't dedicate years to earning a degree. But there are other ways in which you can begin advancing your education now! You can earn an early childhood education (ECE) certificate in as little as nine months.
A career working with children seems like a perfect fit for you, but you have some hesitations because you've never worked with children in a professional setting. Don't let that stop you! Instead, learn how you can prepare yourself to get a job in a daycare without experience!
Special education preschool jobs are expected to grow up to 21 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Parents are not only becoming skeptical about the necessity of preschool, but they are also becoming increasingly concerned about who is teaching their children what.
Rasmussen College hosted an interview on May 2 with award-winning author and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi to bring attention to early childhood literacy. Otoshi's book One was featured as part of the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child.
There are thousands of online games available to children. Rather than allowing them to spend hours playing mindless games, there are many educational games for kids that are both fun and free. Here are 15 to get you started!
"When you get a degree in education, you realize that every second you have a child in your classroom counts," says Michelle Gannon
The benefits of early childhood education (ECE) is widely discussed and has a strong endorsement from President Barack Obama. But, do you know what portions of the U.S. are investing the most in ECE, how ECE affects graduation rates and the effect it'll have on crime? Check out this infographic to learn more benefits of early childhood education.
The March 4 event is a lead up to another workshop on March 14 and the ECE rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on March 26.
A classroom full of kids bouncing off the walls can sound like a nightmare for some, but it's exactly where Appleton, Wis., early childhood education grad Kathleen Pynenberg wants to be.
Whether you're just starting your degree or you're at the tail end of it and about to graduate, it's important not to get too comfy when it comes to building a resume, especially in the childcare industry. Building a childcare resume may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be.
You love working with children, you enjoy planning out your day and writing your thoughts down on paper and, most of all, you take pride in your ability to teach others about different subjects. With qualities like this, you are already a step ahead of the game in becoming a teacher.
Here's the situation. You're looking for a career where you can make meaningful relationships, a lasting contribution to the hearts and minds of generations to come and you want to work in education. But you don't want to be a teacher.
Something that is constantly on your mind is the career outlook for those with an education degree. Well, rest assured, the long-term outlook for teaching positions is pretty high across the board. But you're passionate about helping children develop into intelligent adults. So for you, the bigger question is this: What kinds of early childhood education jobs will be available after you earn your degree?
Human beings love trends. Whether they're based on food, fashion, pets or cars, we look for things that will connect us with others. Whether we like it or not, we've all jumped on a bandwagon a time or two. In the world of education, there are all kinds of trends. For example, two of the most popular current issues in early childhood education (ECE) are universal pre-k and technology in the classroom. But there are many others.
If it's your dream to be an early childhood education teacher, it's essential to understand inclusive education to ensure every child who comes through your classroom door gets the opportunity to develop to his or her greatest potential.
Shopping the toy catalog is a hallmark of childhood. But as the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caring adults buying toys this holiday season, you want them to love the gift, but also play safe. Rasmussen College's School of Early Childhood Education has compiled a list-and checked it twice-of five tips to keep your little ones playing safe.
You always planned on going back to college, but somehow life always got in the way. Now you have a full-time job, a family and extracurricular activities, and balancing all those life experiences is tricky. But you're not alone. A recent study shows that 83 percent of undergraduate students in Minnesota work while in college - and 78 percent of those students work at least 29 hours per week.
Does the thought of molding young minds intrigue you? Would you be excited to witness the moment a young student masters a difficult lesson? Put simply, have you considered a teaching career?
After more than five years working in Hollywood, Crystal Foth knew she had to make a change. With movie credits that included Titanic, Shrek and Dr. Doolittle, Foth was heading toward a lucrative career in the visual effects industry. Then she had an epiphany.
Things that go thump in the night and the possibility of a zombie apocalypse may be a couple phobias in children, but you'd be surprised what else keeps your little ones awake at night. More than 6,000 children from 47 countries shared their real fears in a ChildFund Alliance Survey, and surprisingly, the survey found phobias in children was also caused by natural disaster, war, death and disease and violence.
What does it take to thrive in the field of early childhood education? We caught up with a handful of current teachers to find out what makes them tick and what can help you.
We have compiled a list of 33 education Twitter accounts. These accounts showcase bloggers, government officials and organizations, schools and teachers who make up the world of education, and in-turn, should give you a great picture of what working in education is like.
Whether you are interested in studying early childhood education, volunteering at the local preschool or you simply have kids of your own, understanding the way children think, act and perceive the world around them is incredibly important.
On August 15, Rasmussen College honored some of its education students at the Minnesota Twins baseball game versus the Chicago White Sox.
Just by the nature of their work, teachers are in a position to profoundly impact the students they teach. There are probably one or more teachers from your past that helped, encouraged or even inspired you.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) once wrote: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you'll go."
Teachers aren't just people who instruct pupils in a particular subject, they change lives and inspire others. Teachers also encourage students to go after their dreams, motivate them to believe in themselves and guide them toward new interests.
"Are we calling the achievement gap academic so schools are accountable instead of parents?" asked Licensed Parent Educator Katy Smith, who got the audiences' wheels spinning during a Rasmussen College Early Childhood Education (ECE) Summit June 19. "I'm not saying I know the answer to that question, but it's definitely something I'm wondering about."
As your studies come to a close and graduation quickly approaches, you're probably looking for ways to distinguish yourself once you reach the job market. One way to do this is to stay on top of the newest teaching trends - one of which is BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device.
With more than 48 million users, virtual pin-board website Pinterest is a powerful player in the social media space. Women make up 80 percent of the membership on the social media site and, of that group, 50 percent have children. That said, it's safe to assume that Pinterest is a powerful player in social media circles and in the world of education.
The recent statements President Obama made in favor of universal access to preschool were bold, poignant and timely. They tugged at our heartstrings and were written to inspire us to get up and do something for the children of today and generations of the future.
Early literacy in children begins in the first three years of life and is related, many times, to a child's first exposure to books, stories and writing.
At just 17-years-old, Chelsey Ballard's life changed forever. The School of Education graduate went from living the life of a typical high school teenager to a teen mom - one statistic Ballard says she never imagined being a part of. According to stayteen.org, less than half of teen mothers graduate from high school and fewer than two percent earn a college degree by age 30.
On April 14-20, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) hosted its annual Week of the Young Child (WOYC). WOYC is focused on promoting the needs of young children and their families. Its secondary goal is to recognize and award the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
In the fourth and final installment of the Choosing Your Path series we give you a little fragment of each of the previous posts in the series so you can begin building your pathway to a successful ECE future.
The images of the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn. at the end of 2012 will be forever etched in our minds as a terrible experience for young children. Negative experiences can result in emotional pain, mistrust in others, and feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem or lack of motivation. Because of this, educators and mental health professionals agree that we need to focus on promoting resilience in young children.
The educational system in America continues to face several challenges, one of which is meeting the needs of low income children and children of color. The result of the difficulty it faces in serving these groups can many times appear in the test scores of its elementary-aged children.
Play is where learning begins. Play is one of the first experiences children encounter in their lives. The importance of play begins as young as when children are infants, and when I was a child, play was an everyday, spontaneous experience. It was the most important part of everyday, in fact.
Researchers have found that when mothers communicate with their newborns, babies learn almost 300 more words by the age of two than toddlers whose mothers rarely spoke to them. In fact, early childhood education combined with high quality childcare can significantly improve a child's chances for success later in life.
How much do good teachers matter? We can all probably think of an outstanding teacher that mattered in our lives. Clearly children come into classrooms with varied personalities and skills. However, it is teachers that take these variations and build a community of learners.
Children gain their own self worth in part from the adults that influence them. Our goal is to invest in children so that they view themselves as smart, creative, resourceful, or have other positive views about who they are. When we rally around the youth in our community and encourage their positive worth, we raise a generation that has faith in their own abilities.
The Choosing Your Path series began with the notion that helping children is important to you. You're also looking for a career that can provide financial and personal stability. In addition, you're looking for the skills needed to thrive in early childhood education (ECE) field.
Are you a teacher now or studying to become one in the future? Have you been looking for a handy list of digital apps that will help you organize your life inside and outside the classroom?
We established in the first part of our Choosing Your Path series that you enjoy helping children. It's also clear that you want a job in education that is both personally and financially rewarding. But have you thought about the skills you will need to obtain the career you want?
AchieveMpls hosted its second monthly EDTalks networking event at Honey on Feb. 25, 2013. The event - titled Baby Brains + Unschooling Kids - explored the minds and experiences of baby brains as well as the "unschooling" of school-aged children.
You know you enjoy helping children. You also know you want a job in education that is both personally and financially rewarding. But have you considered earning an early childhood education (ECE) degree?
Do you enjoy working with children? Are you looking to create a better future for yourself? Are you a natural born leader who strives for success in everything you do?
Are you looking to earn a degree in an education-related field but are having trouble finding a Bachelor's degree that fits your search?
Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child? Are you the type of person that wants to inspire others? Have you thought about teaching?
Children's books are pieces of art and take a lot of hard work to create and write. The author must be able to write in a clear, concise style that captivates the imagination, but also still fit with the storyline.
Are you looking for a place to share your interests and passion for early childhood education? How about a place to create new friendships and encourage others in the field of education? The early childhood education (ECE) field has a wide variety of professional associations that can help and support you in your pursuit for a future teaching position.
As the temperature continues to drop, cabin fever begins to settle in and bringing your children outside to play might not on the top of your list. With that, many parents and teachers may need suggestions for creative and educational learning activities they can plan for indoors.
Every year hundreds of educators gather for the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Annual Conference (NAEYC AC). This year was no different with over 20,000 in attendance at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.
Is it possible playtime helps develop children into contributing members of society, as well as into collaborative and critical thinkers that will lead us into the next 20 years and beyond?
With the semester coming to an end and graduation right around the corner, our faculty dished its insider advice for beating test-stress and how to ace the CDA Verification Visit portion of the assessment (spoiler: also contains common mistakes to avoid!).
With the digital era upon us and technology in a constant flux of change, today's children are learning from some of the most innovative technologies on the market. We've moved away from the now dead technologies of the past like VCRs, tape recorders and cassette players, into the innovations of today such as tablets, smartphones, apps and the expansion of the internet. These developments allow for today's children to learn in new ways.
It takes someone special to be an educator and deciding to study early childhood education is a unique calling and career, but where do you find your motivation? In the world we live in today, there are many places to find daily inspiration. To help you keep you motivated, we put together a list of 12 motivational education quotes to inspire you.
Education is a worthwhile and heartfelt career field, and early childhood education truly shapes and molds a child from the very beginning. Although there are many paths you can go down in the field of education, the distinctions between early childhood education and special needs education are important to understand. You may be still trying to weigh out your options or you may have decided to already take the dive into the world of education. Below we explain the differences between early childhood education and special needs education for you, so you can make an informed decision.
If you think you have a lot going on inside your head, just talk to a three year-old. A toddler's brain is twice as active as a fully matured adult brain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From gurgling sounds to "mama" and "dada" to playing make believe, we walk you through the ten important milestones of a developing child.
Experiencing nature is becoming a bigger part of today's school classroom. From gaining knowledge about new animals and their beginnings, to plants and how they grow, there is so much to learn in an early childhood education outdoor learning classroom.
As an educator or soon-to-be educator, there are resources out there for you to tap into in order to keep learning. One of those resources is internet blogs. There are thousands of education blogs out there that can give you new ideas for the classroom in decorating, teaching, and much more.
With the school year constantly in motion, getting inspired to create masterpieces and fun activities for the classroom can be tough. Luckily for you, there's a site that will help continue these creative juices to flow-Pinterest.
Remember those classic lyrics from the old kids television show, Reading Rainbow? "I can go anywhere, friends to know, and ways to grow, a Reading Rainbow." The same words still apply today in world of education.
Childhood development is important from every aspect of life, from learning how to walk and talk; to understanding the fundamentals of writing and arithmetic. With technology becoming the main ingredient of our daily lives, child development game apps are looping their way through to children and teaching them the basic skills needed for everyday life.
A creative look at the 26 key learning fundamentals to successful child growth and development.
Check out this informative interview with Cece Westby, the Director of the School of Education at Rasmussen College.
As a teacher, working with children is an equally rewarding and challenging responsibility.
Teachers are a vital part of any community.
A quality education can open up possibilities for kids that they wouldn't have access to otherwise. If you're one of those caring individuals who realizes the importance of child education, a career in educational business could be exactly what you're looking for.
Teaching can be one of the most rewarding professions imaginable today, as an instructor's direct influence may help a child succeed in the future.
This article provides some great resources for new (and even) experienced educators-from internet resources, to local resources, and even publications.
A pleasant environment is important to how we feel at work and play. As adults we can choose to change or leave our environment if it is not conducive to our activities. Children don't have the choice to leave or make changes to their environment if it does not meet their needs or is undesirable.
Early childhood educators believe that their job is to offer children the opportunity to grow and succeed. Additionally, we know that children learn best by doing. Years of rote memorization and skills testing are becoming less and less important. As instructors or caregivers, we need to be providing children the chance to ask questions; rather than giving our students answers. We need to offer them the tools to discover solutions on their own.
Early Childhood Education instructor for the Rasmussen College - School of Education shares her learns after attending a early childhood educator conference in Minnesota.
School of education instructor from Rasmussen Colleges shares her encounters with day-to-day literacy in hopes of helping adults and children make meaningful connections through the use of literature.
Early childhood education instructor pools together definitions of cultural diversity.
As parents and early childhood professionals we must take our responsibility for enhancing children's language development seriously. Learning more about the language acquisition process and following these tips from experts in the early childhood field can help us to achieve this important task.
Follow these tips, as a parent or early child educator, for dealing with a child during a holiday.
School of Education instructor shares opinions about bias in the early childhood education setting.
Myths about language learning and development for bi-lingual children
Early childhood education degree program instructor share a recent story on how she became aware of the importance of child care awareness.