Spotlighting School of Education leaders from Rasmussen College, the education blog features in-field teacher blog posts from the early childhood education sphere.
Preschoolers are going through an incredible period of growth and learning—and it shows up in several different ways. The lessons these little ones are learning span far beyond just crayons and finger paints. To help paint a more accurate portrait, we outlined five important ways preschoolers learn and grow.
While the distinction between the terms “childcare” and “daycare” may seem insignificant to the average person, it is an important issue to many early childhood education professionals. We spoke with one ECE expert who helped shed light on the topic.
As with any major or academic program, you want to do your research on the courses you’ll take, what skills you’ll need to succeed in the field and what your career outlook may be after graduation. We've compiled the information you need to help you decide whether you should pursue an Early Childhood Education major.
If you’ve looked into the field as a potential career, you may have seen the acronym “CDA” floating around. If you’re curious about what the CDA is and how it factors into an early childhood education career, then you’ve come to the right place.
How do you teach a class while understanding the different learning needs of students? We compiled information on the four types of learning styles, and how teachers can practically apply this information in their classrooms.
Teachers have a variety of valuable skills that translate well to a number of different roles. If you're looking for a change of pace, consider these alternative positions that could put your passion and experience to good use.
Working with kids is one thing, but managing people, leading a team and being the one who is responsible for the answers is a whole other animal. Before you get too far along in the process, you need to know what becoming a childcare director will mean for you. Join us as we take a closer look.
Kids love it, but how beneficial is it? Don’t underestimate the importance of recess in your classroom. Read on to find out why play is vital to learning and what you can do to keep recess and playtime a part of your early childhood program.
These educational apps are designed to help children practice and learn a variety of important foundational concepts, so you can rest easy the next time you’re in a pinch and need to pass along a tablet to keep the peace.
What are some of the chores and everyday tasks that make sense for children to do? And how can that help in their development? We spoke with child development experts to help form this guide on age-appropriate chores.
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.
Don’t let your lack of experience stop you. After all, everyone has to start somewhere. Keep reading for expert advice on everything you need to know about how to get a job at a daycare without experience.
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.
Since the heart of education is to help children learn, including diverse families in your classroom is a great goal to set for any classroom. To get your ideas flowing, we asked experts in early childhood education to weigh in on honoring diverse family structures.
Teachers have an amazing opportunity to break down barriers in the classroom and promote a respectful understanding of our differences and similarities. Learn how Rasmussen College Early Childhood Education students are uniquely prepared to take on this challenge.
It might surprise you to learn that there are plenty of part-time or temporary options for educators out there. Whether you want a summer job related to your career or something totally new, here are some excellent options when looking for summer jobs for teachers.
It’s no secret that there’s a pretty big variance in educational outcomes for students across the country, which is sometimes referred to as "the achievement gap". We take a closer look at the underlying issues causing it and what communities are doing to try and bridge that divide.
While teachers can't control what happens outside of their classrooms, they can be positive role models and encourage healthy behaviors. We enlisted the help of some professionals for advice on what teachers can do to help turn the tide and set a good example for the students under your care.
You might have a hard time picturing complex lessons of injustice, inclusion or diversity being taught in your classroom. But don’t worry—even subtle lessons can make a big difference. Our experts agree that kids pick up on a whole lot more than most people realize.
Finding easy and inexpensive STEM activities for kids is not always easy. So we’ve taken the guesswork out for you. We compiled this list of 10 simple and inexpensive STEM activities for kids so that you can start introducing STEM to your kiddos or students as early as preschool.
Reading stories is part of the bedtime routine for many families. You’ve probably heard that it’s good to read to your children, but the benefits of reading aloud may extend beyond what you realized. Join us as we dig deeper.
Corralling a classroom of crazy kids is no easy feat. But this list of teaching strategies compiled from ECE pros will help you feel confident and prepared to take on your preschool classroom.
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.
Whether you’re looking for a fun idea to spark your creativity or you need a quick last minute solution, we’ve got your daycare provider gifts covered. We rounded up 15 gift ideas for daycare staff to help you breeze through your holiday shopping.
Not everyone is cut out to work with kids. We asked teachers of varied backgrounds, subjects and grade levels to offer up the questions you need to ask yourself. These questions will help you answer perhaps the most important question—Would I be a good teacher?
Teaching diversity may seem like an intimidating task in early childhood education, but it doesn’t have to be. These hands-on multicultural activities for preschoolers are a fun way for you to introduce other cultures to the little ones in your care. Keep reading to find a multicultural activity for your next lesson plan.
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.
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.
Becoming a special education teacher may sound daunting, but it may be easier than you think. We did the research and spoke to special education teachers to bring you this five-step guide to becoming a special education teacher.
Whether it’s your first time choosing a daycare, or you’re nervous about switching after years of building trust with your previous provider, you need peace of mind that you’re leaving your child in good hands. We spoke with experts to uncover the best questions to ask daycare providers so you can be sure you're making the right decision.
We consulted with a variety of experts to compile a list of eight tips and techniques for teaching kids about money. It might surprise you how much fun it can be and how well your kiddos take hold of financial responsibility as you implement some of these time-tested strategies.
What is ableism? And what does it have to do with a more inclusive classroom? Join us as we dig deeper into this issue and share some expert insights on the topic.
Join us as we dig into the facts surrounding the availability and quality gap that exists among early childhood programs and consult education experts to uncover what awaits ECE in the coming years.
Because of the unique challenges, some people are more suited to working in special education than others. Here are some signs that you would make a candidate for a career in special education.
Redshirting in kindergarten is a controversial topic, and is one that comes with logical pros and cons on both sides of the fence. We’re bringing you a comprehensive guide to help you make the best decision for your child.
Early childhood education is a big field with many opportunities, some of which you may not even know about. You should know your options before choosing a career path to follow, which is why we’ve wrangled up a list of early childhood education jobs.
In a time where childcare is in such high demand, it certainly feels like all the cards are in childcare providers’ hands. But there are many factors at work in this industry, some of which are driving the cost considerably higher.
Preschool readiness is more about emotional readiness than a specific skillset. We asked the experts to share some insight about how to tell if your child is ready for the classroom. If these sounds familiar, chances are good that they’re ready to tackle the preschool environment.
The benefits of music therapy enhance child development in ways any parent or teacher will get excited about. Read on to learn more about the concept and hear music therapists share how music therapy elements can benefit your students, and how you can incorporate them in your children’s lives.
We enlisted some experts to help us identify some telltale signs of someone who would thrive in a child development career. Take a look at the list below and see if you have the natural qualities to help educate and empower our next generation.
ADHD in toddlers is a growing concern for parents and teachers who want to do everything they can to help the little ones in their care. To find out more about the signs of ADHD in toddlers and what concerned parents and teachers can do about it, we’ve enlisted the help of some experts to weigh in on the subject.
Starting a cleaning habit young can teach children to embrace chores as a normal (and even rewarding) part of life. But, as with most things parents and teachers do with toddlers, implementing cleaning habits isn’t always easy. Get some advice on how to go about it.
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.
We connected with childcare directors who have seen it all to get their best tips for running a smooth, profitable operation. Whether you are already in the game or are considering getting started, this expert advice on how to run a daycare will inspire and challenge you to run the best business possible.
Do you think you have what it takes to teach exceptional children? We spoke with experts within the education sphere to learn their insights on this topic. Read on to discern if you’re cut out for this job.
We asked teachers to share with us their most amusing moments in the classroom with their comical kids. So whether you’re just looking for a laugh or considering becoming a teacher or childcare worker, we think you’ll appreciate this list of quotes and stories about the funny things kids say.
The hard work you invest in creating a safe, loving and stimulating environment for your own children has set you up to be a successful child care provider. But not everyone is equipped for this multifaceted job. We consulted the experts to help you determine whether you have what it takes to become a child care provider.
It’s not always easy for parents and educators to know how they can help a child reach the next developmental milestone. We talked to child development experts to break down the changes your kids are going through and provide tips on how you can support their growth.
If you’re considering going back to school to study child development, you’re probably curious about the types of curriculum you’ll encounter throughout your tenure as a student. What classes will you be required to take? And how will those prepare you for your future career? Get a sneak peek at five child development courses at Rasmussen College.
The Thanksgiving holiday has a controversial history. So how do early childhood educators frame that with their little learners? We compiled some tips to help you create the perfect pre-k Thanksgiving lesson plan.
Spaced learning uses repetition to help even the littlest learners remember the facts and ideas that are introduced each day in your classroom. Want to give spaced learning a try in your ECE classroom? Read on to learn how you can put this learning technique to use!
If you’re wondering if teaching is the right profession for a self-proclaimed introvert like yourself, look no further! We enlisted teachers who identify themselves as introverts to provide some insight on the topic. Keep reading to learn how introverted teachers can leverage their unique personality in the classroom.
When planning activities for your toddlers, you don't even have to choose between educational and entertaining - why not incorporate both? Check out this list of fun fall activities for preschoolers that will keep your youngsters laughing and learning this season.
If you’re a preschool teacher looking for ways to implement classroom safety, keep reading. We connected with early childhood education (ECE) professionals to learn how they keep their learning environments secure and at low risk for harmful situations.
Is the hassle of child care licensing really worth it or can you safely set up shop without a license in hand? We did the research and gathered expert opinions to bring you the scoop behind child care licensing.
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.
Private? Public? Waldorf? Reggio? If you've ever wondered what, exactly, these terms mean, you're in luck. We take an in-depth look at the different types of schools found across the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The line between pushiness and passivity may be blurry but rest assured – there is a healthy middle ground between properly insulating your kids and smothering them. Hear what the experts have to say about this parenting style.
Your kids have been cooped up inside for too long and have a bad case of cabin fever. What's the solution? Round them up and head outside! Here's 10 outdoor activity ideas that are fun and educational!
Why become a teacher, you ask? The reasons are endless. Whether it’s your compatible skills and strengths, the promising job security or the satisfaction of having a significant job that intrigues you, teaching is sure to give you the meaningful career you’ve always wanted. Learn from seasoned teachers about exactly why they love what they do.
Nannies are just glorified babysitters, right? Wrong! Nannies are hard-working child care professionals, yet they’re subject to a long list of stereotypes from people who don’t understand what the job really entails. We talked to nannies to set the record straight about five common misconceptions.
Becoming a teacher assistant is a great starting point for a career in early childhood education (ECE). Hear from some ECE experts on how this experience will prepare you to lead your own class.
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.
You love kids and becoming a nanny sounds like the right option for you right now. But how do you become one? This article will make sure you are well-equipped and know everything there is to know before you start pursuing positions.
There are a lot of household objects that—while safe for adults—may cause serious injuries to young children and babies. But fear not—we’ve enlisted Rasmussen College’s School of Education dean Mary Muhs to provide a checklist of essential baby proofing items and “to-do’s” for every home child care provider. So, how safe is your home for children?
What have you missed in 2014? We take a look back at our most popular blog posts of the year.
The truth is that not everyone is cut out for a career in child development. There are both challenges and rewards to teaching preschool. We connected with some experts to learn what it takes to succeed in this field.
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!
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.
Transitioning from nanny to preschool teacher isn't as difficult as you might think. Learn how your experience caring for kids has primed you for success in the classroom.
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.
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.
Special education preschool jobs are expected to grow up to 21 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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!
Remember when an end-of-year 'thank you' gift for your teacher was as simple as plopping a juicy red apple on her desk on the last day of school? Well, in an age filled with Pinterest and do-it-yourself bloggers, a piece of fruit doesn't quite seem to cut it anymore.
A recent survey of education professionals across America suggests that teachers' motivation for getting into the field is much more than just a jobless June, July and August.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know babies as young as a year-and-a-half can guess what other people are thinking? Or that a babies' first smile doesn't usually appear until 10-14 weeks of age?
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.
"I went into education because I wanted to work with children, not parents." Believe it or not, in my 20 years of experience in the early childhood education field, I have heard this phrase many times. Ironically though, in the same 20 years experience that permitted me to learn the quote above, I have also learned that viewing children in the context of family actually facilitates my ability to support children's learning and development.
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.
Crime, unemployment, divorce, and other stresses contribute to a generation of young children that need supportive adults to help ensure a positive future. The children in our communities need us to provide a model for flexibility in challenging situations. Our community must work together to build such resiliency in young children in order to build a hope-filled future.
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.
Today, most Gen Xers and Gen Yers didn't receive their first cellphone until they were in high school, maybe even college or later. But these days, children are getting their hands on mobile devices at a younger age every day. In this new infographic, we walk you through the technology milestones for different development stages.
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.
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.
According to Bullying Statistics, it is estimated that nearly three million students in the U.S. are bullied each year. Fifteen percent of school absences are a result of students that are afraid to attend school because of bullying. Bullying has become an epidemic and more than half of children witness their peers being bullied on a regular basis.
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.
Graduations are continuously coming and going, and with that brings the sometimes stressful job hunt. However, the search for your dream career in early childhood education doesn't have to bog you down with stress. Below are some early childhood education career options to consider after graduation, as well as a few ideas on how to gain valuable experience to prepare you for these rewarding early childhood education careers.
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.
With the school year constantly in motion, getting inspired to create masterpieces and fun activities for the classroom can be tough. As a student of the Rasmussen College School of Education, you'll get time in the classroom and be able to plan lessons for students As educators, you're constantly looking for new, creative ways to teach and for students to learn. 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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people." The role of a teacher is not just a career, it is a calling, and early childhood educators are at the forefront of shaping the lives of these future world citizens.
A creative look at the 26 key learning fundamentals to successful child growth and development.
This infographic depicts the long-term advantages of early childhood education.
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.
Approximately 11 percent of U.S. residents are foreign-born. Become a major part of their development
Learn how to reach different types of learners as a teacher through this informative presentation.
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.
Eight Things I Learned At The 2010 National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference
Read more about a Rasmussen College Early Childhood Education instructor's trip to the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference (NAEYC).
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.
If you are new to Web 2.0 applications, or simply looking for a refreshing way to add a new dimension to your courses, here is a collection of 25 of the best tools out there.
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
School of Education instructor shares her insight on why reading is a great hobby.; and how to promote literacy to young children
This week, for my observation and assessment course, I wrote up the following directions for a journaling assignment: Observe a child without taking notes or worrying about observing for assessment or curricular planning. Instead, let yourself be with the child as he/she openly shares his/her enthusiasm and energy. Appreciate him/her as they enjoy the pleasures of being a child. Celebrate and enjoy what they do.
Early childhood education degree program instructor share a recent story on how she became aware of the importance of child care awareness.
Children form their attitudes towards racism and sexism by the time they are five years old. Here's how to end stereotypes early...