Daily Archives: April 22, 2015






Math is everywhere. It is an important part of the way we communicate, and helps us make sense of our world. Children who are exposed to math at an early age do well in school and beyond. For very young children who are learning as much as they can every […]

Making Math Fun Makes for Better Learning


Do you speak math with your kids? Many of us feel completely comfortable talking about letters, words and sentences with our children—reading to them at night, helping them decode their own books, noting messages on street signs and billboards. Read more here!

Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids


Does your infant or toddler enthusiastically point out images of herself on your computer?  Does your preschooler ask you repeat stories about him over and over? A powerful way to interest young children in reading books is to make books about their routines, families, life events and vacations.  It’s a […]

Eight Tips for Creating Homemade Books




These posters are supplemental training materials designed to help teaching staff foster engaging interactions throughout the day. For maximum benefit, it is highly recommended that teachers be given clear suggestions for using the posters. Click here for the pdf file!

Engaging Interactions




Young children often show a thirst for knowledge that helps their brains develop. This thirst presents a good opportunity for parents to encourage an early appreciation for math, which improves brain growth, and serves as a foundation for math skills learned later in school. And the really good news is […]

Appreciation for Math Starts at Home!


Nature play is important for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, families, staff, and communities. New research indicates that children who regularly play in nature are growing up healthy, smart, and happy. Our stories from the field show positive examples of Head Start and Early Head Start centers who have found a way […]

Nature-Based Learning and Development






Do you use Time-Outs? They’re certainly better than spanking to show your child you’re serious about whatever limit you’re setting. But time-outs aren’t the best way to help kids want to cooperate, or even to help them calm down. Why? Read more here!

More Effective Than Time-Out: Time-In



Have you read about the benefits of skipping time-out in favor of other ways to guide children, but are not sure where to start? Here are 12 alternatives to punishment that give parents and children a chance to address choices and situations with the intention of maintaining a positive, respectful and peaceful […]

12 Alternatives to Punishment That May Actually Work