Learning will look different this year for many people, especially children. With all the uncertainty and changes, it's become even more important to create a sense of belonging in early learning environments. This is true no matter where children are learning.
Fostering a sense of belonging supports children in feeling safe and welcome in the learning environment, supports development of critical social-emotional skills, supports development of friendships, and builds resiliency.
Use the tips below to help create a sense of belonging in your early learning environment. These tips are beneficial for all types of educators including homeschooling parents, child care providers, preschool teachers, elementary school teachers, and parents guiding their children through virtual school.
Whether you have a large dedicated classroom, or you have a small in-home learning environment, dividing your space into learning centers can be very beneficial to young learners.
From Art to Dramatic Play (and everything in between) these free print ready Center Signs make it easy to label your learning environment. These cute signs support children as they are planning their play and help them to figure out where they can find their favorite learning materials and toys.
These signs also include a brief statement with a few things children learn in each space (If you are looking for an editable set you can purchase them in our store here). This is a good reminder for the adults working with children as well as a fun and easy way to communicate to visitors what children are learning as they play.
Being a caregiver can take it's toll on Childcare Providers. Here are some tips and some great advice from Childcare Providers in our Pre-K Fun Facebook Community to help you be kind to yourself and avoid burnout.
Sometimes your week can feel ho-hum. You might be feeling burned out (find some advice for handling that here), and that's why it's important to reflect on the things that bring you joy and happiness-those little things that help keep you motivated. Here is some great advice from Childcare Providers in our Community on what they look forward to every week.
It can be a struggle for childcare providers to find new clients. It may seem like you've exhausted all resources trying to find new families. Marketing your business can feel overwhelming..
Often a Childcare Provider is faced with the challenge of caring for children of varying ages (from Infancy to School Age). From Snacks-to a Daily routine, it can be difficult to figure out how to accommodate the needs of all these children in your care.
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